Cycling and Walking tours in Ireland

Explore our Wild West Cycling Tour

Prices from

€1,595.00

Duration

7days

Difficulty
3

CYCLING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • As the distances cycled each day average 70km, you will have that wonderful feeling of having earned your rest each evening and the places you will rest are magnificent.
  • Enjoy the chance to stay in two Irish castle hotels where the authentic character of these historic buildings has been carefully maintained. Discover their past and their immensely beautiful natural settings.
  • You will have choices and flexibility of distances and activities along the way including a day in Westport with several attractive options for staying active or chilling out.
  • The terrain varies throughout the route but for the most you will have the pleasure of meandering along quiet back roads and across rolling hills for your biking trip in Ireland.

Chloe’s favourite day: It would have to be Day 5. Though a long cycle, the inherent drama of the mountainous landscape through which you pass will have you mesmerised and before you know it you will be there. The fact that you are cycling from one fabulous castle to another makes it even better!


Your Tour in brief

Tour essentials:

 

This is a 7 day (6 night) tour starting any day from April to October.

 

The tour starts and finishes in the Delphi valley in Connemara. 

 

Your Explore our Wild West Tour consists of moderate cycling days with distances from 40 to 90km per day with longer and shorter options available on most days. The terrain does include some hills.

Equipment and information:

 

A hybrid upgrade bike included (front suspension), helmet, front handlebar bag, water bottle, side panniers (if required), puncture repair kit and lock are all included.

 

Full route notes and an Ordnance Survey Ireland map of the area are also provided and will be explained to you.

Hospitality:

 

You will stay in a selection of Connemara’s finest 4* hotels and manors/castles, where you will enjoy a full Irish breakfast each morning.

 

Your luggage will be transferred every day to your next accommodation.

Transfers and travel:

 

We will collect you from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport and bring you to Delphi Resort on arrival day and return you there on the departure day from Delphi Resort again.

 

Further info on getting to/from Ireland can be found here

Activities:

 

Afternoon treat on Day 6 (tea and scones in Renvyle House Hotel/Lough Inagh Lodge)

 

Gold experience package at the Plaza Hotel in Westport

 

   

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

You will be transferred by us from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your first night's accommodation at the Delphi Resort, deep in the sparsely populated Delphi Valley. This is a truly unique four-star hotel built in natural stone and wood, where the welcoming smell of a turf fire will greet you on arrival. You are free to spend the evening enjoying this tranquil setting, relaxing in rooms of quiet luxury or you may decide to visit their award-winning spa. 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 may have about your Connemara cycle. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to your hotel and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly.

Day 2

Delphi to Westport 40km

Leaving the Delphi Valley behind, you will make your way through the dramatic Doolough Valley along by the lake, and through a landscape carved by glaciation to bring you to the small coastal town of Louisburgh. Pause and absorb the rhythms of life of this market town built in the eighteenth century. The road then continues along the shores of Clew Bay past historical sites including the fourteenth century Murrisk Abbey and the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. You may decide to join the ancient pilgrimage trail and climb the mountain before continuing to Westport. Your stay in Westport will be at the Westport Plaza Hotel. Your every wish for comfort, opulence and service is taken care of at this more contemporary property. The Gold Experience at the Plaza includes an hour in their inspirational thermal suite allowing you to cleanse the road from your body and mind.

Day 3

Westport

Today you have several options depending on your energy levels! If you did not climb Croagh Patrick yesterday, you could do so today. The views from the summit over the 365 islands dotted in Clew Bay are simply mesmerising. If you would like to continue cycling you could follow the Great Western Greenway, a superb cycling and walking track through rolling countryside from Westport to Achill island, following the route of the old railway which closed in 1937. Alternatively, today could be your day for more leisurely pursuits - a sumptuous, unhurried breakfast; time spent luxuriating in the hotel thermal suite; a wander through the streets of Westport to admire the wonderful planning and architecture of the town and to browse in traditional shops. Westport is a hub of activity and manages to combine all that is friendly, warm and relaxed about life in the west of Ireland with a cultural energy which befits any modern twenty-first century town.

Day 4

Westport to Ashford - 60km

Your fourth day will take you on a longer cycle with your destination to be the renowned five-star hotel at Ashford Castle in the village of Cong, Co Mayo. On your journey you will pass through the tiny village of Aughagower, dominated by a tenth century round tower and medieval church, both of which speak of its past importance. You will continue along the shores of Lough Mask, a fine trout fishing lake, and through sleepy villages with musical names like Tourmakeady, Finny and Clonbur. Your endpoint, the village of Cong, was made famous as the setting for the 1952 Hollywood movie The Quiet Man and is a pretty, vibrant village. Ashford Castle, your accommodation for tonight, has long stood for old-world opulence and charm. Entering the eleventh century castle you enter another world where a long history of hospitality awaits you. You will soon realise why the charm and wonder of this property has brought visitors from all over the world to stay here.

Day 5

Ashford Castle to Ballynahinch Castle - 72km

Cycling from castle to castle – this really is the way to see Connemara! A longer cycle but with a wonderful reward at the end of it. Travelling along the shores of Ireland’s largest lake, Lough Corrib, with ever-changing views across the lake and surrounding countryside you will cycle to Maam village, set deep in the valleys of the Maamturk mountains. Turning for Maam Cross you would not be mistaken in thinking that you had left the world as you know it behind. Meandering past steep mountainsides, lakes and rivers there is little to occupy the mind but natural, uninhabited beauty. You will then take the road towards Clifden, making your way eventually to Ballynahinch Castle. Set in a private 450-acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks this elegant, unpretentious four-star castle hotel, is a haven of fine dining, undiluted peace and utter luxury. You will spend the night here and we promise that you will always remember this special place, as part of your biking trip in Ireland.

Day 6

Ballynahinch to Delphi - 45km or 90km

This is a spectacular day with two distances to choose from. For the longer cycle you will continue along the road to Clifden, a town known for its traditional music, cosy pubs and winding streets. From Clifden you will pass through Letterfrack village and the Connemara National Park before reaching Killary Fjord and the village of Leenane at its head. Killary is Ireland's most dramatic fjord with mountains rearing up on its southern and northern sides sheltering its deep Atlantic waters. The shorter cycle will also bring you to Leenane but this time through the sparsely populated Inagh Valley. You can stop at the Lough Inagh Lodge a family-run country house hotel, and enjoy tea and scones overlooking one of Connemara's most awe-inspiring lake settings. From the village of Leenane you will follow the shoreline of Killary Fjord winding along the water's edge looking out for herons, dolphins and seals. You will finish your tour where you began at Delphi Resort. You might be very glad to avail of a therapeutic massage followed by a glass of Guinness in front of a welcoming fire this evening!

Day 7

Departure

Transfer to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport included.


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

What an amazing way to discover Connemara, thanks for the impecable organization!

Martha & Jim August 2018

We had the most extraordinary holiday, thanks so much!

José and Christie May 2018


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Room Type

Price

Double/Twin/Triple

€1,995.00

4/5* Single

€2,365.00

4/5* Solo

€2,995.00


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.