Connemara Highlights Cycling Tour

Connemara Highlights Cycling Tour

PRICES FROM

€995.00

DURATION

5 days

DIFFICULTY

PRICES FROM

€995.00

DURATION

5 days

Connemara Highlights Cycling Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A shorter tour but one which we have designed to capture the highlights of our wonderful home, Connemara - small, charming towns; steep-sided, dramatic valleys; craggy coastlines.
  • Elements of culture, history, learning and leisure have also been included so that you will get to see the full picture of life in this unique region in the west of Ireland.
  • That contrast of the great Irish outdoors and the changeable weather with the comfort and absolute pampering of the accommodation we have chosen for you will complete your cycling holiday in Ireland.
  • Short enough to give you a taste and to ensure that you will want to come back for one of our longer tours!

Conor’s favourite valley:

The Delphi Valley in Connemara is a spectacular place. Standing outside your accommodation at Delphi Resort and turning 360 degrees you are completely surrounded by mountains which seem to rise straight up out of the land. 

YOUR TOUR IN BRIEF

Tour Essentials:

This is a 5 day (4 night) tour starting any day from April to October.

The tour starts in Clifden in Connemara and finishes in Westport Town in nearby Co Mayo. 

Your Connemara Highlights Tour consists of easy cycling days with distances averaging 40km per day with longer and shorter options available on most days. The terrain does include occasional hills.

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.

Extras:

Entrance tickets for Kylemore Abbey

Entrance tickets for the Connemara Lady (Killary Cruise boat)

Gold Experience Package at the Westport Plaza Hotel

Tour Essentials

This is a 5 day (4 night) tour starting any day from April to October.

The tour starts in Clifden in Connemara and finishes in Westport Town in nearby Co Mayo. 

Your Connemara Highlights Tour consists of easy cycling days with distances averaging 40km per day with longer and shorter options available on most days. The terrain does include occasional hills.

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.

Extras

Entrance tickets for Kylemore Abbey

Entrance tickets for the Connemara Lady (Killary Cruise boat)

Gold Experience Package at the Westport Plaza Hotel

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

ITINERARY

map

You will make your way to your first night's accommodation at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden (there are daily buses from Galway to Clifden). This is a unique place to start your Connemara cycle tour. A castle hotel secluded in lush, private grounds but also located close to Clifden town. At the Abbeyglen you will be able to experience the best of town and country in a property that is run with every care and attention to making you feel pampered. Clifden is a colourful town bursting with culture, history, traditional music and cosy pubs and restaurants. 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.

Your second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend your second night in the Renvyle House Hotel. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Pausing at the vantage points take time to feel the fresh Atlantic breezes and inhale the scent of the sea, knowing there is nothing between you and America! Continuing your cycle, you will pass by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack before reaching the Renvyle peninsula, your destination today. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean it is peppered with archaeological sites, historical ruins and white-sand beaches. 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.

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will return to Letterfrack through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages. Soon after, you will come to Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts an award-winning six-acre Victorian walled garden created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of the castle. Leaving Kylemore you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range as you pass beneath their brooding peaks. Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, and certainly its most dramatic, will appear beside you as you turn a corner. You will follow the fjord close by the water's edge to bring you into the Delphi Valley. Completely surrounded by mountains you will feel the intrusions of the outside world disappear for your stay tonight at the Delphi Resort. Quiet colours, natural materials and a tranquil atmosphere will greet you at this sensitively-designed four-star resort.

Leaving the Delphi Valley you will wind your way alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. There you will witness the gentle pace of a small west of Ireland agricultural town conducting its daily business. The road then continues along the shores of Clew Bay in the impressive shadow of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, and finally to the charming town of Westport. Your stay in Westport will be at the Westport Plaza hotel. The Plaza is an opulent, modern hotel which offers all the luxuries and facilities that you could want. It is still run as part of a family business with a personal touch and a long history of hospitality in the west of Ireland. The Gold Experience at the Plaza includes an hour in their inspirational thermal suite allowing you to cleanse the road from your body and mind.

