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Cycle Connemara's Rocky Atlantic Coastline

Experience the majestic mountains and rugged coastline of the Connemara region on this two wheeled adventure. 4 days.

  • Ireland
  • Shannon Airport, Shannon (SNN)

A self-guided cycle tour without the hassle of planning a route or booking accommodation, just rock up and ride. Your adventure takes in rugged Atlantic coast, a national park, a Benedictine monastery, majestic mountains and what may just be Irelands only Fjord. 4 days.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 2 days cycle touring
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Bike rental
  • Equipment rental (helmet, pump, repair kit)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route notes and OSI maps
  • Entrance to Kylemore Abbey
  • Local transfers

Perfect for

Cycle-loving adventurers looking to experience Ireland’s Connemara region. A moderate level of fitness and some basic bike maintenance skills are required.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Transport to and from start/finish point
  • Meals except for breakfasts
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)
  • Airport transfers can be organised at an additional cost

This trip is self guided and will run with the group size of your choice. Please note that if you are a solo traveler the cost will be 545 Euro.

Sure can! Enjoy the freedom of exploring as a solo traveler.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Cycle clothing
  • Backpack
  • Clothing for the evening
  • Water bottle
  • Energy bars or other snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Camera
  • Waterproofs

Your luggage will be transferred to your next night’s accommodation whilst you ride

You are free to book any flights that fit with the start and the end point of the trip. Your host has offered some information to help you choose the airport you travel too:

  • Dublin airport is the furthest but also the one with most public transport, take a look at City Link or Go Bus from the airport to Galway (3 hour trip) and then from Galway to Clifden (1.5 hour trip).
  • Shannon airport has one company doing buses to Galway, check out Buseireann.
  • Knock airport is the closest but options are small from there unless you rent a car or organise a taxi.

Your host will be in touch to see your travel arrangements.

Yes, as this is a self-guided adventure children of any age are welcomed to join this trip. Your host can accommodate can accommodate babies in a baby seat, young children on bike trailer or tag along. The cost of children on this trip is dependent on the child’s age, speak with your host in the enquiry form.

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You need to have a moderate level of fitness and be able to ride a bike. As this is a self-guided tour, you need to be able to conduct basic bicycle maintenance like repairing a puncture or fixing a chain.

Location

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This adventure takes place in the Connemara region of County Galway in Ireland. Connemara is a cultural region that was once the home of the Conmance, an early tribal group. In modern times, Connemara retains its strong historical links and is known as an important region for traditional Irish culture.

The Connemara region has a diverse geography and spectacular scenery with majestic mountains set against the rugged Atlantic coast. It includes the 2,957 hectare Connemara National Park which you will have the chance to visit during your adventure.

Highlights of the trip include the Kylemore Caste and Killary Harbour. The gothic-style Kylemore Castle was built in 1867 taking more than 100 men over four years to complete. The expansive castle grounds feature an imposing Benedictine abbey built into a steep wooded hillside at the water’s edge as well as six acres of Victorian gardens. Killary Harbour is a 16 kilometre-long flooded valley which is often called the only fjord in Ireland. The sheltered waters of Killary Harbour are a haven for marine creatures - if you’re lucky you may spot the resident harbour seals, dolphins and sharks.

Start point

This adventure begins in Clifden in Count Galway. You can arrive any time between 14:00 and 19:00

Finish point

Your adventure ends at Leenane in County Galway at 09:30 on day 4.

What to Expect

Thursday: Arrive in Clifden

Grab your bag and head for the airport and the start of your mini adventure. Arriving in the small coastal town of Clifden, you’ll make your way to your evening’s accommodation where your local host will meet you.

The trials of normal life are soon forgotten as you prepare for the next few days. Your local host will explain the itinerary and answer any questions you may have. They will also set up your bike and equipment to fit you, for maximum comfort and efficiency.

Friday: Time to Ride

After breakfast, it’s time to saddle up and hit the Sky Road. Today’s mission is a 45-kilometre ride from Clifden to your next night’s accommodation on the Renvyle Peninsula via the infamous Connemara Sky Road.

As the name suggests, the Sky Road offers some pretty spectacular views over the surrounding hills and down to Clifden Bay. There is plenty of time to pause at the best vantage points to enjoy the scenery and catch a quick breather.

You’ll stop at Connemara National Park with time for a quick walk or Diamond Hill or to explore the visitor centre. From there, it’s on to your next accommodation. All that’s left to do is settle into your comfortable room, relax and enjoy the view.

Saturday: Cycling Coastal Roads

Today’s ride is 25 kilometres winding down scenic coastal roads to Killary Harbour. Along the way you’ll pass the quaint thatched village of Tullycross, enjoy expansive views along the rugged Atlantic coast and pass beneath majestic Irish mountains.

Not long into the ride, you’ll reach the imposing gothic style Kylemore Castle complete with six acres of Victorian walled gardens and a Benedictine monastery. This is one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions and the entrance fee is included in your adventure.

Your destination is Killary Harbour. This flooded valley is known by many as “the only fjord in Ireland”. Although academics debate its classification as a fjord, Killary’s beauty is undeniable. It is a tranquil and unique place to relax, unwind and reflect on a superb adventure.

Sunday: Departure

Enjoy one last breakfast with your fellow travelling companions and local hosts. Take a last deep breath of the fresh Connemara air, then it’s time to head home or on to adventures anew.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

Along your journey, you will stay in three comfortable bed and breakfasts. Your first night’s accommodation is in Buttermilk Lodge, a small friendly B&B with cosy en-suite rooms each with TV, hairdryer, WiF and tea/coffee making facilities. The Lodge is in a quiet location just 5 minutes walk from town.

The second night’s accommodation will either be at Baywatch B&B or Sea Breeze B&B. Both B&B’s are set in a stunning seaside location with views out over the Atlantic coastline. Each features comfortable, well-equipped rooms most of which are en-suite.

Your last night’s accommodation is in the Leenane hotel which is set in spectacular position on the water’s edge in Killary Harbour. The hotel offers a luxurious accommodation in good sized en-suite rooms. It is the perfect place to end your trip.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Meals As Described
  • Routes & Maps

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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