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Sandy City Bantry Bay was the location for an attempt to spark off rebellion in Ireland by one of the founding United Irishmen, Wolfe Tone and the French navy in 1796. Poor weather forced the fleet to turn back and the rebellion was delayed until 1798.

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Beara Peninsula Bike Tour

Our Beara Peninsula bike tour in West Cork is possibly one of the most scenic tours in Ireland. Experience the unspoiled beauty of the sourrounding landscape and visit picturesque towns and villages, including Killarney, Kenmare, Castletownbere and Glengariff.

 

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La Asunción Killarney ~ Allihes ~ Glengariff ~ Castletownbere
8 Days/ 7 Nights Self Led Bike Tour, from Euro 995.00 per person 

The Beara Peninula in Ireland’s West Cork, is an ancient, magical region where the power of the past is ever-present and the present just blooms with welcome for you the visitor. Laden with magnificent landscapes and history, the Beara peninsula is a special region and worthy of exploration.The rugged road that follows the coast along the Beara peninsula, on the SouthWestern coast,  is one of the most scenic in Ireland. The Beara Peninsula is quite remote and has remained perhaps the most unspoilt part of the south west region of Ireland, and like the peninsulas to the north, is a magical world of mountains and lakes surrounded by a picturesque coastlinet.  The Beara peninsula is possibly the least travelled but the most beautiful of the Kerry and Cork peninsulas.

Day 1: Welcome to Killarney!

Your tour starts in Killarney, Co. Kerry, one of Ireland’s most charming towns. A trip welcome pack, itinerary, route directions and maps will await you at your first nights accommodation.  Collect your bikes and, if time allows, take a short cycle around the town to get a “feel” for your surroundings. We recommend a visit to Muckross House and Killarney National Park. Tearooms are open. A CycleWest Ireland favourite spot! Overnight in Killarney. Daily Distance: 21km / 12 miles

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Day 2: Killarney to Kenmare

Today you cycle out of Killarney following a cycle path through the Killarney National Park which brings you to a quite country road. This road brings you to the iconic Gap of Dunloe which is one of the highlights of your cycle tour. With jagged rock walls rising above you as you wind between glistening lakes this is a majestic place to experience. From here you descend into the Black Valley and have a marvellous ride through some remote countryside with nothing but sheep for company. You will climb up out of the valley before a nice descent into the beautiful town of Kenmare. Overnight in Kenmare. Distance: 47kms / 29 miles.

Day 3: Kenmare to Lauragh

Leaving Kenmare behind you, today’s cycle takes you on a lovely route to across what was Irelands first suspension bridge. Following the coast of Kenmare Bay you have beautiful views before you turn inland onto country lanes that winds into Gleninchaquinn valley where you have the option to visit the ancient Uragh Stone Circle which offers sensational views of the lakes which lie in the valley.
You continue along this road to reach Gleninchaquinn Nature Park where you can choose from a number of walking route in the park and view the cascading waters of the beautiful waterfall which is the centrepiece of the park. (there is a small entrance fee for the park). You leave the valley by the same road and take another winding coastal road which will lead you to the sleepy village of Lauragh where you will stay overnight. Distance: 44kms / 26 miles

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Day 4: Lauragh to Allihies

Today your bike ride follows the northern coast by Coulagh Bay, with views of Miskish Mountain to the south, through the picturesque village of Eyeries, famous for its colorful houses.  Along the route there is ample evidence of ancient habitation with numerous standing stones, cairns and ancient burial sites. A twisting route with wonderful scenery. From there you continue to the tiny village of Allihies, reputed, by folklore, to be the spot where the four ‘Children of Lír’ came ashore after spending 300 years adrift on the Atlantic. The area was once noted for its copper mines and evidence of the long-ceased activity still remains.  Overnight in Allihies. Distance: 44kms/ 27 miles.

Day 5: Allihes to Castletownbere and Dursey Island

Your route today takes you to the Dursey Sound where a trip to the glorious Dursey Island can be taken by cable car.  Remember to pack a picnic lunch! Spectacular sea views – looking out to the Bull Rock (and its Lighthouse), Cow and Calf Rocks , the Skelligs and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Bull Rock  is reputed to be the site of Teach Doinn (‘the house of Donn’ ~ Irish God of the underworld) and it is here that souls wait to enter his domain.   Back on the mainland – you continue cycling east to finish in the fishing port of Castletownbere.   Take a walk on the expansive wharf where you will find lots of things of interest, from fishing boats to net mending. Overnight in Castletownbere.  Distance: 38kms / 24 miles.

