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Gourmet Connemara

Prices from

€1,895.00

Duration

7days


Connemara’s hundreds of lakes, rivers and mountain lands combine to provide the choicest food - fresh lobsters, lamb, mussels, clams, scallops, venison, salmon and trout, quail and guinea fowl. Savour the best natural flavours along the Connemara coast, experience it's rich history, picturesque scenery and outstanding gastronomy while staying in some of Ireland's best hotels.

The magic of Ireland is found not only in the breathtaking scenery, but also in the unique warmth of the Irish people. On this tour you will have the chance to experience both. At the end of each day, you will dine in award winning restaurants, hand picked for their passionate chefs who create innovative menus with the finest locally sourced produce. We provide you with accommodation in sumptuous castles and manor house hotels, as well as bikes and any equipment that is needed. Your luggage is transferred each day in order to lighten the load. A full itinerary, maps, and suggested options are also part of this attractive package.


Details

Duration:

 

7 days (6 nights)

Tour Dates 2016:

 

Any day between April and October

Level:

 

Gentle, some occasional hill, average of 45km daily with shorter and longer options available on most days.

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:

 

6 gourmet dinners, all Irish breakfasts

Transfers:

 

Collection from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport on day of arrival, taxi from your last night's accommodation back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.

Miscellaneous:

 

Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000), ticket for Kylemore Abbey.

Arrival Point:

 

We organise a taxi to pick you up at Galway, Westport or at Knock Airport to bring you to your first accommodation. 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 come to pick you up and 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 picked up from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport and brought to your accommodation at Lough Inagh, a wonderful secluded valley in the Connemara Mountains. Your meal tonight will be in Lough Inagh Lodge, a rebuilt fishing lodge. On the shores of a freshwater lough, seafood and game is a speciality in the restaurant with delicious home-baked bread at all meals. We will be in touch with you on the day of arrival to answer any questions you may have about your tour. Your bicycles, equipment, route notes and maps will be waiting for you at your accommodation on arrival.

Day 2

From Lough Inagh to Renvyle - 30 kms

Today you can take a cycle through stunning scenery around the coast, passing the pristine white sands of Glassilaun & Lettergesh beaches. Your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula, which is steeped in history and has many interesting archaeological sites. It is also renowned for its beaches and spectacular views of the Twelve Bens mountain range. You will be spending two nights in Renvyle and will dine each night in the multi-award winning restaurant in the historic Renvyle House Hotel.

Day 3

Around Renvyle Peninsula - From 10 to 35 kms depending on option

After a hearty breakfast you will begin your cycle, passing through Tullycross with its many thatched cottages and meander along the coast passing through Letterfrack. Letterfrack is home to Connemara National Park, which has lots of information on the flora and fauna of Connemara with exhibitions, audiovisual shows and tearooms. You will visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey, a gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside. It is the site of one of Ireland's finest gardens - the six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore, created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. It won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens in 2000.You will return to Renvyle along leafy back roads to enjoy another evening of fine dining in the Renvyle House Hotel.

Day 4

From Renvyle toClifden - 45 kms

Today you cycle to Clifden, often called the 'Capital of Connemara'. There are various route options available, the shortest being 25km, with the longest (passing through Cleggan and Aughrisbeg) over 50km. Do not miss the cycle around the Sky Road, offering you wonderful views over the Atlantic and the islands lying just offshore. We recommend that you stop for an independent lunch in the Bridgestone awarded Steam café, with delicious organic homegrown salads and homemade soups and desserts served with a fine selection of coffees and teas. You will have a chance to explore the town & settle into your accommodation before enjoying your dinner at Mitchell’s restaurant in Clifden this evening.

Day 5

From Clifden to Ballynahinch- 33 kms

Well-rested & well-fed, you will begin your day cycling along the lake-strewn bog road to Ballyconneely. Here you can visit the acclaimed Connemara Smokehouse, where the owner, Graham Roberts, specializes in wild and organic salmon, smoked and marinated. Traditional production methods and very high quality seafood are the priority. Roberts is one of Rick Stein’s food heroes and his smoked tuna appears in Stein’s restaurant. Afterwards you will continue on your journey to Roundstone, a scenic fishing village in South Connemara, famous through the work of many well known painters. They have been attracted here by its picturesque harbour and wonderful outlook across a deep inlet of the Atlantic to the ever-changing peaks of the Twelve Bens. This evening you will be staying in Ballynahinch Castle, dining at the renowned Owenmore restaurant in Ballynahinch Castle Hotel.

Day 6

From Ballynahinch to Cong - 52 kms

Your target today is the village of Cong. You cycle over the Maam Valley pass and along the shores of Lough Corrib, where the ruins of a castle are still visible on one of the islands in the lake, famed for its fishing. Cycle through the villages of Cornamona and Clonbur before arriving in Cong, where the film "The Quiet Man" was shot  in 1952. Cong has a number of historical sites including an inscribed stone cross (14th century) and the ruins of Ashford Abbey, founded in 1128. Tonight you stay and dine in Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's finest hotels, and former residence of the Guinness family.

Day 7

Departure

Breakfast and departure with your taxi back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.


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.


Testimonials

Having returned to Germany we want to thank you so much for the wonderful Connemara tour you organized for us. We had a really great time with your excellent bicycles and enjoyed all different places and hotels. Our suppers in all places were delicious and excellent.

Thank you to all of your team and thanks a lot for your kind help with everything.

Hanns & Sarina - May 2016


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Double/Twin/Triple

€1,895.00

4/5* Single

€2,095.00

4/5* Solo

€2,395.00


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.