|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||47 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Thursdays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2014. Alternative scheduling also available for a surcharge.|
|Start city:||Lenane, Ireland|
|End city:||Lenane, Ireland|
This is a wonderful tour for independent cyclists, who wish to cycle more challenging distances each day. The circle is for the more advanced and avid cyclist wanting to enjoy cycling in fantastic settings, and wants to explore the many attractions in the area at their own pace and leisure.
There are still several choices you can decide upon, and shorter options should you decide on a more restful day. We provide well chosen pre-booked accommodation, as well as standard touring bikes and any equipment that is needed. The luggage is transferred each day in order to lighten the load. A full itinerary, maps, and suggested options are also part of this attractive package.
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Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in the village of Leenane (we can help arranging transfer). Warm welcome and chance to settle in. You will be given your route pack and general information to study overnight. If there is time we will allocate bikes and equipment. Dinner is available in Leenane village.
Day 2: Leenane - Westport (37 miles/60 km)
The first day's cycle is to Westport, via Leenane, Aasleagh Falls, Delphi Valley and Doo Lough, Louisburgh and along Clew Bay. Stay the next two nights in your accomadation in the town of Westport, and choose dinner from one of the many wonderful restaurants.
Overnight in Westport.
Day 3: Westport - Croagh Patrick - Westport (56 miles/90 km)
A day to explore Westport, various options ranging from the climb of Croagh Patrick and visit of Westport House, home of the Marquess of Sligo, and a fine Georgian Mansion.
For your cycling itinerary you can escape the bustle of urban life on the 26 mile/42 km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. Alternatively cycle along Clew Bay to Louisburgh, visit Murrisk Abbey (14th century) along the way.
Overnight in Westport.
Day 4: Westport - Cong (43 miles/70 km)
You leave Wesport today heading for Cong. Depart after breakfast via Aghagower, Toormakeady, Lough Mask, Finny, and Clonbur to Cong. A good long cycle through a variety of scenery; hills, fine trout lakes, small country roads and you will stop at a suitable pub along the way to buy your own lunch.
You stay the night in a Cong Bed and Breakfast. There are a number of restaurants in the village of Cong where you can get your evening meal.
Overnight in Cong.
Day 5: Cong - Leenane (40-56 miles/65-90 km)
Today you continue your cycle southwards from Cong along the shores of Lough Corrib to Maam and across a small mountain pass to Maam Cross, before heading for the Lough Inagh Valley as you cycle back to Leenane.
It's a 56 mile/90 km cycle but you will have options to make it shorter if you wish. You will stay in the lovely village of Leenane for the next two nights.
Overnight in Leenane.
Day 6: Kylemore Abbey - Connemara National Park - Leenane (31-50 miles/50-80km)
There's a lot to see today as you cycle west to Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Renvyle Castle and finally back to Leenane. The longer option includes a cycle further south to Cleggan and Streamstown Bay.
You will visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey, a gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside. It is 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 in 1867. It won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens in 2000.
Connemara National park entrance is in Letterrack where you can climb all or part of Diamond Hill or simply visit the excellent visitor centre and tea rooms. Return to Leenane to enjoy a well deserved rest and a final night in the village.
Overnight in Leenane.
Day 7: Departure
Departure after breakfast.
Thursdays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2014. Alternative scheduling also available for a surcharge.
|Category A: Hotel option|
|Category B: Bed and Breakfast option|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 4: The Lodge at Ashford, Cong
Days 5 and 6: Leenane Hotel, Leenane
Category B: Bed and Breakfast accommodations
Day 1: Portfinn, Leenane
Days 2 and 3: Linden Hall Guesthouse, Westport
Day 4: Michaleen Manor, Cong
Days 5 and 6: Portfinn, Leenane
Bikes available for this tour are:
Equipment included with the rentals:
Ireland has a long and storied history, and the rich culture embraces both the triumphs and struggles of this ancient land. From the earliest Celtic inhabitants to invasions, religious struggles, and seven centuries of Anglo-Irish conflict, the Irish spirit remains alive today in this land of spectacular landscapes and friendly people.
