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acrogenously The Burren is one of the largest limestone areas in Europe and spreads over 250 squared kilometers. Part of it has been selected as the Burren National Park. It is in the northwest of Co. Clare.

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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.

buy Neurontin australia 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.

 

 

 

Vermont Lake Champlain Bike Tour

Our Vermont Lake Champlains Island Bike Tour is possibly one of the most scenic lakeside bike tours in North America.

Burlington~Grand Isle ~ Champlain Islands ~North Hero ~ Burlington 
6 Day / 5 Night Guided Bike Tour, from USD $1995.00 per person sharing.

Every day on this spectacular tour includes leisurely lakeside cycling and awe-inspiring views of Lake Champlain, the sixth largest (and surely one of the loveliest) lakes in the U.S. We begin by enjoying peaceful landscapes as we ride to Charlotte, then cross by ferry to ride through the nationally recognized historic village of Essex, New York.

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Enjoy stunning views of the Green and Adirondack Mountains as we bike along the renowned Burlington Bike path. Our easy cycling includes a visit to Vermont’s oldest settlement at Fort Saint Anne (and the Saint Anne Shrine), to the oldest log cabin in the nation, and to the quarry at Chazy reef where the oldest fossils in the world are located.

We can enjoy a visit to Snow Farm Vineyard and always include the ever-popular option of riding north into Canada (bring your passport!). We also include an afternoon of professionally guided kayaking along the quiet shores of the lake.

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ITINERARY

The inns on this tour are as wonderful as the biking. We spend our first two nights at the Lang House in Burlington, a handsome 19th-century Victorian inn and one of the premier B & Bs in Vermont. Our last three nights we stay at the historic North Hero House.This lakeside inn, once the county court house and town hall, is now a local favorite that provides comfortable rooms and excellent three Diamond dining.

DAY ONE: Welcome to Vermont!
Arrival to the beautiful college town of Burlington.  Overnight at the Lang House, a historic inn built in 1881, steeped in local history. Dinner is at 7 pm and is followed by an introductory meeting with your leaders.

 

McClurkin Room at the Lang House on Main Street

 

DAY TWO: Spectacular Views and Lakeshore Biking
Monday’s ride takes us along quiet roads with great views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains to the Village of Charlotte,  stopping at the 160 year old Old Brick Store offering a vast array of Vermont products and great penny candy!

From here we bike to the Charlotte-Essex Ferry for a short ferry ride across Lake Champlain to Essex, New York. This is your first close glimpse of this fabulous 108-mile-long lake that will be your companion for the next several days. Discovered on July 4, 1609 by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain, this is the sixth largest lake in the U.S. and while it seems rather peaceful and quiet today, in earlier times it witnessed a great deal of tumultuous history.

After your 20-minute ferry ride you arrive in Essex, New York, where buildings on the main street comprise one of the most intact collections of pre-Civil War architecture in America. There is an antique store, a potter, an ice cream store etc. Lunch at the Old Dock Restaurant or picnic in the park.

Return to Vermont, biking over a one-way covered bridge, with vistas of the lake, ending the day with an organic wine tasting at the Shelburne Vineyard. You are on your own for dinner this evening and can select from several local options in Burlington within walking distance of the inn. Overnight at Lang House. Distance: 28, 34 or 44 miles

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DAY THREE: Grand Isle and the Champlain Islands
Today we start our cycling on the beautiful Burlington Waterfront Bike Path along the Lake Champlain shoreline, offering wonderful views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the city of Burlington to the right. From here we are transported to Grand Isle and the Champlain Islands.

Lunch at the Accidental Farmer and a visit to the Allenholm Farmstand. From here we wind our way along the western shore of the lake and then cross a drawbridge leading into North Hero a charming 19th century village.  Explore Hero’s Welcome General Store, a quintessential general store located in a century-old building on the shore of the lake.  Overnight at North Hero House described as a ‘jewel in the crown of the Lake Champlain islands’. Distance: 33 miles

DAY FOUR: Loop ride to Canada and Back!
Today we enjoy a pleasant ride north to Alburg and then head north for an optional ride into Canada (bring your passport!). One Canadian highlight is our visit to Fromagerie Kaiser, a boutique cheese and bread shop and a great place to have a picnic before cycling back on a loop to the United States. From here West Shore Road leads down another beautiful side of the lake and to Alburg Dunes State Park. This 625-acre property is named for the sand dunes located along the long south-facing natural sand beach and we cycle along a tree shaded “beach road” before riding our last few miles back to North Hero. Distance: 25 or 46 miles

DAY FIVE: Bike and Kayak
Today we explore historic Isle la Motte biking via  “The Carrying Place” on Lake Champlain, a narrow point that was used by Native Americans to traverse canoes between sections of Lake Champlain. It was also used by rum smugglers!  Crossing the bridge over Alburg Passage we then ride the narrow neck and bridge leading onto Isla La Motte. Here we visit the site of Fort Saint Anne and Saint Anne’s Shrine, built by the French in 1666 as protection against Mohawk Indian raids and was the first white settlement in Vermont.

Leaving St. Anne we continue to hug the island shore with great views west into the Adirondacks. You can opt for a visit to the Fiske Farm and Quarry Preserve where old quarries have exposed outcroppings of the Chazy reef formation. This is the world’s oldest coral reef (450,000,000 years old and nearly a mile long).

