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Ireland - Bike Tour on the Wild Atlantic Way
Explore a part of the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland – An intriguing convergence of land and sea, which is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world. On this superbly scenic 7 day self guided cycling tour, we travel from Galway City in County Galway, down the West coast to County Clare, then over to the Aran Islands and onto Connemara, traversing this outstanding West of Ireland coastline, in a journey of a lifetime. All along the Wild Atlantic Way there are plenty of interesting historic, cultural and scenic sights to discover, such as Dungaire Castle near Kinvarra, the Cliffs of Moher, the unique Burren landscape, ancient sites and the remote Aran Islands. Witness Connemara’s untamed landscapes, traditional Irish music and dance, artisan foods, deliciously fresh seafood, remote islands and local peoples, activities and experiences, to name but a few…Join us as we travel through some of the most beautiful areas along Ireland’s Western seaboard.

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+ Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival Day

Day 1 | Arrival Day

Arrive in Galway (there are regular buses from Shannon Airport or trains and buses from Dublin to Galway). Stay the night in guesthouse in this bustling historic university town. Orientation this night at 7pm at your hotel to go over the tour week ahead and to adjust the bicycle for you. We will cover the roadbook and offer you an Irish Coffee! Free night and dinner in Galway. Galway has a Farmers Market and it's a good place to meet the locals and hear local issues discussed. The market is open Saturdays and bank holidays from 8.30am-6.00pm and Sundays 2pm-6pm.

Petra House

Galway

Petra HousePetra House is a charming, family managed Guest House located on the main artery from the East and South as you approach Galway City Centre. All rooms are en suite and include multi-channel TV, telephone and tea/coffee facilities. Your hosts Joan & Frank Maher have a detailed knowledge of Galway City and County and will help you plan your trip to Connemara, the Aran Islands, the Burren and other places of interest.

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Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

Day 2 | Ride from Galway to Ballyvaughan - 55 or 68 km

Day 2 | Ride from Galway to Ballyvaughan - 55 or 68 km

The route takes you away from the city along the coast to Oranmore and you leave the busier roads behind as soon as you reach Kilcolgan. From there on it is on quiet back roads past the ruins of Kilcolgin Castle. Kinvarra is a beautiful fishing village ideally located for a delicious sea food lunch. Continue your journey further south into the area commonly known as The Burren, with its unique rocky lunar landscapes and native flora. The Burren forms part of a National Geopark in County Clare and is rich with geological, historical and archaeological sites. Finish the day in the colorful village of Ballyvaughan, known for its farmer’s market on Saturdays from 10am-2pm during the months of May-October in the Village Hall car park. Dinner on your own, we will provide suggestions. (B)

Ballyvaughan Lodge

Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan LodgeWe are situated in the centre of Ballyvaughan village, within walking distance of restaurants, cafés, bars, local craft fairs and shops. Ballyvaughan Lodge has 11 bedrooms. All are ensuite. Our lounge and sun-room caters for your relaxation, whether reading about the Burren or just enjoying our gallery. On a glorious sunny day sit on our deck and take in the Burren with all its majestic beauty.

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 3 | Ride from Ballyvaughan to Doolin - 28 or 46 km

Day 3 | Ride from Ballyvaughan to Doolin - 28 or 46 km

This is a stunning ride along the amazing coast passing Black Head from whereon it will then become obvious to you why this is such a unique area. Visit the beautiful Fanore beach along your route, known for its surfing. As it is a relatively short journey to Doolin you have the opportunity to extend the day to include a cycle to the Cliffs of Moher rising majestically more than 200m out of the sea. A detour option on the way back, is to visit the small ‘foodie’ village of Lisdoonvarna, home of the Burren Smokehouse, the Burren Brewery in the Roadside Tavern for a pint of local craft beer and visit the award winning Wild Honey Inn or Sheedy’s hotel for some delicious food. Lisdoonvarna also hosts the Burren Slow Festival in late May each year.(B)

Cullinan's Guesthouse

Doolin

Cullinan's GuesthouseWhether you’re planning your first stay on the west coast of Ireland or already living here, we’re delighted that you’re thinking about coming to Doolin! Very simply, we’re passionate about making sure that you make the most of your visit.

