Cycling and Walking tours in Ireland

Wild Atlantic Bliss Cycling Tour

Prices from

€1,595.00

Duration

7days

Difficulty
2

CYCLING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this wonderful part of the Wild Atlantic Way as you follow the dramatic and ever-changing coastline of Connemara and south west Co Mayo.
  • Absorb the pace of life and the local character of the friendly, welcoming people in the small villages and towns.
  • Marvel at the seascapes, skies and endless unspoiled views that change from moment to moment.
  • Experience the unique traditional island life and the rugged, weather-beaten landscape of Inishbofin.

Gabriel’s favourite coastal feature: Killary Fjord is my favourite feature of this coastline because of its steeply-carved sides, abundant wildlife and fascinating history. There is so much to explore along its shores as you enjoy your cycling holiday in Ireland.


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 Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara and finishes in Westport Town. 

 

Your Wild Atlantic Bliss Tour consists of easy cycling days with average of 25-40km 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.

 

Dinner in Renvyle House Hotel on Day 4.

 

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 Ballynahinch Castle on arrival day.

 

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

Activities:

 

Gold Experience Package at the Westport Plaza Hotel

     

 


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Ballynahinch

We will transfer you from either Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your accommodation for the first two nights of this tour at Ballynahinch Castle. Set in a private 450-acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks this elegant, unpretentious four-star castle hotel stands proud, as the castle has done for centuries past. Nestled in the heart of wildest Connemara it is a haven of fine dining, undiluted peace and utter luxury. 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

Ballynahinch

Today you can enjoy the pleasures of the magnificent estate at Ballynahinch at the foot of the Twelve Bens mountain range. Fishing, walking and hiking are all within easy reach. If you would prefer to continue cycling, you can further explore this area of Connemara via a looped cycle through the pretty coastal villages of Roundstone and Ballyconneely. At Ballyconneely  a visit to the acclaimed Connemara Smokehouse, which specialises in wild and organic salmon, smoked and marinated using traditional methods is a lovely way to learn more about this coastal region. 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 extensive views of theTwelve Bens. From Roundstone you will complete today’s cycle loop returning to Ballynahinch Castle.

Day 3

Ballynahinch to Cleggan and Inishbofin

Your third day will bring you from Ballynahinch to the coastal fishing village of Cleggan as you continue your Connemara cycle. This is the departure point for the ferry to Inishbofin island, your destination for tonight. Enroute you will pass through Clifden and along the Sky Road where you will marvel at its panoramic sea views across the Atlantic and the off-shore islands. You will then follow the Bog Road across areas of native peatland to reach the village of Cleggan. Inishbofin Island is peppered with ancient sites, including the ruins of Cromwell's sixteenth century promontory fort and gaol, set high above the crashing waves at the entrance to the Island's harbour. Today the island has a population of approximately 200 people. Its meandering laneways, soft, sandy beaches and old stone walls contribute to the feeling of stepping back in time. The Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa is a small oasis of comfort and modern hospitality but with that very special island welcome for its guests.

Day 4

Cleggan to Renvyle

Back on the mainland there is still plenty to explore on this relatively short cycle to the Renvyle peninsula and your accommodation for tonight at the Renvyle House Hotel. Along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack. If you have time you could have a walk in the park or take a look at the informative visitor centre. 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, promising a warm Connemara welcome, delicious food and comfortable bedrooms. Dinner is included for you in Renvyle House on this night so relax, enjoy and sleep well!

Day 5

Renvyle to Delphi

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will return through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages and on to Letterfrack. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. This gothic lakeside castle is also the site of an award-winning, six-acre Victorian walled garden created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867.  Today's cycle route will bring you along the coast again as far as Killary Fjord. An arresting sight, it is steep-sided and deep-basined, and you will be able to appreciate every angle of its majestic natural beauty as you follow its shoreline. Your resting place for tonight, Delphi Resort, appears before you as you round the final corner into the Delphi Valley. Quiet colours, natural materials and a tranquil atmosphere will greet you at this sensitively-designed four-star resort.

Day 6

Delphi to Westport

Leaving the Delphi Valley you will make your way through the even more dramatic Doolough Valley following the winding road by the lake to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. There you might choose to stop and absorb the rhythms of a small west of Ireland town as it goes about life at a gentle pace. The road then continues along the shores of Clew Bay past historical sites such as the fourteenth century Murrisk Abbey and the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, bringing you to the charming town of Westport. Your stay in Westport will be at the Westport Plaza Hotel where every aspect of comfort, opulence and four-star service is taken care of. You will be able to enjoy both its quality of hospitality and its convenient location to all the town has to offer. The Gold Experience at the Plaza includes an hour in their inspirational thermal suite to ease any aching muscles at the end of your cycling holiday in Ireland.

Day 7

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

Very well organized, thank you very much!

Jeff & Lucinda - April 2018


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


Hotel 4/5*

Room Type

Price

Double/Twin/Triple

€1,595.00

4/5* Single

€1,805.00

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.