Lazy Days Cycling Tour

Lazy Days Cycling Tour

PRICES FROM

€725.00

DURATION

7 days

DIFFICULTY

PRICES FROM

€725.00

DURATION

7 days

Lazy Days Cycling Tour

  • 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

Tour Essentials:

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. 

Full route notes and an Ordnance Survey Ireland map of the area are also provided and will be 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 leaving you free to explore at your ease. 

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 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. 

Full route notes and an Ordnance Survey Ireland map of the area are also provided and will be 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 leaving you free to explore at your ease. 

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

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!

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.

Distance:

35 to 45 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.

Distance:

26 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.

Distance:

23 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.

Distance:

28 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.

Distance:

24 km

Breakfast and depart from Clifden for your onward journey.

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!

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.

Distance:

35 to 45 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.

Distance:

26 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.

Distance:

23 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.

Distance:

28 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.

Distance:

24 km

Breakfast and depart from Clifden 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€725.00€795.00Book now
Single€880.00€990.00Book now
Solo€1,195.00€1,355.00Book 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

  • 6 nights accommodation (includes private en-suite)

24hr phone support

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

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 17:30 pm.

Total journey time is approximately 5 hours.

Reviews

Isabella

24 Sep 2018

5/5

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!

Tracy & Betsy

29 May 2018

5/5

The tour was an adventure of a life time. Thanks you and your staff for this experience and for the memory!

Evan

18 Jun 2018

5/5

Thanks for helping us with a great vacation in Ireland!

ACCOMMODATION

Room TypeLow SeasonHigh Season 
Double/Twin/Triple€725.00€795.00Book now
Single€880.00€990.00Book now
Solo€1,195.00€1,355.00Book 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

  • 6 nights accommodation (includes private en-suite)

24hr phone support

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.

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 17:30 pm.

Total journey time is approximately 5 hours.

Reviews

Isabella

24 Sep 2018

5/5

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!

Tracy & Betsy

29 May 2018

5/5

The tour was an adventure of a life time. Thanks you and your staff for this experience and for the memory!

Evan

18 Jun 2018

5/5

Thanks for helping us with a great vacation in Ireland!

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.