Day 6: Castletownbere to Glenarriff

Today you have the option to take your bike over to Bere Island for a cycle around this hidden beauty, adding 14kms onto your day. The area is the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s 1943 novel Hungry Hill named for the mountain of the same name which is the highest peak in the Caha Mountains. A ten-minute ferry trip from Castletownbere takes you to Bere Island with its great forts, Martello tower, Ardnakinna Lighthouse and a number of looped walks. Get the lay of the land in the Bere Island Heritage Centre

From Castletownbere you then cycle east through Adrigole – with an option here to go kayaking if you wish. Continue along the coast to Glengariff, which takes its named from the nearby Glengarriff Forest  (loosely translated as: rough glen) containing some of the oldest and most extensive oak and birch groves left in Ireland. Overnight in Glengarriff. Distance: 38kms / 24 miles.

Day 7: Glenarriff to Kenmare

Today’s stunning inland route brings you through rugged countryside which this region is know for. With view of mountains and valleys stretching in all directions you are never far from another impressive vista. You will meander along quite country roads with some good uphill sections before descending to the riverside route which will take you into the town of Kenmare.

Day 8: End of tour

After a farewell Irish breakfast you are then free to take the bus back to Cork & continue your onward journey from there.

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details or to book this tour. 

Gourmet Ireland Bike Tour

Our Gourmet Ireland Bike Tour is a triple delight, blazing a new trail in luxury biking in the West of Ireland. This is one of Ireland’s surprises for the discerning traveller.

The Burren~Aran Islands~Connemara
Gregans Castle ~ Inis Meáin Suites~Ballynahinch Castle
Luxe Country Lodge, Island Retreat & Castle Hotel
7 Days / 6 Nights Self Led Bike Tour

Introduction

Explore the limestone plateaus with breathtaking views over the Burren mountain’s and Galway Bay, onward to Inis Meain, Aran Islands and continue to Connemara where you cycle through remote mountain passes, beaches and lakes. The surprise element of Our Wild Atlantic Way Bike Tour is the award winning, luxury accommodations and the gourmet delights that await you at the end of each day! Some of Ireland’s top chefs and restaurants at each of our chosen locations.

Come join us on this terrific Wild Atlantic Adventure and let your imagination do the rest…..

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Our Wild Atlantic Way bike tour  provides you with a terrific biking experience through the spectacular vistas of Galway Bay, the historical Burren, the Aran Islands and scenic Connemara and blends this with award winning menus and Chef’s tastings at the end of each day. Immerse in the history, the culture and local produce of the West of Ireland: a magical combination.

In the Burren, you will the Cliffs of Moher Geopark experience,  stone forts, monuments, alpine and arctic flowers and plants that grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is the mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort! Sample local farmhouse cheeses, smoked Burren Salmon, organic. locally grown produce, burren beef and much more.

Inis Meáin, The Aran Islands, a timeless island in an endless sea showcases weathered monuments, great labyrinths of limestone, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people. As the least developed of the three Aran Islands, its landscape, culture, and history can be explored in peace and at the visitor’s own pace.

“I have decided that Ireland is my favorite place on Earth! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the bike tour. It was so beautiful and amazing! I really want to go again”. Kelly Christensen, Colorado

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Here you begin our celebrated tour of the West Coast of Ireland: the Burren region, the Aran Islands and Connemara. We meet in the village of Ballyvaughan at you first overnight tour accommodation. Further details and transfer options will be sent to you upon booking your tour. Welcome meeting and bike fit out with briefing in the late afternoon. You will spend the next two nights here in Ballyvaughan in the heart of the Burren at the Award winning Gregan’s Castle Hotel (2 nights). Warm Up Bike Ride: 12 miles

DAY 2: Castles and Caves
This day is designed a leisurely day to bring you into the heart of the Burren, explore Ailwee Caves and the Wild Bird sanctuary where you can watch the falcons fly. A day of history and scenery, of ancient ring forts and dolmans. Onward to the environmental initiative of The Burren – the Burren Interpretative Centre in Kilfenora. Discover a world of wildlife, folklore, ancient archaeology and wonderful plant life. Explore Kilfenora Cathedral and Celtic High Crosses. Overnight in Ballyvaughan at Gregan’s Castle Hotel. Daily Miles: Minimum 22

DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
A leisurely ride along one of the most scenic coastal routes taking you to the towering Cliffs of Moher. The flaggy shoreline, Fanore Beach and Blackhead Lighthouse are amongst just some of the points of interest you view along the route this morning. An afternoon ferry ride from the village of Doolin will take you to the historical and remote Inis Meáin Island, where Gaelic is the spoken language. This is a visit you will treasure long after your visit to Ireland. Overnight for the next two nights at Inis Meáin Suites. Daily miles: 19 miles & ferry boat ride

DAY 4: Island Exploration
As the island is just 5km by 3km, it is easily explorable by foot and bicycle. explore the many internal roads which wind through tiny stone-walled fields. The island is a haven for outdoor types looking for a “get away from it all” experience in a unique landscape. Home to a close-knit irish-speaking community, the island features many historical and cultural sights of note, and inspiring natural terrain including beaches, cliffs, and limestone karst hosting unusual, wild, flora and fauna. Shopping at the world-renowned Inis Meáin Knitting Company factory store and socializing in the traditional island pub add to the attraction of Inis Meáin as a refreshing and unique destination. The Island also offers Pre-Christian stone forts, beehive huts, ancient burial grounds, Synge’s house, Harry Clarke Studio stained-glass windows, and many more. Daily Miles: walking, hiking and biking mix today

Day 5: Ferry Boats and Foxes
Mid Day departure from the Aran Islands to the Rosaveal ferry port. You traverse a route bordered by heather and bracken, through scenery that is wild and barren. Picnic lunch is possible en route followed by a bike ride through the rugged Twelve Bens mountains towards the rugged coastline. Overnight in Recess, Connemara at one of Ireland’s favourite hotels: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Daily miles: Minimum mileage of 36 miles with extensions possible.

DAY 5: Seascapes and Sandcastles
Early morning start to Roundstone village, the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara where traditional Galway Hooker, lovingly cared for over the years, can be seen on Bertraghboy Bay. Coastal loop ride via Roundstoneand  Ballyconneely village ~ stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, perched on the water’s edge. Bike to the Alcock and Brown monument, dedicated to the first transatlantic flight in 1919 from New Foundland. Returning to Clifden via Ballynahinch Castle hotel by way of the scenic bog road where sheep are your only distraction! Overnight in Connemara at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Daily miles: minimum 25

DAY 6: Departure
Today, sadly, today we bid you farewell. This morning you depart from Clifden to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire. Please also see our ‘trip arrival and departure’ instructions’ for transport options.

 

 

 

North by NorthWest Donegal

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Our breathtaking self guided Donegal bike tour is truly a memorable adventure.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in stunning surrounds, or fancy an exhilarating outdoor adventure, the NorthWestern Headlands of Donegal have it all!

Donegal ~ St Johns Point ~Killybegs  ~ Glencolmcille ~ Adara ~ Donegal
9 Days/ 8 Nights Self Led Bike Tour, from Euro 995.00 per person sharing

With breathtaking scenery, golden beaches, rugged islands and a beautiful array of wildlife, this northern – almost untouched – stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way is an absolute essential, any time of year.

It’s no wonder Donegal was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller.

Day 1: Welcome to Donegal

Your Donegal Bike Tour tour starts in Donegal town.

Be sure to take time to explore Donegal Castle. Built by the O’Donnell chieftains in the 15th Century, beside the river Eske in Donegal Town, the Castle was rebuilt in Jacobean style in the 16th Century by Sir Basil Brooke, after Hugh O’Donnell burnt it to the ground rather than let it fall into enemy hands. Information panels chronicle the history of the castle and guided tours are available.

Day 2: Lough Eske Loop

This morning we meet you and provide you with a full bike fit out and detailed tour briefing.  Following the briefing, today’s  ride takes you along the quiet roads and tranquil shores of Lough Eske,  in the mystical surroundings of the Blue stack mountains.

If you have not had enough time to explore the town ~ you can spend the afternoon browsing and relaxing. Perhaps take a local tour on the Donegal Waterbus and discover the rich history of this region. Relax and enjoy the traditional pubs, music and restaurants in the town tonight. Distance: 26kms/16mi

 

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Day 3: Donegal to Killybegs

Today, your bike ride takes you west along Donegal Bay.  You pedal the quiet roads of St John’s Point Peninsula following alongside the Atlantic Ocean. View the remains of Rahan Castle and the Killaghtee Cross.

