- Sky Road
- Views of the Atlantic Ocean
- Connemara National Park
- Renvyle Peninsula
- Twelve Ben Mountain range
- Killary Fjord
- Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
- Celtic Ireland
- Mannin Bay
|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||22 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Mondays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015 (alternate departure days available for a surcharge)|
|Start city:||Clifden, Ireland|
|End city:||Clifden, Ireland|
This tour is specifically designed for independent travellers, who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend relaxing lazy days along the way. It allows for in-depth explorations of the various cultural and natural attractions of the wonderful Connemara region. Connemara is the western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches. Your route will take you both inland and along the coastal region, giving a glimpse of the dramatic scenery of Connemara.
Daily cycling will average 25 - 35kms on low traffic back-roads, the terrain is not flat, but neither is it hilly, rather a rolling countryside. In the evenings you will enjoy traditional Irish hospitality with the option of staying in either distinguished hotels or wonderful guesthouses and Bed &Breakfasts.
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Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Clifden (there is a direct daily bus service from Galway to Clifden). Warm welcome and a chance to settle in. You will be given your route notes and general information and your bikes and equipment will be delivered to your accommodation. One of our representatives will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation to answer all your questions and go through your routes together. Clifden is a small, colourful town, also often labelled the 'Capital of Connemara'. There are many restaurants where you can choose a lovely evening meal and a great selection of traditional pubs where often you will find Irish music.
Overnight in Clifden.
Day 2: Clifden - Renvyle (22-28 miles/35-45 km)
After a hearty breakfast, you will set off along the Sky Road, if you opt for the longer option (45 kms), it offers fabulous views over the Atlantic ocean and its islands. Travelling quiet back roads, you will pass through the quaint fishing village of Cleggan and on to Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park.
Then your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula which is steeped in history and archaeological sites and is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches and spectacular vistas of the Twelve Ben mountain range.
Overnight in Renvyle.
Day 3: Renvyle - Leenane (20 miles/26 km)
Leave Renvyle after a hearty breakfast. You will set off, passing through Tullycross with its many thatched cottages and meander along the coast pasing perfect beaches to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord.
You could take the boat along Killary Fjord for a sightseeing expedition at either 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm or 4.30pm. This is a 1.5 hour boat ride on the Connemara Lady catamaran. The trip is often honoured by the company of leaping dolphins and always includes commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Tonight you will stay the night in Leenane.
Overnight in Leenane.
Day 4: Leenane - Lough Inagh (15 miles/23 km)
After breakfast you will continue your journey today leaving Leenane. You cycle away from the coast back towards the mountains on a road through lake-strewn moorlands to the stunning Inagh Valley.
You will have the option to visit one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. This gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside 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 has won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens. Tonight you will be staying in welcoming accommodation overlooking spectacular Lough Inagh.
Overnight in Lough Inagh.
Day 5: Lough Inagh - Roundstone (17 miles/28 km)
Cycle back towards the coast today, leaving the mountains behind as you head towards Roundstone. You will be travelling along a route dotted with pretty fishing villages. You will cycle through peat bogs and lovely moorlands still divided by the Neolithic field systems. Your journey will bring you into the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region, which is considered the last bastion of Celtic Ireland. You will rest and relax tonight in the small picturesque fishing village of Roundstone.
Overnight in Roundstone.
Day 6: Roundstone - Clifden (15 miles/24 km)
Well-fed and well-rested, you will begin your day with a gentle cycle along Mannin Bay. With its coralline beach & glorious turquoise bay it is a paradise for the beachcomber. This route brings you past Ballyconneely, or can be made shorter by taking the Bogroad. Roundstone bog is unique in that it is an unspoiled area of bogscape with rare acid-loving plants.
You will arrive back at your starting destination of Clifden where you will spend your last night getting a second chance to enjoy the 'craic' in this vibrant town - one of the last true treasures in Western Europe.
Overnight in Clifden.
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast, followed by fond farewell and departure!
Mondays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015 (alternate departure days available for a surcharge)
|Category A: 3-star hotels|
|Category B: Bed and Breakfasts|
Category A: 3-star hotels
The 3-star hotels we have 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 Connemara lake. However they all share the same high standards of hospitality and service and will guarantee you a warm welcome, good food and a relaxing experience after your day on the road.
Category B: Bed & Breakfasts
If you opt for the Bed & Breakfast package, you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life. While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.
Bikes available for this tour and included in the tour cost (reserved at time of booking):
Bikes available to rent on this tour (reserved at time of booking):
Equipment included with the rentals:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmet rental is available on this tour. However, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
Daily cycling for an average of 16-22 miles/25-35 km on low traffic back-roads; the terrain isn’t flat, but neither is it hilly, rather a rolling countryside.
"We enjoyed our Connemara Cycling Tour. The Trek bikes were very good and sized well to fit us. Thanks for your follow-through on that. We had plenty of tools, good maps and even front suspension! Conor from Connemara Adventure Tours met us on the first evening and enthusiastically laid out the itinerary, including special places to see along the way. We very much appreciated their extra efforts to ensure that the Killary Fjord and Kylemare Abbey were included in our admissions. Everyone at the B&B's welcomed us and helped direct us to local pubs and restaurants. We did notice how busy and sometimes stressed the hosts were.
The disappointments were slight: all of the ride was on highways and sometimes busy; doing a loop tour may have compromised the sense of adventure and some of the other available sites; and we definitely felt that we were on our own, which was alright but a bit lonely. We had hoped to see some other bikers, but apparently we were the first of the season.
Thanks for your help in putting this together. We will think of you in the future if we look for other biking adventures."
"We had a great trip cycling the Connemara Lazy Day Tour! Everything worked out very well for us....even the weather. After travelling for 20 hours we arrived unscathed in Clifden and met Chloe from Killary Tours upon arriving at our first hotel. She was very friendly and fairly well organized and she and her partner had us set up with what proved to great bikes in no time. Our accommodation was great.
"I must tell you though that since we've been home many people we've spoken to about our trip have been interested and fascinated with the idea of a self-guided bike tour. Everyone assumes that we must have been biking with a group. I have passed your website address on to a number of people and I hope for your sake that it might bring you some business.
"Thanks again for your help in giving us a great holiday. Hopefully I'll need to hire your services again in the future."
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Shannon (SNN), Ireland or Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC)
Nearest bus station: Clifden, Ireland
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 plan all necessary transportation.
From Shannon Airport to Clifden starting point
Visit Bus Eireann for details of bus service from the airport to Galway city. From Galway city, there is a direct bus service to Clifden. Visit Citylink or Bus Eireann for timetables. Journey time is approximately 3 - 4 hours.
From Ireland West Airport Knock to Clifden starting point
Visit Bus Eireann for bus timetable from the airport to Galway city by bus. There is a direct bus service from Galway city to Clifden. Visit Citylink or Bus Eireann for timetables. Journey time is approximately 3 - 4 hours.
From Dublin to Clifden starting point
You can take a Citylink bus or a Gobus directly from Dublin airport (or from Dublin city centre) to Galway and then a Citylink bus or a Bus Eireann bus from Galway directly to Clifden. Journey time is approximately 4 - 5 hours.
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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.