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Outer Hebrides Road Cycling Tour

Trip Highlights

• An unforgettable bike tour and island safari of Scotland’s favourite islands.  Explore nine beautiful Hebridean islands, cycling through some of the most natural and unspoiled landscapes in Europe
• En route, enjoy the regales of local Gaelic culture and history of the Outer Hebrides
from your guide and visits to local sites
• Opportunities to see white tailed eagle, otter, and dolphins in this wildlife rich region
• This trip includes visits to impressive ancient sites such as the Callinish Standing Stones and the newly renovated Lews Castle.

Outer Hebrides Isles of Barra ~ Uist ~ Harris ~ and Lewis

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Price: from £1,945 per person sharing

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INTRODUCTION

This extraordinary journey will take you through nine amazing islands, covering a distance of 173 miles/280 kms along the entire Hebridean archipelago. Every day’s biking combines the stunning white sandy beaches, rocky mountains and wild glens with the rich cultural and natural history of the Hebrides. It will be a journey to remember.

From vast coastal fields of wild flowers to the mysterious standing stones of Callanish, we are sure you will be captivated by these special islands. Here, where Gaelic is still spoken, you will find a rich culture and history.

With warm hospitality, great accommodation and food completing the picture, join us for a memorable trip through the Hebrides!

Day 1: Inverness to South Uist

We meet in Inverness in the morning and drive west through the highlands. Crossing by ferry to the Isle of Skye, where your adventure begins.  Lots of opportunity to watch out for whales and other marine wildlife on the crossing, before we alight at the wonderful Outer Hebrides at Lochmaddy. Onward to the islands of North and South Uist. Welcome dinner and a cosy overnight stay (D).

Day 2 – Barra And Eriskay

This morning we ride to the Isle of Eriska, steeped in stories of local lore. It is here that Bonnie Prince Charlie and ‘the Seven Men of Moidart’ landed in 1745 to begin the Jacobite Rising. Onward by ferry to Barra where we take a loop bike ride of the island, taking in Kisimul Castle ~ the Castle in the Sea ~ at Castlebay. Further along the West Coast of Barra, we capture the beautiful views of the Atlantic. Later this afternoon we return by ferry to the Isle of Eriskay and South Uist, your home again for the night. (B,L,D) Distance 37 m / 59 km

Day 3 – South Uist, Benbecula & North Uist

This morning we follow the wild machair covered west coast, taking in all the sights and sounds as you weave past the wild flowers and white sandy beaches. The Machair is a wild, fertile habitat supporting an abundance of wildflowers in Spring and Summer. Here, you will also find sand dunes and fresh water lochans where an extensive array of wild birds thrive. Ease your way north along flat terrain and across the tiny island of Benbecula onto North Uist and Benerary. A short ferry crossing takes us to the Isle of Harris and a transfer to your harbourside hotel.

(B,L,) Distance 47 m / 75 km 

Day 4 – The Golden Road and Luskenture

Today offers one of the best days biking on the Hebrides. We follow the “Golden Road” on winding roads to the east of Harris, known local as the Bays. The route offers amazing scenery and views across the Isle of Skye. Arriving into Rodel, we stop to visit the 15th century St. Clements church before lunch at Leverburgh. After lunch we follow the beautiful coastline to the beaches of Luskentyre and take a short beach walk. Optional transfer or follow the beach route to a final descent back to Tarbert, the islands ‘capital’ and your lovely hotel right by the harbour. (B,L) Distance 36 m / 59 km

Day 5 – Harris to The Isle of Lewis

After breakfast we visit the famous Harris Tweed weavers to see the worlds most famous weavers at work. Today will be your most challenging day as we climb through the hills but the striking scenery is a reward worth earning. As you traverse beneath the striking mountain of An Clisham – the highest pint of the Outer Hebrides. you should keep an eye out for golden Eagles.

 

Crossing the spectacular fjord of Loch Seaforth, we continue on to the Isle of Lewis, the largest island of the Western Isles or Outer Hebrides archipelago. Turning west we bike towards the historical Callanish standing stones. These mysterious stones are over 5000 years old. The ancient site provides a fitting end to a memorable day of riding. For the next two nights your home will be a friendly 4 star Guest House located nearby. (B, L) Distance 39 m / 64 kms

Day 6 – Callanish to the Butt of Lewis

Your final day of cycling follows the west coast of Lewis and is full of historical and cultural interest. Heading north,  we pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch and then the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan which offers an insight into what island living was like not so many years ago.

Discover the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a huge whale washed up on a beach nearby. Perched on the Atlantic at the very edge of Europe, the Butt of Lewis is a spectacular place to end our journey through the Outer Hebrides. This brings you to the end of an unforgettable bike tour and island safari of Scotland’s favourite islands. We return to Callanish for your final overnight stay and a celebratory dinner. (B, L,D) Distance 34 m / 56 km.