After completing our ride we return to the North Hero House to enjoy an included professionally instructed and guided afternoon of kayaking on the beautiful eastern bays of Lake Champlain, often including a stop on Butler Island so we can hike the beautiful pathways and stretch our legs. Distance: 20 or 25 miles and kayaking

DAY SIX: Sadly We Bid Your Farewell
Today’s shorter ride takes us back over the drawbridge and then along the eastern shore of the islands where we enjoy spectacular views of the Green Mountains across the lake. We end the ride at the farmstead of the Accidental Farmer, enjoying some fresh fruit or a sandwich before our transfer back to Burlington. Distance: 19 miles

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.

Ireland Private Escape Bike Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the extraordinary Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark.
  • Ailwee Cave and Birds of Prey, Burren Perfumery, Cliffs of Moher Cruise
  • Step back in time to Inis Meain for an elemental travel experience in the Aran Islands, Ireland
  • Sky Road, Kylemore Abbey, Pearse Interpretative Centre, Roundstone harbour
  • Discover the true heart of Connemara with its breathtaking wild and natural landscapes

Our Ireland Private Bike Tour is a wonderful coastal adventure. This trip includes unique and luxury  accommodations. Experience exquisite, award winning local cuisine and seafood. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Guided Luxe Tour: 7 days / 6 Nights
From Euro 2,695,00 per person sharing.

The Burren ~ Inis Meáin~ Connemara
Gregans Castle Hotel~Inis Meáin Suites~Ballynahinch Castle Hotel


INTRODUCTION

Ireland is a land of poets, revolutionaries, musicians, and storytellers, Here, the landscape has a mythical quality. As such, 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’ and a hundred thousand welcomes! Each day will bring a fresh adventure with your own local guide.

Join us on your very own Ireland Private Bike Tour!

ANCIENT TRAILS AND WILD COASTLINE

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

AN ISLAND DRAMA

Inis Meain is an inspirational Island. It has been described as “a raw limestone slab in the wild Atlantic.”   It offers unparalleled natural beauty, culture, and history in a living community. Here, you still feel as if you are exploring something almost undiscovered. Inis Meáin has been the inspiration for many well-known works including JM Synge’s The Aran Islands and Martin McDonogh’s recent The Cripple of Inishmaan. It is best described as an elemental travel experience like no other.

WILD 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 Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Galway. Ireland’s oldest working castle in a fairtale location and the Leading Luxury hotel in Ireland.

Or consider adding  2 additional days in Dublin Bay’s Biosphere, leading the way in natural adventure.

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!

Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com and quote ‘Ireland Private Getaway‘ for more details, a complete itinerary and what is included.

West Coast Luxe Bike Tour

Our Ireland West Coast Luxe Adventure is a self guided bike trip and one of Ireland’s surprises for the discerning traveller.

The Burren~Aran Islands~Connemara
Luxe Country Lodges  & Castle Hotels
6 Days / 5 Nights Self Led Luxury Bike Tour

Introduction

Explore the limestone plateaus with breathtaking views over the mystical Burren mountain’s and Galway Bay, onward to the Aran Islands and you continue to Connemara where you cycle through remote mountain passes, by majestic mountain lakes and through moors and bogs, by waterfalls and alongside rivers and the rugged Atlantic shore. Come join us on our terrific West Coast Luxe adventure and let your imagination do the rest…..

In the Burren, you will enjoy the 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!

The Aran Islands, 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.

Crossing by ferry from the Aran Islands, you will know immediately that you have arrived in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape!

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Here you begin our celebrated tour. 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.

DAY 2: Castles and Caves
Today you explore medieval Newtown Castle before setting off on your day’s adventure. 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. Daily Miles: Minimum mileage of 15 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 42.

DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
A leisurely ride along one of the most scenic coastal routes. The flaggy shoreline, Fanore Beach and Blackhead Lighthouse leading to the spectacular 700ft towering Cliffs of Moher. An afternoon ferry ride from the village of Doolin will take you to the historical Aran Islands, where Gaelic is the spoken language. Visit the historical Dun Aengus Hill top fort towering 700 ft above the ocean. Enjoy the vistas of white washed 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: Minimum mileage of 19 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 30.

DAY 4: Ferries 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 en route followed by a bike ride through the rugged Twelve Bens mountains towards the rugged coastline. Recommended dinner at a local restaurant, where the food and produce are all sourced in the West of Ireland. Overnight in Clifden. Daily miles: Minimum mileage of 27 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 45

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. You visit Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument workshop, the home of the traditional Bodhran. Departing Roundstone to Ballyconneely village via stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay, you follow the rugged coastline to Ballyconneely, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, perched on the water’s edge. You 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. Tonight you may dine at a nearby award winning, family run restaurant where the seafood is truly the ‘catch of the day’.  Overnight in Clifden. Daily Miles: Minimum of a 22 mile loop, with longer routes from 23 – 45 miles.

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.

 

 

Heavenly Honeymoons in Ireland

“Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.”Rainer Maria Rilke

Whether you are planning a luxury romantic retreat in a majestic castle or quaint cottage, an adventure honeymoon touring throughout the traditional wonders of Ireland or an activity honeymoon, Ireland has all that you would wish for.