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Weeklong Cycle Tour of Ireland

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From wild coastlines and majestic mountains to quaint Irish towns & villages, you will pedal through some of the most spectacular and diverse Irish landscapes. Experience this beautiful country along with it’s stories and songs with a knowledgeable and local guide. Meet the friendly locals and discover a land alive in history and culture. This seven day tour has been carefully crafted to ensure visitors get a true taste of Ireland’ s richness. 

Itinerary

Day 1Dublin to Wickow (48 KM)

Céad míle fáilte – A hundred thousand welcomes! On Monday morning we will collect guests from Dublin city centre and begin our Irish adventure. From the city, we head out into the mountains and ride along quiet country roads surrounding Wicklow Mountains National Park. We begin our ride at Lough Tay, also known as Guinness Lake due to the dark peaty water and white sand, which create a striking similarity to a pint of Guinness. We will follow the Old Military Road over the Sally Gap and down into Glencree. The views along this portion are simply stunning. Admire the heather hills, bog and heathland as we cycle through the gentle rolling hills en route to Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. The gardens were voted number 3 in the Top 10 Gardens of the World by National Geographic and provides the perfect backdrop for a spot of lunch. Following lunch, we will continue our bike ride through the Wicklow hills finishing up in the valley of Glen of the Downs for our evenings accommodation. That evening we have an incredible night’s entertainment and dinning planned at Johnny Foxes, the highest pub in Ireland. We will be treated to a good hearty meal along with traditional songs and dance or a céilí (Kaylee) as we say in Gaelic.

Day 2Wickow to Athlone (52 KM)

Following breakfast, we set off from the hotel to one of Ireland’s most
beautiful destinations, the monastic settlement of Glendalough. We
will explore the breath-taking valley and learn about its rich history,
archaeology and wildlife.
From Glendalough, we will make our way through the countryside
towards Blessington lakes. During this passage, guests will gain an
insight into why County Wicklow has long been recognised as the
“Garden of Ireland“. The flora and fauna, the mountains, romantic lakes,
rivers and waterfalls, all combine to make Wicklow a very special place.
At Blessington, we will stop for lunch before we set off on the bikes
again. Today’s cycle will take us around Blessington Lakes offering
some beautiful vistas over the lake and countryside. We will then make
our way into the vibrant farmland surrounding Kildare and the Midlands.
This area has some of the most fertile land in the country and is well
known for Irish horse breeding and training. Today’s bike ride will finish
at the Irish National Stud and Gardens. Here we take a short tour
through the beautiful grounds and learn about their prized possessions,
some of the most famous race horses in the world.
Tonight’s accommodation will be in the lively town of Athlone on the
banks of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland.

Day 3Athlone to Clare (61 KM)

Today we will reach the rugged west coast of Ireland and begin our journey along the Wild Atlantic Way. The west of Ireland is a magical place, an area where traditional Irish culture, music and language is still very much alive. The craggy terrain of the Burren in County Clare is almost lunar in its appearance, the cracked grey limestone stretches across the horizon. Despite its barren appearance, the Burren is home to 70% of Ireland’s native plant species.

We hop on the bikes at Ballyvaughan and pedal through the unique landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Burren. Our route travels along the Wild Atlantic Way and offers spectacular coastal views full of cliffs, beaches, mountains and caves. Among the charming villages and little towns, there are many top attractions to visit including the Cliffs of Moher, ancient castles and Neolithic graves. As we approach Doolin, we will begin to catch a glimpse of the famous Aran Islands in Galway Bay, a place steeped in Irish history, traditions and folklore. We will make our way onwards to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher that rise over 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

Tonight’s accommodation will be in the lively town of Doolin, the traditional music capital of Ireland. Without a doubt guests will enjoy a seisiún ceol (music session) tonight with a pint or two of Guinness.

Day 4Doolin to Galway City

Following our previous night’s entertainment, we will enjoy a later start to the morning. After breakfast, we take the short drive to Galway, “City of the Tribes,” to explore one of Ireland’s most engaging cities. On our fourth day, we like to give guests the opportunity to have some free time to experience Ireland on their own terms. Visitors can choose from a variety of activities or simply take a day to relax at the hotel.

In Galway, you can wander through the city’s cobblestoned streets and feel yourself stepping back in time. Sit back on the front-row seats of a local restaurant or cafe and observe buskers entertain the masses.

Enjoy a round of golf at Galway Bay Golf Resort, regarded among the very best golf courses in Ireland. The course has been masterfully designed with a stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline. (Course fees & club hire not included)

There will also be a shorter cycling option on this day for guests who are keen to continue cycling. We will take the ferry to Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands, and enjoy a day riding around the island. Visit the ancient cliff-top fort of Dun Aenghus or the medieval Christian ruins scattered throughout the island.

Tonight’s accommodation will be in Galway, allowing guests an
opportunity to experience the city at night and enjoy a meal or drink in a
local bar.