Day 7 – Callanish to Inverness

After a relaxed breakfast, you have time to take a final bike ride to the village of Stornoway. Alternatively, we can ride in the van to explore Lews Castle, recently renovated, with restaurants and museum. Lots to see and do here, including the excellent Gaelic cultural arts venue and nice cafes  where you can have lunch. Early afternoon we board the ferry for a scenic journey to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness, where we will arrive close to 6.30 pm. (B)

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West Coast Whisky Trail

Trip Highlights

  • Cycling the best of Scottish Islands: the Isle of Arran, Islay island and the whisky island of Jura,
  • Enjoy world class whisky
  • Explore the Mull of Kinture
  • Visit the third largest whirlpool in the world
  • An unforgettable cycling holiday.

 Arran ~ Islay ~ Jura

7 days/ 6 nights Classic Guided Bike Tour
From £2,095 per person sharing

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Our West Coast Whisky Trail bike tour takes you through three of Scotland’s most beautiful islands: the isles of Arran, Islay and Jura. Enjoy a tutored whisky tasting including samples fresh from the cask. Experience a guided Rib trip to the world famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool. Throughout the week you will enjoy rides on the Isles of Arran, Jura and Islay. Included also is a crossing of the Mull of Kintyre. At the end of the tour you can enjoy time in Glasgow. At the end of each day, relax in hand chosen accommodations with wonderful. Enjoy local food, ales and whiskies, providing an authentic taste of the islands.

Day 1: Scotland in Miniature

Meet and greet in Glasgow for the start of your West Coast Whisky Trail. From which we depart to the west coast. Here we catch the ferry from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran. Arran is often described as “Scotland in Miniature”. It has the Highland-Lowland dividing line running through the middle of the Island. This divides the wild, unspoiled, mountainous north, dominated by the peak of Goat Fell, and the forest, farmland and resorts of the south.

The crossing through the Firth of Clyde takes 55 minutes. Then we arrive into the main village of Brodick. On arrival we will make the short transfer to our accommodation for the next two nights. Following lunch we will spend some time fine tuning the bikes and ensuring everyone is set up for weeks riding. After a short ride, there will be time to enjoy the leisure facilities at the hotel. These include a swimming pool, sauna and steam room to help relax before a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Brodick on the Isle of Arran. (L,D)

Our West Coast Whisky Trail

 

Day2: Castles, Crags and Caves

Today’s bike route will take us around the southern half of Arran. The day is jam packed with island scapes and the coastline. In additiona, we will be treated to great views across to Kinytyre and back to the mainland. Commencing in Lamlash we head south through Whiting Bay, and on to the south side of the island. We stop at a local ‘Velo Cafe’ before turning North again. The island is full of points of interest, such as caves, ancient standing stones, castles and crags. Also, you will have stunning coastal vistas to the mainland. There will be time to explore the picturesque villages before arriving back to Brodick and back to Lamlash. This evening we will enjoy a well deserved dinner at the hotel. (B, L)

Daily Distance: 41 miles/65 km

 

Our West Coast Whisky Trail

 

Day 3: Island Hopping

This mornings ride skirts by Goat Fell, the highest peak on Arran standing at 874 metres (2,866 ft) to the village of Lochranza and its ruined castle. We have two short ferry crossings: a short ferry crossing takes us to Kintyre Peninsula. The second ferry from Kennacriag to Islay is a voyage of exploration. It takes 2 hours, whisking us past the Isle of Ghia and through the Sound of Jura, where we can look out for minkie whales, dolphins and basking sharks. On arrival in Port Askaig, we will hop back on the bikes and ride towards our accommodation and base for the next two nights. (B,L)
Daily Distance: 36.2 miles/52 km

West Coast Whicky Trail

Day 4: Wildlife and Whisky

This morning we transfer to the coastal village of Portnahaven,  following the west coast of the island to Port Charlotte. A picturesque ride, with views of Orsay Island. Picnic lunch overlooking the sea. Back on the bikes we start to ride back to our accommodation at Brigend via Loch Gruinart, where we can stop off to visit the small RSPB Center where they relate the importance of Islay to many bird species such as migrating geese, corn rake, lapwing and hen harrier. (B,L)

Daily Distance: 38.8 miles/62 km

 

Our West Coast Whisky Trail

 

Day 5: Island Hopping

Today will be a short day of riding on Islay’s quiet country roads. Setting off from Port Ellen, we reach the Coast once more and turn left, following the road along the Whisky Coast. We pass the island’s 3 famous distilleries of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Following on, we reach the Kildalton Cross, a monolithic Celtic Cross. From here, we ride back to Ardbeg fir lunch in the cafe before spending the afternoon enjoying a tutored whisky tasting. Afterward, we transfer back to Brigend. (B, L)

Distance: 45-65km/ 30-40 miles depending on which distilleries you choose to visit

Day 6: Jura and The Corryvreckan Whirlpool

This morning we transfer the short distance to Port Askaig, where we board the passenger ferry. We cross the fast flowing Sound of Islay and reaching the Jura in a little over five minutes. We follow the eastern coastline of the Island watching out for red deer and the many Iron Age Forts, ancient burial grounds and standing stones as we bike along the east coast of the Island towards the main village of Craighouse.

