Cycling and Walking tours in Ireland

Gourmet Connemara Cycling Tour

Prices from

€2,225.00

Duration

7days

Difficulty
2

CYCLING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Savour the best natural flavours from Connemara’s hundreds of lakes, rivers and mountainous lands - fresh lobsters, lamb, mussels, clams, scallops, venison, salmon and trout, quail and guinea fowl.
  • Dine in award-winning restaurants, hand-picked for their passionate chefs who create innovative menus with the freshest, locally-sourced produce.
  • Uncover the true magic of Ireland, found not only in the breathtaking scenery, but also in the unique warmth of the Irish people. On this biking trip in Ireland you will have the chance to experience both.
  • Stay in two of Ireland’s world-class castle hotels and have your every wish indulged by their impeccable service.

Chloe’s favourite Irish food: Coming from France I have high standards! However the locally sourced food of Connemara is superb. My favourite is probably the lamb. The fresh air, clean water and freedom these animals enjoy must add to the incredible flavour. 


Your Tour in brief

Tour essentials:

 

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

 

The tour starts at Lough Inagh Lodge in Connemara and finishes at Ashford Castle in Connemara. 

 

Your Gourmet Connemara Tour consists of gentle cycles, some occasional hill, average of 45km daily with shorter and longer options available on most days.

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.

 

Six gourmet dinners are included.

 

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

Transfers and travel:

 

We will bring you from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Lough Inagh Lodge on day of arrival and return you there on departure.

 

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

Activities:

 

Entrance tickets for Kylemore Abbey

     

 


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

You will be collected from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport and brought to your accommodation at Lough Inagh, a wonderfully secluded valley in the Connemara mountains. Your meal tonight will be in Lough Inagh Lodge, a rebuilt fishing lodge perched on the shores of a freshwater lough. Seafood and game are a speciality in the restaurant with delicious home-baked bread to accompany your meal. Conor or Gabriel will meet with you on the day of arrival to answer any questions you may have about your tour. Your bicycles, equipment, route notes and maps will be waiting for you at your accommodation on arrival, ensuring you are ready to start your bike holiday in Ireland.

Day 2

Lough Inagh to Renvyle - 30 kms

Today your cycle route takes you along the coast, passing the pristine white sands of Glassilaun & Lettergesh beaches where the contrast with the green ocean waters and the rocky hillsides creates a vivid palette. Your destination is the Renvyle Peninsula, an area which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is peppered with archaeological sites, historical ruins and hidden beaches and coves. You will be spending two nights in Renvyle and will have the pleasure of dining each night in the multi-award-winning restaurant in the historic Renvyle 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 Peninsula - 10 to 35 kms

Today you will explore the Renvyle Peninsula, passing through Tullycross with its row of traditional thatched cottages and following the road to Letterfrack. Letterfrack village is home to Connemara National Park, which is a wonderful source of information on the flora and fauna of this preserved landscape and also offers excellent marked trail walks. You will visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey, a gothic lakeside castle lodged at the foot of a steep hill. It is the site of one of Ireland's finest award-winning gardens, the six-acre Victorian walled garden created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. You will return to Renvyle along leafy back roads to enjoy another evening of fine dining in Renvyle House Hotel.

Day 4

Renvyle to Clifden - 45 kms

Today you cycle to Clifden, a colourful town on the Connemara coast, often called the 'Capital of Connemara'. There are various route options available, the shortest being 25km, with the longest (passing through Cleggan and Aughrisbeg) over 50km. Do not miss the cycle along the Sky Road, offering you panoramic views over the Atlantic and the islands lying just offshore. We recommend that you stop for an independent lunch in the Bridgestone-awarded Steam Café, offering delicious organic homegrown salads, homemade soups and desserts. You will have a chance to explore the town & settle into your accommodation before dining at Mitchell’s Restaurant in Clifden this evening.

Day 5

Clifden to Ballynahinch- 33 kms

Your cycle today begins along the lake-strewn bog road to Ballyconneely. Here you can visit the acclaimed Connemara Smokehouse, which specialises in wild and organic salmon, smoked and marinated with traditional methods. Owner Gordon Roberts is one of Rick Stein’s food heroes and his smoked tuna appears in Stein’s restaurant. Afterwards you will continue your journey to Roundstone, a scenic fishing village in South Connemara, made famous through the work of many well-known painters. They have been attracted here by its picturesque harbour and wonderful outlook across the Atlantic to the jagged peaks of the Twelve Bens mountain range. This evening you will be staying in Ballynahinch Castle, dining at its renowned Owenmore restaurant.

Day 6

Ballynahinch to Cong - 52 kms

Your target today is the village of Cong. You will cycle over the Maam Valley mountain pass where the surrounding steep-sided hills and green valleys seem endless in every direction. The road brings you along the shores of Lough Corrib, where the ruins of a castle are still visible on one of the islands in the lake. Passing through the villages of Cornamona and Clonbur you will then arrive in Cong, where the John Ford film The Quiet Man was shot in 1952. Cong also boasts several notable historical sites including an inscribed stone cross (fourteenth century) and the ruins of Ashford Abbey, founded in 1128. Tonight, you stay and dine in Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's finest hotels, and former residence of the Guinness family.

Day 7

Departure

Breakfast and departure by taxi back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport, after what we promise will be a memorable biking trip in Ireland.


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

Having returned to Germany we want to thank you so much for the wonderful Connemara tour you organized for us. We had a really great time with your excellent bicycles and enjoyed all different places and hotels. Our suppers in all places were delicious and excellent.

Thank you to all of your team and thanks a lot for your kind help with everything.

Hanns & Sarina - May 2017

The scenery, the people, the food...Connemara is a magical place.. We are definitely comming back (with the rest of the family this time..)

Roger & Jess - May 2018


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Room Type

Price

Double/Twin/Triple

€2,225.00

4/5* Single

€2,595.00

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.