Day 5Galway City to Westport (70 KM)

We will continue our journey North, into the vast expanse of Connemara National Park. Today’s cycle will take us through some truly stunning scenery at Lough Inagh, Roundstone Bog, Clifden and Omey Island. Appreciate the majestic mountains, bogland, lakes and wild coastline.

We begin our ride at Lough Inagh, a glacial lake located in the stunning Inagh Valley, nestled between the Maumturk and The Twelve Ben Mountains in the heart of Connemara. We take the road south into the Roundstone Bog, one of Ireland’s last great wild and natural areas. We follow the rolling hills of Bog Road back into the picturesque town of Clifden, the “Capital of Conemara“ for a delicious lunch break.

Later we will jump back on the bikes and follow the famous Sky Road, one of the most celebrated cycling routes in Ireland. Overlooking Clifden Bay to the South and Streamstown Bay to the North, this route rises more than 150 meters above sea level and has spectacular views of the Atlantic, the islands of Inishturk, Turbot and Clifden town. Today’s ride will finish at the wind-swept tidal island of Omey. Here we will take a short visit to learn some of the local history and visit the ancient ruins.

En route to Westport, we will visit Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. Here we explore the grounds & enjoy one of their famous scones with a cup of tea or coffee of choice. Tonight’s accommodation will be in the colourful and bustling town of Westport, County Mayo.

Day 6Westport to Mullingar (42-65 KM)

Overlooking Clew Bay, the seaside town of Westport is situated in the shadow of the famous Croagh Patrick mountain. Following breakfast, guests will have some free time to explore the town on their own or take a stroll down the beautiful tree lined boulevard known as The Mall, running parallel to the Carrowbeg River.

Today’s bike along the Great Western Greenway is outstanding. The tranquil 42Km route from Westport to Achill Island is the longest walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The vehicle free route offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the West of Ireland. We pass through the great towns of Newport and Mulranny along the coast of the picturesque and unique Clew Bay.

We will stop for lunch at the pretty village of Mulranny and rest for a while in the fresh Atlantic breeze. We re-join the Great Western Greenway in the direction of Achill Island, the largest island in Ireland. Guests can marvel at Achill Island’s lofty peaks and breathtaking beaches, a paradise on Earth to those who visit. If you’re brave enough, why not jump into the refreshing Atlantic waters to rejuvenate the soul! Guests will have the option to continue riding along a quiet country coast road back to Mulranny or take some extra time to relax and explore Achill Island.

Following the bike ride we will begin our journey east again in the direction of Dublin. Tonight’s accommodation will be in Mullingar, where we will celebrate our final evening together with a delicious meal.

Day 7Mullingar to Dublin 32 KM

On our final day we start to make our way back to Dublin to conclude our epic adventure in Ireland. A later start to the morning allows guests time to enjoy a late breakfast or the spa facilities at the hotel. Our last ride together will be along the Royal Canal Way. Dating back to the late 1700’s, the Royal Canal connects Dublin to the River Shannon in the west. For a period, it was one of the main thoroughfares for passengers and freight traveling East and West.

Today the tow paths of the Royal Canal have been converted into cycle ways and offer visitors a unique opportunity to ride through the Irish countryside uninterrupted by passing vehicle traffic. Lunch will be served at a wonderful little pub on the banks of the canal before we set off on our final stretch into the capital, Dublin.

We will leave the tranquillity of the countryside behind and enter into the bustling city of Dublin. After a fantastic week traveling through the backroads of Ireland, our trip must come to an end.

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Alcoholic Drinks

1 Meal in Galway City

Q & A

“Céad Míle Fáilte” – A hundred thousand welcomes

Experience the beauty and charm of Ireland as we pedal through the classic Irish countryside on our 7-day tour.

Beginning in Dublin, we ride west along the Royal Canal Way to the lively city of Galway or, the city of tribes as it is known locally. From here we pedal on through Connemara’s winding roads and hand-built stone walls, which date back to the Great Irish Famine in 1845. Connemara is home to the biggest Gaeltacht (Native Irish speaking region) in Ireland. Making our way along the rugged coastline, we reach County Clare, experiencing its unique limestone formations, caves and plant-life. This leg of the journey culminates with the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. 

Heading North along the world-famous Wild Atlantic Way, we stop off in Achill Island before making our way along the formidable Donegal coastline. We ride the Inishowen 100 circle route to the most northerly point in Ireland: Malin Head. At certain times in late summer the Northern Lights can be viewed here. Donegal has recently been named as the coolest place in the world to explore by National Geographic Travel.

Our next stop is the historic walled city of Derry, whose vibrant murals reflect both its turbulent past and bright future. The final leg of the tour brings us eastwards to the Giants Causeway, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the great natural wonders of the British Isles. We roll into Belfast, the birthplace of the Titanic, before returning to Dublin where we part ways and complete our once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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