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Leisurely Connemara

Prices from

€1,395.00

Duration

7days


This tour is specifically designed for independent travelers, who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend relaxing lazy days along the way. Perfect for in-depth explorations of the various cultural and natural attractions of the wonderful Connemara region. Evenings will be spent in luxurious and comfortable hotels of the area. Connemara - the western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches. Your route will take you both inland and along the coastal region, giving a glimpse of the dramatic scenery of Connemara.

Daily cycling will average of 25-35kms on low-traffic back-roads, the terrain is not flat, but neither is it hilly, rather a rolling countryside. In the evenings you enjoy wonderful luxury hotels, and manor house accommodations. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.


Details

Duration:

 

7 days (6 nights)

Tour Dates 2016:

 

Any day between April and October

Level:

 

Easy cycling days with average of 25-35km a day with longer and shorter 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:

 

Irish breakfasts

Transfers:

 

Taxi from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Mountain Resort on arrival day
Taxi from Ballynahinch 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), ticket for Kylemore Abbey and Killary Cruise

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 from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your first night’s accommodation at the Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa, a stunning four star hotel located in the scenically breathtaking Delphi Valley near Leenane, Co. Galway. The hotel is nestled in the mountains of Mayo where you will arrive to a warm Irish welcome. Enjoy your luxurious surroundings or treat yourself to a relaxing evening at the 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 have about your tour. We will also deliver your bikes and equipment to your accommodation and make sure everything is a perfect fit!

Day 2

Delphi – Lough Inagh

After a hearty breakfast, you will set off along Killary Fjord through the little village of Leenane, with fabulous views over the fjord and surrounding mountains for company. Included in your package is a one and a half hour cruise to the mouth of the fjord aboard the Connemara Lady, which leaves from just outside Leenane village. Cruises depart at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm and include commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Following your cruise, you will cycle through the beautiful Inagh Valley to your next accommodation at Lough Inagh Lodge. The hotel rests on the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most spectacular lakes, and is surrounded by the majestic Maam Turks and Twelve Bens mountain ranges on all sides. It is a perfect haven for complete rest, relaxation, and romance and offers you all the comforts and pleasures of an elegant, modern hotel in an old-world atmosphere. Lough Inagh is also perfectly placed for you to take advantage of a number of extra outdoor pursuits and activities like hill walking or fly-fishing!!

Distance cycled – 30km

Day 3

Lough Inagh to Renvyle

On day three, your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend the next two nights in the Renvyle House Hotel. Renvyle House is an historic country house hotel, situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in the stunning splendour of Connemara on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is located on 150 acres, which include a private lake, a 9-hole golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site. It is an award-winning hotel for hospitality, with a warm welcome for every guest, delicious food and comfortable bedrooms. It is a favourite among locals for its charm and cosiness. Some of the leisure facilities you will find on the grounds of Renvyle House Hotel include free golf, tennis, swimming pool, fly-fishing, snooker and croquet, with clay pigeon shooting also available at a charge per guest. The Renvyle peninsula is steeped in history and archaeological sites & is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches and spectacular vistas of the Twelve Bens mountain range.

Distance cycled – 25km (coastal route)

Day 4

Explore the Renvyle Peninsula

Today you can choose to have a rest day to enjoy your surroundings, or you can set off to explore the local area. Two top visitor attractions nearby include the Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. To visit either of these you cycle 6km from your hotel through the village of Tullycross, with its many thatched cottages, and on to the village of Letterfrack. The Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bog, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. The National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980 and there are four walking trails, each of which can be accessed from the Visitor Centre, situated close to Letterfrack village. Guide staff at the Visitor Centre can provide lots of information about the unique flora and fauna in the Park. From Letterfrack village you cycle along the main N59 road to reach Kylemore Abbey. One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, this gothic fairytale lakeside castle is the site of 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 in 1867. It has won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens. The Kylemore café and craft shop are also well worth a visit and entry to the Gardens is included in your package.

Day 5

Renvyle – Clifden

Today you cycle to Clifden, often called the 'Capital of Connemara' to your accommodation at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. There are various route options available, the shortest being 25km direct to the hotel. Should you wish to explore the beautiful Sky Road, offering you wonderful views over the Atlantic and the islands, it is an extra 12km, and well worth the effort! The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, where you will spend the night, is completely in its own private grounds surrounded by trees and hills with views of the sea, and yet is still only a 6 minute walk from the bustling town of Clifden, where you can enjoy fantastic shopping, lively little pubs and meet friendly locals. This historical Castle welcomes guests with a warmly lit entrance hall and crackling open fires making you feel instantly at home.

Distance cycled  - 25km / 37km

Day 6

Clifden – Ballynahinch

Well-rested & well-fed, you will begin your day cycling 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. 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 attracted by its picturesque harbour and wonderful outlook across a deep inlet of the Atlantic to the ever changing peaks of the Twelve Bens. From Roundstone you will complete today’s cycle loop to your final accommodation at Ballynahinch Castle. For a shorter route, take the ‘Bogroad’, a unique unspoiled area of bogscape with rare plants to arrive at your destination a little earlier.  Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of the finest 4 star luxury castle hotels in Ireland. Set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway. This luxury, yet unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking its famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful Twelve Bens Mountain range. The Owenmore restaurant offers elegant yet unpretentious dining in a stunning location. They use only the finest and freshest ingredients and taking advantage of the wealth of fresh fish and game available on the West Coast, they produce wonderfully balanced yet creative dishes. Dinner in the Owenmore Restaurant is one of the highlights of any trip to Ballynahinch Castle.

Distance cycled - 35km via Roundstone / 20km via 'Bog Road'

Day 7

Breakfast and departure

Transfer included 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

Very professional- all emails have been kind, helpful and informative. Fantastic experience.

Rachel, Antony, Kieran & Daniel - July 2017

"Thanks to you for a great experience.  And everyone else behind the scenes.  We had a great time and want to do the tour again next summer. Thank you so much for a fun week in your beautiful country."

Ritchie & Odile - Septembre 2016

 

 

To all at Connemara Adventure thank-you for a wonderful Bike tour. Everything was well done and Clare and I really enjoyed ourselves.

Dave & Clare – June 2017


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Double/Twin/Triple

€1,395.00

4/5* Single

€1,625.00

4/5* Solo

€1,965.00


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.