Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin

Ireland - Galway to Dublin Bike Tour

from €1,157

This exciting tour brings you across the island of Ireland from Coast to Coast. Starting off in Galway City, frequently called Ireland’s most Irish city (easily reached from Shannon airport). This coastal metropolis is a place where Celtic culture and literature have long thrived, often in the traditional Gaelic language. ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided hybrid cycling
  • Availability
    April to October
  • Duration
    6 nights / 7 days
  • Distance
    56 km/day avg +280m/day

Day 1 | Arrival

Arrive in Galway (there are regular buses from Shannon Airport or trains and buses from Dublin to Galway.) Stay the night in a charming B&B in this bustling, historic university town. Depending on arrival time, we will meet you in the evening or first thing the following morning to adjust the bicycle for you and talk you through the week ahead.

Overnight: Galway

Petra House


Galway

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 ';
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin

Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin

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Day 2 | Galway - Loughrea: 49 km / 31 miles, +337 m

From Galway, you head east on back roads through pastoral landscape, fields delineated by the typical stone walls. The cycling will bring you through Clarinbridge famous for its oysters, celebrated here each September with a festival. Treat yourself to a seafood lunch at the famous "Morans on the Weir" restaurant a small detour outside of Clarinbridge. Your destination for tonight is Loughrea, a colourful small town located on the shores of Lough Riach. In its cathedral you can see Irish craftsmanship and art at its highest level – it is a treasure house of arts and crafts of Celtic Revival. Make a beeline for the Hungry Bookworm, where you can enjoy a great meal surrounded by books and locals. On certain days there will be live music.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 49 km / 31 miles, +337 m
Highlights: beautiful landscapes, Clarinbridge, Morans on the Weir
Overnight: Loughrea

Loughrea Lodge


Loughrea

Loughrea Lodge

Loughrea Lodge is a 9 bedroom property ideally located on Main Street/Bride Street in the heart of Loughrea town. Loughrea Lodge is within walking distance of the town's amenities such as local businesses, both commercial and retail. Loughrea offers a variety of leisure facilities and activities. Loughrea in Co Galway, lies north of a range of wooded hills, Slieve Aughty mountains and lake from which it takes its name. The town also has a famous cathedral which dominates the town's skyline.

Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar ';

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Day 3 | Loughrea - Birr: 56 km / 35 miles, +355 m

The route brings you to the town of Portumna for lunch. This pretty town is located on the Shannon and Lough Derg and you may like to have lunch along the marina. Portumna Castle & Gardens and the Dominican Friary are also worth a visit within the town. Then continue to reach Birr, the destination for tonight. Birr has stayed true to its 18th and 19th century character, with tree-lined malls and avenues and wonderful Georgian Architecture. But the gem of today has to be Birr Castle and Gardens, which is Ireland's largest, award-winning garden featuring beautiful natural landscapes and stunning formal gardens. Here will find the 'Great Telescope' - Marvel at the Third Earl of Rosse's leviathan creation, it was the largest in the world for over 70 years. If your interest lies more in the culinary then you may like to book a foraging walk and stay with Wild Food Mary, renowned forager, chef, organic foodie and author. She is a keeper of ancient knowledge, connecting people to the places and heritage of Ireland through wild food, and has been featured in various TV programs.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 56 km / 35 miles, +355 m
Highlights: Portumna Castle & Gardens, Dominican Friary, Birr Castle & Gardens and more!
Overnight: Birr

Walcot B&B


Birr

Walcot B&B

Walcot B&B is a unique experience. The house itself is among the most beautiful and periodic in the Georgian town of Birr. Each room is nicer that the next with incredible window dressing and exquisite furniture, it is more than a B&B, it is an experience in luxury living. Combined with the professional, personable and friendly service, this is one not to be miss! Conveniently located beside the world Famous Birr Castle, it is not even 5 minutes walk to the entrance. Indulge and enjoy!

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access ';

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Day 4 | Birr - Athlone: 57 km / 36 miles, +285 m

Cycle on the back roads to the villages along the River Shannon of Banagher and Shannon bridge, but the main attraction today is a visit of Clonmacnoise. This monastic site founded in the 6th century is one of Ireland’s most important monastic settlement. The ruined cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe will transport you back to a bustling community that once lived here.

Afterwards you head to Athlone for the night, located on the River Shannon and Lough Ree, this bustling town has a character and local vibrancy all of its own. It is also home to Ireland’s oldest documented pub – Sean’s. No wonder, Sean's Bar is located in the very heart of Ireland, on the banks of the beautiful River Shannon at its intersection with the Esker Riada - the ancient route carved by glaciers that allowed travelers safe passage across the bog for thousands of years. You can find it just next to Athlone Castle, a 12th century Norman Castle whose residents may have frequented the pub! Walking into the pub, you'll know right away you've arrived someplace unique. From the sawdust on the floor to the old-style open turf fireplace and the musicians playing in the corner, some things about Sean's Bar have changed very little over the centuries.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 57 km / 36 miles, +285 m
Highlights: River Shannon & villages, Clonmacnoise, Sean's Bar, Athlone Castle
Overnight: Athlone

Shelmalier House


Athlone

Shelmalier House

Shelmalier House is a superior Four Star approved family run Bed and Breakfast located in Athlone, County Westmeath. Shelmalier House is a family run bed and breakfast situated in a quiet location approx. 2km from Athlone town centre. It is a modern home surrounded by beautiful gardens and a barbecue area. Our facilities include seven tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms and each room is equipped with tv, direct dial telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. The gardens are large and our guests may sit, relax and enjoy the wide variety of shrubs and flowers planted in both gardens.