Continue to your overnight destination in the traditional fishing village of Killybegs. Once the second largest fishing port in the county, Killybegs is the gateway to Sliabh Liag one of the signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way noted amongst the highest sea cliffs in Europe with stunning panoramic views across Donegal Bay.  Distance: 39kms/ 24mi. 

 

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Day 4: Killybegs to Carrick

Following the coastline west from Killybegs this morning the scenery becomes quite dramatic. Bike through the village of Kilcar, famous for its production of Donegal Tweed. Just a short ride from Carrick, you will encounter  towering cliffs, golden sandy beaches and breathtaking headlands. Visit the cliffs at Slieve League – one of Ireland’s greatest attractions.

These stunning cliffs are some of the finest marine cliffs in Europe. Accessible all year round and standing 600m tall, the sheer drop down into the crashing Atlantic swells below is quite the sight. Stand on the edge and breathe in deep – guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs!

If you can, take an archaeological tour too; you’ll learn about the region’s rich and interesting history. Be sure to also pay a visit to the nearby Tí Linn craft shop, where you’ll find a gorgeous selection of Irish giftware items, or grab a coffee and cake in the charming Tí Linn Café. If you fancy a maritime adventure, you can gaze up at these immense cliffs from the sea on a local boat tour – which takes you out to meet the area’s friendly dolphins.  Overnight in Carrick, Distance: 47km /29mi.

Day 5: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick Loop

Today you cycle to the valley of Glencolmcille, a place of tremendous natural beauty and changing colours. You will be in awe of the sorrounds today: mountains, lakes, sea cliffs and beaches; a place of quiet roads, stone walls and fuschia-bordered lanes. It is an ancient corner of Ireland witnessed by 5000 years of history, the sites of dwellings and the tombs of the Megalithic period and by the cross inscribed stones of early Christianity. Distance: 33km /22mi.

 

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Day 6: Carrick to Ardara

This morning you bike through the peatlands and bogs of Donegal.  The region is a colourful palette of heathers, mosses, lichens and rough grasses.

You bike the Glengesh Pass ~ a windy section of road which links Glencolmcille to our beautiful Ardara. This meandering cycle can assault your senses with the magnificent scenery that abounds and bring you back in time. Enjoy the magnificent views before a well earned descent! A pleasant, unspoilt trip that is well worth taking.  Arrive at tonight’s overnight destination, the heritage town of Ardara with its selection of pubs and restaurants. Distance: 22km /13mi.

Day 7: Ardara Loop Ride

The possibilities today are endless. Take the leisurely 8 km bike ride along beautiful Loughros Point. Alternatively, cycle to the golden sandy beach, caves and waterfall at Maghera. A third option is to cycle around Dawros Head. Here you can step back in time to view the Kilclooney Dolmen, and the mystical Doon Lough Fort. The choice is yours!  Or simply take time to enjoy this heritage town.

The town boasts top class blue flag beaches and a first rate links golf course. The name Ard a’ Ratha which means ‘high hill of the fort’ comes from the earthen ring-fort, which crowns the hill to the northeast of the town.

Ardara has been long associated with the tweed and knitwear industries.  From the 1870’s this trade became a cottage industry with home spun and hand dyed woollen and tweed items being created.  The Ardara Heritage Centre, formally the town Courthouse, profiles the development of the tweed industry.  To this day several shops in the town still sell high quality tweed and knitwear.  Distance: up to  37km /29mi. 

 

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Day 8: Ardara to Donegal

Cycle back to your starting point in Donegal Town. Cross more wild boglands as you climb out of the town. Great views open up over Donegal Bay with its many headlands and islands. Enjoy one last descent to the pleasant village of Mountcharles. Return to your starting point in Donegal Town, completing your biking tour around the beautiful and historic coast.  Distance: 30km /18mi. 

Day 9: Departure

The final day of your Donegal bike tour brings you back to your starting point in Donegal Town.

From here it’s time to depart, taking with you treasured memories of your biking adventure, the natural wonders and friendly people of Donegal.  Distance: 30km /19mi.

 

Wild Connemara Luxury Getaway

Experience our premier, Wild Connemara Luxury Getaway, a self-guided bike tour, exploring the heart of Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland. A trip like no other.