The highlight of the afternoon is when we load up the bikes and take a private boat trip to visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the third largest whirlpool in the world. From here the boat takes us back to the mainland, where there is an option to cycle the last few miles back to our hotel, set in 17 acres of gardens and beach overlooking the coast. Farewell dinner tonight and perhaps a dram to celebrate a fantastic week of Island hopping. (B,L,D)

Daily Distance: 36 miles/57 km

Day 7: Return to Glasgow

Sadly, to day we bid you farewell. After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel there will be time for a short walk around the neighbouring Arduannie Gardens. The gardens are run and maintained by the National Trust for Scotland and benefit form the warming effect of the North Atlantic drift. Due to the proximity to the sea, this allows the cultivation of many rare and tender plants from around the world. Our journey back to Glasgow will take us around 2 hours 45 minutes, passing through Inverary and Loch Fyne, where we can stop at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Deli for a bite to eat before returning to Glasgow. (B)

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Beautiful Tuscany

Our Beautiful Tuscany Bike tour is a luxury, guided bike tour that captures the essence of glorious Tuscany and features some of the best scenery in the region. A stylish and unique experience!

Montepulciano ~ Pienza ~ Val d’Orcia
7 Day / 6 Night, Guided Tour

This tour has captured the essence of glorious Tuscany and features some of the best scenery in the region.  Starting at the beautiful Villa Marsili, in Cortona, this tour lets you discover Montepulciano, Pienza and Val d’Orcia through a landscape of sculpted curves created over the centuries by wind, rain, and man. The mystique of this land lies not only in its landscape, but also in its nature, its vineyards and its history: oak woods, olive groves and vineyards overlook enchanting hillsides, medieval villages and historical monuments. Each day you rise, enjoy excellent coffee, cycle for five or six hours in the fresh air and spend the night in a warm, welcoming inn.  The tour ends on a high note in the magnificent city of Siena.

Day 1: Cortona

Nice to meet you! Transfer from Chiusi station to the charming Villa Marsili where your bike fitting and tour introductions  take place. Explore this delightful hill town, made famous by Frances Mayes in her bestselling novel ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Stroll through the winding narrow (and steep! ) medieval streets, then enjoy a fabulous welcome dinner at Le Loggette in main square.

Day 2: Lake Trasimeno and Val di Pierle

Your bike tour to Trasimeno lake begins with cycling to Val di Pierle and its splendid castle or “Rocca”. The castle was built prior to the 10th century and belonged to the marquises of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina.  Then enjoy an uphill cycle to the top of Cima di Tuoro from where you will be able to enjoy a stunning view of the Lake and its islands before beginning your welcome descent. Distance 52 km/32.5 miles.

Day 3: Pienza and Montepulciano  

Today you bike to  Montepulciano and explore rolling hills before climbing to Pienza.  Ride from Cortona to Montepulciano, a jewel in southern Tuscany and stop in the village of Monticchiello, the quintessential Tuscan hill town. Bold cypress trees line our route to the Orcia valley where you bike through the fields that inspired Renaissance painters. Distance 50 km/ 31 miles…

 

Day 4: Val d’Orcia and Radicofani   

Enjoy a loop bike tour in the  Orcia valley and a climb to Radicofani, a medieval and enchanting village with ‘Rocca’ dating to 1200.  Then head downhill to Contignano. On the way back have a “pecorino” –  sheep milk cheese tasting –  at Pianporcino organic farm. Distance 66 km/41 miles.

Day5: Montalcino and Brunello wine

Cycle downhill to the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa and unique town, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo. The famed wine town of Montalcino is a highlight: from its fortress see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Once back in the saddle you are on your way to a winery where you will enjoy the local brunello. Distance 45 km/28 miles.

Day 6: Monte Oliveto Abbey & Siena 

Enjoy the downhill ride from Montalcino, stop at Giovanni d’asso, an ancient borgo (burough)  famous worldwide for its valuable white truffle, is rich with farms, hamlets and castles, reminiscent of the colours of the paintings of the Renaissance. Afterwards, you’ll travel through the fascinating area called Le Crete, Tuscany’s answer to the Badlands. Distance 55 km/34 miles.

Day 7: Siena

Arrivederci! Your bike tour has ended – explore Siena on your own before leaving by train for your next destination in Italy.

Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour

This extraordinary mountain bike journey, The Hebridean Trail,  takes you through one of Europe’s last true wilderness regions, the Outer Hebrides

7 Day/ 6 Night Guided Mountain Bike Tour

Inverness~Uist~Isle of Lewis

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OVERVIEW

More than just another bike ride, the Hebridean Trail mountain bike tour offers the opportunity to experience life on this unique group of islands, the Outer Hebrides.  Here, the landscapes are wild and untamed, golden eagles and red deer roam free and human history dates back over 5,000 years. Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Outer Hebrides. Hear Gaelic being spoken or sung, listen to traditional folk musicians play in pubs. Moreover, you get to see famous Harris Tweed being weaved by skilled local crafters. In addition, from the sea and the land comes some delectable produce; think fresh langoustines, scallops, lobster, crab, lamb and beef – and don’t forget moreish Stornoway black pudding!

