Lazy Days Cycling Tour
CYCLING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Explore this unspoiled region of the Emerald Isle at a leisurely pace, with ample time to discover its 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, windswept beaches. Cycling holidays in Ireland could not have a better setting.
- 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.
- Immerse yourself in the ‘craic’, music, song and storytelling of cosy local pubs each evening.
Chloe’s favourite moment: Cycling across the bridge at Kylemore lake and looking to the right as the trees open up, you catch your first glimpse of the magnificent Kylemore Abbey across the water. It still fills me with awe!
Your Tour in brief
This is a 7-day (6 night) tour starting every Monday from April to October.
The tour starts and finishes in Clifden, Co Galway, which can be reached by a daily, direct bus service from Galway city.
Your Lazy Days Tour consists of easy cycling days with distances of 25-35km per day, with longer options also available on most days. The terrain is not flat, but rather a rolling countryside of low-traffic back-roads.
Equipment and information:
Your touring bike, helmet, front handlebar bag, puncture repair kit and lock are all included.
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.
Upgrade to a hybrid bike with front suspension - €70 per bike
Electric bike hire - €195 per bike
Side panniers - €20 per bike
Alternative start days - €70 extra per booking
Further information on getting to/from Ireland can be found here
The quaint and historic town of Clifden, founded in 1812, is your starting point for your Lazy Days Connemara cycle. Conor or Gabriel will meet you on the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning (depending on your time of arrival) and provide the equipment and information you will need. Their in-depth knowledge of the area and of cycling around Ireland will allow them to answer all your questions. You will then have a chance to wander through this coastal town’s narrow streets, enjoy the traditional shop fronts and the gentle pace of the welcoming local people. Clifden is a haven for music, art, locally-sourced food, a great pint and a well-told story!
Clifden to Renvyle - 35 to 45 km
The longer cycling option today (45km) will bring you along the Sky Road from Clifden to what seems like the edge of the world. The sweeping views along this jagged coastline and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean are sure to clear the mind. Travelling quiet roads, you will also pass through the traditional fishing village of Cleggan and on to Letterfrack. Letterfrack is home to a world-class furniture college and a National Park among other interesting features. It is also the gateway to your destination for today, the Renvyle peninsula. This rugged peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is peppered with archaeological sites, historical ruins and white-sand beaches, all waiting to be explored.
Renvyle to Leenane - 26 km
Leaving Renvyle via the village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages, you will follow a winding coast road where the loveliest views appear at every turn. The deep green of the Atlantic Ocean provides a sharp contrast to the slate-grey rocks and the white-sand beaches along the way. Reaching the small hamlet of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord, you may opt to join a sightseeing cruise on Killary Fjord, choosing from four sailings a day on the Connemara Lady catamaran. The trip is often honoured by the company of leaping dolphins and includes commentary on the history and striking natural features of this magnificent inlet. You will spend the night in Leenane.
Leenane to Lough Inagh - 23 km
Leaving Leenane you will journey inland through the mountains and the lake-strewn moorlands to the sparsely-populated Inagh Valley. You have the option to visit one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens along the way. This Gothic lakeside castle was built in 1867 and was for many years a private boarding school for girls. You can take a tour of the castle rooms, wander along the trails of this fine estate and visit the tiny Gothic church. It is also the site of one of Ireland’s finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle. Tonight you will be staying in charming accommodation overlooking Lough Inagh.
Lough Inagh to Roundstone - 28 km
Today’s cycle takes you back towards the coast, leaving the mountains behind but still in view, as you cycle towards the village of Roundstone. You will be travelling along a route dotted with pretty fishing villages as you pass through a landscape of peat bogs and gently-coloured moorlands still divided by the Neolithic field systems. Your journey will bring you into the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region, so listen out for this ancient, musical language being spoken around you. You will rest tonight in the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone, a haven over the years for artists, musicians and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the world.
Roundstone to Clifden - 24 km
Leaving Roundstone, today’s cycle begins along the shores of Mannin Bay with its glorious turquoise waters. The pure, clean scent of the sea and the sweeping coastline will make you feel energised and ready to explore. You will continue through Ballyconneely village, another pretty fishing village on the west Connemara coast. Alternatively, your cycle distance can be made shorter by taking the Bog Road. Roundstone bog is unique in that it is an unspoiled area of bogscape with rare acid-loving plants. The Bog Road, as it is known locally, cuts through this landscape bringing you close enough to absorb the rich scents. You will arrive back to Clifden where you will have a second chance to enjoy the 'craic' in this vibrant outpost of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Breakfast and depart from Clifden for your onward journey.
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.
"This is just to thank you for everything and for the wonderful experience we had during our tour... Cycling in Connemara was beyond expectation, and we hope we could do it again in the future. So again thank you for your passion and your support. Good luck with everything!"
Isabella - September 2018
"The tour was an adventure of a life time. Thanks you and your staff for this experience and for the memory!"
Tracy & Betsy - May 2018
"Thanks for helping us with a great vacation in Ireland!"
Evan - June 2018
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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.