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Luxe Country Lodge, Country Retreat & Castle Hotel
6 Days / 5 Nights Self Led Bike Tour

Introduction

Connemara, famed for its unspoiled beauty was once described by Oscar Wilde as a ‘Savage Beauty’ . Its black bogs, quartzite mountains and ever-changing light makes it a bucket list destination!  We have designed this new Connemara Getaway as a wish list trip embracing the unique natural beauty of the West of Ireland.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Day 1: Welcome to Connemara!
Your tour begins at Ballynahinch Castle, a hotel set in the heart of 450 acres of woodland, rivers and estate, nestling under the magnificent backdrop of the Twelve Bens. It’s an oasis within the countryside. Further details and transfer options will be sent to you upon booking your tour.

Welcome meeting and bike fit out with briefing in the late afternoon. Enjoy and afternoon buffet of oysters and lobster salad in the Fisherman’s Pub upon arrival. You will spend the next two nights here in Ballynahinch in the heart of Connemara.

Day 2: Seashore and Scenery
Today’s bike ride will take you to Roundstone, a picturesque seaside village looking out across towards the Twelve Bens Mountains. Stop into O’Dowd’s, a charming pub overlooking the harbour for a coffee or a fresh bowl of steaming chowder. Ride through the village to Gurteen Bay ~ a vast, clear stretch of beach along the coast just beyond the village. Coastline views, coral strands and the opportunity to visit the Connemara Smokehouse en-route. Pedal accross the Bog Road where sheep will be your only companions.

We recommend winding down your day at The Owenmore restaurant at Ballynahinch Castle. Tip: Take a table overlooking the river! Head chef is Ultan Cooke who will provide a tantalising three-course menu with amuse-bouche surprises between courses. Enjoy! Overnight at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel.

Day 3: Valleys and Vistas
Today you ride through Lough Inagh Valley, once described as the most beautiful valley in Ireland.  Arrive at Kylemore Abbey, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering and ingenuity, set on a lakeshore at the heart of a 15,000 acre estate. Splendid walled gardens and a location steeped in local history. Fresh ingredients from the gardens are used daily in the restaurant to recreate recipes bestowed by the Benedictine nuns at Kylemore Abbey. Overnight at Lough Inagh Lodge.

Day 4: Seafood and Sheepdogs

Today you ride to Tully Cross village – a tiny traditional village on the Renvyle Peninsula. You pedal by the coastline, absorbing the views of Lettergesh beach and nearby mountains. Then follows a quick cycle to a traditional farm to watch a demonstration of sheep shearing, working sheep dogs and turf cutting at a traditional, working  sheep farm hosted by local farmer, Tom Nee.  A rare and memorable experience indeed.

Cruise around Killary fjord through Leenane village. Arrive at Delphi Lodge, nestled beneath Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connemara.   Overnight in the heart of the Delphi Valley.

Day 5: Clew Bay Biking
Departing from Delphi Valley you coast along by Doolough into Louisburgh village or take a challenging ride over the Sheefry Pass with two 700 feet climbs in quick succession! The choice is yours!

After lunch, follow the beautiful coastline of Clew Bay and arrive at Croagh Patrick, the Pilgrimage mountain. Overnight in the award winning market town of Westport, at Knockranny House Hotel. Here, the Head Chef, Seamus Commins has helped to put La Fougère restaurant on the ‘foodie’ map with his regularly themed events which have include seafood and shellfish weekends, gourmet game weekends as well as his regular complex and exhilarating tasting menus.

Day 6, Departure
Sadly today we bid you farewell. Depart for Dublin by rail from Westport. See www.irishrail.ie for more details.

Places remaining on our Family West Coast Adventure tours!

There are still a small number of places remaining on our Charming Inns option of our Family West Coast Adventure tours, departing on July 14th 2017

Discover the west coast of Ireland on bike this summer with one of our most popular tours, the Family West Coast Adventure. This 6 day/5 night guided tour gives you the chance to explore the best of what this magical region has to offer with island hopping, medieval castles, archaeology and charming villages providing the backdrop to cycles through beautiful seaside routes and mountainous landscapes.

This tour has been designed with families in mind and features specially tailored routes for younger cyclists and activities well suited for little explorers, including a trip to the Ailwee Caves and a chance to see eagles flying at the Birds of Prey center. Explore must see attractions like the Aran Islands, the Burren and Connemara before retiring to welcoming guesthouses, dining out on Irish produce and locally sourced fresh seafood and experiencing the ‘craic’ with the locals.