Day 1: Inverness to the Island of North Uist

Meet at 08.30 at Inverness railway station for your journey through the Highlands. We meet at 8.30am in Inverness and travel to Uist by ferry from Uig on the Isle of Skye. Arriving into Lochmaddy, we transfer a short distance to our hotel.  After checking in, we have a bike fitting session followed by a short bike ride near the village of Lochmaddy. (L,D)

Day 2: Lochmaddy to South Uist Island     

Touday, the start of the Hebridean Trail follows the west coast of South Uist through the delightful coastal flower meadows, called machair. A trail runs for approximately 30km right the way up the west coast of the island. This is defined by its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise seas. From the north of the island head inland and follow the ‘main’ road across the causeways to the tiny island of Benbecula.  Afterward we return to the island of North Uist to Lochmaddy for your  overnight stay.
(B,L, D) Ride distance: 71km,  44m

Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour Mountain Biking on the Hebridean Trail

Day 3: Lochmaddy to the Isle of Harris

Riding north from Lochmaddy, we follow the coast road to Berneray.  Here you will take the short ferry across the Sound of Harris to Leverburgh. Harris is arguably the jewel in the crown of the Outer Hebrides with its stunning beaches and rugged mountains. We follow the west coast road with incredible views.  On clear days, the World Heritage Site of St Kilda can be seen 40 miles offshore. We now heading off-road. Taking a series of ancient ‘coffin roads’, you will spend the afternoon riding some fine single track through a landscape of a 1000 lochans. Then we have one final road descent takes you to the charming village of Tarbert where will we stay for two nights. (B,L,D) Distance 62km, 40m 

Day 4: Reinigeadal and the Isle of Scalpay

Depending on whether you want to tackle one of Scotland’s rarely ridden classic off-road routes  or take it easy exploring the Isle of Scalpay and the area around Tarbert there are options. Notwithstanding, for confident riders, the Reinigeadal Loop is superb, offering amazing mountain biking through wild and mountainous landscapes. In addition, we can visit one of the island’s most remote coastal villages before visiting the Harris Distillery. Also, it is well worth extending the day by visiting the Isle of Scalpay with its strong fishing community and a historic lighthouse . Overnight hotel in Tarbert. (B,L, D) Distance: 35km, 22m

Hebridean Mountain Trail Standing Stones of Callanish

                  

Day 5: Tarbert to Callanish, Isle of Lewis

We continue on our Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour with an unforgettable day of island adventure. We combine mountain bikes with a couple of short boat rides by RIB.  This opens up the otherwise inaccessible west coast of Harris and the Isle of Lewis. Once on the Isle of Lewis, follow a trail through a dramatic glen, flanked by spectacular peakson either side.We then descend back to the coast and rejoining the RIB for a final ride to the Standing Stones of Callanish. This mysterious stone circle is over 5000 years old and a remarkable place to visit. Our guest house accommodation is nearby. Distance 53km,  33 m (B,L,D)

Day 6: Callanish to the Butt of Lewis

Your final day follows the west coast of Lewis and is full of historical and cultural interest. Heading north we pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch. Onward to the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan which offers an insight into what island living was like not so many years ago. An impossible to miss feature on your final push is the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a huge whale washed up on a beach nearby. Perched on the Atlantic at the very edge of Europe, the Butt of Lewis is a spectacular and fitting place to end your Hebridean Trail. After celebratory drinks, head back to your accommodation at Callanish for our final night on the islands. Distance 64km, 39m (B,L,D)

Day 7: Return to Inverness via Ullapool and farewell!

Following breakfast will head into Stornoway – the largest town in the Outer Hebrides – for a free morning to explore, shop and relax. There is plenty of interest here including Scotland’s newest distillery, a Gaelic cultural and arts venue and nice cafes and bars. After lunch board the ferry back to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness. (B)

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Wild Connemara Guided Tour

Wild Connemara Guided Bike Tour

6 days / 5 nights, guided tour.                                               

Our Wild Connemara Guided tour is a splendid bike tour of Connemara’s remote back roads. Here the magnificent landscapes consist of some of the most dramatic settings in the West of Ireland. Enjoy off the beaten track routes and spectacular cycling. It features fresh seafood and local produce as well as an array of wonderful accommodations.

The introductory drive we take to the heart of Connemara from Galway City has been described as one of the top ten drives in the world (Conde Nast Traveller) and our journey gets better from there!

DAY 1: Untamed Landscapes
After arrival in Galway, we transfer to the heart of Connemara, where your tour begins. En-route we visit the carefully restored Aughanure Castle.  You will also learn of Grainuaile, Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland’s west. Her family castle ruins dominate the coastline from Ballyconneeley to Achill Island. We arrive in Clifden or Ballynahinch, depending on your accommodation choice. Here we have an introductory briefing and bike fit out.

