Cycling and Walking tours in Ireland

Leisurely Connemara Cycling Tour

Prices from

€1,525.00

Duration

7days

Difficulty
1

CYCLING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore this unspoiled region of the Emerald Isle at a gentle pace, uncovering an ancient landscape, where every rock and furrow tells a story.
  • Taste the salt and seaweed in the air on the Wild Atlantic Way as you follow the dramatic coastline and golden beaches on your cycling holiday in Ireland.
  • Discover the fascinating history and heritage of Connemara. Choose to visit the preserved landscape of a National Park or the nineteenth century Gothic abbey at Kylemore.
  • Extend that feeling of leisure come evening in the most luxuriant of hotels, castles and mountain lodges, all brimming with character and charm. Enjoy wonderful, locally-sourced cuisine, exceptional service and attention to detail.

Conor’s favourite visitor attraction: I have always loved walking in Connemara National Park. It is a great place to escape to and the views from the top of Diamond Hill overlooking Kylemore Lake and the Abbey are fantastic.


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 Delphi Resort in Connemara and finishes at Ballynahinch Castle, also in Connemara. 

 

Your Leisurely Connemara Tour consists of easy cycling days with average of 25-35km a day with longer and shorter 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.

 

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 Ballynahinch Castle.

 

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

Activities:

 

Entrance ticket for Kylemore Abbey

 

Entrance ticket for the sightseeing trip with Killary Cruises

 

   

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

You will be transferred from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your first night’s accommodation at the Delphi Resort, a unique four-star hotel designed to blend into the backdrop of the scenically breathtaking Delphi Valley in which it is located. The immediacy of the steep mountain sides dropping down into the lake and river creates a sense of being cocooned by nature. Enjoy your quietly opulent surroundings or treat yourself to a relaxing evening at the 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 have about your tour. They will also deliver your bikes and equipment to your accommodation and make sure everything is a perfect fit.

Day 2

Delphi – Lough Inagh

After breakfast, you will begin the first cycle of your adventure trip in Ireland along the shores of Killary Fjord to the little village of Leenane nestled at the head of the fjord. Included in your package is a 1.5 hr cruise to the mouth of the fjord aboard the Connemara Lady catamaran. It includes commentary on the history, geography and people of this dramatic area. Following your cruise, you will cycle through another steep-sided and beautiful valley, the Inagh Valley, to your next accommodation at Lough Inagh Lodge. This country house hotel rests on the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most spectacular lakes, and is surrounded by the majestic Maamturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges on all sides. It offers a peaceful haven and all the comforts and pleasures of an elegant, modern hotel in an old-world atmosphere. Lough Inagh is also perfectly placed for you to take advantage of several extra outdoor pursuits and activities like hill walking or fly-fishing!

Distance cycled – 30km

Day 3

Lough Inagh to Renvyle

On day three, your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend the next two nights. The Renvyle peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is peppered with archaeological sites, historical ruins and white-sand beaches. It is a perfect place to meander quiet country roads at a gentle pace. 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. It is an award-winning hotel for hospitality, with a warm welcome for every guest, delicious food and comfortable bedrooms.

Distance cycled – 25km (coastal route)

Day 4

Explore the Renvyle Peninsula

Today you can choose to have a rest day to enjoy the facilities and extensive grounds of Renvyle House Hotel, or you can set off to explore the local area. Two world-class visitor experiences nearby include the Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. To visit either of these you will return to the village of Letterfrack at the gateway to the Renvyle Peninsula. The Connemara National Park is accessed in the village and covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bog, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. There are four looped walking trails, each of which can be accessed from the visitor centre. From Letterfrack village you can cycle the short distance to reach Kylemore Abbey. This Gothic lakeside castle has a long and fascinating history and is also the site of an award-winning garden. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867.

Day 5

Renvyle – Clifden

Today you will cycle to Clifden, known locally as the 'Capital of Connemara', to your accommodation at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. There are various route options available, the shortest being 25km direct to the hotel. Should you wish to explore the famous Sky Road, offering you sweeping views over the Atlantic and the off-shore islands, it is an extra 12km, and well worth the effort! The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, where you will spend the night, is situated in its own private grounds surrounded by trees and hills and with views of the sea. This historical Castle welcomes guests with a warmly lit entrance hall and crackling open fires making you feel instantly relaxed. It may seem removed from the world, but it is still only a 5-minute walk from the bustling town of Clifden, where you can enjoy interesting craft shops, art galleries and traditional pubs – the perfect place to strike up a conversation with a few local characters!

Distance cycled  - 25km / 37km

Day 6

Clifden – Ballynahinch

Today you will begin by cycling to the coastal village of Ballyconneely. Here you can visit the acclaimed Connemara Smokehouse, which specialises in wild and organic salmon, smoked and marinated. Afterwards you will continue your journey to Roundstone, a scenic fishing village in South Connemara, famous through the work of many well-known painters attracted by its situation. From Roundstone you will complete today’s cycle loop to your final accommodation at Ballynahinch Castle. For a shorter route, take the ‘Bog Road’ - a unique unspoiled area of native peat land which hosts several rare plants.  Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is delightfully unpretentious and is set in a private 450-acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara. The Owenmore restaurant in Ballynahinch Castle takes full advantage of the wealth of fresh fish and game available on the estate, producing wonderfully balanced yet creative dishes. Dinner in the Owenmore Restaurant will be a highlight of your cycling holiday in Ireland.

Distance cycled - 35km via Roundstone / 20km via 'Bog Road'

Day 7

Breakfast and departure

Your transfer is included to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport 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

Very professional- all emails have been kind, helpful and informative. Fantastic experience.

Rachel, Antony, Kieran & Daniel - July 2018 

"Thanks to you for a great experience.  And everyone else behind the scenes.  We had a great time and want to do the tour again next summer. Thank you so much for a fun week in your beautiful country."

Ritchie & Odile - Septembre 2018


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Room Type

Price

Double/Twin/Triple

€1,525.00

4/5* Single

€1,755.00

4/5* Solo

€1,995.00


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.