Pricing

The cost of this tour is Euro 1195.00 pps. There is a 10% discount for any guests under the age of 16.

Departure date:

July 14th 2017

 

Accommodation

Our Charming Inns accommodation range is made up of guesthouses, B&Bs and small boutique hotels. They are typically family owned and run, and have been chosen for their warm welcomes and excellent breakfasts. To read more on CycleWest’s lodges, please click here.

To book one of our remaining places or for more information, please feel free to contact us at tours@cyclewest.com.

CYCLEWEST IRELAND 2017 – Life’s Simple Pleasures

Celebrating 20 years Cycling in Ireland in 2017!

Fidelma Ray, CycleWest Ireland’s founder and director, has been creating private and tailor made bike trips and extended stay options in the West of Ireland for 20 years. Premier biking in the West of Ireland is our speciality. We have local contacts and experts who open doors, that others simply can’t. See how CycleWest Ireland can help tailor your travel requirements. Be inspired!

INTRODUCTION

Ireland is a land of poets, revolutionaries, musicians, and storytellers where the landscape has a mythical quality, the country’s history still very much in evidence in every day life. Its people are undoubtedly charming, providing a warm, genuine welcome to visitors. ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – a hundred thousand welcomes!

Ireland’s small roads travel by the craggy coastline with incredible bays, dramatic sea cliffs and inlets boasting clear pure waters and wide golden beaches framed by soaring hills. Perfect for biking.

ANCIENT TRAILS AND WILD COASTLINE

Little, if anything, can compare to the limestone plateaus of the Burren as the sun sets on Galway Bay,  casting pink and purple shades upon the stony hillsides. The essence of the first settlers, over 5,000 years ago, still remains. Here is a landscape infused with stories just waiting to be told. The Cliffs of Moher tower 700 ft out over the Atlantic Ocean, a coastline waiting to be explored.

AN ISLAND DRAMA

Inspirational Island has been described as a raw limestone slab in the wild Atlantic. The Aran Islands offer stunning island landscapes – unparalleled natural beauty, culture, and history in a living community. Here, you still feel as if you are exploring something almost undiscovered. The islands have been the inspiration for many well-known works including JM Synge’s The Aran Islands and Martin McDonogh’s recent The Cripple of Inishmaan

CONNEMARA

Escape to Connemara to the rustic settings, small village pubs and off the beaten track.  Fishing villages, stunning coastline, and sheep farm visits abound. And of course, there’s always our unique Irish produce, such as delicious wild smoked salmon, golden whiskeys and exquisite items hand crafted by local Irish artisans.

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS

Add and exceptional, historical Castle Experience with an overnight stay in one of our beloved castle hotels.

Need a hotel in Dublin?

Spend an additional night in Galway City, the city of the Tribes and experience this vibrant and cultural harbour city.

Come join us in Ireland this summer!

The Wild Atlantic Way By Bike

EXPLORE THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY BY BIKE ~ Stretching Ireland’s western seaboard, the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world. Over 2,500km in length, spanning Ireland’s western counties, the route takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever see. 

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The Wild Atlantic Way is not a destination but a journey. Here, you’ll discover warmth in the wild continuous landscape and visit the most spectacular places: UNESCO World Heritage site Skellig Michael; the largest karst landscape in the world, The Burren; and the traditional Irish towns dotted along our western coast.

The Wild Atlantic Way is alive with literature, music, stories, and surf. Its landscape, flora, fauna, and sheer size have inspired everyone from WB Yeats to John Lennon.

Where else would the rolling landscape and Gaelic spirit inspire the dreamers, and the Atlantic Ocean call the world’s greatest surfers? Where else could attract such storied names as actor Sean Connery, Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara and beloved poet Seamus Heaney over the years?

The Wild Atlantic Way, that’s where.

Here’s a list of the 10 locations you can’t afford to miss on the route:

1. CLIFFS OF MOHER

The magic of the Cliffs of Moher meeting the untamed wild headlands of the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the edge of the West Ireland you will experience some of the most spectacular views of the western shoreline. Read More >

2. CLEW BAY

A magical place that kisses the west coast of Ireland, Clew Bay has an island for every day of the year, so storytellers say. The bay’s beach marries pure Blue Flag shores with submerged drumlins forced into existence an ice age ago. The beautiful coastline awaits you on our Wild Connemara Bike Tour.