DAY 2: Seascapes and Stunning Coastline
An early morning start takes us to Roundstone village. Described the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara. We visit Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument workshop. This is the home of the traditional Bodhran. Departing Roundstone to Ballyconneely village via stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay. We follow the rugged coastline to Ballyconneely, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, the region’s longest established smokehouse. We then take the scenic ‘bog road’ home – where sheep are our only distraction! Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant specializing in local seafood. Overnight in Clifden or Ballynahinch, depending on your accommodation choice.
Daily Miles: from 15 miles, with longer routes from 22 – 37 miles.

DAY 3: Carpe Diem
This morning you have time to relax and explore the little galleries, bookstores and shops of Clifden. Optional activities today include golf  or a pony riding. Others may choose to spend the morning or afternoon fly fishing at Ballynahinch Castle. Heading out, we bike the Sky Road on our way to Connemara National Park and Letterfrack village/ We arrive at the splendid neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey in time for a home baked lunch. We continue through the Lough Inagh Valley – described as one of the most beautiful valleys in Ireland or to the Renvyle Penninsula, a vista of pink and purple, wild fuchsia, and ocean. Overnight at Lough Inagh Valley or Renvyle Peninsula depending on your accommodation choice.        Daily Miles: from 19 miles, with the average miles to day covering 32- 45 miles. Extensions available.

DAY 4: Sand, Sea and Sky.
This morning’s ride takes you through a stunning vistas of peatlands, lakes, and forests and around the Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord. Passing through Tully Cross village and onward by Lettergesh beach we spin through some amazing landscapes. We also have the opportunity to stop by an area of bog. Here you will see where peat is still cut and harvested by local farmers.  We spend tonight in Leenane village. Here you have the opportunity to celebrate the day at the Connemara Seaweed Baths, one of  the only salt water seaweed baths in the West of Ireland.
Daily miles: Day’s average 22 miles with extensions up to 42 miles.

Day 5: Clew Bay Biking
Immerse yourself in your surrounds this morning. We spin through a mountain pass between Mweelrea, Connemara’s highest mountain and the Sheefry Hills. We reach Louisburgh, a quiet, traditional village in time for lunch. We then continue westward along the beautiful shoreline of Clew Bay. This afternoon offers the opportunity to climb the famous holy mountain of Croagh Mountain in county Mayo. Otherwise we recommend adding an extra day in Westport and allowing time to do this climb. The hike up the 784m mountain offers fantastic views of Clew Bay where you will see Ireland’s best example of sunken drumlins. Cycle onward to the lively heritage town of Westport, a charming planned town with a unique blend of the old and new, where you will spend tonight.    Daily Miles: days average miles 22, with optional challenging extension ride over the Sheefry Hills.

DAY 6: Slán go fóill!
Today, sadly, today we bid you farewell. This morning you depart from Westport to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire.

 

Mediterranean Flavours of Puglia

Our Mediterranean Flavours of Puglia Bike tour is a journey that reflects all that is authentic, culturally rich, sustainable and superlative in the world of travel today.

Pulgia Trulli

Alberobello ~ Ostuni~ Lecce
7 Day/ 6 Night, Guided Tour

From Euro 2800.00 per person sharing. 

This southern corner of  Italy’s ‘heel’ is an exotic and unique region due to its historic interaction with Greek, Norman and Arab cultures . These blended influences can still be seen today, most notably in the surviving vernacular architecture – with  its Romanesque churches Baroque towns and charming Trulli, squat houses of whitewashed stone and unusual conical roofs.  This culturally rich and authentic heritage has led in part to Puglia being named one of National Geographic’s Best of the World travel experiences. This trip takes you along coastal roads through Adriatic fishing ports then inland past olive groves, vineyards and grazing sheep. It also offers you the chance to enjoy the region’s exceptional cuisine with its abundant seafood, fresh vegetables, homemade pasta and outstanding bread.

Day 1: Welcome to Puglia!

Arrive in Monopoli, a coastal town with a beautiful aragonese castle before setting off to check into your rooms at your first luxury hotel in the countryside. Meet and greet with your guides during your bike-fitting session. Overnight at il Melograno, Monopoli, a beautiful 17th century Masseria. Distance: 20 km/12,5 miles

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Day 2: Polignano & Castellana grotte

After setting off from Monopoli we pedal through groves of olive trees to the spectacular cool limestone caves of Grotte di Castellanna . Following this, we cycle to Polignano a Mare, a postcard perfect whitewashed village overlooking the Adriatic: be sure to explore the old town’s narrow winding streets and marvel at the incredible views of the bright blue sea. Return to your charming Masseria for a poolside apertif. Distance: 50km/31 miles

Day 3: Alberobello & Ostuni

Cycle along rolling country roads lined with ancient stone walls through the fertile Valle d’Itria (Itria valley). Your goal is Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its unique historic architecture consisting of whitewashed trulli with conical roofs dating back to the 13th century. Afterwards, follow the coastal panoramic road through the towns of Savelletri, Torre Canne and up to Ostuni. Overnight at Ostuni Palace, a four star luxury hotel in the centre of charming Ostuni. Distance 58km/ 36 miles.