Cullinan's Guesthouse

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 4 | Ferry to Inishmore and ride on the Island

Day 4 | Ferry to Inishmore and ride on the Island

Cycle to the pier to take the ferry (ticket not included) to the island of Inishmore (the biggest of the 3 Aran Islands). If not done the day before, you can cycle to the Cliffs of Moher in the morning. The Aran Island of Inishmore is very rich in historic and pre-historic sites and highlights include the cliff top fort of Dun Angheos, the Seven Churches and the coast road to the west of the port village of Kilronan. The island is famous for the knitwear that bears the Aran name. Spend the night on the island to get a feel for island life and hear the Gaelic language spoken by the locals! (B)

Pier House B&B

Inishmore

Pier House B&BThis is a comfortable well appointed guest house, conveniently located overlooking Kilronan pier, the main point of entry to the Aran Islands. Irish Tourist Board approved.. Renowned in song and story this haven of rest on the western Atlantic offers a tranquil, peaceful base from which to explore the culture, landscape and antiquities of the mystical Aran Islands. A home from home for the artist, linguist or simply the person seeking a unique restful environment, the Aran Islands offers a holiday different from any other.

Pier House B&B

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Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 5 | Ferry and ride from Rossaveal to Carna - 44 km

Day 5 | Ferry and ride from Rossaveal to Carna - 44 km

After a morning spent exploring the island further and perhaps visit the fantastically located Black Fort (a 3,000 year old promontory fort), you take the ferry back to Rossaveal at noon. You will be heading north into Connemara proper. There are great views towards the Twelve Bens (the 12 mountains at the centre of the Connemara National Park). Turning west you ride along the indented coastline of South Connemara, stop in to see the historic cottage of Pádraig Pearse’s - a leader in the Irish 1916 uprising, which is a key ‘discovery point’ on the Wild Atlantic Way route. Continue on passing through the village of Kilkieran before reaching Carna. This area boasts beautiful sandy beaches. (B)

Sonas B&B

Carna

Sonas B&BWELCOME TO SONAS B&B LOCATED IN CARNA VILLAGE IN THE HEART OF CONNEMARA GAELTACHT...... a family-run B & B that puts emphasis on friendliness and your comfort. A place of tranquility and triditional Irish hospitality, guests enjoy panoramic mountian and sea views in a rugged rural setting.

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Closed Parking Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 6 | Ride from Carna to Clifden - 42 or 59 km

Day 6 | Ride from Carna to Clifden - 42 or 59 km

Continue your cycle along the coast via Roundstone where you can see traditional musical instruments being made by hand. On the way you come past the village of Ballyconneely, visit the famous Connemara Smoke House and the site where Alcock and Brown crash landed their biplane after completing the first transatlantic flight in 1919. There are some very beautiful beaches here. If you still feel energetic there is a wonderful a ride out along the Sky Road to enjoy some sublime coastal scenery. The shorter route will bring you over a wonderful bog road. Stay the night in Clifden, this colourful small town is often labelled the metropole of Connemara and you may enjoy traditional Irish music in its many pubs as well as its many restaurants. Treat yourself to an Irish Bailey liqueur or a Connemara Whiskey on the last night of your tour! (B)

Seamist Guest House

Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway

Seamist Guest HouseBedrooms are spacious with high ceilings typical of a house of its era, all are en suite with tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer and radio. In keeping with the style of the house we have not provided televisions in the bedrooms, we do however have one in the sitting room with all the channels for guest's use. We also have introduced wireless access throughout the house for our guests.

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Day 7 | Departure Day

Day 7 | Departure Day

Breakfast, followed by farewell and departure for your onward journey – there are regular buses to Galway from where you can catch bus or train to Dublin. (B)

+ Rates

Prices

Ireland Wild Atlantic Way 6 nights - Guest Houses

Double Occupancy 2 persons:

1226 €/person

Double Occupancy 4 persons:

1065 €/person

Double Occupancy 6 persons:

977 €/person

Single Supplement:

277 €/person

Solo Supplement:

571 €

Wild Atlantic Way - Hotel Upgrade Option

Double Occupancy 2 persons:

1682 €/person

Double Occupancy 4 persons:

1491 €/person

Double Occupancy 6 persons:

1391 €/person

Single Supplement:

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Solo Supplement:

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Note: Transfers from Clifden to Galway for 2 pax is 169 euros; Ferry tickets are not included but can be added for 48 Euros per person.


Hybrid Bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 105 euros, and road bikes 181 euros and E-bikes for 274 euros. Please see the Bike information below for details.


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+ What's Included?

- 6 nights lodging in top quality guest houses and small inns
- all Irish breakfasts (substantial hot and cold dishes)
- luggage transfers from each point of lodging to the next
- local emergency support throughout your tour during daylight riding hours
- GPS navigation (1 per 2 persons) - Garmin Etrex 20
- arrival orientation and bike setup
- route maps, route cue sheets with suggestions for visitation and site information
- all pre and post travel planning services
- a package of pre-travel documents sent electronically to help you prepare for your trip.
- True Irish Coffee on Inishmore
- Wild Atlantic Way Passport - a fun guide with stamp collection points along your tour


Lodging

Accommodations: 6 nights in charming guesthouses; all with private ensuite facilities and tasteful decor. There is an upgrade option available to deluxe, luxury hotels in a totally different ambiance than the country charm and intimacy of guest houses.
 
