Day 1: Arrival in Clifden
Arrive to your first night's accommodation in Clifden. Clifden town, the "Capital of Connemara," is bursting with culture, traditional music, quaint streets and cosy pubs and restaurants. From your accommodation you can experience the best of town and country in a property that is run with every care and attention to making you feel welcome and at home.
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 have about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to your accommodation and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly!
Overnight in Clifden
Day 2: Clifden – Sky Road – Roundstone (10-26 miles/16-42 km, depending on your chosen route)
Today you will have a chance to explore around Clifden. You will have a choice to cycle along the famous Sky Road or to go and discover the south of Connemara and Roundstone peninsula. This day will also give you a chance to relax after your travel to the west of Ireland and get familiar with your bikes and the weather!
Overnight in Clifden
Day 3: Inishbofin (22 miles/35 km)
Your destination this morning is the fishing village of Cleggan. This is the departure point for the ferry to Inishbofin island, your destination for tonight. Your cycle route will take you from Clifden along the Sky Road which offers panoramic sea views across the Atlantic with dropping rugged coastlines beneath you. Pausing at the vantage points you will be able to see all of Clifden Bay and its many islands stretching out before you. You will then follow the Bog Road across areas of native peatland to reach the village of Cleggan.
The journey to Inishbofin is approximately 40 minutes. The island is peppered with ancient sites, including the ruins of Cromwell's promontory fort and gaol, set high above the crashing waves at the entrance to the island's harbor. Today the island has a population of about 200 people. Its meandering laneways, soft, sandy beaches and old stone walls contribute to the feeling of stepping back in time. Enjoy a different pace of life on the island tonight.
Overnight in Inishbofin
Day 4: Inishbofin – Renvyle Peninsula (13 miles/20 km)
After a morning on the island you will catch the ferry back to the mainland and Cleggan Pier where you will continue your cycle around the west coast. Your destination today is the beautiful and historic Renvyle Peninsula. Traveling quiet back roads, you will pass through 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 Bens mountain range.
Overnight in Renvyle
Day 5: Renvyle – Leenane (16 miles/25 km)
Leave Renvyle after a hearty breakfast. You will set off, passing through Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages and meander along the coast past perfect beaches to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord. You could take the Connemara Lady catamaran along Killary Fjord for a sightseeing expedition at either 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm or 4:30pm (ticket not included). This is a 1.5-hour boat ride. The trip is often joined by a pod of leaping dolphins and always includes commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Tonight you will spend the night in the small, charming village of Leenane.
Overnight on Leenane
Day 6: Leenane – Louisburgh (19 miles/30 km)
You leave Leenane today and cycle through the spectacular Delphi Valley to the town of Louisburgh which is a beautiful small town and retains many 18th century features in style and scale. Louisburgh has lots of character and the surrounding townlands are packed full of history and charm. It is an area of immense natural beauty with Croagh Patrick to the east, the Atlantic to the west, the Sheaffrey and Mweelrea Mountains to the south and Clew Bay to the north. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings at your accommodation this evening.
Overnight in Louisburgh
Day 7: Louisburgh – Westport (16 miles/25 km)
Today you continue along the Clew Bay coastline and under the shadow of Croagh Patrick mountain to reach your destination in Westport. Unique and charming, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. From the coziest corner of an antique pub to state-of-the-art conference facilities; from the heart-stirring beat of traditional music to the cosmopolitan approach--contrast and paradox are just part of its charm.
Overnight in Westport
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast and departure! Westport is well serviced by regular uses to Galway or trains to Dublin. Onward transfers can be arranged on request.