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Destination:
Ireland
This tour is specifically designed for independent travellers, who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend relaxing lazy days along the way. It allows for in-depth explorations ... moreof the various cultural and natural attractions of the wonderful Connemara region. Connemara is the western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches. Your route will take you both inland and along the coastal region, giving a glimpse of the dramatic scenery of Connemara.
Daily cycling will average 25 - 35kms on low traffic back-roads, the terrain is not flat, but neither is it hilly, rather a rolling countryside. In the evenings you will enjoy traditional ... moreIrish hospitality with the option of staying in either distinguished hotels or wonderful guesthouses and B&Bs. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Arrive in Clifden (there is a direct daily bus service from Galway to Clifden). Warm welcome and a chance to settle in. You will be given your route notes and general information and your bikes and equipment will be delivered to your accommodation. One of our representatives will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation to answer all your questions and go through your routes together. Clifden is a small, colourful town, also often labelled the 'Capital of Connemara'. There are many restaurants where you can choose a lovely evening meal and a great selection of traditional pubs where often you will find Irish music.

DAY 2 - CLIFDEN TO RENVYLE - 35 TO 45 KM
After a hearty breakfast, you will set off along the Sky Road, if you opt for the longer option (45 kms), it offers fabulous views over the Atlantic ocean and its islands. Travelling quiet back roads, you will pass through the quaint fishing village of Cleggan and on to Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park. Then your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula which is steeped in history and archaeological sites and is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches and spectacular vistas of the Twelve Ben mountain range.

DAY 3 - RENVYLE TO LEENANE - 26 KM
Leave Renvyle after a hearty breakfast. You will set off, passing through Tullycross with its many thatched cottages and meander along the coast pasing perfect beaches to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord. You could take the boat along Killary Fjord for a sightseeing expedition at either 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm or 4.30pm. This is a 1.5 hour boat ride on the Connemara Lady catamaran. The trip is often honoured by the company of leaping dolphins and always includes commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Tonight you will stay the night in Leenane.

DAY 4 - LEENANE TO LOUGH INAGH - 23 KM
After breakfast you will continue your journey today leaving Leenane. You cycle away from the coast back towards the mountains on a road through lake-strewn moorlands to the stunning Inagh Valley. You will have the option to visit one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. This gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside is the site of one of Ireland’s finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. It has won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens. Tonight you will be staying in welcoming accommodation overlooking spectacular Lough Inagh.

DAY 5 - LOUGH INAGH TO ROUNDSTONE - 28 KM
Cycle back towards the coast today, leaving the mountains behind as you head towards Roundstone. You will be travelling along a route dotted with pretty fishing villages. You will cycle through peat bogs and lovely moorlands still divided by the Neolithic field systems. Your journey will bring you into the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region, which is considered the last bastion of Celtic Ireland. You will rest and relax tonight in the small picturesque fishing village of Roundstone.

DAY 6 - ROUNDSTONE TO CLIFDEN - 24 KM
Well-fed and well-rested, you will begin your day with a gentle cycle along Mannin Bay. With its coralline beach & glorious turquoise bay it is a paradise for the beachcomber. This route brings you past Ballyconneely, or can be made shorter by taking the Bogroad. Roundstone bog is unique in that it is an unspoiled area of bogscape with rare acid-loving plants. You will arrive back at your starting destination of Clifden where you will spend your last night getting a second chance to enjoy the 'craic' in this vibrant town - one of the last true treasures in Western Europe.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Breakfast, followed by fond farewell and departure!

TRIP DETAILS
DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Monday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling is also available for €70 extra per booking.

LEVEL:
Easy cycling days with average of 25 - 35km a day with longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €60 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits, and locks.

ACCOMMODATION:
Depending on the option: hotels 3* or approved B&Bs & guesthouses.
The B&B option means you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life.

While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.

MEALS:
Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

MISCELLANEOUS: 
Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000)

ARRIVAL POINT: 
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation. There is a daily direct bus service from Galway to Clifden.

