Our Connemara Mayo Galway Guided Cycling Tour explores the beautiful region of Connemara famous for its rugged granite landscape as well as its beautiful lakes and rivers.
The route offers an incredible variety of scenery each day. In the morning you can be cycling along beautiful coastline while in the afternoon you could be a quiet bog road with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The roads are all tarmaced and the route is designed to ensure that you spend most of the week on quiet backroads, away from the main tourist routes.MAKE AN ENQUIRY
Day 1 – Saturday – Galway City / Overnight Clonbur
Meeting with the guide at 6pm in the bar of Jury’s Inn Hotel at the bottom of Quay Street in the centre of Galway city (Tel: 091 566 444).
If you are unexpectedly delayed please ring our Dublin office number (01 2600749) where we will have left your guide’s mobile number on our answering machine. After dinner and an introductory chat from the guide we take a coach transfer to the village of Clonbur which lies on the peninsula between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, on the Galway/Mayo border. Once settled into our accommodation there is a chance to enjoy a drink and some traditional Irish music.
Day 2 – Sunday Clonbur to Westport
38 miles / 60 kms
Once fitted out with bikes, we head north along the quiet back roads through rolling green fields full of grazing sheep, before descending down to Lough Mask and a wonderful cycle along the shores of the lake. After lunch we have our biggest climb of the week over the Partry Mountains and then cycle along a quiet back road with stunning views of the surrounding landscape all the way to colourful village of Westport.
Day 3 – Monday – Westport to Leenane
33 miles / 52 kms
We cycle between Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay with its many small islands, to the village of Louisburgh where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we head south through one of the highlights of the week, the stunning Delphi Valley with its beautiful lakes overlooked by Ben Bury, the highest mountain in Connemara. That night we stay in the small village of Leenane which looks out over Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord.
Day 4 – Tuesday – Leenane to Clifden
35 miles / 58 kms
We cycle into the heart of Connemara overlooked by the Twelve Bens mountain range and visit Kylemore Abbey, a wedding gift from a wealthy Liverpool businessman to his wife in 1868. We then cycle along quiet backroads past small fields with grazing cattle to the seaside village of Cleggan where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we follow the scenic coast road to Clifden where you can watch cars travel across the beach to Omey Island only accessible when the tide is out! Clifden, the capital of Connemara , where we spend the next two nights is a pretty and bustling town of art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants established 200years ago at the whim of John D’Arcy
Day 5 – Wednesday – Rest day in Clifden
The day can be spent in rest and relaxation or you can take part in a variety of activities including walking, golf or horse riding. You can also spend the day just relaxing on one of the many beautiful white sandy beaches which line the indented coast line or visit the landing site of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown. The town itself is a nice place to spend time visiting the museum, art galleries and book shops and cafes. In the evening there are a number of bars which have traditional music sessions.
Day 6 – Thursday – Clifden to Aran Islands
35 miles / 58 kms
We cycle out of Clifden along beautiful waterside roads crossing extensive wild bogs with freshly cut peat waiting to be harvested against a backdrop of the Twelve Benns Mountains. Our afternoon cycle takes us through Gaelic speaking areas to the ferry in Rossaveel which will bring us to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands where we will spend the night.
Day 7 – Friday – Aran Islands to Galway
22 miles / 35 kms
The day can then be spent touring the unique landscape of the island with its wealth of ancient stone forts and monastic sights. In the late afternoon we return to the mainland and take a bus back to Galway city. We have a final dinner and night on the town together before going our separate ways the following morning.
You have all day to cover the trip so you can take your time to stop at places of interest. With the exception of roads in and out of Galway the traffic on the route should be quite light. However you should cycle carefully at all times, especially when going downhill or during any rain showers.
Day 8 – Departure Day
A final breakfast together before you head homeward bound.
This itinerary can also be offered as a self-guided cycling holiday on request.