Ireland's lush landscapes provide the backdrop for charming villages, sprawling acres of grazing animals, and ancient and medieval ruins. The endless green hills unfold across the island to dramatic coastal cliffs. The glens and rivers offer a mystical feel to the storied countryside, while Ireland’s thriving cities offer the best of modern amenities and old European character. Visitors are often welcomed in pubs and taverns to enjoy hearty fare, a good pint, and, with any luck, a bit of traditional Irish music.
Daily cycling will average 47 miles/76 km on low traffic back-roads; the terrain isn’t flat, but neither is it hilly, rather a rolling countryside.
The tour is challenging and is for experienced cyclists in above average physical condition.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC)
Nearest train station: Galway
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Leenane. The operator can help with arranging transfers if required. There is a daily direct bus service in the summer only (June-August).
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Connemara Adventure Tours is leading Irish Tour Operator with more than 25 years experience in organizing guided, self-guided and customized travel packages for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders.We offer you accommodation options on our self guided cycling and walking tours in Connemara. You can choose the accommodation that suits your budget: hotel, Bed & Breakfast or hostel.
We look forward to seeing you on our tours!
A deposit has secured your booking. This is a non-refundable payment. The balance of payments is due 60 days before the tour starts.
Cancellations must be made in writing and the deposit is non refundable. The balance is due 30 days before the start of the course and when taken is also non refundable. We strongly recommend that you purchase air fare and tour package cancellation insurance at the time you make the deposit.
For guided tours only:
In case of less than stated minimum numbers for any one tour, Connemara Adventure Tours reserves the right to cancel up to four weeks before commencement date. In this case we will refund total received amounts. Wherever possible we will suggest alternative comparable tour, or if we have to cancel due to small numbers and the participants are still interested we will offer the tour at a newly calculated price. In the case all participants agree the tour will go ahead.
Travel + Airport Transfers
We include airport transfers in our prices for guided tours only, please note that these are subject to the Connemara Adventure Tours time-table; normally we meet guests between 12.00 - 16.00 on day one and transfer back on the last day to be at the airport at approx. 12.00. Please contact us in advance so we can help plan your arrival and departure arrangements. We can and do arrange taxis from all airports to any of our tour destinations. Furthermore timetables and rates for National Rail and Bus services can be supplied. We do not organize travel to Ireland from overs eas destinations.
Health and Fitness
Most tours are active holidays, and require at least moderate fitness levels according to description. Tours may involve 4 - 6 hours walking, or 3 - 5 hours cycling a day. Checking the suitability of each tour can help you to avoid disappointment. Those unaccustomed to activity are advised to take gentle exercise before the tour to fully enjoy the experience. Please advise us of any special medical, physical, or health requirements you may have, or conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, disabilities, severe allergies, etc. and any medication you may be on.
Climate and Clothing
Ireland's climate is mild, frequently damp, highly changeable, with temperatures ranging from 53° to 82° F. we advise that both light and warm clothing is carried, rainwear is essential.
Most special diets can be catered for, provided we are notified in advance
Children A lower age limit applies to some tours, please check with us in advance of booking.
We provide full public liability for guests on our tours, however, we require you to purchase full health insurance, including coverage for repatriation. Please provide us with an indication that you have purchased this insurance at the time full payment is made. You can purchase this insurance from your travel agent.
Connemara Adventure Tours act as agents for the traveler and can accept no responsibility for the service of any hotel, restaurant or carrier used in connection with these tours, nor any liability for claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss to persons or property. In the event that it becomes necessary or advisable Connemara Adventure Tours reserves the right to alter a tour should weather, clients preference, or other circumstances intervene. The right is reserved to cancel a tour and to decline to accept any pers on as a member of a tour at any time.
The tours in our program have been designed to provide participants with an exposure of the true nature of the environment visited and therefore involve an element of personal risk and exposure to potential hazards above those associated with normal 'package holidays'. Bookings are accepted on the unders tanding that such risks are appreciated by the client.