Our Tours

Lazy Days

Prices from

€665.00

Duration

7days


This tour is specifically designed for independent travellers, who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend relaxing lazy days along the way. It allows for in-depth explorations of the various cultural and natural attractions of the wonderful Connemara region. Connemara is 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 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 will enjoy traditional Irish hospitality with the option of staying in either distinguished hotels or wonderful guesthouses and B&Bs. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.


Details

Duration:

 

7 days (6 nights)

Tour dates 2017:

 

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

Level:

 

Easy cycling days with average of 25 - 35km a day with longer options available on most days.

Bicycle:

 

Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €60 extra

Equipment:

 

Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits, and locks.

Accommodation:

 

Depending on the option: hotels 3* or approved B&Bs & guesthouses

Meals:

 

Irish breakfasts

Transfers:

 

All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

Miscellaneous:

 

Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000)

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 from Galway to Clifden.

Departure point:

 

You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Clifden. There is direct bus service daily from Clifden to Galway.


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Arrive in Clifden (there is a direct daily bus service from Galway to Clifden). Warm welcome and a chance to settle in. You will be given your route notes and general information and your bikes and equipment will be delivered to your accommodation. One of our representatives will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation to answer all your questions and go through your routes together. Clifden is a small, colourful town, also often labelled the 'Capital of Connemara'. There are many restaurants where you can choose a lovely evening meal and a great selection of traditional pubs where often you will find Irish music.

Day 2

Clifden to Renvyle - 35 to 45 km

After a hearty breakfast, you will set off along the Sky Road, if you opt for the longer option (45 kms), it offers fabulous views over the Atlantic ocean and its islands. Travelling quiet back roads, you will pass through the quaint fishing village of Cleggan and on to Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park. Then your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula which is steeped in history and archaeological sites and is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches and spectacular vistas of the Twelve Ben mountain range.

Day 3

Renvyle to Leenane - 26 km

Leave Renvyle after a hearty breakfast. You will set off, passing through Tullycross with its many thatched cottages and meander along the coast pasing perfect beaches to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord. You could take the boat along Killary Fjord for a sightseeing expedition at either 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm or 4.30pm. This is a 1.5 hour boat ride on the Connemara Lady catamaran. The trip is often honoured by the company of leaping dolphins and always includes commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Tonight you will stay the night in Leenane.

Day 4

Leenane to Lough Inagh - 23 km

After breakfast you will continue your journey today leaving Leenane. You cycle away from the coast back towards the mountains on a road through lake-strewn moorlands to the stunning Inagh Valley. You will have the option to visit one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. This gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside 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. Tonight you will be staying in welcoming accommodation overlooking spectacular Lough Inagh.

Day 5

Lough Inagh to Roundstone - 28 km

Cycle back towards the coast today, leaving the mountains behind as you head towards Roundstone. You will be travelling along a route dotted with pretty fishing villages. You will cycle through peat bogs and lovely moorlands still divided by the Neolithic field systems. Your journey will bring you into the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region, which is considered the last bastion of Celtic Ireland. You will rest and relax tonight in the small picturesque fishing village of Roundstone.

Day 6

Roundstone to Clifden - 24 km

Well-fed and well-rested, you will begin your day with a gentle cycle along Mannin Bay. With its coralline beach & glorious turquoise bay it is a paradise for the beachcomber. This route brings you past Ballyconneely, or can be made shorter by taking the Bogroad. Roundstone bog is unique in that it is an unspoiled area of bogscape with rare acid-loving plants. You will arrive back at your starting destination of Clifden where you will spend your last night getting a second chance to enjoy the 'craic' in this vibrant town - one of the last true treasures in Western Europe.

Day 7

Departure

Breakfast, followed by fond farewell 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

"This is just to thank you for everything and for the wonderful experience we had during our tour... Cycling in Connemara was beyond expectation, and we hope we could do it again in the future. So again thank you for your passion and your support. Good luck with everything!"

Isabella - September 2016

"The tour was an adventure of a life time. Thanks you and your staff for this experience and for the memory!"

Tracy & Betsy - August 2016

"Thanks for helping us with a great vacation in Ireland!"

Evan - June 2015

"The tour was great! We started in Clifden where the food and music was excellent. And followed that with the coastal cycles that took in Renvyle where we had a very warm welcome, Leenane and a relaxing seaweed bath for our aching muscles and bottoms! Beautiful rooms, great hosts and food to die for. The four of us have done many cycling holidays in Europe and America over the past 30 years and yours ranks among the best of them. Your bikes are probably the best we've every had."

Rowena Ingram, on behalf of all the Ingrams! - September 2014

"Thanks heaps for organising what was a MOST enjoyable trip for us.  We felt the amount of cycling was just right, because it allowed us to adopt a leisurely pace, appreciate the scenery and do some short detours and walks along the way – a great combination.  Our B&Bs were great – very comfortable and welcoming – and the bikes worked well.  We were impressed by how careful and tolerant the traffic was on the roads.

Bev -  June 2014

 


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


B&B

Double/Twin/Triple

€665.00

B&B Single

€825.00

B&B Solo

€985.00

Hotel 3*

Double/Twin/Triple

€895.00

3* Single

€1,080.00

3* Solo

€1,295.00


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.