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 eight 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 can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re riding to the Cliffs of Moher or exploring the Aran Islands, it is a sight to see! You’ll find yourself transported to another era as you wait for a farmer and their herd to cross.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Aran Islands with their Gaelic language and culture
  • Nightly foot-tapping pub culture

Trip Details

Price
$5,795
Single Supplement
$900
Length
8 days / 7 nights
Level
Athletic Beginner
Total Mileage
191 miles
Daily Average
27 miles
Terrain
Flat and rolling with some hills
Start/End Locations
Galway/Galway

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Itinerary

Galway

Today we meet you at 12 pm at Galway train station and a group shuttle will take you to the hotel. We gather then in the lobby at 1 pm for a light lunch, introduction talk and a warm-up ride along Cashel Bay. We’ll have a wonderful opportunity to admire the view along the ocean.

Connemara Loop

Connemara 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. After our stop in the picturesque market town of Clifden, we pedal along the coast to the south on narrow country roads, passing by Ballyconnelly before returning to our castle in the heart of Connemara.

Connemara to Inis Mor

This is our last day in Connemara, and we continue on the deserted roads, winding a path through little crags and inlets and into wild open countryside through the peat bogs, where the locals cut the ‘turf (peat)’ to fuel their winter fires. We arrive at the coast in time to catch our ferry to Inis Mor, bidding farewell to charming Connemara.

Aran Islands Loop

Today we continue our magical tour through time as we further explore the beauty of the islands, its archaeological 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!

Doolin

Back on the mainland, we are embraced by a whole new landscape. The rugged limestone formations of the Burren greet us as we roll along the Atlantic Ocean to Black Head, before arriving in another typical Irish village, Ballyvaughan.

Burren Loop

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, the center 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.

Ballyvaughan Loop

Coasting along the outer fringe of the Burren, we get a full appreciation for this creation of nature that stands majestically over the ocean. This is a naturalistic paradise surrounded by 40 shades of green. In the afternoon we return to Galway for our farewell feast in the city of the Tribes.

Slan Leat (Farewell)!

This morning 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 taxi to the airport to catch a flight to your next destination. We are happy to make suggestions for your travel itinerary!

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttle at the beginning of the tour

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • Guided walks of historical and naturalistic spots
  • Daily cycling clinics and one-on-one coaching
  • Visit to Gaelic sports museum and National Radio station

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners

Meet the Guides