Day 4: Martina Franca & olive oil  tasting

Your highlight today is a loop bike ride to the picturesque Martina Franca.  This historic walled hill town is reached following a ride along roads  dotted with olive groves, vineyards, maquis shrub and ancient oak trees to Carovigno and Ceglie Messapica, and is  a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo. This region is famous for the quality of its olive oil, which you will get to sample following a ride to Frantoio d’amico, for a tasting and lunch. Return to Ostuni for dinner at Taverna della gelosia.  Distance 95km/ 59 mikes.

Day 5: Winery Liveli & Lecce 

Take a leisurely ride from the Ostuni to Cellino San Marco and Liveli, one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries. After a tour with the vineyard’s expert oenologist,  enjoy lunch & wine tasting in a dining room overlooking the aging barrels. Following this, continue on to the pink city Lecce, often referred to as the gem of Apulia. In Lecce, you stay at the luxury heritage residence, the Risorgimento Resort. Distance 62 km/38,5 miles.

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Day 6: Santa Cesarea & Zinzalusa

Today, take a coastal route along the Adriatic, pausing at the wonderful historic seaside town of Otranto. Discover beautiful spots and striking views including brightly painted houses and the fortress walls overlooking the south bank of the harbor.  Pedaling on we pass Santa Cesarea, famed 16th century since the  for its hot springs and  the striking Grotta Zinzalusa sea cave. Return to Lecce for your overnight stay. Farewell Dinner at Le due Corti, known for its authentic local food. Distance 55 km/34 miles.

Day 7:  Arrivederci ancora!

After a farewell breakfast, enjoy sightseeing in  the beautiful baroque town of Lecce.

2019 departure: October 20th – 26th

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West Coast Adventure Guided Tour

Trip Highlights

  • Our West Coast Adventure Iconic bike tour is a memorable experience
  • Immerse in a variety of scenery and landscapes along quiet shores, coastline, peatland, heathers and sandy beaches
  • Visit impressive ancient sites such as the Poulnabroune Dolman, Dun Aengus hilltop fort and the Cliffs of Moher
  • Enroute, enjoy the heritage of the Gaelic language, music and stories
  • We leave the main roads behind and soon you will be all alone in a majestic landscape!

The Burren ~ Aran Islands ~ Connemara

Duration is 6 days and 5 nights, fully supported bike tour
Price from Euro 1495.00 per person sharing

 

West Coast Adventure Guided Tour www.cyclewest.com The Stunning Cliffs of Moher

 

INTRODUCTION

This extraordinary Irish biking tour, our West Coast Adventure, has been designed with amazing landscapes. We invite you to experience the heritage, local produce and an overall terrific adventure.  Notwithstanding, we offer you the opportunity to explore and contemplate life to its fullest, away from all the hustle of everyday life.

From vast fields of rare wildflowers, especially in May, to stunning cliff views, we are sure you will be captivated. Moreover, with warm hospitality, great accommodation and food, join us for a trip you will remember.

Doonagore Castle overlooking the Aran Islands

THE LANDSCAPES

The BURREN is a unique landscape of limestone plateau and wilderness landscapes that invite you to explore.  You will discover ancient stone forts and neo-lithic monuments. In addition, you will find alpine and arctic flowers growing side by side. Their seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is a mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort!

Biking the Burren Coastline

 

Three timeless islands in an endless sea, showcase weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people. Here Gaelic is still spoken and is the language of choice for the islanders.

Crossing by ferry from the Aran Islands, you will know immediately that you have arrived in wild CONNEMARA  by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Described by Oscar Wilde as “wild, mountainous country, magnificent is every way”.

Moreover, for this rewarding bike trip, we have personally selected a wonderful variety of quality accommodations that offer a blend of luxury and personal hospitality.  As a rsult, you will enjoy the delights of stunning settings and vibrant culture.
Come and join us on this terrific West Coast adventure and let your imagination do the rest…..

WHAT OUR VISITORS ARE SAYING

‘We still talk to one another often and with great pleasure about our trip. We have so many wonderful pictures of our trip. As wonderful as our week in Ireland was, it was hardly enough time to fully capture the depth and breadth of your beautiful country and we all hope to find ourselves back on your roads sometime in the future. …Thanks again to you for all the effort and attention you gave us.’

Michael Riddell and family, Millburn, New Jersey

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Cead Mile Failte ~ Welcome to Ireland. Firstly, we begin our journey at the seaside village of Ballyvaughan, County Clare. We begin with a warm welcome, bike fit out and tour briefing. This is followed by an evening dinner and welcome to the West Coast of Ireland!  Overnight as guests in the village of Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.

