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    Connemara and the Aran Islands

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    Next Trip(s): 10th Sep | 13th May Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
    Trip Type: Biking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    Follow the Wild Atlantic Way coastline to pedal through Connemara’s rugged moors, hop across the Aran Islands before biking to the Cliffs of Moher.

    Imagine biking through the dramatic windswept bog-lands of Connemara on a mountainous backdrop, the steep cliffs of the Aran Islands, the lunar-like limestone landscape of the Burren and the white sand beaches of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

    Remote and wild, Ireland’s west coast has its own distinct culture and traditions – places like the Aran Islands are the last holdouts of the Irish Gaelic language. The Burren is one of Ireland’s most intriguing natural phenomena. On your Connemara and Aran Islands bike trip, pedal from coast to island to explore a landscape infused with the folklore, traditions, charm and spirit of the people by bike.

    Cosy pubs and warm conversation are natural compliments to the exhilaration of riding through these majestic landscapes. Looking for the perfect first-time bike trip in Ireland? You’ve just found it.

    Need a bike? See our bike rental page for details.

    Trip Highlights

    • Bike in Connemara National Park and along the famous Sky Road.
    • Two nights on the Aran Islands & off the beaten path visit to the Cliffs of Moher.
    • Discover why the otherworldly Burren National Park is the hidden treasure of West Ireland.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – The Sky Road

    After meeting in Galway, we head to Clifden, a small and charming village at the heart of Connemara. After your custom biking fitting, it’s time for a warm-up ride – and what a ride it is as we head out along the aptly-named Sky Road. There’s just enough climbing to get us warmed up for the trip ahead. But the climbs reward us with incredible elevated views over the spectacular Connemara Wild Atlantic Way coastline. Back in Clifden, discuss the journey that lies ahead over a delicious dinner. (L, D)

    Distance: 16 km/10 miles

    Day 2 – Biking Connemara National Park

    We begin our day at a local sheep farm in northern Connemara where we watch talented sheepdogs round up sheep against a backdrop of the Connemara wilderness. Continuing on our journey, we bike towards Lough Inagh, where we enjoy lunch at a traditional fishing lodge. The final stage of our day in the saddle follows the ‘Bog Road’, an undulating country road that sweeps its way through the lowlands of Connemara’s bogs and brings us back to Clifden. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 40 km/25 miles

    Day 3 – Connemara to the Aran Islands

    A bike route around Connemara’s most picturesque coastline awaits as we pedal along the beautiful Coral Beach and Dog’s Bay and into the wee fishing village of Roundstone. Stretch your legs with a stroll around Roundstone’s lovely centre before hopping on to a ferry across Galway Bay to Inis Mór. The largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór will be our cosy island retreat for the next two nights. Leaving our road bikes on the mainlands, we’ll pick up rental bikes once on Inis Mór – ideal for tackling the rough island roads. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 23 km/14 miles

    Day 4 – Exploring Inis Mor on the Aran Islands

    Waking up in our quaint island lodgings, we hop on our bikes to visit the impressive clifftop fort of Dun Aonghasa, balanced precariously on the edge of a sheer sea-cliff. On the southwest edge of the island, those with a head for heights can descend onto a limestone shelf to view the worm-hole, an enormous rectangular blow-hole where the Red Bull World Cliff Diving Championship was recently held. After lunch, we have free time to explore fascinating Inis Mór by bike or on foot, perhaps digging deeper into its history or learning a bit of Gaelic from a local in an island pub. Sláinte! (B, L, D)

    Distance: 28 km/17 miles

    Day 5 – The Cliffs of Moher

    Returning to the mainland at Doolin village in County Clare, our first stop is the famous Cliffs of Moher, where we follow a narrow hiking trail along the clifftops to gaze out across the Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Back on our bikes, we set out on a beautiful coastal route. At the edge of the wild, moon-like Burren region, our route zips through beautiful craggy terrain, ending at the Atlantic. Feel the fresh, salty breeze off the ocean and listen to the tune of crashing waves below as you bike along this scenic headland. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 18 km/11 miles

