Connemara Whistlestop Cycling Tour

Connemara Whistlestop Cycling Tour

PRICES FROM

€545.00

DURATION

5 days

DIFFICULTY

PRICES FROM

€545.00

DURATION

5 days

Connemara Whistlestop Cycling Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A short cycling holiday in Ireland perfect for those for whom holiday time is limited but who still want to enjoy an authentic experience of Connemara.
  • Capture the highlights of this region on the west coast of Ireland cycling through spectacular, sparsely populated valleys; travelling coastal roads along the Atlantic Ocean and visiting small, traditional towns and villages.
  • Meet the people of Connemara who live and work in this area and for whom Connemara has been home for many generations of their families.
  • Finish your tour in the town voted ‘Ireland’s Best Place to Live’ among other accolades, and take the opportunity to enjoy its traditional music, vibrant pubs and restaurants.

Chloe’s hidden gem:

The tiny gothic church hidden in the trees in the Kylemore Abbey estate. Built by Mitchell Henry as a token of love for his wife Margaret who tragically died young, it never fails to move me.

YOUR TOUR IN BRIEF

Tour Essentials:

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

The tour starts in Clifden, Co Galway, and finishes in Westport town, Co Mayo

Your Connemara Whistlestop Tour consists of easy cycling days with averages of 40-45km a day and with shorter and longer options available on most days.

Equipment and information:

Your touring bike, helmet, front handlebar bag, puncture repair kit and lock are all included.

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

Hospitality:

Your accommodation each night is provided in 3* hotels or approved B&Bs and guesthouses, where you will enjoy a full Irish breakfast on each morning.

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

Extras:

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 - €50 extra per person

Tour Essentials

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

The tour starts in Clifden, Co Galway, and finishes in Westport town, Co Mayo

Your Connemara Whistlestop Tour consists of easy cycling days with averages of 40-45km a day and with shorter and longer options available on most days.

Equipment and information

Your touring bike, helmet, front handlebar bag, puncture repair kit and lock are all included.

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

Hospitality

Your accommodation each night is provided in 3* hotels or approved B&Bs and guesthouses, where you will enjoy a full Irish breakfast on each morning.

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

Extras

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 - €50 extra per person

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

ITINERARY

map

Arrive in Clifden town, the “Capital of Connemara” to start your tour. Clifden is bursting with culture, traditional music, quaint streets, cosy pubs and restaurants. Conor or Gabriel will meet you at your accommodation 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 you and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly. Enjoy an evening in this friendly town where everyone knows each other but where there is a natural curiosity and warmth towards visitors.

This second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle peninsula where you will spend your second night. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Further along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack, where you can take a break from the bike and enjoy a walk on their looped trail walks or find out more about this ancient Irish landscape at the visitor centre. Reaching the Renvyle peninsula you will be enchanted by this rugged promontory which juts into the Atlantic Ocean and is home to a vibrant and welcoming farming and fishing community

Distance:

45 km

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will pass through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages, a reminder of times past in this area. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey, the entrance cost for which is included in your package. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts 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. 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, will appear beside you as you round a corner. You will spend the night in the tiny village of Leenane tucked beneath the Maamturk mountains at the head of the fjord.

Distance:

25 km

Following the shores of Killary Fjord you will cross from Co Galway to Co Mayo and emerge into the Delphi Valley. Once heavily populated it is now a place of few houses. This emptiness allows its untamed beauty and spectacular views greater impact. The road then winds alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. In Louisburgh you can pause to witness the gentle pace of life in a small agricultural west of Ireland town. Following the coast road once more, along the shores of Clew Bay, you will reach the heritage town of Westport. With the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick providing a striking back drop, Westport is beautifully planned and maintained. Enjoy an evening exploring this vibrant market town on the final day of your adventure trip in Ireland.

Distance:

55 km

Breakfast and depart Westport for your onward journey.

Arrive in Clifden town, the “Capital of Connemara” to start your tour. Clifden is bursting with culture, traditional music, quaint streets, cosy pubs and restaurants. Conor or Gabriel will meet you at your accommodation 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 you and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly. Enjoy an evening in this friendly town where everyone knows each other but where there is a natural curiosity and warmth towards visitors.

This second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle peninsula where you will spend your second night. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Further along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack, where you can take a break from the bike and enjoy a walk on their looped trail walks or find out more about this ancient Irish landscape at the visitor centre. Reaching the Renvyle peninsula you will be enchanted by this rugged promontory which juts into the Atlantic Ocean and is home to a vibrant and welcoming farming and fishing community

Distance:

45 km

Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will pass through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages, a reminder of times past in this area. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey, the entrance cost for which is included in your package. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts 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. 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, will appear beside you as you round a corner. You will spend the night in the tiny village of Leenane tucked beneath the Maamturk mountains at the head of the fjord.

Distance:

25 km

Following the shores of Killary Fjord you will cross from Co Galway to Co Mayo and emerge into the Delphi Valley. Once heavily populated it is now a place of few houses. This emptiness allows its untamed beauty and spectacular views greater impact. The road then winds alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. In Louisburgh you can pause to witness the gentle pace of life in a small agricultural west of Ireland town. Following the coast road once more, along the shores of Clew Bay, you will reach the heritage town of Westport. With the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick providing a striking back drop, Westport is beautifully planned and maintained. Enjoy an evening exploring this vibrant market town on the final day of your adventure trip in Ireland.