 

Traditional Irish Music Session

DAY 2: Castles and Caves
Begin your day with an exploration of medieval Newtown Castle and the Burren College of Art Gallery. Nothwithstanding, this day has been designed as an activity filled day. The pace is leisurely and brings you into the heart of the Burren. Next, we explore Ailwee Cave, followed with a visit to the Birds of Prey sanctuary. Here we see a selection of Falcon, Hawk, Eagles, Owls and Vultures. You are treated to a magnificent birds of prey flight demonstration. Private Hawk Walks are available upon request.

We continue biking onward through into the Burren hills, where we discover a world of wildlife, folklore and ancient archaeology. Later, we see the 4,500 year old Poulnabrone portal tomb. Our final stop of the day is the Caherconnell stone fort. We also experience a traditional sheepdog demonstration. An overall exhilarating day. We speed home with a magnificent downhill descent to the village of Ballyvaughan. Watch the sunset over the Burren hills after dinner with a stroll along the beach.

Overnight in Ballyvaughan. Minimum mileage of 15 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 42

DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
Today starts with a tour of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.  Towering 700 feet (214 metres) above sea level, the Cliffs are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. A designated UNESCO site, the Cliffs are the prefect viewing location for puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Views across to the Aran Islands and perhaps a dolphin or two.

Following on from the Cliffs. we descend to the colourfull village of Doolin.  From here the ferry will take us to the Aran Islands, where Gaelic remains the spoken language. On the islands, visit Dun Aengus, an ancient hilltop fort towering  above the ocean. Enjoy the vistas of whitewashed cottages and the intricate network of stone walls. This is a visit you will treasure long after your visit to Ireland.

Transfer by ferry and overnight on the Aran Islands. Daily Miles: Custom miles for children. Minimum mileage of 19 miles with island extension of 8 miles.


DAY 4: Ferries and Foxes

After a midday departure from the Aran Islands to the Rosaveal ferry port. Upon arrival in Connemara, we traverse a route through the heathered landscape. The  scenery here is wild and barren. Following lunch en route, we bike in the shadow of the Twelve Bens mountains, along the rugged coastline.  Relax in the beautiful market town of Clifden, your home for the next two nights. Overnight in Clifden. Daily miles: Minimum 28 miles.

CycleWest Ireland: West Coast Adventure Guided Tour. www.cyclewest.com A Traditional Irish Cottage by the Sea

DAY 5: Seascapes and Sandcastles
Begin with an early morning start to Roundstone village, the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara. Here traditional Galway Hooker boats, lovingly cared for over the years, can be seen on Bertraghboy Bay. We visit Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument workshop, home of the traditional Bodhran. Departing Roundstone to Ballyconneely village via stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay. We follow the rugged coastline to Ballyconneely Village. Return to Clifden for another overnight stay.
Overnight in Clifden. Daily Miles: Minimum of a 19 loop, with 2 – 30 miles.

DAY 6: Castle Extension or Departure
Today, with time to spare we take a quick loop ride to the Sky Road. This is justifiably famous for the views it affords. The Sky Road route takes you up among the hills overlooking Clifden Bay and its offshore islands, Inishturk and Turbot. Following this lovely bike ride, we sadly bid you farewell.

Depart from Clifden to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire.

Contact us at cyclewest.ireland@gmail.com for more details.

 

Grand Tour of Scotland

Tour Highlights

Pedal trough the spectacular Cairngorms National Park
An immersion into the best of Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage
Experience Scotlands hidden corners through the eyes of a local guide
Visit the historic University town of St. Andrews
Spend time at Glamis Castle, described at ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland

Inverness ~ Cairngorms National Park ~ Dundee ~ St. Andrews ~ Edinburgh

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Price: from £1,895 per person sharing

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

INTRODUCTION

Our Grand Tour of Scotland is the perfect way to explore Scotland by bike! A quintessential biking adventure that takes you 230 miles from Inverness to Edinburgh. Pedal on quiet and spectacularly scenic roads as you experienc

Highlights include Royal Lochnagar Distillery to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing.

From lunch at the historic battlefield of Culloden to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing. Leave the car and tour bus behind, safe in the knowledge that your guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary, take part in a classic Scottish adventure.

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

 

Day 1: Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey

For the start of your Grand Tour of Scotland, we meet in Inverness in the heart of the Scottish highlands. A quick transfer will take you to  the historic battlefield of Culloden where your guide who will give you a trip briefing and bike fitting before a guided tour of the battlefieds and lunch. Then we journey east on a flat road through the Whisky Country of Speyside. In addition, we take an ancient military road, dating from the 1700’s, to our first overnight stop at Grantown on Spey to your first hotel at Grantown-on-Spey. (L, D) Distance 37m/59km

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

 

Day 2: The Cairngorms National Park

Today you ride from west to east across the UK’s largest and most spectacular National Park named by National Geographic as one of the ’50 Must Visit Places on Earth’. Reach your first stop at Tomintoul – the Highland’s highest village and home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops. After lunch make for the stiff climb over Lecht pass with the summit providing rewarding views over Royal Deeside. Then we continue on to the lovely village of Ballater – your  home for two nights. (B, L, D) Distance 39m/63km