DEPARTURE POINT: 
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Clifden. There is direct bus service daily from Clifden to Galway.
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Destination:
Ireland
Connemara’s hundreds of lakes, rivers and mountain lands combine to provide the choicest food - fresh lobsters, lamb, mussels, clams, scallops, venison, salmon and trout, quail and ... moreguinea fowl. Savour the best natural flavours along the Connemara coast, experience it's rich history, picturesque scenery and outstanding gastronomy while staying in some of Ireland's best hotels.
The magic of Ireland is found not only in the breathtaking scenery, but also in the unique warmth of the Irish people. On this tour you will have the chance to experience both. At ... morethe end of each day, you will dine in award winning restaurants, hand picked for their passionate chefs who create innovative menus with the finest locally sourced produce. We provide you with accommodation in sumptuous castles and manor house hotels, as well as bikes and any equipment that is needed. Your luggage is transferred each day in order to lighten the load. A full itinerary, maps, and suggested options are also part of this attractive package.

Itinerary
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
You will be picked up from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport and brought to your accommodation at Lough Inagh, a wonderful secluded valley in the Connemara Mountains. Your meal tonight will be in Lough Inagh Lodge, a rebuilt fishing lodge. On the shores of a freshwater lough, seafood and game is a speciality in the restaurant with delicious home-baked bread at all meals. We will be in touch with you on the day of arrival to answer any questions you may have about your tour. Your bicycles, equipment, route notes and maps will be waiting for you at your accommodation on arrival.

DAY 2 - FROM LOUGH INAGH TO RENVYLE - 30 KMS
Today you can take a cycle through stunning scenery around the coast, passing the pristine white sands of Glassilaun & Lettergesh beaches. Your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula, which is steeped in history and has many interesting archaeological sites. It is also renowned for its beaches and spectacular views of the Twelve Bens mountain range. You will be spending two nights in Renvyle and will dine each night in the multi-award winning restaurant in the historic Renvyle House Hotel.

DAY 3 - AROUND RENVYLE PENINSULA - FROM 10 TO 35 KMS DEPENDING ON OPTION
After a hearty breakfast you will begin your cycle, passing through Tullycross with its many thatched cottages and meander along the coast passing through Letterfrack. Letterfrack is home to Connemara National Park, which has lots of information on the flora and fauna of Connemara with exhibitions, audiovisual shows and tearooms. You will visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey, a gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside. It is the site of one of Ireland's finest gardens - the six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore, created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. It won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens in 2000.You will return to Renvyle along leafy back roads to enjoy another evening of fine dining in the Renvyle House Hotel.

DAY 4 - FROM RENVYLE TOCLIFDEN - 45 KMS
Today you cycle to Clifden, often called the 'Capital of Connemara'. There are various route options available, the shortest being 25km, with the longest (passing through Cleggan and Aughrisbeg) over 50km. Do not miss the cycle around the Sky Road, offering you wonderful views over the Atlantic and the islands lying just offshore. We recommend that you stop for an independent lunch in the Bridgestone awarded Steam café, with delicious organic homegrown salads and homemade soups and desserts served with a fine selection of coffees and teas. You will have a chance to explore the town & settle into your accommodation before enjoying your dinner at Mitchell’s restaurant in Clifden this evening.

DAY 5 - FROM CLIFDEN TO BALLYNAHINCH- 33 KMS
Well-rested & well-fed, you will begin your day cycling along the lake-strewn bog road to Ballyconneely. Here you can visit the acclaimed Connemara Smokehouse, where the owner, Graham Roberts, specializes in wild and organic salmon, smoked and marinated. Traditional production methods and very high quality seafood are the priority. Roberts is one of Rick Stein’s food heroes and his smoked tuna appears in Stein’s restaurant. Afterwards you will continue on your journey to Roundstone, a scenic fishing village in South Connemara, famous through the work of many well known painters. They have been attracted here by its picturesque harbour and wonderful outlook across a deep inlet of the Atlantic to the ever-changing peaks of the Twelve Bens. This evening you will be staying in Ballynahinch Castle, dining at the renowned Owenmore restaurant in Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

DAY 6 - FROM BALLYNAHINCH TO CONG - 52 KMS
Your target today is the village of Cong. You cycle over the Maam Valley pass and along the shores of Lough Corrib, where the ruins of a castle are still visible on one of the islands in the lake, famed for its fishing. Cycle through the villages of Cornamona and Clonbur before arriving in Cong, where the film "The Quiet Man" was shot in 1952. Cong has a number of historical sites including an inscribed stone cross (14th century) and the ruins of Ashford Abbey, founded in 1128. Tonight you stay and dine in Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's finest hotels, and former residence of the Guinness family.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE

TOUR DETAILS

DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2016:
Any day between April and October

LEVEL:
Gentle, some occasional hill, average of 45km daily with shorter and longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Hybrid upgrade bike included (front suspension)

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required), water bottles, bicycle repair-kits and locks.

