Ireland’s Dramatic West Coast
The total Ciclismo experience on the Emerald Isle
Ireland – a land that embraces the imagination with its breathtaking landscape, welcoming people and ancient heritage. Tour the countryside and immerse yourself in this magical blend. The rolling, never-ending, green hills meet the coast in an amazing blend of cliffs and rocky beaches. Experience 8-days of heaven as you cycle on gently rolling paved roads through emerald fields, and along the coast to a variety of pub filled, traditional Irish towns.
The scenery is calming at times, and is not to be replicated anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re riding the narrow peninsula of Sky Road or exploring the Gothic Kylemore Abbey, it is a sight to see! You’ll find yourself transported to another era as you wait for a farmer and his herd to cross.
- The breathtaking coastline of Connemara and County Galway
- Seafood feasts and home-baked delicacies
- Ride a loop to the stunning Cliffs of Moher
- Spin through old Dolmen
- Unique stay on Killary Harbor, Ireland’s magnificent fjord
- Nightly foot-tapping pub culture
Day by Day
Today we meet you at 12 pm at Galway train station and a group shuttle will take you to the hotel. We meet you then in the lobby at 1 pm for a light lunch, introduction talk and a warm up ride along Blackhead Bay. We will have a wonderful opportunity to admire the view overlooking the ocean.
Loop to Kilfenora
Explore the castles, stones and tombs of this historic emerald isle. We cycle into the heart of the Burren’s limestone plateaus via Lisdoonvarna to Kilfenora, centre of musical, historical and naturalistic interest. Along the way we catch spectacular views of Galway Bay, the Burren, the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher.
Ride to Doolin, Irish capital of folk music and then board the ferry to the peaceful, unsullied Aran Islands, arriving at the biggest of the three islands, Inis Mòr. which we explore today and tomorrow. Wandering its byways, you’re sure to feel you’re in a place truly lost in time.
Aran Islands Loop
Today we continue our magical tour through time as we further explore the beauty of the islands, its archeological sites, beaches, and local crafts. Catch a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the county. The Islands’ raw beauty and charm will leave you longing to return again and again.
The morning starts with a ferry ride to Rossaveal and continues on the deserted roads of Connemara which is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. It’s craggy mountain peaks, expansive sandy beaches and laced network of lakes exemplify the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of The West of Ireland. The name Connemara means “the tribe of Cormac by the sea”, given by the ancient Gaelic tribes.
Once we arrive in the picturesque market town of Clifden, we pedal along the “Sky Road” to the north. Narrow roads will take you away from the coast with some spectacular views. Leenane, popular for it’s multitude of outdoor activities, is a great place to pursue other non-biking interests.
Cycle past the historic ruins of Cong Abbey before arriving at Ashford castle, nestled beside Lough Corrib, surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. From there we will transfer to Galway and spend the afternoon touring this historic and lively city before our farewell feast in the evening. We will toast to our Celtic journey and our many new friends we’ve met along the way.
Slan Leat (Farewell)!
We have breakfast and say goodbye. Enjoy another day in Galway, rent a car to explore other parts of the Celtic land or take a short taxi ride to the airport to catch a flight to your next destination. We are happy to make suggestions for your travel itinerary!
- Bike equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Transfer to beginning of the tour
On The Tour
- Daily cycling clinics and one-on-one coaching
- Full van support
- Informative Tour Leaders
- Guided walks of historical and naturalistic spots
Accommodations & Meals
- All ccommodations
- All breakfasts
- 6 dinners
- 2 picnic lunches
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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An intimate 4-star hotel set in 450 acres of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, Galway. It stands proud and majestic overlooking the famous Ballynahinch Salmon River, whilst being surrounded by the splendor of the Twelve Bens Mountain
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Experience the most stylish of Galway’s City Centre Hotels. This 4-star Hotel is located one minute from Quay St, Galway’s Pub, Club & Restaurant centre and 5 mins from Eyre Square leading onto Galway City Centre Shopping.
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Gregans Castle Hotel
The Gregans Castle Hotel is a verdant haven amid the rugged unspoiled beauty of the Burren. This relaxing country house hotel provides warm hospitality, friendly staff, good food, comfort and peace and quiet! There are extensive borrowed landscape gardens and woodland paths to wander through with abundant birdlife.
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