Cycling and Walking tours in Ireland

Wild West Family Adventure

Prices from

€525.00

Duration

6days

Difficulty
1

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Activities and new experiences abound including Kayaking on Killary Fjord and watching sheep dog demonstrations on a working mountain farm.
  • The family-friendly hospitality shown wherever you go by the people of Connemara and the gentle pace of life are ideal for a stress-free family holiday.  
  • Compared to other scenic areas and urban centres, Connemara boasts low-traffic roads which are perfect for family cycling in Ireland.
  • This is a great introduction to Irish history, geography, culture, tradition and custom for all ages and will hopefully have you returning to discover more.

Your Tour in brief

Tour essentials:

 

This is a 6 day (5 night) tour starting every Saturday from April to October.

 

The tour starts in Leenane and finishes in Clifden, both in Co Galway.

 

Your tour consists of gentle cycles, some occasional hill, average of 20km daily with shorter and longer options available on most days.

Equipment and information:

 

Your touring bikes, children’s bikes, helmets, front handlebar bags, water bottles, puncture repair kits and locks are all included.

 

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

Hospitality:

 

You can choose from two accommodation options - 3* hotels or approved B&Bs and guesthouses – where you will enjoy a full Irish breakfast on each morning.

 

A packed lunch is included on Day 2.

 

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

Transfers and travel:

 

We will bring you to Leenane for the start of your tour from Galway, Westport or Knock airport. There is a direct bus from Clifden to Galway on your day of departure.

 

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

Activities:

 

A half day of activity in Killary Adventure Centre

 

Entrance to the Killary Sheep Farm

 

Ticket for the Killary Cruise sightseeing trip

 

 Entrance to Kylemore Abbey 

Optional extras:

 

Upgrade to a hybrid bike with front suspension - €70 per bike

 

Electric bike hire - €195 per bike

 

Side panniers - €20 per bike

     

 


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to Leenane

We will collect you from Galway City, Westport train station or Knock Airport on arrival. Your starting point of the tour is Leenane village in Connemara, to which we will bring you. Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, and nestled at the foot of the Maamturk Mountains, the village has one of the most scenic locations in Ireland. Once you have settled in, Conor or Gabriel will meet you, either on the evening of your arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time), to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you may have about your tour.

Day 2

Adventure & Discovery Day!

Today is a full day of adventure activity! You will begin by cycling a short distance (5 kms) to Killary Adventure Centre where you will be able to choose from sea kayaking on the fjord and taking on the High Ropes Course and Giant Swing at their activity site on the shores of the fjord. A tasty homemade lunch will be provided before you continue with another short cycle (5km) to reach Killary Sheep Farm. With entry included in your package you will visit this traditional working farm with 200 ewes and lambs roaming freely on the mountainside, overlooking Killary Fjord. You will have the chance to view sheepdog, sheep-shearing and turf-cutting demonstrations. After your action-packed, fun-filled day you will return to Leenane village to enjoy all this friendly village has to offer.

Day 3

Leenane to Renvyle 25km

After breakfast, your destination today is the Renvyle Peninsula, an area which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and has been shaped by it over the years. Before you reach Renvyle you will come to the pier from where the Connemara Lady catamaran departs and you will have the chance to take an excursion along Ireland's only fjord by boat. A fascinating commentary is provided onboard about the fjord and the surrounding area, its history, wildlife and people. You might even spot a pod of dolphins which often accompany the boat! On return to dry land you will cycle on through a deep valley to emerge on the coast once more. Pristine white sandy beaches will provide the perfect location for a beach picnic before travelling on to your accommodation in Renvyle.

Day 4

Renvyle Peninsula, Connemara National Park & Kylemore Abbey

There is just so much to do and see that we have allowed a full day for exploring and a second night in Renvyle. You could choose to spend the day at the beach or exploring the peninsula by bike. Alternatively, you could decide to visit the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack where the landscape is preserved and accessible via looped trails and an excellent visitor centre. You could also visit Kylemore Abbey where there is so much for all the family to enjoy. Explore the restored rooms of this nineteenth century Abbey and learn about its history and tales of tragedy and romance. Discover woodland walks, lakeshore walks, nature trails and a children's play trail throughout the 1,000-acre estate. An added option of horseriding on the beach in the nearby village of Cleggan for an extra charge is also available.

Day 5

Renvyle to Clifden (including Sky Road) 38km

After another delicious traditional Irish breakfast you take to the road with Clifden as your destination for today. Your journey will take you through Letterfrack and later through the small fishing village of Cleggan where you can stop off for lunch. Leaving Cleggan you will follow the coast and you will have the chance to cycle one of the most beautiful roads in the country, the Sky Road, before arriving in Clifden for your final night. Clifden is a lively spot where you will find good shopping, restaurants and traditional music.

Day 6

Breakfast and departure

Breakfast and depart Clifden for your onward journey.


Accommodation

The B&B option means you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life.

While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.

When you select this tour you will have the chance to stay in either hotels or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. The 3* hotels that have been selected are all comfortable, well-appointed properties which also boast their own character and style. You may find yourself in a historic manor house hotel, one with a modern twist or get a 'room with a view' overlooking a shimmering lake or a golden beach.

However they all share the same high standards of hospitality and service and will guarantee you a warm welcome, good food and a relaxing experience after your day on the road.


Testimonials

"Thank you again for your time during our stay that will leave us with fond memories (as the weather was with us, 10 days without rain should not be normal!)."

Alice - July 2018

"Thanks to you, we had a wonderful stay and the return to Switzerland was difficult! Thank you very much for your excellent organization and congratulations for the weather. You very well planned with Madame Soleil." 

Pamela - April 2018

"Very nice escape, programme well organized and well thought out for parents and children (10 and 14 years old), wild and beautiful landscapes, warm Irish welcome, appropriate bikes, impressive breakfasts and very talented musicians in pubs!" 

Sylvie, Batiste and the kids - July 2017


Price

All prices are in Euro, and based on per person sharing. Per person sharing means two people in one room. Children’s price is based on two adults travelling.

We provide children's bicycles with gears, and 21 speed-bicycles for the adults (we would advise children to bring their own helmets if possible).


3* Hotel

Room Type

Price

Adult (Family of 2 or 3)

€875.00

Adult (Family of 4 or +)

€775.00

Child (Family of 2 or 3)

€645.00

Child (Family of 4 or +)

€595.00

B&B

Room Type

Price

B&B Adult (Family of 2 or 3)

€775.00

B&B Adult (Family of 4 or +)

€675.00

B&B Child (Family of 2 or 3)

€525.00

B&B Child (Family of 4 or +)

€495.00


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.