Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way
Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way
Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way
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
Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way
Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way
Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland - Bike Tour on the Wild Atlantic Way

from 1097 Euros

For bicyclists, no other name represents the majesty of biking through the Emerald Isle quite like the Wild Atlantic Way. For those looking to venture out onto the Wild Atlantic Way, Pure Adventures Tours has put together a week-long, self-guided cycling vacation down this famous cycling path and route. See ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided hybrid cycling
  • Availability
    April to October
  • Duration
    6 nights / 7 days
  • Distance
    40 km/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 a guesthouse in this bustling historic university town. Orientation is tonight at 7pm at your hotel, where you will go over the week's tour ahead, adjust the bicycle for your needs and also go over the road books. Free night in Galway. Galway has a wonderful farmers market, which is a good place to meet and chat with the locals. The market is open Saturdays and bank holidays from 8.30am-6.00pm and Sundays 2pm-6pm.

Highlights: orientation, farmers market
Overnight: Galway

Petra House


Petra House

Petra 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.

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Restaurant ';
Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way

Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way

Overview Map

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

The route takes you away from the city along the coast to Oranmore, leaving the busier roads behind as soon as you reach Kilcolgan. From there, you are on quiet back roads past the ruins of Kilcolgin Castle. Kinvarra is a beautiful fishing village ideally located for a delicious seafood 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 farmers market on Saturdays from 10am-2pm during the months of May-October, located in the Village Hall car park. Dinner on your own, we will provide suggestions.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 55 or 68 km / 34 or 42 miles
Highlights: Kilcolgin Castle, Kinvarra, The Burren
Overnight: Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan Lodge


Ballyvaughan Lodge

We 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.

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


Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way

Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way

Overview Map

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 over 200m out of the sea. A detour option on the way back is to visit the small ‘foodie’ village of Lisdoonvarna, home of our favorite pubs and eateries. Stop in for or a pint of local craft beer and visit some of the award winning local establishments for some very delicious food! Lisdoonvarna also hosts the Burren Slow Festival in late May each year.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 28 or 46 km / 17 or 29 miles
Highlights: Black Head, Fanore Beach, Cliffs of Moher, foodie & beer stops
Overnight: Doolin

Cullinan's Guesthouse


Cullinan's Guesthouse

Whether 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.

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


Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way

Bike Tour Ireland Wild Atlantic Way

Overview Map

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!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: varies
Highlights: Inishmore Island and historical sites, Kilronan
Overnight: Inishmore Island

Pier House B&B


Pier House B&B

This 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.

Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Restaurant ';


Dunguaire Castle along a bicycle ride in Ireland; Photo:  Chris Hill

Dunguaire Castle along a bicycle ride in Ireland; Photo: Chris Hill

Overview Map

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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 44 km / 27 miles
Highlights: Black Fort, Twelve Bens, historic cottage, beaches
Overnight: Carna

Sonas B&B


Sonas B&B

WELCOME 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.

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


Cycling Ireland on a bicycle tour:  photo Ring of Gullion AONB

Cycling Ireland on a bicycle tour: photo Ring of Gullion AONB

Overview Map

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

Continue your ride 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 a famous restaurant, 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 liqueur or a Connemara Whiskey on the last night of your tour!

Meals: breakfast
Highlights: traditional musical instruments, Connemara Smoke House, Sky Road
Distance; 42 or 59 km / 26 or 37 miles
Overnight: Clifden

Seamist Guest House

Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway

Seamist Guest House

Bedrooms 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.


cycling tour to aran islands of ireland; photo Reinhard Pantke

cycling tour to aran islands of ireland; photo Reinhard Pantke

Overview Map

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 a bus or train to Dublin.

Meals: breakfast

Cycling Wild Atlantic Way - Dolmen of the region: Photo:  Holger Leue

Cycling Wild Atlantic Way - Dolmen of the region: Photo: Holger Leue

Overview Map
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 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.
- Wild Atlantic Way Passport - a fun guide with stamp collection points along your tour


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 **
Ireland Wild Atlantic Way 6 nights - Guest Houses
Double Occupancy 2 persons:
1267 €/person
Double Occupancy 4 persons:
1160 €/person
Double Occupancy 6 persons:
1097 €/person
Single Supplement:
266 €/person
Solo Supplement:
639 €
Wild Atlantic Way - Hotel Upgrade Option
Double Occupancy 2 persons:
1769 €/person
Double Occupancy 4 persons:
1659 €/person
Double Occupancy 6 persons:
1572 €/person
Single Supplement:
TBD euro;/person
Solo Supplement:
TBD euro;/person

Note: Transfers from Clifden to Galway for 2 pax is 183 euros; Ferry tickets are not included but can be added for 60 Euros per person.

Hybrid Bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 105 euros, and road bikes 196 euros and E-bikes are not available due to limits on the ferry to Aran Islands. Please see the Bike information below for details.

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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. Black Out Start Dates: May 27, June 29-July 6, July 21/22, July 29-Aug 6, Aug 18/24 .

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.
  • Train travel, Dublin or Kerry stop overs, ask us for help!

  • Best Time To Go: March - May, September - November.

    Average temperatures:
    January: 45 °F (7 °C) 37 °F (3 °C)
    February: 45 °F (7 °C) 37 °F (3 °C)
    March: 50 °F (10 °C) 39 °F (4 °C)
    April: 52 °F (11 °C) 41 °F (5 °C)
    May: 59 °F (15 °C) 45 °F (7 °C)
    June: 63 °F (17 °C) 50 °F (10 °C)
    July: 66 °F (19 °C) 54 °F (12 °C)
    August: 66 °F (19 °C) 54 °F (12 °C)
    Sept: 63 °F (17 °C) 50 °F (10 °C)
    October: 55 °F (13 °C) 46 °F (8 °C)
    November: 50 °F (10 °C) 41 °F (5 °C)
    December: 46 °F (8 °C) 41 °F (5 °C)


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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.


    "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.
    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    - Stevens Hybrid 6x Lite Touring Mens and Womens frames - 105 Euros

  • Frame: Aluminium 6061 DB
  • Shimano Deore drive train; 3x10 speed
  • See Specs on manufacturer website

  • 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, pump 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 and Cross bikes are available: 196 Euros for duration of tour Includes delivery, pickup, and set up. Road bikes have less space for bags; they come with a rear rack bag (8 ltr).

    Stevens San Remo Alu frame Road bike: fitted with road bike tires: See Specs on manufacturer website

    Stevens Namur Alu frame Cross bike: See Specs on manufacturer website

    Other Notes: E-bikes for rent are 281 euros, other options for child bikes and equipment available but limited.

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