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Wild Atlantic Way Cycling

  • 4.8

    (6)

  • 7 nights | 20 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €795
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

This tour involves cycling through some of the most remote and rugged scenery that Connemara on the west coast of Ireland has to offer. You will also be experiencing part of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. The distances are short enough to allow reflection, exploration and the chance to really absorb the tranquil atmosphere of this wild paradise.

You will cycle along stunning coastal ways through fishing villages, deep valleys and around rugged peninsulas. A trip to Inisbofin island where life has been maintained under the influence of the wild Atlantic and their own traditional ways, is also part of this tour.

Daily program

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 harbour. 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. Travelling 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 cosiest corner of an antique pub to state-of-the-art conference facilities; from the heart-stirring beat of traditional music to the cosmopolitan approach 0- contrast and paradox are just part of its charm.
Overnight in Westport

Day 8: Departure
Breakfast, followed by fond farewell and departure! Westport is well serviced by regular uses to Galway or trains to Dublin. Onward transfers can be arranged on request.

Dates

Mondays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2018

Prices

Category A: 3-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€1055
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€180
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
€340
Non-scheduled start date surcharge (days other than Mondays)
€70
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike upgrade (front suspension)
€60
Category B: Bed and breakfasts
Per person, double occupancy
€795
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€120
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
€400
Non-scheduled start date surcharge (days other than Mondays)
€70
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike upgrade (front suspension)
€60
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Connemara Adventure Tours Terms and Conditions

Cancellations
The full payment is due 30 days before arrival and tour starts. When the payment is through our confirmation is sent to you with pre-departure information (with all accommodation details and some useful information before traveling to Ireland) within 7 working days.
If the start date of the tour is within 30 days of booking the full payment is required upon booking.

All cancellations must be made in writing to the tour operator.

  • If the cancellation is 60 days or more prior to arrival, payment of 30% per person is required by the tour operator.
  • If the cancellation is 59-41 days before arrival, a payment of 50% per person is required by the tour operator.
  • If the cancellation is 40-31 days before arrival, a payment of 70% per person is required by the tour operator.
  • If the cancellation is 30 days or fewer before arrival, a payment of 100% per person is required by the tour operator.

No refunds are given for services not used by a trip participant. We strongly recommend that your clients purchase airfare and tour package insurance with their flight supplier at the time they make the booking.

For guided tours only:
In case of less than stated minimum numbers for any one tour, the tour operator 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 the tour operator 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.

Food
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.

Insurance
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.

Responsibility
The tour operator 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 the tour operator 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 person as a member of a tour at any time.

Due Diligence
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 understanding that such risks are appreciated by the client.

All photos used by permission. ©Connemara Adventure Tours

Ratings

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  • 4 Star 1
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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.3
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 4.3
  • Hotels or boat 4.3
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.5
  • Tour documents 4.7
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.8

Reviews

frank September 21, 2017

Amazing way to experience a the Ireland West Coast!

We were absolutely blown away by the scenery, the service and the nice friendly people we met at each stop. The local pubs were huge fun, the cycling was challenging enough but with enough time to stop and breathe in the countryside. Bring bike lights if you stay in a local pub past dark. I recommend high vis clothes because you are on busy roads occasionally. The bikes were ok, serviceable hybrids, and able to meet the demands. The B&B's chosen by the company were excellent, friendly and helpful.
This was an amazing experience and far surpassed our expectations.

SORBA1 July 14, 2017

Wonderful ramble in Ireland.

We just returned from our 4th bike tour, the Wild Atlantic Way. We want to thank Connor and the entire Connemara team for the trip preparation. The bikes, although a bit on the heavy side, were in great shape and performed beautifully the entire week. The maps helped and never hindered the fun. Connor spent considerable time with us on the first day suggesting stops at historic or scenic sites, restaurants and shops. He also showed us how to extend each day with side routes. We took him up on this on a least four of the six days of riding. So, if you’re thinking of passing up this trip because there isn’t enough riding, you can more than double the mileage on all but one day if you wish. The tour presents a whole host of different landscapes to ride through: eerie bogs, the Bundarogha river, the Killary fjord and the dramatic bens that seem to rise right out of the water. We loved rolling under a green tunnel of trees, then entering a new vista of green fields edged in ancient stone walls. The excursion to the island of Inishbofin is well worth it and we were lucky enough to meet and mingle with the archeologists who are researching and recording the island’s fascinating history. The evenings are not just for taking notes about the day’s adventures: lots of pubs serve up live traditional music along with local lamb, beef and seafood. This is a great tour, well organized and supported. We highly recommend it.

Matt July 14, 2017

Every day was different. The landscape was always awesome. Every place we stayed was great. Also every town had great choices for food and drink. Ireland it turns out has great restaurants with great prices. The bikes provided were excellent.

Susan October 25, 2016

Wild Atlantic Way - Late August 2016

Varied scenery with the ocean, so many lakes and mountain views, we did not expect. The people were all so friendly and helpful.

JimJ December 3, 2015

Far exceeded my expectations--which were already high!

I went on this tour as a BikeTours.com staff member and was joined by a friend. More than a year later, we still talk about it: the quiet routes, the lush rural settings, the seaside views, the welcoming villages, the wonderful lodging, the charming people, the superbly attentive tour company and the tasty Irish cuisine (far tastier than I expected). Everything exceeded our expectations. I have the opportunity to go on tours all over the world, and I rarely do "repeats." I'd repeat this tour with joy. The daily distances were perfect for our leisurely cycling, the terrain mostly flat to rolling with just a few longer or steeper climbs that challenged us.

The Wild Atlantic Way is an amazingly scenic route covering the western coast from north to south. I've done not the whole route, but I'd rate this segment a 10 for sure. The mix of countryside, seacoast, farms, woodlands, rolling hills and even a spectacular fjord and a remote island (with overnight) made this bicycle tour one we'll remember even above most others.

Brittany at BikeTours December 3, 2015

I went on this tour as a BikeTours.com staff member. Connemara is a dreamy, scenic region of Ireland! The views were magnificent. The route was 95% on quiet back roads. The cycling is definitely a level two tour, with intermittent rolling hills. As this tour has very low mileage, there is plenty of time to meander and take in the surroundings. I went at the end of the season (mid October), and I experienced closed establishments for the upcoming winter. However, there were 1 or 2 dining places to choose from in each village, even with the closures. I would recommend this tour to first-time travelers and travelers that want to have an off-the-beaten-path experience.