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Connemara Whistlestop

Prices from

€525.00

Duration

5days


You might not have time to spend a full week on hoildays, but you still want to be on the road and see as much as possible in the time you have available. This short cycling tour is perfect for you. Our Connemara Whistlestop Tour captures the essence of this beautiful region on the west coast of Ireland. Discover the unique beauty of Killary Harbour, the stunning white sand beach of Glassilaun, Clifden the "Capital of Connemara", and many other attractions along the way.

Connemara must qualify as the western wonderland of Europe. Rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches and winding valleys play host to seemingly bottomless lakes. Here you will find a peace that is hard to find in a busy city. Leave behind all your cares and enjoy a slower pace of daily life. Accommodation is provided in either 3* hotels with character and charm or cosy B&Bs and guesthouses. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.


Details

Duration:

 

5 days (4 nights)

Tour dates:

 

This tour starts every Thursday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking

Level:

 

Easy cycling days with average of 40-45km a day, with shorter and longer options available on most days.

Bicycle:

 

Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (fron suspension) €45 extra

Equipment:

 

Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), puncture repair kit and lock.

Accommodation:

 

3* hotel or approved B&Bs & guesthouses

Meals:

 

All Irish breakfasts

Transfers:

 

All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

Miscellaneous:

 

Route note and OSI maps (1:50,000) and Kylemore Abbey entrance fee

Arrival point:

 

A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation. (There is a daily direct bus service to Clifden).

Departure point:

 

You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.

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


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Clifden

Arrive in Clifden town, the “Capital of Connemara” to start your tour. Clifden is bursting with culture, traditional music, quaint streets, cosy pubs and restaurants. We will meet you at your accommodation 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 have about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to you and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly!

Day 2

Clifden to Renvyle 45km

The second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend your second night. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Pausing at the vantage points you will be able to see all of Clifden Bay and its many islands stretching out before you. Further along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack, where you can take a break from the bike and enjoy a walk in the park, climb Diamond Hill or take a look at the informative visitor centre. Your arrival at your accommodation will be greeted by the friendliness and warmth for which Connemara is renowned.

Day 3

Renvyle to Leenane 25km

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will pass through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and the entrance cost is included in your package. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts one of Ireland's finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle. Leaving Kylemore you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range as you pass beneath their brooding peaks. Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, and certainly its most dramatic, will appear beside you as you round a corner.

Day 4

Leenane to Westport 55km

Leaving the village of Leenane you will continue along the shores of Killary Fjord, before leaving the water and making your way into the Delphi Valley with its nurturing hills and native trees. The road then winds alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. Before you leave Doolough you should stop at the top of the hill and look back along the valley for what is surely one of the most spectacular views you will ever behold. In Louisburgh you will witness the gentle pace of a small agricultural west of Ireland town conducting its daily business. From there you will re-join the coastal road along the shores of Clew Bay in the impressive shadow of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, continuing on to the charming town of Westport. Unique and beautifully planned, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. From the cosiest corner of an antique pub to state-of-the-art conference facilities; from the heart-stirring beat of traditional music to the cosmopolitan approach, contrast and paradox are just part of its charm. Enjoy an evening exploring this old market town on your final day before your departure the following morning.

Day 5

Breakfast and departure


Accommodation

The B&B option means you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life.

While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.

When you select this tour you will have the chance to stay in either hotels or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. The 3* hotels that have been selected are all comfortable, well-appointed properties which also boast their own character and style. You may find yourself in a historic manor house hotel, one with a modern twist or get a 'room with a view' overlooking a shimmering lake or a golden beach.

However they all share the same high standards of hospitality and service and will guarantee you a warm welcome, good food and a relaxing experience after your day on the road.


Testimonials


"Just this little note to thank you all for your dedication and for the excellent organization of this trip to Connemara which will leave us with imperishable memories…"

François Xavier, & Alexandre – July 2017

"Not only was the itinerary fantastic and we appreciated every single mile but the perfect logistics with luggage deliveries in the hotel rooms, quality of hotels and kindness of your staff have made this last part of this trip a real treat."

Joseph & Gina - August 2017


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


B&B

Double/Twin/Triple

€525.00

B&B Single

€595.00

B&B Solo

€725.00

3* Hotel

Hotel Double/Hotel Twin/Hotel Triple

€695.00

3* Hotel Single

€795.00

3* Hotel Solo

€945.00


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.