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Hair Dryer ';

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Day 5 | Athlone – Kinnegad: 64 km / 40 miles, +225 m

Today is a day away from the roads as you take to the Greenway along the Old Railway Line, under arched bridges, through a tunnel and past beautiful countryside all the way to Mullingar. Stop in Moate for a bite to eat and then park the bikes for a while to explore the beauty of Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park. This folk park has a re-created ring fort, portal dolmen, lime kiln, mass rock, farmhouse and forge. Near Mullingar is Belvedere House and Gardens, a magnificent 160-acre lakeside estate with fully restored Georgian Villa. Mullingar was one of the ancient palatinate towns founded by the Normans. In 1227 a priory was founded there by the Canons Regular of St. Augustine. The Dominicans also started a foundation there about the same time. Today the town is a thriving commercial centre. Continue along the canal to the small town of Kinnegad for the night. Depending on the night, there may be "trad" or traditional music played in its pubs!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 64 km / 40 miles, +225 m
Highlights: Greenway, Old Railway Line, Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, Belvedere House & Gardens
Overnight: Kinnegad

Erris House


Kinnegad

Erris House

You'll receive a very warm and friendly welcome at Erris House, situated in the quiet village of Kinnegad in County Westmeath in the heart of Ireland. It is located off the main village street so has the convenience of all the village amenities including the local pubs and restaurants but is tucked away in a quiet spot for a peaceful and relaxing stay. Boreen Bradach, a lovely 3 mile walk, is minutes away and is always a favourite with our guest. St Mary's, the beautiful local church, is also well worth a visit. The popular attractions Belvedere House and Trim Castle are also close by. Dublin City and Dublin Airport are less that an hour away and there are regular bus services from Kinnegad to the City Centre and the Airport so for anyone wanting to experience tranquil village life with a buzzing city only a bus ride away Erris House is the perfect choice.

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access ';

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Day 6 | DAY 6 Kinnegad – Dublin / Lucan: 60 km / 38 miles, +225 m

The route will bring you on sections of dedicated cycling lanes and quieter back roads to Dublin, more specifically the suburb of Lucan, where you will spend the last night. Another night or two would allow you more time for all the magnificent sites that Dublin has to offer. Along the way near Celbridge visit Castletown House, the first and largest Palladian style mansion in Ireland and is just 20km from Dublin City Centre and sits on the banks of the River Liffey.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 60 km / 38 miles, +225 m
Highlights: Castletown House, River Liffey, Lucan
Overnight: Lucan

Moat Lodge


Lucan

Moat Lodge

A warm welcome to Moat Lodge, a 17th century property in a mature sylvan setting, yet only a stone's throw from Lucan Village. All bedrooms complete with en-suites. Our beautiful garden can be accessed from the guest sitting room. The front of the property has an extensive parking area for guests and overlooks a tranquil wooded area.

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Hair Dryer ';

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Day 7 | Departure

Today you conclude your Galway to Dublin Bike Tour and depart for your onward journey. Sláinte!

Meals: breakfast

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 6 nights accommodation (with breakfast) in selected B&Bs and guesthouses
- Luggage transfers
- Detailed itinerary including:
- route maps, cue sheets and written directions
- directions to and contact details for accommodations
- information about en-route attractions and interest sites
- details of en-route services including suggested refreshment stops
- information about trailhead town, staging towns and destination town
- telephone helpline
- Bicycle Rental
- Meet and Greet
- Trip preparation information

Lodging

Accommodations: 6 nights in charming Guesthouses and B&B's; small private family run places all with private ensuite facilities and tasteful decor. There is an upgrade option available to deluxe 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
- Loughrea Lodge
- Walcot B&B
- Shelmalier House
- Erris House
-Moat Lodge Lodging in 3* and 4* hotels can be arranged in some locations.


** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **
Prices
Ireland Bike Tour Galway to Dublin
Double Occupancy 2 persons:
1157 €/person
Double Occupancy 4 persons:
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Double Occupancy 6 persons:
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Single Supplement:
257 €/person
Solo Supplement:
520 €
Upgrades to Hotels
Double Occupancy 2 persons:
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Hybrid Bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 105 euros, and road bikes 195 euros and E-bikes are 247 euros. Please see the Bike information below for details.

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Belvedere House with the jealous wall
- Visit a whiskey distillery
- Have a chat with the locals in Ireland’s oldest pub in Athlone
- Clonmacnoise with high crosses, round-towers and several churches
- Cultural evening with song and dance (dependent on availability)
- Cycling along quiet canals on dedicated cycle path
- Watch the majestic Shannon river
- Listening to traditional music in Galway's famous pubs
- Castletown House, Ireland’s biggest Palladian mansion

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, Dublin, or stops along the route are a great way to extend your trip with extra rides
- Upgrades possible in some locations to hotels of 3* and 4*

Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
Dates: Any date April-October subject to lodging availability. Black Out Start Dates: May 27, June 23/29/30, July 2/3/21/22, Aug 18/24 . Black trip dates: July 29-Aug 6.

This is self-guided touring and offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can accommodate small parties of 2 persons up to large groups. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; Make it Custom - Tell us your Wishes

How is this Tour Rated in degree of difficulty? Rates Level 2-3 - See Why - Moderate to Fit level riding; experience in all weather conditions recommended.
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.

Reviews

New Tour in 2019 - see similar reviews on our Galway trip!

"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

Specs:
  • 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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