Distance:

55 km

Breakfast and depart Westport for your onward journey.

ACCOMMODATION

B&B/3* ACCOMMODATION

When you select this tour you will have the chance to stay in either 3* hotels or Bed & Breakfast/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.
Staying in B&B/guesthouse accommodation is a unique experience where very often you are staying in a family home, with your hosts being the owners of the property. You will receive a warm welcome and will have access to plenty of local stories. Best of all you will catch a glimpse into the lives of the local people of the areas through which you travel. Accommodation is warm, cosy and homely and breakfast is home-cooked by your host. 

B&B/3* ACCOMMODATION

When you select this tour you will have the chance to stay in either 3* hotels or Bed & Breakfast/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.
Staying in B&B/guesthouse accommodation is a unique experience where very often you are staying in a family home, with your hosts being the owners of the property. You will receive a warm welcome and will have access to plenty of local stories. Best of all you will catch a glimpse into the lives of the local people of the areas through which you travel. Accommodation is warm, cosy and homely and breakfast is home-cooked by your host. 

TOUR DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION

Room TypeLow SeasonHigh Season 
Double/Twin/Triple€545.00€595.00Book now
Single€640.00€690.00Book now
Solo€895.00€995.00Book 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 (includes private en-suite)

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: 17", 19", 21", 23"
Frame: ALUXX aluminium, Fluid Formed
Fork: CroMo rigid
Shock: N/A
Handlebar: Aluminium riser
Stem: Adjustable ahead
Seat post: Aluminium
Saddle: GIANT Memory Foam
Pedals: Steel with resin body
Shifters: Shimano EZ Fire 50 24 speed
Front mech: Shimano C051
Rear mech: Shimano Acera
Brakes: Tektro linear pull
Brake lever: Shimano
Cassette: SRAM PG830 11-28
Chain: KMC Z7
Cranks: Shimano FC-M191 28/38/48
Bottom bracket: Cartridge
Rims: Matrix 750 700c
Hubs: Shimano RM40
Spokes: Stainless steel
Frame Material: Aluminium
Frame Angles: 71.5 head, 73.5
Sizes: 15", 17.5", 20", 22.5"
Colour: Dark Blue
Fork: RST CT-COM C4
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: aluminum linear-pull
Handlebar: aluminum, 2" rise
Stem: aluminum threadless
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless headset
Front Der: Shimano C102
Crankset: Shimano FC-203
Rear Der: Shimano Alivio
Pedals: Resin
Tires: 700 x 35c Bontrager

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

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.

Reviews

François, Xavier & Alexandre

23 Jul 2018

5/5

Just this little note to thank you all for your dedication and for the excellent organization of this trip to Connemara which will leave us with imperishable memories…

Joe & Gina

19 Aug 2018

5/5

Not only was the itinerary fantastic and we appreciated every single mile but the perfect logistics with luggage deliveries in the hotel rooms, quality of hotels and kindness of your staff have made this last part of this trip a real treat.

ACCOMMODATION

Room TypeLow SeasonHigh Season 
Double/Twin/Triple€545.00€595.00Book now
Single€640.00€690.00Book now
Solo€895.00€995.00Book 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 (includes private en-suite)

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: 17", 19", 21", 23"
Frame: ALUXX aluminium, Fluid Formed
Fork: CroMo rigid
Shock: N/A
Handlebar: Aluminium riser
Stem: Adjustable ahead
Seat post: Aluminium
Saddle: GIANT Memory Foam
Pedals: Steel with resin body
Shifters: Shimano EZ Fire 50 24 speed
Front mech: Shimano C051
Rear mech: Shimano Acera
Brakes: Tektro linear pull
Brake lever: Shimano
Cassette: SRAM PG830 11-28
Chain: KMC Z7
Cranks: Shimano FC-M191 28/38/48
Bottom bracket: Cartridge
Rims: Matrix 750 700c
Hubs: Shimano RM40
Spokes: Stainless steel
Frame Material: Aluminium
Frame Angles: 71.5 head, 73.5
Sizes: 15", 17.5", 20", 22.5"
Colour: Dark Blue
Fork: RST CT-COM C4
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: aluminum linear-pull
Handlebar: aluminum, 2" rise
Stem: aluminum threadless
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless headset
Front Der: Shimano C102
Crankset: Shimano FC-203
Rear Der: Shimano Alivio
Pedals: Resin
Tires: 700 x 35c Bontrager

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.

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.

Reviews

François, Xavier & Alexandre

23 Jul 2018

5/5

Just this little note to thank you all for your dedication and for the excellent organization of this trip to Connemara which will leave us with imperishable memories…

Joe & Gina

19 Aug 2018

5/5

Not only was the itinerary fantastic and we appreciated every single mile but the perfect logistics with luggage deliveries in the hotel rooms, quality of hotels and kindness of your staff have made this last part of this trip a real treat.

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.