Info/Travel

Info/Travel

From UK/USA/FRANCE/EUROPE

Please note that flights are not included as part of your tour package. You will need to organise your own flights.

 

Flights to and from Ireland West Knock airport:

UK, Spain, Canary Islands, Netherlands, Portugal and Italy

  • With Ryanair : flight from and to Alicante, Bristol, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Faro, Girona Barcelona, Glasgow Prestwick, Gran Canaria, Kauras, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stansted, Malaga, Milan Bergamo and Tenerife Sth. 
  • With AerLingus : flight from and to Birmingham, London All Airports and London/Gatwick

Click here for details on how to get to and from Ireland West Knock Airport.

 

Flights to and from Shannon Airport:

USA, UK, Spain, Canary Islands, Germany, France, Poland and Portugal

  • With Ryanair: flight from and to Alicante, Berlin Schonefeld, Faro, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Malaga, Memmingen (Munich West), Nantes, Nice, Palma, Paris Beauvais, Tenerife Sth, Warsaw Modlin and Wroclaw.
  • With AerLingus : flight from and to USA, UK, Spain (Lanzarote and Malaga), France (Rennes only) and Portugal (Faro only)
  • With British Airways

Click here for details on how to get to and from Shannon Airport:
 

Flights to and from Cork Airport:

UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Lithuania, Portugal and Spain

  • With Ryanair : flight from and to Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Milan Bergamo, Vilius, Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw Modlin, Wroclaw, Faro, Alicante, Fuerteventura, Girona Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma, Reus Barcelona, Tenerife Sth, East Midlands, Liverpool, London Gatwick and London Stansted.
  • With AerLingus : flight from and to France (Nice, Paris, Rennes), Belgium (Brussels only), Germany (Munich only), Netherlands (Amsterdam only), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon), Spain, Switzerland (Geneva only) and UK.

Click here for details on how to get to and from Cork Airport

 

Flight to and from Dublin Airport:

Worldwide www.dublinairport.com

There are 63 airlines departing from Dublin that service over 27 airports in the UK and England.

Airlines also service North America, North Africa & the Middle East from Dublin Airport.

Click here for a list of all destinations and airlines that operate to and from Dublin Airport

You can also take a domestic flight from Dublin to most of Ireland's regional airports.

Click here for details on how to get to and from Dublin Airport.

 

Ferry Operators:

 

 

 

 
 

 

See our Getting to/from tours page for information on travelling within Ireland

 

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We know that often the most stressful part of a holiday can be the journey to and from your destination. As we are a tour company we have extensive experience in getting people from one place to another in the most convenient and cost-effective way and we are here to help you to organise this part of your journey, whatever your point of arrival and departure in Ireland. These are just a few helpful pieces of information to help you to start planning but please feel free to contact us and we will be delighted to help. 

  • When you decide where you are arriving to in Ireland let us know and we will help to organise your transfers both to the start and from the finish of your tour. If you are not sure where you should arrive to contact us and we will help you make the decision.
  • Depending on the tour you choose and the start and finish point of the tour, your transfers may or may not be included but either way we can advise you.
  • There are 2 airports serving the west of Ireland – Shannon Airport and Knock Airport. Along with Dublin Airport they are the 3 main points of arrival for our overseas tour clients.
  • Full details of transfers and start and finish points are included in the Details section of each individual tour. Regardless of where you are coming from and what type of transport you wish to use – bus, train, taxi, car hire – we will be able to provide you with the best options available.
  • Read our Getting Here section for more details on travelling to Ireland from overseas.

 


 

From Dublin:

From Dublin to Leenane starting point

  • Option 1: Visit Irishrail for a train timetable from Dublin city centre to Westport. From Dublin airport you will have to take the bus Airlink to the Heuston train station .

    Or take a bus with Bus Eireann
    From Westport, you will need to take a taxi to Leenane (we will organize this for you if required) - approximate cost of €50 - €60.
    Total journey time is approximately 5 - 6 hours.
     