ACCOMMODATION:
4* hotels and manors/castles

MEALS:
6 gourmet dinners, all Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
Collection from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport on day of arrival, taxi from your last night's accommodation back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000), ticket for Kylemore Abbey.

ARRIVAL POINT:
We organise a taxi to pick you up at Galway, Westport or at Knock Airport to bring you to your first accommodation. A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night's accommodation where your taxi will come to pick you up and drive you back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.
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Ireland
Independent and more advanced cyclists will love our Challenging Connemara Tour, covering more distances each day. This tour takes you through breathaking countryside and historically ... moreimportant towns during your stay. The average daily distance covered is 70 kilometres.

There are a range of distances you can decide upon, and shorter options should you feel like a more restful day at any stage of your tour. You can choose between two levels of accommodation to suit your budget. Your luggage will be transferred each day for you to lighten the load. Bikes and any necessary biking equipment are provided along with route notes and maps.

Destinations visited include landscapes of immense beauty like the Delphi Valley, the Renvyle Peninsula and the banks of Lough Corrib. You will also visit charming towns including Westport and Cong.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL Arrive in the village of Leenane to a warm welcome, and take some time to settle into your accommodation (we can help with arranging transfers on request). Your route ... morenotes and maps will be waiting for you at your accommodation to study overnight. Depending on your time of arrival we will allocate bikes and equipment, otherwise this will be done the following morning. Dinner is available in one of the restaurants or pubs in Leenane village.

DAY 2 - LEENANE TO WESTPORT - 60 KMS
Today your first cycle is to the colourful town of Westport, via Leenane, Aasleagh Falls, the Delphi and Doolough Valleys, Louisburgh and along the Clew Bay coastline (56km with longer and shorter options). You will spend the next two nights at your accommodation in Westport, where you can choose dinner from one of the many restaurants in the town.

DAY 3 - AROUND WESTPORT - CROAGH PATRICK
A day to explore Westport! Today you have a few options ranging from climbing Croagh Patrick (a well-worn pilgrimage route) to visiting Westport House, a fine Georgian mansion and ancestral home of the Marquis of Sligo. For your cycling itinerary you can escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The world-class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937. Alternatively you can cycle along the shores of Clew Bay to Louisburgh, and visit the 14th century Murrisk Abbey along the way.

DAY 4 - FROM WESTPORT TO CONG - 60 KMS
You leave Westport today and head for the village of Cong. Departing after breakfast you cycle via Aghagower, Tourmakeady, Lough Mask, Finny, and Clonbur and into Cong village (70km). This is a wonderful, long cycle through a variety of scenery; hills, fine trout lakes, small country roads and you will stop at a suitable pub along the way to buy your own lunch. You stay the night in a B&B in Cong. There is a selection of restaurants in the village of Cong where you can enjoy your evening meal.

DAY 5 - FROM CONG TO LEENANE - BETWEEN 65 AND 90 KMS
Today you continue your cycle southwards from Cong along the shores of Lough Corrib to Maam and across a small mountain pass to Maam Cross, before heading for the Inagh Valley to cycle back to Leenane. It is a 90km cycle but you will have options to make it shorter if you wish. You will stay in the lovely village of Leenane for the next two nights.

DAY 6 - AROUND LEENANE - FROM 50 TO 80 KMS
There is a lot to see today as you cycle west to Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Renvyle Castle and finally back to Leenane (50km). The longer option includes a cycle further south to Cleggan and Streamstown Bay (80km).You will visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey, a gothic fairytale lakeside castle lodged in a wooded hillside. It is the site of one of Ireland's finest gardens, the six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore. It was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle in 1867. It won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award for Gardens in 2000. Connemara National Park entrance is in Letterfrack where you can climb all or part of Diamond Hill or simply visit the excellent visitor centre and tea rooms. Return to Leenane to enjoy a well deserved rest and a final night in the village.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Breakfast and departure.

