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At a glance

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.

Why cyclists love it

  • Breathtaking green vistas
  • Stunning Irish countryside
  • Rocky shores, charming fishing villages abound on the coastal routes
  • Charming inns and bed and breakfasts
  • Legendary hospitality 

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Connemara Lazy Days Cycling
This tour is specifically designed for independent travelers, who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend relaxing lazy days along the way for in-depth explorations of the various cultural and natural attractions of the wonderful Connemara region. Connemara - the western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches. It is also a land of great contrast from mountain to sea.
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Highlights of the Highlands
This tour  takes cyclists along north west Ireland's spectacular coastline, featuring Donegal town and castle. County Donegal is truly one of Ireland’s gems – a wonderful place to experience one of Ireland’s best bike tours. Quiet roads await you as you explore one of the country’s least known regions. 
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Challenging Connemara: Valleys, Lakes, and a Rugged Coast
This is wonderful tour for independent travelers, who wish for a cycling tour in Ireland with longer distances each day. The tour is for the more advanced and avid cyclists wanting to enjoy the Irish country side on least traveled road. Destinations visited include landscapes of immense beauty like Delphi Valley, Lough Corrib, the Renvyle Peninsula, but also charming towns like Westport, and Cong.
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Fast facts

Language: English and Gaelic 
Currency: Euro 
Population: 4,670,976 
Size: 27,136 square miles (70,283 square kilometers) – about the size of Indiana 
Border countries: United Kingdom 
National tourist office: www.discoverireland.ie

 

 


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