|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||12 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2014 (alternate dates available for a surcharge)|
|Start city:||Leenane, Ireland|
|End city:||Clifden, Ireland|
This tour offers families independent cycling in fantastic settings and the opportunity to discover the many untouched places at their own pace and leisure. Cycle along the quiet back roads through this spectacular landscape, where the legions of woolly sheep are the only hazard!
Starting every Saturday (alternative scheduling also available on request), this is a truly independent program.
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Day 1: Arrival to Leenane
You will be picked up from Galway City (or Westport train station or Knock airport) and brought to your accommadation in the village of Leenane. Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, the village has one of the most scenic locations in Ireland.
Once you have settled in, we 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 may have about your tour.
Day 2: Adventure Day
Today is a full adventure activity. Following a hearty breakfast you will take your bikes and cycle a short distance to the renowned adventure center on the shores of Killary Harbour where you will be sea kayaking on Ireland's only fjord, taking on the High Ropes Course and trying out the Giant Swing!
A tasty homemade lunch will be set up for you on site. After your action-packed, fun-filled day you will return to Leenane.
Overnight in Leenane.
Day 3: Leenane - Renvyle (16 miles/25 km)
After breakfast, your destination today is the Renvyle Peninsula. Your route takes you past the Killary Sheep Farm. With entry included in your package you can visit this traditional working mountain farm with ewes and lambs roaming freely on the moutainside, overlooking Killary Fjord.
At Killary Sheep Farm visitors can view sheepdog, sheep shearing, and turf cutting demonstartions. Walks are held at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 6pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Following your visit to the farm you will continue your journey along the coastal road with wonderful views over the ocean and skirting along pristine white sandy beaches before traveling on to your accommodation in Renvyle.
Overnight in Renvyle.
Day 4: Renvyle - Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey - Renvyle
Today you have the opportunity to spend more time at the beach, explore the Renvyle Peninsula further, venture into the nearby village of Letterfrack and visit the Connemara National Park, or continue on to visit one of the top attractions in West Ireland, Kylemore Abbey.
You can visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history and tales of tragedy and romance. You can also explore the six-acre Victorian Walled Garden with its magnificent restored buildings. Discover woodland, nature, and lakeshore walks throughout the estate. There is also the added option of horseriding on the beach in the nearby village of Cleggan for an extra charge.
Overnight in Renvyle.
Day 5: Renvyle - Clifden (24 miles/38 km)
After another delicious breakfast you take to the road with Clifden as your destination. Clifden is a colourful small town, also known as the capital of Connemara. Your journey today will take you through Letterfrack and later through the small fishing village of Cleggan where you can stop off for lunch.
Leaving Cleggan you will follow the coastal road and we will have the chance to cycle one of the most beautiful roads in the country, Sky Road.
Overnight in Clifden.
Day 6: Breakfast and Departure
Saturdays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2014 (alternate dates available for a surcharge)
|Category A: Hotel option|
|Category B: Bed and Breakfast option|
Bikes available for this tour (and included in tour package):
Bike upgrade available for rent:
Equipment included with the rentals:
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Category A: Hotel accommodations
Foyles Hotel, Clifden
Renvyle House Hotel, Renvyle
Leenane Hotel, Leenane
Category B: Bed and Breakfast accommodations
Buttermilk Lodge Guesthouse, Clifden
Portfinn Lodge, Leenane
There are some occasional hill, average of 12 miles/20km daily with shorter and longer options available on most days. The tour is easy and is cycling in mostly flat terrain.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC)
Nearest bus station: Galway
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Clifden. There is a daily direct bus service from Clifden.
The operator can help with arranging transfers if required. Please let us know your arrival and departure plans; we will work with the tour operator to help you arrange all necessary transportation, whether bus, train, taxi, etc.
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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.
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 or Bed & Breakfast.
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.