DETAILS
DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Thursday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking.

LEVEL:
Challenging with some occasional hill. Average of 70kms per day with longer and shorter options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €60 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits, locks

ACCOMMODATION:
Depending on the option: hotels 3* or approved B&Bs & guesthouses

MEALS: 
All Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers, taxi from Maam Cross bus stop to Leenane on arrival day and from Leenane to Maam Cross bus stop on departure day.

ARRIVAL POINT:
A taxi from Maam Cross bus stop is included in your tour (Citylink bus offer 5 daily buses from Galway to Maam Cross) and a Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation.

DEPARTURE POINT: 
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Leenane. A taxi from your last night's accommodation to Maam Cross bus stop is included in your tour and that bus service with Citylink operates daily.
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Destination:
Ireland
The Atlantic Way Experience 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 ... morea 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 tradtional ways, is also part of this tour. Accommodation is provided in either 3* hotels with character and charm or cosy B&Bs and guesthouses. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.
DAY 1 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 ... morepubs 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!

DAY 2 AROUND CLIFDEN - SKY ROAD & ROUNDSTONE
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 Irland and get use to your bikes & the weather!

DAY 3 INISHBOFIN 35KM
Your destination this morning is the fishing village of Cleggan. This is the departure point for the ferry to Inishbofin island, your destination for tonight. Your cycle route will take you from Clifden along the Sky Road which offers panoramic sea views across the Atlantic with dropping rugged coastlines beneath you. Pausing at the vantage points you will be able to see all of Clifden Bay and its many islands stretching out before you. You will then follow the Bog Road across areas of native peatland to reach the village of Cleggan. The journey to Inishbofin is approximately 40mins. 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 harbour. Today the island has a population of about 200 people. Its meandering laneways, soft, sandy beaches and old stone walls contribute to the feeling of stepping back in time. Enjoy a different pace of life on the island tonight.

DAY 4 RENVYLE 20KM
After a morning on the island you will catch the ferry back to the mainland and Cleggan Pier where you will continue your cycle around the west coast. Your destination today is the beautiful and historic Renvyle Peninsula. Travelling quiet back roads, you will pass through Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park. Then your journey will take you to the Renvyle Peninsula which is steeped in history and archaeological sites & is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches and spectacular vistas of the Twelve Bens mountain range.

DAY 5 LEENANE 25KM
Leave Renvyle after a hearty breakfast. You will set off, passing through Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages and meander along the coast past perfect beaches to the small village of Leenane, situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord. You could take the Connemara Lady catamaran along Killary Fjord for a sightseeing expedition at either 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm or 4.30pm. This is a 1.5 hour boat ride. The trip is often joined by a pod of leaping dolphins and always includes commentary on all major points of interest along the way. Tonight you will spend the night in the small, charming village of Leenane.

DAY 6 LOUISBURGH 30KM 
You leave Leenane today and cycle through the spectacular Delphi Valley to the town of Louisburgh which is a beautiful small town and retains many 18th century features in style and scale. Louisburgh has lots of character and the surrounding townlands are packed full of history and charm. It is an area of immense natural beauty with Croagh Patrick to the east, the Atlantic to the west, the Sheaffrey and Mweelrea Mountains to the south and Clew Bay to the north. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this charming western village this evening.

DAY 7 WESTPORT 25KM
Today you continue along the Clew Bay coastline and under the shadow of Croagh Patrick mountain to reach your destination in Westport. Unique and charming, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. From the cosiest corner of an antique pub to state-of-the-art conference facilities; from the heart-stirring beat of traditional music to the cosmopolitan approach - contrast and paradox are just part of its charm.

DAY 8 DEPARTURE

DETAILS
DURATION:
8 days (7 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Thursday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling is also available for €70 extra per booking

LEVEL:
Easy cycling with average daily distances of 30km per day, with shorter and longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring Bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €60 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits, locks

ACCOMMODATION:
Depending on the option: hotels 3* or approved B&Bs & guesthouses

MEALS: 
All Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers

MISCELLANEOUS:
Route notes and OSI maps (1:50,000), Inishbofin ferry return ticket

ARRIVAL POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation.

