Romantic Break in Connemara
Cycling Tours in Ireland
Our 'Luxury Romantic Escape in Connemara' is a wonderful way for couples to enjoy each other's company, while combining cycling and exploring the magnificent countryside of Connemara. Having spent your days in the fresh air, spend the evening relaxing in luxury accommodation. Enjoy romantic dinners in some of Connemara's best restaurants, hand picked for their passionate chefs skilled at creating innovative menus with the finest, locally sourced produce.
Quiet roads, spectacular scenery and friendly locals will help to make this the trip of a lifetime. While we cannot promise that the sun will always shine, the fabulous landscape and wonderful sense of achievement will more than make up for it. At the end of each day, you will stay and dine in wonderful luxury hotels, and manor house accommodations. Cosy fires, warm hospitality and comfortable surroundings will have you feeling relaxed and refreshed for your next day adventure.
Visit our 'Getting Here' page for more transport information and options.
Day 1 - Arrival - Ballynahinch
You will be collected from Shannon or Galway airport and will be brought to you hotel in Ballynahinch Castle where you will spend the first two nights. Route notes and maps for your tour will be waiting for you at your hotel. You will be met by a Connemara Adventure Tours representative this evening or tomorrow morning to allocate your bicycles and equipment.
Day 2 – Around Ballynahinch
You have a choice of relaxing in the wonderful surroundings of Ballynahinch Castle or taking a break from the bicycle and walking hand and hand in its wooded areas. Ballynahinch is steeped in a wealth of tradition and has been intertwined in the history of Connemara and its people for many centuries. From the days of the O' Flaherty Chieftains, to Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connemara, to Humanity Dick Martin, founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and to H.R.H. the Maharajah Ranjitsinji, also known as the 'Ranji', Prince of Cricketers. There is also a lovely cycling route for you around the South Connemara Peninsula going via Cashel and Carna to Kilkerin returning on the bog road and through Ballinafad back to Ballynahinch.Tonight your dinner is included in the restaurant of Ballynahinch Castle.
Your accommodation at Lough Inagh is located in 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.
Through the Lough Inagh Valley you make your way via Kylemore Abbey where a visit of Kylemore Abbey is worth a visit with its Victorian Walled Gardens, visitor centre and audiovisual theatre. It has a wonderful history where in 1862 Mitchell Henry, a wealthy Manchester merchant, inherited a fortune from his father with which he decided to build the Victorian Kylemore Castle, as a present to his wife Margaret. They had first seen Kylemore on their honeymoon in 1850. From Kylemore you continue your cycle to Renvyle where you stay in a wonderful hotel at the end of the peninsula.
Accommodation & Price
People were friendly,
Weather was better than anticipated,
Scenery was great." Ed, August 2012
''We are just writing to tell you what a wonderful time we had on our honeymoon tour. It was an excellent experience. We felt that everything was very well run, and while we were left alone to enjoy each day as we pleased, we felt that we were in good hands. We were thrilled with the accommodations, and received especially good service at the Buttermilk lodge in Clifden. We thought that the routes and suggestions for each day were well thought out and the long options allowed us to see the best parts of Connemara. All luggage transfers went without a problem, which was very reassuring. Ending off at Ballinahinch truly made it feel like a luxury tour! Our booklet of information was also a very nice touch, and a great souvenir of our trip.
We thank you once again and will suggest you to any future honeymooners!''
Chris and Devan
27 September 2010
" Great team, everybody was friendly and helping. We got answers very quckly to our questions, both before and during our tour. Everything went smooth and appeared very well mastered."
Cédric Voruz, 18th August 2011