Depart from Westport for your onward journey

You will make your way to your first night's accommodation at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden (there are daily buses from Galway to Clifden). This is a unique place to start your Connemara cycle tour. A castle hotel secluded in lush, private grounds but also located close to Clifden town. At the Abbeyglen you will be able to experience the best of town and country in a property that is run with every care and attention to making you feel pampered. Clifden is a colourful town bursting with culture, history, traditional music and cosy pubs and restaurants. 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.

Your second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend your second night in the Renvyle House Hotel. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Pausing at the vantage points take time to feel the fresh Atlantic breezes and inhale the scent of the sea, knowing there is nothing between you and America! Continuing your cycle, you will pass by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack before reaching the Renvyle peninsula, your destination today. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean it is peppered with archaeological sites, historical ruins and white-sand beaches. 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.

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will return to Letterfrack through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages. Soon after, you will come to Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts an award-winning six-acre Victorian walled garden created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of the castle. Leaving Kylemore you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range as you pass beneath their brooding peaks. Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, and certainly its most dramatic, will appear beside you as you turn a corner. You will follow the fjord close by the water's edge to bring you into the Delphi Valley. Completely surrounded by mountains you will feel the intrusions of the outside world disappear for your stay tonight at the Delphi Resort. Quiet colours, natural materials and a tranquil atmosphere will greet you at this sensitively-designed four-star resort.

Leaving the Delphi Valley you will wind your way alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. There you will witness the gentle pace of a small west of Ireland agricultural town conducting its daily business. The road then continues along the shores of Clew Bay in the impressive shadow of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, and finally to the charming town of Westport. Your stay in Westport will be at the Westport Plaza hotel. The Plaza is an opulent, modern hotel which offers all the luxuries and facilities that you could want. It is still run as part of a family business with a personal touch and a long history of hospitality in the west of Ireland. The Gold Experience at the Plaza includes an hour in their inspirational thermal suite allowing you to cleanse the road from your body and mind.

Depart from Westport for your onward journey

ACCOMMODATION

Luxury tour 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.

Luxury tour 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.

TOUR DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION

Room TypeLow SeasonHigh Season 
Double/Twin/Triple€995.00€1,095.00Book now
4/5* Single€1,205.00€1,305.00Book now
4/5* Solo€1,365.00€1,465.00Book now
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LOW SEASON: April, May, September & October

HIGH SEASON: June, July & August

GROUP DISCOUNTS

We offer group discounts when a group size of 4+ is booked online, as part of one order. The discounts, outlined below, are automatically applied during the online booking process:

  • 4/5 people = 5% discount
  • 6 to 9 people = 10% discount
  • 10+ people = 15% discount

What's included

Meals

  • All breakfasts

Transport

  • All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation leaving you free to explore at your ease. 

Accommodation

  • 4 nights accommodation in 4* castles & manors 

Extras

  • Entrance ticket for Kylemore Abbey
  • Entrance ticket for the sightseeing trip with Killary Cruises
  • Gold experience package at the Westport Plaza