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.
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Destination:
Ireland
You might not have time to spend a full week on hoildays, but you still want to be on the road and see as much as possible in the time you have available. This short cycling tour is ... moreperfect for you. Our Connemara Whistlestop Tour captures the essence of this beautiful region on the west coast of Ireland. Discover the unique beauty of Killary Harbour, the stunning white sand beach of Glassilaun, Clifden the "Capital of Connemara", and many other attractions along the way.

Connemara must qualify as the western wonderland of Europe. Rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches and winding valleys play host to seemingly bottomless lakes. Here you will find a peace that is hard to find in a busy city. Leave behind all your cares and enjoy a slower pace of daily life. Accommodation is provided in either 3* hotels with character and charm or cosy B&Bs and guesthouses. Route descriptions, local information and maps are provided.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN CLIFDEN Arrive in Clifden town, the “Capital of Connemara” to start your tour. Clifden is bursting with culture, traditional music, quaint streets, cosy pubs and restaurants. ... moreWe will meet you at your accommodation 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 you and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly!

DAY 2 CLIFDEN TO RENVYLE 45KM
The second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle Peninsula where you will spend your second night. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Pausing at the vantage points you will be able to see all of Clifden Bay and its many islands stretching out before you. Further along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack, where you can take a break from the bike and enjoy a walk in the park, climb Diamond Hill or take a look at the informative visitor centre. Your arrival at your accommodation will be greeted by the friendliness and warmth for which Connemara is renowned.

DAY 3 RENVYLE TO LEENANE 25KM
Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will pass through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and the entrance cost is included in your package. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts one of Ireland's finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle. Leaving Kylemore you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range as you pass beneath their brooding peaks. Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, and certainly its most dramatic, will appear beside you as you round a corner.

DAY 4 LEENANE TO WESTPORT 55KM
Leaving the village of Leenane you will continue along the shores of Killary Fjord, before leaving the water and making your way into the Delphi Valley with its nurturing hills and native trees. The road then winds alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) past rugged, unpopulated landscapes to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. Before you leave Doolough you should stop at the top of the hill and look back along the valley for what is surely one of the most spectacular views you will ever behold. In Louisburgh you will witness the gentle pace of a small agricultural west of Ireland town conducting its daily business. From there you will re-join the coastal road along the shores of Clew Bay in the impressive shadow of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick, continuing on to the charming town of Westport. Unique and beautifully planned, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. From the cosiest corner of an antique pub to state-of-the-art conference facilities; from the heart-stirring beat of traditional music to the cosmopolitan approach, contrast and paradox are just part of its charm. Enjoy an evening exploring this old market town on your final day before your departure the following morning.

DAY 5 BREAKFAST AND DEPARTURE

DETAILS

DURATION:
5 days (4 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:
This tour starts every Thursday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking

LEVEL:
Easy cycling days with average of 40-45km a day, with shorter and longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike €40 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), bicycle repair-kits and lock.

ACCOMMODATION:
3* hotel or approved B&Bs & guesthouses

MEALS:
All Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS:
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

MISCELLANEOUS:
Route note and OSI maps (1:50,000) and Kylemore Abbey entrance fee

ARRIVAL POINT:
A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you on either the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning at your first night's accommodation. (There is a daily direct bus service to Clifden).

DEPARTURE POINT: 
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Westport.
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Destination:
Ireland
This tour involves cycling reasonable daily distances which allows you to explore and discover hidden Connemara. Anyone can cycle these routes but our local guide will reveal to you ... morethe rich history, heritage, tradition and culture of this wildly beautiful area.

You will have time to stop, listen and discover the stories of a landscape and a community that will stay with you forever. Natural attractions abound and your guide will inform and entertain you with his in-depth local knowledge.

Your route takes in many low-traffic small roads through rolling countryside with average daily distances of 25-30km - perfect for relaxed cycling.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL - MEET YOUR GUIDE Perched on the edge of the Atlantic, Clifden is where you will start your tour. Easily reached by direct bus from Galway city, you will be met at your ... moreaccommodation by our local guide. They will introduce you to your bike and all equipment needed for your tour. They will also spend time going through your itinerary, routes and answering any questions you might have. 

