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Ireland County Clare & Connemara

  • Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
  • Riding with sheep friends
  • Castle Ireland
  • Mountain Ireland
  • Biker and ocean view
  • Ready to bike by ancient gate
  • Stone wall in Ireland
DURATION
7 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
11 to 39 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$3595
SINGLES FROM
$500

Trip Overview

“Ireland, especially the rural West, is a cyclist’s dream.” So says Bicycling magazine, and you will surely agree. There’s an endless network of winding back roads where lazy sheep are often your only company. Green meadows lead down to the sea, magical mist-covered mountains are off in the distance, while around every turn you are likely to come upon cows grazing around a medieval castle, Stone Age ruins, or the remains of an ancient cathedral. Stone cottages are tucked along the edges of green pastures dotted with sheep, and each small village looks more Irish than the last. And the Irish are even friendlier than their reputation – warm and welcoming, and always ready to engage you in the gentle pleasures of good conversation while you enjoy a bit of traditional Irish music at the local pub.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 11 miles | Terrain: Easier | Gregans Castle Hotel
Arrive at Shannon Airport. Discovery Bicycle Tours will provide transportation to Gregans Castle Hotel. After lunch, there will be a bike fitting and safety instructions followed by an afternoon warm-up ride. You cycle country lanes through County Clare’s “Burren” (a unique and beautiful limestone region with a remarkable set of plants and animals) and have opportunities to explore a 16th-century tower house castle and enjoy a pint at a local pub while listening to traditional Irish music.
DAY 2 - Cliffs of Moher
Distance: 25 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Gregans Castle Hotel
You bike through charming Doolin — one of Ireland’s premier music towns — on your way to enjoying a spectacular oceanside ride to Ballyvaughan. After lunch, local guide Shane Connolly … a Renaissance Irishman with expertise in archaeology, botany, and local history … will lead an amusing stroll in search of the “true” Burren. Not to be missed!
DAY 3 - The shores of Galway Bay
Distance: 10, 14 or 18 miles | Terrain: Easier | The Quay House
After visiting the ancient sites, you stop in for a cup of hot chocolate at the enticing Hazel Mountain Chocolate Factory before cycling around the picturesque Flaggy Shore. After a group lunch at the fabulous Lobster Bar, you take a motor coach to our evening destination — the music-rich town of Clifden in County Galway’s Connemara region.
DAY 4 - Connemara region
Distance: 23 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | The Quay House
From Clifden, you take a road leading through peat bogs and past fishing weirs to the town of Roundstone, a lovely fishing village with excellent local pottery and jewelry, as well as the workshop where Malachy Kearns makes his world famous Bodhram drums. In the evening you enjoy more music in Clifden.
DAY 5 - Letterfrack
Distance: 27 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Rosleague Manor
Departing the Quay House, you ride along the famous Sky Road, past Clifden Castle and circumnavigate another peninsula, toward the town of Cleggan as you make our way toward Letterfrack. Your destination is the utterly regal Rosleague Manor Hotel — a gorgeous estate house tucked into a quiet woodland setting overlooking the bays at the foot of the Twelve Bens, the Connemara’s majestic mountain range. Relax in the inn’s pub before dinner and enjoy this hidden gem of Ireland.
DAY 6 - Majestic Moaamturk mountain views, plus lots of ewes.
Distance: 32 or 39 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Rosleague Manor
Ride along Killary Harbor and in the valleys of the Maamturk Mountains for expansive views as well as getting up-close-and-personal with a host of sheep along the route. Visit the beautiful Benedictine Kylemore Abbey with their award-winning restaurant and stunning walled Victorian garden.
DAY 7 - Departure Day
After an early breakfast, Discovery Bicycle Tours will transport you back to Shannon Airport or to Galway for further transit by train or bus. Please note that even with an early start you will not arrive at Shannon Airport earlier than noon, so please book return flights accordingly. For suggestions or travel hints on post-tour adventuring or sorting travel by bus or train, please contact our office.

Map

Ireland tour map

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start End Cost Availability
Jun 07, 2020 Jun 13, 2020 $3595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jun 21, 2020 Jun 27, 2020 $3595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

All ferries and excursions, most entry fees, 6 nights' lodging, 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Clifden), guided tour of the “Burren”, ferry to Aran Islands, bicycle and helmet. Free transfer from/to Shannon International Airport. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start: Jun 07, 2020
End: Jun 13, 2020
Cost: $3595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Jun 21, 2020
End: Jun 27, 2020
Cost: $3595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

All ferries and excursions, most entry fees, 6 nights' lodging, 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Clifden), guided tour of the “Burren”, ferry to Aran Islands, bicycle and helmet. Free transfer from/to Shannon International Airport. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Gregans Castle Hotel
Gregans Castle has been welcoming guests since the 1940s and has been operated by the same family since 1976. The stunning 18th century manor house is set in its own established and lovingly-attended gardens on the Wild Atlantic Way, and has spectacular views that stretch across the Burren hills to Galway Bay.


Inside, you'll find welcoming open fires, candlelight and striking decoration ranging from modern art, to antique furniture, to pretty garden flowers adorning the rooms.
The Quay House
Built for the Harbour Master nearly 200 years ago, The Quay House has been sensitively restored and now offers guest accommodation in fifteen bedrooms (all different) with full bathrooms – all but three overlook the Harbour. Family portraits, period furniture, cosy fires and a warm Irish welcome make for a unique atmosphere of comfort and fun.

The Quay House is Clifden’s oldest building, dating from C1820. It was originally the Harbour Master’s house but later became a Franciscan monastery, then a convent and finally a hotel owned by the Pye family. Now providing Town House Accommodation in Clifen, it is run by the Foyle family, whose forebears have been entertaining guests in Connemara for nearly a century. All rooms are individually furnished with some good antiques and original paintings; several have working fireplaces. All have large bathrooms with tubs and showers and there is also one ground floor room for wheelchair users.
Rosleague Manor
Tucked away near the beautiful Connemara town of Letterfrack, just 15 kilometres from the buzzing town of Clifden, the Manor has been discreetly converted in to a first class hotel by its owners and proprietors, The Foyle Family, with meticulous care and attention to detail to retain its 19th Century charm and character.

Enjoy a unique dining in Clifden experience amidst open log fires and historical paintings – retire to one of our drawing rooms and enjoy a nightcap – or take to the Victorian conservatory and savour some afternoon tea.

Minutes from Kylemore Abbey, The Twelve Bens, Lough Inagh and the 5,000 acre Connemara National Park, this Letterfrack hotel is ideally situated for the most discerning explorer. Look no further for Clifden Hotels.

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Kylemore Abbey, Ireland Riding with sheep friends Castle Ireland Mountain Ireland Biker and ocean view Ready to bike by ancient gate Stone wall in Ireland
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