    Day 6 – Biking The Burren National Park

    The Burren National Park may just be Ireland’s greatest secret. Its other-worldly limestone landscape contains a fascinating mix of unusual flora, fauna, geology and ancient archeology alongside thriving farming communities. Our ride is full of intrigue as we pedal up short climbs and across rolling terrain, admiring sights such as the amazing Neolithic-era monument, the Poulnabrone Dolmen. We save the most exciting stage for the end when we descend Corkscrew Hill back to Ballyvaughan. This twisting descent provides panoramic views across the Burren and Galway Bay – the perfect finale to our journey. The ideal way to end your trip through Connemara & the Burren is with a tasty celebratory dinner to toast your accomplishments. (B, L, D)

    Distance: 50 km/31 miles

    Day 7 – Depart

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to The Burren and start making our way back to Galway. On the way, we’ll have the chance to stop at the ruins of a lovely 13th century Cistercian abbey or perhaps stretch our legs on the fascinating Flaggy Shore, home to rocks left behind by the Ice Age and a 19th century Martello tower. (B)

    *This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements.

    Connemara and the Aran Islands

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    10th Sep - 16th Sep 2022 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED €2,490
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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This trip features local accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast. Relax by the fire in comfortable, countryside hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses snuggled into some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery surrounding famous Connemara National Park, the craggy Burren National Park and the rugged Aran Islands.

    We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However, you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you specifically require a single room you will have to pay the single supplement charge of €300 but this is subject to availability.

    Meals Read More

    Breakfast is provided each morning, and all lunches and snacks are provided throughout the trip. Dinner is provided every night as stated in the itinerary.

    All meals are included in the price of this trip. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 days of cycling with a lead guide plus assistant guide/support driver
    • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy 3* and 4* guest houses and hotels
    • All Meals as stated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • Pickup and transport during trip, starting and finishing in Sligo
    • Vehicle transport throughout including ride support
    • Regular luggage transfers
    • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
    • Ride snacks and drinks
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland guide at Galway Ceannt Train Station at 12 pm on Day 1 of your trip. We will drop you off at Galway Ceannt Train Station by 1 pm on the last day of the trip. For details on how to get to Galway, please see the travel section of our website.

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    Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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    Patricia Doe

    An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets – she particularly loves the under-appreciated regions of Mayo, Connemara, Sligo and Donegal. Having spent nearly a decade in the hospitality industry, Patricia is an expert on Ireland’s luxury and unique accommodations. As Wilderness Ireland’s General Manager and head of the sales team, Patricia is ready to help make your Irish adventure spectacular!

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Grades 1-3

    The road cycling trips that we offer are graded to take into account a combination of the general level of fitness required and the number of miles cover as well as the daily ascent and estimated saddle time.

    Our green graded trips would usually include shorter days, with less ascents and more stops along the way.

    The green graded trips have been designed to be accessible so that they appeal both to active people who enjoy road cycling but prefer flatter terrain and to people new to cycle touring but want a new way to experience the country.

    On most days the itinerary is a relaxed combination of saddle time, scenic lunch stops and time to explore the natural and cultural history.

    As with all of our road cycling trips, we have a guide riding with you on the road but also have a dedicated support vehicle, so if you need a break at any time, you can jump in the minivan and give your legs a rest.

    Distances typically range from 25-35 miles each day with possibly one or two slightly longer days between key stages of the itinerary. The terrain is generally flat with one or two short climbs. Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

    Are you generally active and enjoy riding a road or hybrid bike?

    Are you up for a challenge, cycling each day in a small group, and having a lot of fun?

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 review(s) of Bike Tour – Connemara and the Aran Islands



    Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

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    Anne Hede

    Reviewed on 10/06/2019

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: Australia
    Trip Date: 01/06/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Although the weather was not really on our side it was a riding experience that exceeded my expectations. Beautiful countryside by day and loads of fun at night, all due to our wonderful guides Warner and Andrew. Thanks Wilderness Ireland.

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