You will then have time to explore this lovely town, often called the ‘Capital of Connemara’, where cosy restaurants and traditional pubs are yours to choose from. 

DAY 2 CLIFDEN TO RENVYLE - 35 TO 45 KM
Your guided journey through hidden Connemara begins with the Sky Road from Clifden - a spectacular route with vast views over the Atlantic Ocean, the rugged coast and nearby islands. Meandering along quiet back roads you will pass through the tiny fishing village of Cleggan and on to Letterfrack, home of the Connemara National Park.

Your guide will be on hand to provide you with the history of this remote area and its people as well as their stories and myths from past and present. Your day ends on the Renvyle Peninsula which protrudes into the Atlantic boasting mountains, lakes and sandy beaches.

DAY 3 RENVYLE TO LEENANE - 26 KM
Departing the next day your path from Renvyle brings you through the village of Tullycross with its thatched cottages and on along the coast past white sandy beaches to Ireland’s only fjord, Killary Harbour. The constantly evolving scenery from coast to mountain, deep lakes and colourful bogland is utterly mesmerizing. You will find your guide a wellspring of information on the landscape, flora and fauna around you.

There will be the option to take a cruise on the waters of the fjord where an informative commentary is provided along the way. You will spend the night in the village of Leenane at the head of the fjord. 

DAY 4 LEENANE TO LOUGH INAGH - 23 KM
Leaving Leenane you will cycle towards the stunning and little-known Inagh Valley. Around you mountains soar into the sky and the road winds through native bogland and alongside still lakes. You will have the option along the way to visit one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the gothic abbey and Victorian gardens of Kylemore. Built in 1867 by Mitchell Henry for his wife it is a fairytale castle with award-winning walled gardens. Its location alone will stop you in your tracks and your guide will be on hand to tell you more about its long and colourful history.

Tonight you will stay in the Lough Inagh area.

DAY 5 LOUGH INAGH TO ROUNDSTONE - 28 KM
You will cycle on through the haunting, deep Inagh valley today and emerge once again on the coast as you make your way towards your destination of Roundstone. You will be travelling along a route dotted with pretty fishing villages. Cycling through peat bogs and lovely moorlands still divided by the Neolithic field systems there will be plenty of hidden treasures for your guide to reveal to you. This journey will also bring you into the Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) region.

You will rest and relax tonight in the small picturesque fishing village of Roundstone, a haven for artists and musicians alike.

DAY 6 ROUNDSTONE TO CLIFDEN - 24 KM
Your final day of this tour starts with a gentle cycle along Mannin Bay. With its coralline beach & glorious turquoise bay it is a paradise for the beachcomber. This route brings us past the coastal village of Ballyconneely, or can be made shorter by taking the locally known ‘Bog Road’. The surrounding bog is unique in that it is an unspoiled area of bogscape with rare acid-loving plants.

You will arrive back at your starting destination of Clifden where you will spend your last night getting a second chance to enjoy the 'craic' in this vibrant, friendly town.

DAY 7 DEPARTURE
Breakfast, followed by fond farewell and departure!

DETAILS
DURATION:
7 days (6 nights)

TOUR DATES 2017:

Monday 15th to Sunday 21st May - €795pps

Monday 19th to Sunday 25th June - €795pps

Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd July - €895pps

Monday 14th to Sunday 20th August - €895pps

Monday 11th to Sunday 17th September - €795pps

LEVEL:
Easy cycling days with average of 25 - 35km a day with longer options available on most days.

BICYCLE:
Touring bike
Hybrid upgrade bike (front suspension) €80 extra

EQUIPMENT:
Helmets, small front handlebar bag, side panniers (if required and €20 extra charge), water bottles and locks.

ACCOMMODATION:
Mix of approved B&Bs, guesthouses and 3* hotels 

MEALS:
Full Irish breakfasts

TRANSFERS: 
All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation

MISCELLANEOUS:
Local (english speaking) guide

ARRIVAL POINT:
Your guide will meet you on the afternoon of your arrival at your first night's accommodation in Clifden.
There is a daily direct bus service from Galway to Clifden: www.citylink.ie

DEPARTURE POINT:
You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Clifden. There is direct bus service daily from Clifden to Galway.
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