Guest House Lodging (Shown in Itinerary tab):
- Petra House Galway
- Ballyvaughan Lodge
- Cullinan's Guesthouse
- Pier House
- Sonas B&B
- Seamist Guesthouse
 
Upgraded Hotels:
- The Meyrick**** Galway
- Gregan's Castle Hotel ****+
- Ballinalacken Castle Hotel****
- Pier House - no upgrade on Inishmore
- Cashel House Hotel**** or Zetland House****
- Abbeyglen Castle****
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Visits to local food markets and tasting local artisan foods
-Visiting Dungaire Castle
- Marvel at the coastline especially the Cliffs of Moher
- The thrill of ferry rides to the Aran islands
- Explore the pre-historic forts both on the mainland and the island
- Cultural evening with song and dance (dependent on availability)
- Sampling the delicious menus in Clifden’s excellent restaurants
- Listening to traditional music in Clare ‘s & Galway's many famous pubs
- The wonderful views of the Twelve Bens in Connemara from the Bog Road

Need to Know:
- The region has mild temperatures year round; and rain can happen any time. Guests are advised to bring a rain jacket and be prepared to ride in all weather conditions. Keep in mind, green fields, stunning coastal views, rainbows, and warm and welcoming inns will make you fall in love with Ireland and Irish hospitality!

- Extra nights in Galway, Clifden, or on the Aran Islands are a great way to extend your trip with extra rides

- Upgrades possible, a great romantic treat is the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Duration: 6 nights / 7 days

Dates: Any date April-October subject to lodging availability.

Level 2-3 - Moderate to Fit level riding; experience in all weather conditions recommended. This is a self guided tour.

Arriving to Galway is possible from either Dublin or Shannon. Trains from Dublin and buses from Shannon are frequent. Extra nights may be necessary in order to make flights subject to arrival and departure times. Ask us for help.

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  • Local Coordinator

    Educated as an environmental science engineer, Liz is a local and native of Kinvarra helps to run a local bike shop, and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. She also has experience in guiding cycling tours, but when she is not found mending a bike or guiding cyclists you will find her competing in MTB events as well as the occasional road race.

    + Bikes & Gear
      Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Trek 7.3 fx - 105 Euros
     
    Specs:
    • Frame: FX Alpha Gold Aluminium
    • Fork: FX Alloy w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades
    • Sizes: 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25"
    • Wheels: Bontrager ally rims, Shimano hubs
    • Tires: Bontrager AW1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x32c
    • Drivetrain: Shimano Acera/Alivio 9 speed, 27 gears
    • Crank: 48/36/26 (triple)
    • Cassette: 11-32, 9 speed
     
    Included are:
  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer (odometer)
  • rear rack, option to have bag installed
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • 1 water bottle and cage
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your own wrench to remove them from the bike at the end of the tour.
    Road bike rentals are available. 181 Euros for duration of tour Includes delivery, pickup, and set up. Road bikes have little space for bags; only a rear saddle bag.

    Other Notes: E-bikes for rent are 274 euros, other options for child bikes and equipment available but limited.

     
     
     
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    + Reviews

    "The holiday was fantastic - and far exceeded our expectations. The routes were wonderful, the directions fantastically clear - we didn't get lost once...!"
    - Jackie W.

    "I wanted to tell you what a fantastic time my sister and I had in Ireland. The hotels were great and the people very friendly. We especially enjoyed the beautiful scenery."
    - Marci A.

    Additional Tour Photos

    Cycling Tour for custom groups in Ireland; self guided bicycle tour reward:  a pint of Guiness in the local pub:  photo:  Failte Ireland Cycling the backroads of ireland on tour Dunguaire Castle along a bicycle ride in Ireland; Photo:  Chris Hill

    Cycling Ireland on a bicycle tour:  photo Ring of Gullion AONB cycling tour to aran islands of ireland; photo Reinhard Pantke Cycling Wild Atlantic Way - Dolmen of the region: Photo:  Holger Leue Cycling Connemara and Sky road near clifden:  photo: Chris Hill

    Cycling tour Ireland; Photo Failte Ireland Cycling tour Wild Atlantic Way Ireland; Photo Failte Ireland

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    Ireland - Bike Tour on the Wild Atlantic Way

    Tour Type: Self guided hybrid cycling
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    Distance: 40 km/day
    Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
    Availability: April to October
    Cost: Starting at €977 Euros





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