Atlantic Way Experience Cycling Tour
CYCLING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Cycle along the Sky Road and pause to absorb the views of the sweeping Atlantic coastline in every direction.
- Experience island life on Inishbofin, where tradition and community are of great importance and where time changes pace.
- Travel daily distances short enough to allow reflection, in-depth exploration and the chance to get an authentic feel for life in this rugged, remote region.
- Spend time in two west of Ireland towns, Louisburgh and Westport, built in the eighteenth century and retaining many features of their early beginnings.
Conor’s favourite cycle: It has to be the Sky Road. It has everything - a challenge to the legs and then a huge reward as you reach the viewing points and realise that the next landfall is America!
Your Tour in brief
This is an 8 day (7 night) tour starting every Monday from April to October.
The tour starts in the town of Clifden in Connemara and finishes in Westport Town in neighbouring Co Mayo.
Your Atlantic Way Experience Tour consists of easy cycling with average distances of 30km per day. Shorter and longer options are available on most days.
Equipment and information:
Your touring bike, helmet, front handlebar bag, puncture repair kit and lock are all included.
Full route notes and an Ordnance Survey Ireland map of the area are also provided and explained to you.
You can choose from two accommodation options - 3* hotels or approved B&Bs and guesthouses – where you will enjoy a full Irish breakfast on each morning.
Your luggage will be transferred every day to your next accommodation.
Upgrade to a hybrid bike with front suspension - €70 per bike
Electric bike hire - €195 per bike
Side panniers - €20 per bike
Alternative start days - €70 extra per booking
Further information on getting to/from Ireland can be found here
Arrive to your first night's accommodation in Clifden. Clifden town, the “Capital of Connemara”, offers a wonderful combination of the quaint, traditional and cosmopolitan. It is buzzing with great restaurants, colourful Irish pubs, music and song with warm, friendly people and a gentle pace of life. Conor or Gabriel 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 on your biking trip in Ireland. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to your accommodation and we will ensure that everything fits you perfectly.
Around Clifden - Sky Road & Roundstone
Today you will have a chance to explore this rugged and beautiful corner of the west of Ireland. You can choose to cycle along the famous Sky Road with views which will take your breath away as the land drops away beneath you and the Atlantic Ocean sweeps before you. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to discover the south of Connemara and the Roundstone peninsula where ancient bogland meets vast golden beaches and where every stretch of land abounds with history. This day will also allow you the time to become familiar with your equipment and settle into the rhythm of the week ahead.
Your morning cycle will bring you along the Sky Road. You will then follow the Bog Road across areas of valuable native peatland against the backdrop of soaring mountains to reach the village of Cleggan and the ferry for Inishbofin island. Forty minutes by ferry, Inishbofin is a world apart from the mainland in every way. The island is peppered with ancient sites, including the ruins of Cromwell's promontory fort and gaol, set high above the crashing waves at the entrance to the island's harbour. Its population, of only 200 people, will warmly welcome you during your stay and will allow you a brief but fascinating insight into their traditional island life.
After an early breakfast on the island you will catch the ferry back to the mainland from where you will continue your Connemara cycle around this western coastline. Your destination today is the Renvyle Peninsula, a rugged promontory which juts into the Atlantic Ocean and is home to a vibrant, farming and fishing community. Travelling quiet roads, you will pass through Letterfrack, where the unique landscape of Connemara has been preserved by a National Park. The park includes very accessible trail walks and an excellent visitor centre. Reaching the Renvyle Peninsula you will find an area dotted with lakes, golden beaches and stony hills.
Leaving Renvyle you will pass through the village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages and emerge onto the impressive coastline. Take your time and pause to absorb the ocean views and soak up the scent of the sea. Turning inland you will cycle through the mountains to bring you to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord. You could choose to take a sightseeing tour of Killary Fjord aboard the Connemara Lady catamaran. The 1.5 hour boat trip is often joined by leaping dolphins and includes commentary on the fascinating history and geography of the area. Tonight, you will spend the night in Leenane where you will have the choice of excellent local dining, traditional pubs and the chance to meet locals and visitors alike.
From Leenane you will follow the shores of KIllary Fjord and enter the spectacular Delphi and Doolough Valleys with mountains dropping down into dark lakes each side of you. Continuing on towards the coast once more you will emerge at the town of Louisburgh on the shores of Clew Bay. Louisburgh is a rural market town which retains many eighteenth century features in style and scale. It is a town which supports a large, far-flung population and the gentle rhythms of life in this area can be felt as you stroll along its four main streets. It is surrounded by an area of immense natural beauty with mountains to the east and south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and north.
Today you continue along the Clew Bay coastline and under the shadow of Croagh Patrick mountain to reach your destination in Westport. Pretty and colourful, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. Contrast and paradox are just part of its charm. It has been voted Ireland’s Best Place to Live and Ireland’s Tidiest Town and will provide a memorable finale to your Atlantic Way Experience.
Breakfast and depart from Westport on your onward journey
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.
"We want to thank Connor and the entire Connemara team for the trip preparation. Connor spent considerable time with us on the first day suggesting stops at historic or scenic sites, restaurants and shops. He also showed us how to extend each day with side routes.
Tom & Joan - June 2018
"We are now in Dublin after having had a super week in Connemara.
We are already nostalgic! The organization was perfect, we had nothing to worry about apart from pedaling! We even had luck with the weather (but had a chance to taste real Irish rain!). Thanks for all!!"
Martina - September 2017
"We have had a great holiday. Thanks for everything and for the great organisation. Conor, we followed your recommendations about the detours options and we didn't regret it. Thanks.W e will not hesitate in recommending you to our friends. Thanks again!!"
Alice - July 2018
All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.
Double/ Twin/ Triple
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.