  • Option 2: You can take a train to Galway city Irishrail from Dublin city centre or a bus with Bus Eireann. Directly from Dublin airport you can take a bus with Citylink or Gobus to Galway then take a Citylink bus to Maam Cross. Visit Citylink for a daily bus timetable from Galway city to Maam Cross (Galway – Letterfrack/Clifden bus line).
    You will then need to take a taxi from Maam to Leenane (we will organize this for you if required) - approximate cost €35.
    Total journey time is approximately 5 hours.
    Visit Citylink for details of a bus route direct from Dublin airport to Galway city.
     

From Dublin to Westport starting point

Visit Irishrail for a daily train timetable from Dublin to Westport. From Dublin airport you will have to take the bus Airlink to the Heuston train station.

Also visit Bus Eireann for a bus timetable.

Journey time is approximately 4 - 5 hours.

 

From Dublin to Clifden starting point

You can take a Citylink bus or a  Gobus directly from Dublin airport (or from Dublin city centre) to Galway and then a Citylink bus or a Bus Eireann bus  from Galway directly to Clifden.

Journey time is approximately 4 - 5 hours.

 


 

From Shannon:

From Shannon airport to Leenane starting point

A bus service is available from Shannon airport to Galway city with Bus Eireann. From Galway city, you can take a Citylink bus to Maam Cross. Visit Citylink for a daily bus timetable from Galway city to Maam Cross (Galway – Letterfrack/Clifden bus line).

You will then need to take a taxi from Maam to Leenane (we will organize this for you if required) - approximate cost €35.

Journey time is approximately 3 - 4 hours.

 

From Shannon airport to Clifden starting point

Visit Bus Eireann for details of bus service from the airport to Galway city. From Galway city, there is a direct bus service to Clifden. Visit Citylink or Bus Eireann for timetables.

Journey time is approximately 3 - 4 hours

 


 

From Knock Airport:

From Knock airport to Leenane starting point

  • Option 1: Visit Bus Eireann  for a timetable from the airport to Westport directly by bus. From Westport, you will need to take a taxi to Leenane (we will organize this for you if required) - approximate cost €50 - €60

Journey time is approximately 3 – 4 hours.

  • Option 2: We can organise a taxi directly from Knock airport to Leenane – approximate cost €120 one way / journey time 1.5 hour

 

From Knock airport to Westport starting point

Visit Bus Eireann for a timetable from the airport to Westport directly by bus.

 

From Knock airport to Clifden starting point

Visit Bus Eireann for bus timetable from the airport to Galway city by bus. There is a direct bus service from Galway city to Clifden. Visit Citylink or Bus Eireann for timetables.

Journey time is approximately 3 - 4 hours.

Giant CRS 3.0 Specifications:

SIZES 17", 19", 21", 23"
FRAME ALUXX aluminium, Fluid Formed
FORK CroMo rigid
SHOCK N/A
HANDLEBAR Aluminium riser
STEM Adjustable ahead
SEAT POST Aluminium
SADDLE GIANT Memory Foam
PEDALS Steel with resin body
SHIFTERS Shimano EZ Fire 50 24 speed
FRONT MECH Shimano C051
REAR MECH Shimano Acera
BRAKES Tektro linear pull
BRAKE LEVER Shimano
CASSETTE SRAM PG830 11-28
CHAIN KMC Z7
CRANKS Shimano FC-M191 28/38/48
BOTTOM BRACKET Cartridge
RIMS Matrix 750 700c
HUBS Shimano RM40
SPOKES Stainless steel

 

Trek 7200 Specifications:

Frame Material:  Aluminium  
Frame Angles:  71.5 head, 73.5 
Sizes:  15", 17.5", 20", 22.5"
Colour:  Dark Blue
Fork:  RST CT-COM C4
Rear Shock:  Not applicable
Brake Levers:  aluminum linear-pull
Handlebar:  aluminum, 2" rise
Stem:  aluminum threadless
Headset:  1 1/8" threadless headset
Front Der:  Shimano C102
Crankset:  Shimano FC-203
Rear Der:  Shimano Alivio
Pedals:  Resin
Tires:  700 x 35c Bontrager