BIKES

  • Each bicycle is equipped with a bottle cage, small front handlebar bag, bike rack (with option to add pannier bags).
  • Safety – we provide a helmet (various sizes) and a high visibility jacket for our customer’s safety on the road.
  • Spare tube, repair kit with tyre levers, pump and bike lock are all provided.
  • Cyclists are expected to be able to have a general knowledge of the function of bicycles, i.e. how to change gears, how to brake properly, replacing a slipped chain, changing a flat tyre. Please check out this link if you are looking for few tips.
Sizes: S female, M female and male, L male, XL male
Frame: ALUXX-Grade aluminium
Fork: High Tensile Chromoly steel (w/ low-rider rack mount)
Shock: N/A
Handlebar: Steel, Low Rise
Stem: Giant Sport
Seat post: Giant Sport
Saddle: Giant Connect Upright
Pedals: Giant Sports
Shifters: Shimano ST-EF41 21 Speed
Front mech: Shimano Tourney
Rear mech: Shimano Acera
Brakes: Tektro TK837 linear pull
Brake lever: Shimano EF-41
Tires Giant S-X3 Puncture Protect, 700 x 32 mm
Chain: KMC Z51
Cranks: Shimano FC-TY501 28/38/48
Bottom bracket: Shimano BB-UN26
Rims: Giant GX02 Double Wall Aluminium
Hubs: Joytech
Spokes: Stainless steel
Frame Material: 6061 Aluminium
Frame type: Hardtail
Sizes: S female, M female and male, L male and XL male
Colour: Silver and Red
Fork travel: 63 mm
Wheels Lapierre Double Wall Alloy 32H
Brake calipers Tektro Disc HDC330 Hydraulic
Gears 27 speed
Stem: aluminum threadless
Headset: CH-918 1.1/8'' Steel/Alloy semi integrated
Front Der: Shimano Acera
Crankset: Shimano FCM431E866CSL with chainguard
Rear Der: Shimano Alivio 9 speed
Saddle: Selle Royal Shadow steel rails
Tires: Schwalbe CX comp 37-622 700x35C
Shifter: Shimano Alivio 3x9 speed
Stem: Lapierre adjustable alloy TDS-C217-8 aheadset E: 100mm : 28.6mm
Wheel size 700 C
Chainset type 48-36-26
Front Fork: Suntour NEX 700C disc
Weight: 14.2 kg
Brake Levers: aluminum linear-pull
Handlebar: Lapierre AB-064 Allow W: 660mm R: 20mm : 25.4mm

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

DIFFICULTY Easy

Represents a low level of activity with maximum 35 kms on the bike or 12 kms by foot per day – 3 hours physical activity

DIFFICULTY Medium

Represents a medium level of activity with maximum 50 kms on the bike or 15 kms by foot per day – 4 to 5 hours physical activity

DIFFICULTY Hard

Represents a higher level of activity with maximum 80 kms on the bike or 25 kms by foot per day – 6 to 7 hours physical activity

CUSTOMISE THIS TOUR

You can add extra days or shorten this holiday to suit your needs or schedule.

We are very fortunate to have hundreds of kilometres of magnificent coastal and scenic routes and paths to enjoy. So the options are endless.

We understand that the duration of this tour may not be the ideal amount of time for everyone so if you would like a longer or a shorter version, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will design a custom tour for you to suit your needs.

GETTING TO TOUR START POINT

This tour starts in Clifden in Connemara and finishes in Westport Town in nearby Co Mayo.

You can take a Citylink bus or a Gobus  directly from Dublin airport (or from Dublin city centre) to Galway (approx. 3 hours trip) and then a Citylink bus or a Bus Eireann bus from Galway directly to Clifden (1.5 hours trip).

Please note that the last Citylink bus leaving Galway to Clifden is at 5.30 pm.

Total journey time is approximately 5 hours.

Visit Irishrail for a daily train timetable from Westport to Dublin.

Reviews

Patrick and Jane

13 Aug 2018

5/5

We all had a fantastic time – the scenery was MAGNIFICENT, the people were amazing, friendly and lovely and the food was delicious!

ACCOMMODATION

Room TypeLow SeasonHigh Season 
Double/Twin/Triple€995.00€1,095.00Book now
4/5* Single€1,205.00€1,305.00Book now
4/5* Solo€1,365.00€1,465.00Book now
Displaying 1-3 of 3 results.

LOW SEASON: April, May, September & October

HIGH SEASON: June, July & August

GROUP DISCOUNTS

We offer group discounts when a group size of 4+ is booked online, as part of one order. The discounts, outlined below, are automatically applied during the online booking process:

  • 4/5 people = 5% discount
  • 6 to 9 people = 10% discount
  • 10+ people = 15% discount

What's included

Meals

  • All breakfasts

Transport

  • All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation leaving you free to explore at your ease. 

