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Wild Atlantic Way Cycling

“We were absolutely blown away by the scenery.” — F.V.

“We were absolutely blown away by the scenery.” — F.V.

“We were absolutely blown away by the scenery.” — F.V.

“We were absolutely blown away by the scenery.” — F.V.

“We were absolutely blown away by the scenery.” — F.V.
  • 7 nights | 20 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €795
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  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 Type: Guided Self-guided

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 week ahead!
Overnight in Clifden

Day 3: Inishbofin (22 miles/35 km)
Your morning cycle will bring you along the Sky Road. You will then follow the Bog Road across areas of valuable native peatland against the backdrop of soaring mountains to reach the village of Cleggan and the ferry for Inishbofin island. Forty minutes by ferry, Inishbofin is a world apart from the mainland in every way. 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. Its population, of only 200 people, will warmly welcome you during your stay and will allow you a brief but fascinating insight into their traditional island life.
Overnight in Inishbofin

Day 4: Inishbofin – Renvyle Peninsula (13 miles/20 km)
After an early breakfast on the island you will catch the ferry back to the mainland from where you will continue your Connemara cycle around this western coastline. Your destination today is the Renvyle Peninsula, a rugged promontory that juts into the Atlantic Ocean and is home to a vibrant, farming and fishing community. Traveling quiet roads, you will pass through Letterfrack, where the unique landscape of Connemara has been preserved by a National Park. The park includes very accessible trail walks and an excellent visitor center. Reaching the Renvyle Peninsula you will find an area dotted with lakes, golden beaches, and stony hills.
Overnight in Renvyle

Day 5: Renvyle – Leenane (16 miles/25 km)
Leaving Renvyle you will pass through the village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages and emerge onto the impressive coastline. Take your time and pause to absorb the ocean views and soak up the scent of the sea. Turning inland you will cycle through the mountains to bring you to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord. You could choose to take a sightseeing tour of Killary Fjord aboard the Connemara Lady catamaran. The 1.5-hour boat trip is often joined by leaping dolphins and includes commentary on the fascinating history and geography of the area.

Tonight, you will spend the night in Leenane where you will have the choice of excellent local dining, traditional pubs and the chance to meet locals and visitors alike.
Overnight on Leenane

Day 6: Leenane – Louisburgh (19 miles/30 km)
From Leenane, you will follow the shores of KIllary Fjord and enter the spectacular Delphi and Doolough Valleys with mountains dropping down into dark lakes each side of you. Continuing on towards the coast once more you will emerge at the town of Louisburgh on the shores of Clew Bay.

Louisburgh is a rural market town which retains many eighteenth-century features in style and scale. It is a town that supports a large, far-flung population and the gentle rhythms of life in this area can be felt as you stroll along its four main streets. It is surrounded by an area of immense natural beauty with mountains to the east and south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and north.
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. Pretty and colorful, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. Contrast and paradox are just part of its charm. It has been voted Ireland’s Best Place to Live and Ireland’s Tidiest Town and will provide a memorable finale to your Atlantic Way Experience.
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.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Mondays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2020
Low season: Apr 01, 2020 - May 31, 2020 , Sep 01, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
High season: Jun 01, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020

Prices

Local:

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Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 795
High season surcharge
€ 60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Low season
€ 185
High season
€ 195
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
Low season
€ 630
High season
€ 640
Non-scheduled start date surcharge (days other than Mondays), per group
€ 50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike upgrade (front suspension)
€ 70
Electrically-assisted bike
€ 195
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.

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