 

  • Each bicycle is equipped with a bottle cage (water bottle included), front handlebar bag (Oxford 8.5ltr), bike rack (with option to add pannier bags for carbon free cycling tour or with extra cost).
  • Safety – We provide a helmet (various sizes) and a high visibility jacket for our customer’s safety on the road.
  • Spare tube, repair kit with tire levers, pump and bike lock are all provided.
  • * Cyclists are expected to be able to have a general knowledge of the function of bicycles, i.e. how to change gears, how to brake properly, replacing a slipped chain, changing a flat tire. Please check out this link if you are looking for few tips.

When you are met by your Connemara Tours Representative at the start of your tour they will answer all of your queries and give you any further information that you might require including detailed maps and route notes. When you make a booking with us we will also send you out detailed information on what to expect when holidaying in Ireland and lots of helpful tips and advice. Below you will find a summary of the main points that we have found people like to know when considering booking one of our tours:

 

Weather:

Ireland can often have four seasons in one day but usually does not experience extremes of climate. The weather can also be very localised and so could change considerably as you make your way through the countryside. Temperatures generally range from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius in the summer and from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius in the winter with rainfall throughout the year. Rain gear is essential and otherwise just be ready for almost anything!

 

Language:

Ireland is English speaking throughout and Gaelic is also spoken in pockets mainly along the west coast in areas known as Gaeltachts. Our accents change almost from village to village which can be a source of amazement for visitors and of course we use a lot of colloquialisms. Irish people tend not to be very fluent in other European languages but they will often give it a try to help tourists and they will also show great patience if you are struggling with getting your message across in English!

 

Money:

The currency in Ireland is the Euro. Most businesses now accept credit cards for payment. American Express and Diners Club are the only ones which are not widely accepted. ATM machines are available in all small towns but not in villages so it is advisable to have some cash with you on your tour for smaller purchases. Banks are to be found in most small to medium sized towns in Ireland. Currency exchange is best done at a bank rather than in hotels or other establishments to ensure you get the best rate.

 

Clothing:

In keeping with the variable weather your clothing will need to reflect the conditions, so layers which can be added and removed as necessary are probably the best idea. You will also need comfortable waterproof shoes for walking and cycling and of course rain gear is essential. You will be sent a comprehensive list of recommended clothing and equipment on booking.

 

Food:

Food is generally of a very good quality in Ireland and offers plenty of choice. Breakfasts in all of our hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs are what is called a Full Irish Breakfast and is a cooked breakfast of eggs, rashers, sausages, mushrooms, puddings, tomatoes and even beans! A continental breakfast will also be offered. A range of options for lunch and dinner are normally offered everywhere from pub-grub to fine dining restaurants and hotels. Every small village will serve food of some sort. You will be well-fed for your journey, of that we can guarantee you!

 

The Irish Pub:

An institution in itself and a main location for all sorts of entertainment in Ireland, both day and night. Many pubs serve very good food for lunch and dinner. The range of entertainment to be found in pubs varies from card-games, singing, dancing, traditional music sessions some organised and some impromptu and always great craic, as we say here! So if the person at the next table to you breaks into song or starts to play the fiddle do not be alarmed, just sit back and enjoy.

 

The demon drink:

Yes we are known for our fondness for alcoholic beverages, especially that black stuff which we particularly enjoy. However please do not feel obliged to join us, we will happily serve you a coffee or a soft drink in any of our pubs and to be honest much of the talk of our drinking habits is often the stuff of myths and legends so do not be put off by it!

 

Irish customs:

We are generally a friendly and hospitable nation, something which we are very proud of and which we try to maintain. In more rural areas and smaller towns and villages we will likely say hello to you as we pass you in the street and we will wave as we drive past you too. Again this might take a bit of getting used to but feel free to join in. If you are in trouble or lost do not be afraid to stop someone in the street or call in to a pub or shop and ask for assistance. We also like to chat and are genuinely interested in you so be prepared to be asked a few questions about yourself, but do not worry, we generally know when to stop too!