Accommodation

  • 4 nights accommodation in 4* castles & manors 

Extras

  • Entrance ticket for Kylemore Abbey
  • Entrance ticket for the sightseeing trip with Killary Cruises
  • Gold experience package at the Westport Plaza

BIKES

  • Each bicycle is equipped with a bottle cage, small front handlebar bag, bike rack (with option to add pannier bags).
  • Safety – we provide a helmet (various sizes) and a high visibility jacket for our customer’s safety on the road.
  • Spare tube, repair kit with tyre levers, pump and bike lock are all provided.
  • Cyclists are expected to be able to have a general knowledge of the function of bicycles, i.e. how to change gears, how to brake properly, replacing a slipped chain, changing a flat tyre. Please check out this link if you are looking for few tips.
Sizes: S female, M female and male, L male, XL male
Frame: ALUXX-Grade aluminium
Fork: High Tensile Chromoly steel (w/ low-rider rack mount)
Shock: N/A
Handlebar: Steel, Low Rise
Stem: Giant Sport
Seat post: Giant Sport
Saddle: Giant Connect Upright
Pedals: Giant Sports
Shifters: Shimano ST-EF41 21 Speed
Front mech: Shimano Tourney
Rear mech: Shimano Acera
Brakes: Tektro TK837 linear pull
Brake lever: Shimano EF-41
Tires Giant S-X3 Puncture Protect, 700 x 32 mm
Chain: KMC Z51
Cranks: Shimano FC-TY501 28/38/48
Bottom bracket: Shimano BB-UN26
Rims: Giant GX02 Double Wall Aluminium
Hubs: Joytech
Spokes: Stainless steel
Frame Material: 6061 Aluminium
Frame type: Hardtail
Sizes: S female, M female and male, L male and XL male
Colour: Silver and Red
Fork travel: 63 mm
Wheels Lapierre Double Wall Alloy 32H
Brake calipers Tektro Disc HDC330 Hydraulic
Gears 27 speed
Stem: aluminum threadless
Headset: CH-918 1.1/8'' Steel/Alloy semi integrated
Front Der: Shimano Acera
Crankset: Shimano FCM431E866CSL with chainguard
Rear Der: Shimano Alivio 9 speed
Saddle: Selle Royal Shadow steel rails
Tires: Schwalbe CX comp 37-622 700x35C
Shifter: Shimano Alivio 3x9 speed
Stem: Lapierre adjustable alloy TDS-C217-8 aheadset E: 100mm : 28.6mm
Wheel size 700 C
Chainset type 48-36-26
Front Fork: Suntour NEX 700C disc
Weight: 14.2 kg
Brake Levers: aluminum linear-pull
Handlebar: Lapierre AB-064 Allow W: 660mm R: 20mm : 25.4mm

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

DIFFICULTY Easy

Represents a low level of activity with maximum 35 kms on the bike or 12 kms by foot per day – 3 hours physical activity

DIFFICULTY Medium

Represents a medium level of activity with maximum 50 kms on the bike or 15 kms by foot per day – 4 to 5 hours physical activity

DIFFICULTY Hard

Represents a higher level of activity with maximum 80 kms on the bike or 25 kms by foot per day – 6 to 7 hours physical activity

CUSTOMISE THIS TOUR

You can add extra days or shorten this holiday to suit your needs or schedule.

We are very fortunate to have hundreds of kilometres of magnificent coastal and scenic routes and paths to enjoy. So the options are endless.

We understand that the duration of this tour may not be the ideal amount of time for everyone so if you would like a longer or a shorter version, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will design a custom tour for you to suit your needs.

This tour starts in Clifden in Connemara and finishes in Westport Town in nearby Co Mayo.

You can take a Citylink bus or a Gobus  directly from Dublin airport (or from Dublin city centre) to Galway (approx. 3 hours trip) and then a Citylink bus or a Bus Eireann bus from Galway directly to Clifden (1.5 hours trip).

Please note that the last Citylink bus leaving Galway to Clifden is at 5.30 pm.

Total journey time is approximately 5 hours.

Visit Irishrail for a daily train timetable from Westport to Dublin.

Reviews

Patrick and Jane

13 Aug 2018

5/5

We all had a fantastic time – the scenery was MAGNIFICENT, the people were amazing, friendly and lovely and the food was delicious!

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 plenty of useful information on our Getting to Ireland page.