Cycling and Walking tours in Ireland

Connemara Highlights Cycling Tour

Prices from

€1,095.00

Duration

5days

Difficulty
2

CYCLING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A shorter tour but one which we have designed to capture the highlights of our wonderful home, Connemara - small, charming towns; steep-sided, dramatic valleys; craggy coastlines.
  • Elements of culture, history, learning and leisure have also been included so that you will get to see the full picture of life in this unique region in the west of Ireland.
  • That contrast of the great Irish outdoors and the changeable weather with the comfort and absolute pampering of the accommodation we have chosen for you will complete your cycling holiday in Ireland.
  • Short enough to give you a taste and to ensure that you will want to come back for one of our longer tours!

Conor’s favourite valley: The Delphi Valley in Connemara is a spectacular place. Standing outside your accommodation at Delphi Resort and turning 360 degrees you are completely surrounded by mountains which seem to rise straight up out of the land. 


Your Tour in brief

Tour essentials:

 

This is a 5 day (4 night) tour starting any day from April to October.

 

The tour starts in Clifden in Connemara and finishes in Westport Town in nearby Co Mayo. 

 

Your Connemara Highlights Tour consists of easy cycling days with distances averaging 40km per day with longer and shorter options available on most days. The terrain does include occasional 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 a full Irish breakfast is included for you on each morning at your accommodation.

 

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

Activities:

 

Entrance tickets for Kylemore Abbey

 

Entrance tickets for the Connemara Lady (Killary Cruise boat)

 

Gold Experience Package at the Westport Plaza Hotel

 

   

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


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Clifden

You will make your way to your first night's accommodation at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden (there are daily buses from Galway to Clifden). This is a unique place to start your Connemara cycle tour. A castle hotel secluded in lush, private grounds but also located close to Clifden town. At the Abbeyglen you will be able to experience the best of town and country in a property that is run with every care and attention to making you feel pampered. Clifden is a colourful town bursting with culture, history, traditional music and cosy pubs and restaurants. 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 about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to your hotel and they will make sure that everything fits you perfectly.

Day 2

Clifden to Renvyle

Your second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend your second night in the Renvyle House Hotel. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Pausing at the vantage points take time to feel the fresh Atlantic breezes and inhale the scent of the sea, knowing there is nothing between you and America! Continuing your cycle, you will pass by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack before reaching the Renvyle peninsula, your destination today. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean it is peppered with archaeological sites, historical ruins and white-sand beaches. Renvyle House Hotel, where you will stay, is an historic country house hotel, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is located on 150 acres, which include a private lake, a 9-hole golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site.

Day 3

Renvyle to Delphi

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will return to Letterfrack through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages. Soon after, you will come to Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts an award-winning six-acre Victorian walled garden created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of the castle. Leaving Kylemore you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range as you pass beneath their brooding peaks. Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, and certainly its most dramatic, will appear beside you as you turn a corner. You will follow the fjord close by the water's edge to bring you into the Delphi Valley. Completely surrounded by mountains you will feel the intrusions of the outside world disappear for your stay tonight at the Delphi Resort. Quiet colours, natural materials and a tranquil atmosphere will greet you at this sensitively-designed four-star resort.

Day 4

Delphi to Westport

Leaving the Delphi Valley you will wind your way alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. There you will witness the gentle pace of a small west of Ireland agricultural town conducting its daily business. The road then continues along the shores of Clew Bay in the impressive shadow of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, and finally to the charming town of Westport. Your stay in Westport will be at the Westport Plaza hotel. The Plaza is an opulent, modern hotel which offers all the luxuries and facilities that you could want. It is still run as part of a family business with a personal touch and a long history of hospitality in the west of Ireland. 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 5

Westport departure

Depart from Westport for your onward journey


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

We all had a fantastic time – the scenery was MAGNIFICENT, the people were amazing, friendly and lovely and the food was delicious!

Patrick and Jane - August 2018


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Room Type

Price

Double/Twin/Triple

€1,095.00

4/5* Single

€1,235.00

4/5* Solo

€1,395.00


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.