6. CONNEMARA

Where water and mountain crash, the Atlantic surf has shaped everything from Connemara’s unique fjord to the spirit of the city of Galway. Welcome to Ireland’s largest traditional Irish speaking region. Along its Atlantic coastline, you’ll meet the most spirited of locals who’ll give you “Céad Míle Fáilte” – a hundred thousand welcomes. Visit Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord; take a boat to the traditional Aran Islands; and explore the Irish music that awaits you on your return.  READ MORE>

7. THE BURREN

Even in the wildest of places you can find calm and even in the raw, weather-beaten conditions there is warmth. The Burren means ‘the great rock’ and this moonscape of karst limestone is a World Heritage Site. Between the cracked limestone that stretches over 250km you’ll find pretty wildflowers, rich in flora and fauna. As well as megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt’s pyramids, you’ll take away memories that will last a lifetime. READ MORE>

8. DINGLE PENINSULA

A little dream world, Dingle town is a hub of literary and creative culture. Music plays long into the night, and festivals can be found along its winding roads. With the watchful gaze of the Blasket Islands, wander ruined cottages; take in dramatic views from Slea Head; discover the stories; and taste its famous seafood cuisine. READ MORE>

9. RING OF KERRY

Ascend through mystical scenery encircled with unspoilt lands. Kerry’s majestic energy and breathtaking landscapes will shimmer in memory long after you’ve gone. Explore UNESCO pilgrimage site Skellig Michael, which writer George Bernard Shaw described as “part of our dream world”. Climb old stone age ring forts, indulge in local chocolate making, and not to forget the national parks – a feast for the eyes.
Explore the Ring of Kerry – READ MORE>

 

There’s no end to the discoveries to be made on the route, find out more with our selection of Breathtaking Moments along the Wild Atlantic Way.

10 of the Best Bike Tours of Ireland

Discover ten of the best bike tours of Ireland. Experience  the warm Irish Hospitality, our history and our folklore, traditional music and ever changing scenery.  CycleWest Ireland bike tours are cater for bike riders at every level.

Cycle at your own pace. Ride alone or with a group. Our trips are perfect for families with young children or fast paced cyclists who want to ride a century!

Choose from our Self Guided tours with flexible departure dates or Guided Tour departures. We also offer private tours, honeymoon and tailor made trips – so the choice is yours!

See a full list of ten of the best bike tours here: READ MORE>

All you have to do is choose your dates,  grab your passport and come join us on the West Coast of Ireland this summer.

Premier Ireland Bike Tours – Come Join us!

CycleWest Ireland have been offering premier, award winning bike tours in Ireland for over 18 years. Immerse yourself in the West Coast of Ireland. Discover the limestone plateaus of the Burren, the wild Aran Islands and the glittering quartz hills of Connemara. We explore the Ring of Kerry, the remote Beara Peninsula and the unique Causeway Coast. Choose from our Self Guided tours with flexible departure dates or Guided Tour departures.

Come and discover the warm Irish Hospitality, the history and the folklore, traditional music and ever changing scenery.

CycleWest Ireland Tours are designed for bike riders at every level. Cycle at your own pace. Ride alone or with a group. Our trips are perfect for families with young children or fast paced cyclists who want to ride a century!

Choose from our Self Guided tours with flexible departure dates or Guided Tour departures. We also offer private tours, honeymoon and tailor made trips – so the choice is yours!

Contact us for more details at tours@cyclewest.com

Paddy Coynes Pub, Tullycross, Connemara

Paddy Coynes pub is located in the beautiful village of Tullycross in the heart of Connemara & the Wild Atlantic Way. Dating back to 1811, the pub is a hive of local history and artefacts, a treasure trove of discovery. Come join us on our Wild Connemara tour and enjoy the many attractions of this area, including the Renvyle Peninsula and sandy beaches along the route. Stay with one of our local accommodation providers on your tour and enjoy a home cooked meal at Paddy Coyne’s Pub. Local produce and the freshest of seafood are served throughout the summer. Call in for a pint of the black stuff (Guinness) and relax by a turf fire and stay for the Craic!

 

Paddy Coynes Pub
Tullycross, Renvyle, Connemara
Co. Galway
ph: 095 43499
www.paddycoynespub.com