 

Grand Tour of Scotland Bike Tour

Day 3: Royal Deeside to Edzell

Today you will continue east along the River Dee through the picturesque Forest of Birse. An early lunch sets you up for the climb over Cairn O’Mount with its stone cairn said to be more than 4000 years old. Panoramic views of the North Sea and Scotland’s East Coast. Moreover, you have a superb 10 miles of downhill riding all the way to Edzell our home for the night. (B, L, D) Distance 39m/63km

Day 4: Glamis Castle & Dundee, the City of Discovery

Leaving the Cairngorm Mountains behind, head south through Kirriemuir onto Glamis Castle. We stop here for lunch and take a guided tour of what is said to be Scotland’s ‘most beautiful castle’. Following on, we continue on our journey crossing the low-lying Sidlaw Hills before reaching your waterfront accommodation in the City of Dundee. (B, L, D) Distance 42m/68km

 

Day 5: St Andrews & The East Neuk of Fife

Today on your Grand Tour of Scotland, we make an early start from Dundee. Here we visit the art and design V&A Museum. After this we cross the Tay Estuary and reach the historical town of St Andrews with plenty of time to explore. Leaving St Andrews behind, we have a short climb, with rewarding views, before descending to the coast passing through the small coastal fishing village of Crail and onto our overnight stop in Anstruther. Tonight we will enjoy an evening meal at an 18th century Tavern. (B, L, D) Distance 37m/56km

Day 6: Anstruther to Aberdour

Leaving the coast behind we begin our final full day of riding on some quieter roads towards the village of Ceres, home of the Fife Folk Museum. From here we pick up part of the National Cycle Network route passing through a number of villages and the historic Falkland Palace. Today’s lunch stop is at one of our favourite eco-cafes “The Pillars of Hercules”.  Also this afternoon we climb through the Lomond Hills Regional Park and continue ourjourney through the Fife area and to our final accommodation in Aberdour. We can enjoy our final evening together with dinner at the inn. (B, L, D) Distance 50m/80km

 

 

Day 7:  Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh

The final day of your Grand Tour of Scotland takes you across the spectacular Firth of Forth. We visit Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and climb the road up to the city’s iconic Castle. Equally important, after taking in the outstanding views across the city, we freewheel down the full length of the famous and historic Royal Mile to the royal Palace of Holyrood. The trip ends with a celebration lunch before we bid you farewll. (B,L) Distance 25m/40km

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

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BIKE SCOTLAND EARLY BIRD 2017 SPECIAL:
GET YOUR 2017 TOUR AT 2016 PRICES IF BOOKED BEFORE OCTOBER 21st

Scotland: a connoisseur’s delight!
Join us in 2017.

Discover the magnificent landscape, a warm hospitality and rich history ~ the best way possible ~ on two wheels! Come join us in Scotland and discover a land of single malt whisky with its deep throated, peaty flavours.  Tiny islands dotting the coastline, with deserted crofts, sandy beaches and where Gaelic remains the language of choice. The islands offer the opportunity to watch for eagles and test your stamina on the passes. Stunning landscapes mark your course on our Scotland bike tours in 2017! read more>

Scotland Island Explorer Bike Tour 2017

2017 DATES: 13-18 May, 17-22 June, 15-20 July, 19-24 Aug

A Brand New and Exciting Itinerary for 2015, we believe this trip has the perfect ingredients for a wonderful bike tour of the Scottish Isles. A green graded trip, this  is also the perfect introduction to bike touring.  During the week we will enjoy day rides on the Islands of Arran, Islay and Jura on an island hopping adventure, packed with wildlife, ferries, quiet roads and routes, quality accommodation, seafood, distilleries, whisky and a fantastic rib trip to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool to top it off! A magical combination. Read Itinerary

Outer Hebrides Tour 2017

2017 DATES: 10– 16 Jun, 1-7 Jul, 5-11 Aug, 2 – 8 Sept

This trip travels through 9 amazing islands along the entire Hebridean archipelago. Each of the day’s riding combines stunning white sand beaches, rocky mountains and wild glens with the rich cultural and natural history of the Hebrides. From vast coastal fields of wild flowers to the mysterious standing stones of Callanish, we are sure you will be captivated by these special islands. With warm hospitality, great accommodation and food completing the picture, join us for a memorable trip through the Hebrides. Read Itinerary

The Grand Tour of Scotland 2017

2017 DATES: 6-12 May, 3- 9Jun, 8-14 July, 9 -15 Sept,

The Grand Tour of Scotland is designed to be a classic road cycling tour connecting the Highland capital of Inverness to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Experience an incredible range of trip highlights. From lunch at the historic battlefield of Culloden to a guided tour of what’s know as ‘the most beautiful castle in Scotland’ this trip will leave you wanting for nothing. Leave the car and tour bus behind, safe in the knowledge that your guides and vehicle support will take care of you. With great accommodation and food completing the itinerary, take part in a classic Scottish adventure. Read Itinerary

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details, dates and prices.

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!

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