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Re-wild & Explore Ireland's West

Prices from

€1,995.00

Duration

7days


This is a more challenging tour for the cyclist who wants to enjoy longer cycle routes but with the reward of luxury accommodation in the most unique properties that Connemara has to offer at the end of each day. The route will bring you through magnificent valleys, past lakes, forestry and rugged coastal areas as you tour the most unspoilt areas of Connemara. The average distance cycled each day is 70km. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.

There are a number of choices built into this tour including a day in historic Westport with suggested activities and the option to choose from two distances on another day of the tour. The terrain varies throughout the route but for the most you will meander along quiet back roads and across rolling hills providing stunning vistas. The properties chosen for your accommodation include two magnificent castle hotels and a number of other luxurious hotels which boast character and superb locations.


Details

Duration:

 

7 days (6 nights)

Tour Dates 2016:

 

Any day between April and October

Level:

 

Moderate cycling days with distances from 40 to 90km per day with longer and shorter options available on most days. The terrain does include some hills.

Bicycle:

 

Hybrid upgrade bike included (front suspension)

Equipment:

 

Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required), water bottles, bicycle repair-kits, and locks.

Accommodation:

 

4* hotels and manors/castles

Meals:

 

Irish breakfasts

Transfers:

 

Taxi from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Mountain Resort on arrival day
Taxi from Delphi Mountain Resort to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport on departure day
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

Miscellaneous:

 

Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000); afternoon treat on day 6 (tea and scones in Renvyle House/Lough Inagh Lodge); Gold experience package at the Plaza Hotel in Westport

Arrival Point:

 

Your taxi will come and pick you up in Galway, Westport or at Knock Airport to drive you to your first night's accommodation where a Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

Departure Point:

 

You depart from your last night’s accommodation where your taxi will drive you back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.

Further info on getting to/from Ireland and your tour start point can be found here


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

You will be transferred by us from either Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your first night's accommodation at the Delphi Mountain Resort - a truly unique four star hotel built in natural stone and wood and where the welcoming smell of a turf fire will greet you on arrival. You can spend the evening enjoying this tranquil setting, relaxing in rooms of quiet luxury or you may decide to visit their award-winning spa. We will meet you either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time) to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you may have about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to your hotel and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly!

Day 2

Delphi to Westport 40km

Your second day will begin with a delicious wholesome breakfast to fortify you for the day ahead. Leaving the Delphi Valley you will make your way through the even more dramatic Doolough Valley following the winding road by the lake and past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. There you might choose to stop to absorb the rhythms of a typical west of Ireland town as it goes about life at a gentle pace. The road then continues along the shores of Clew Bay past historical sites such as the 14th century Murrisk Abbey and the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. You may decide to join the ancient pilgrimage trail and climb the mountain from the starting point at Murrisk before continuing on to Westport. Your stay in Westport will be at the Westport Plaza hotel. With every aspect of comfort, opulence and service taken care of at the Plaza you will be able to leave the world outside and simply enjoy. The Gold Experience at the Plaza includes an hour in their inspirational thermal suite allowing you to cleanse the road from your body and mind.

Day 3

Westport

Today you have a number of options depending on your energy levels! If you did not climb Croagh Patrick yesterday you could do so today. The views from the summit over the 365 islands dotted in Clew Bay are nothing short of mesmerising. If you would like to continue cycling you could take a trip on the Great Western Greenway, a superb cycling and walking track through rolling countryside, over hump-back bridges and alongside rivers and lakes from Westport to Achill island, following the route of the old railway which closed in 1937. Alternatively today could be your day for more leisurely pursuits - a sumptuous, unhurried breakfast; time spent luxuriating in the hotel thermal suite; a wander through the streets of Westport to admire the wonderful planning and architecture of the town; a chance to browse through traditional shops. Westport is a hub of activity and manages to combine all that is friendly, warm and relaxed about life in the west of Ireland with a cultural energy which befits any modern 21st century town.

Day 4

Westport to Ashford - 60km

Your fourth day will take you on a longer cycle with your destination to be the renowned five star hotel at Ashford Castle in the village of Cong, Co Mayo. On your journey you will pass through the tiny village of Aughagower, dominated by a 10th century round tower and medieval church where you may want to pause and contemplate times gone by. You will continue along the shores of Lough Mask, a fine trout fishing lake, and through sleepy villages with musical names like Tourmakeady, Finny and Clonbur. Your endpoint, the village of Cong, was made famous as the setting for the Hollywood movie The Quiet Man and is a pretty, unspoilt village. Ashford Castle, your accommodation for tonight, has long stood for old-world opulence and charm. Entering the 11th century castle you enter another world where a long history of hospitality will be at your service. You will soon realise why the charm and wonder of this property simply cannot be emulated. Pure indulgent bliss awaits you!

Day 5

Ashford Castle to Ballynahinch Castle - 72km

Cycling from castle to castle – this really is the way to see Connemara! A longer cycle but a wonderful reward at the end of it. Travelling along the shores of Lough Corrib with splendid vistas across the lake and surrounding countryside you will cycle to Maam, set deep in the valleys of the Maamturk mountains. Turning for Maam Cross you would not be mistaken in thinking that you had left the world as you know it behind. Meandering past steep mountainsides, lakes and rivers there is little to occupy the mind but natural, uninhabited beauty. You will then take the road towards Clifden, making your way eventually to Ballynahinch. Set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks this elegant, unpretentious four star castle hotel stands proud, as the castle has done for centuries past. Nestled in the deepest heart of Connemara it is a haven of fine dining, undiluted peace and utter luxury. You will spend the night here and we guarantee you will remember this stunning place for many years to come.

Day 6

Ballynahinch to Delphi - 45km or 90km

This is a really spectacular day with 2 distances to choose from. For the longer cycle you will continue along the road to Clifden, a town bustling with traditional music, cosy pubs and winding streets. From Clifden you will pass through Letterfrack and the Connemara National Park before reaching Killary Fjord and the village of Leenane at its head. Killary is Ireland's most spectacular fjord with mountains rearing up on its southern and northern sides sheltering the deep Atlantic waters that flow into it. The shorter cycle will also bring you to Leenane but this time through the Inagh Valley. You can stop at the Lough Inagh Lodge a family-run country house hotel, where you can enjoy tea and scones overlooking Lough Inagh, surely one of Connemara's most stunning lake settings. From the village of Leenane you will follow the shoreline of Killary Fjord winding along the water's edge as herons swoop to fish and the sun breaks through clouds to glitter and sparkle on the deep, clean water. You will finish your tour where you began at Delphi Mountain Resort where you might be very glad to avail of a therapeutic massage or a glass of Guinness in front of a welcoming fire.

Day 7

Departure

Transfer to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport included.


Accommodation

When you choose one of our luxury tours you will be choosing to stay in some of the most unique and sumptuous properties in the west of Ireland. Each one has character, charm, a magnificent setting and excellent standards of service. They are all also renowned for their exquisite food, favouring local produce. All conveniences are provided in these 4* & 5* properties as expected, but they also offer the bonus of a real Irish welcome which is at the heart of each of these specially selected establishments. Restored castles, historic manor houses, contemporary luxury hotels and magnificent mountain lodges are all part of the experience.


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Double/Twin/Triple

€1,995.00

4/5* Single

€2,365.00

4/5* Solo

€2,995.00


Terms and conditions

To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment. The balance payment is due 30 days before the tour starts.

If your tour start date is within 30 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.

We do not organise travel to/from Ireland. However there is some useful information on our “Getting To Ireland” page.