Duration: 6 night(s) From €3,250
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This biking and yoga escape in northwest Ireland winds through some of the quietest back-roads and most laid-back parts of Ireland – a perfect duo to immerse mind and body.
From our start in the coastal surfing village of Strandhill to the beautiful valley of Glenade, your biking and yoga journey will lead you through a hidden Ireland full of culture, tradition and majestic scenery.
We have found yoga to be the perfect partner for a day in the saddle, and great way to get your body and mind in the mood for a cruise in the wilderness. So if you like to feel especially connected to the places we visit on this biking and yoga escape we would very much like to welcome you to some of the peaceful backroads of north west Ireland.
Note: This trip includes daily gentle yoga session designed for cyclists to help you get the most out of your journey, which can be tailored to fit you and your group’s ability levels.
From Sligo, we set off to Strandhill, a surfing village with a chilled-out vibe, to stretch our muscles with our first yoga class that is custom designed to fit cyclists. Then it’s off to explore the magic of the Coolera Peninsula! Once the centre of an ancient civilisation sustained by the abundance of local shellfish, Sligo is littered with ancient megalithic sites from the enormous cairn on top of Knocknarea Mountain to the passage tombs at Carrowmore. Our gentle afternoon cycle weaves through the rolling hills and quiet coasts of the Coolera Peninsula – a perfect introduction to Sligo!
This morning, we head south into the rugged Ox Mountains. This remote mountain range offers some gentle climbs and fun descents. Our first stop is Coolaney, a charming village hugging the narrow shores of the Owenboy River, before heading down the meandering country lanes of Sligo, a quiet haven of country life. The day finishes up with a pint at a traditional pub overlooking the crashing waves of the Atlantic and a relaxing yoga session.
A favourite route with the local cycling community, our route follows the glittering, silent shores of Lough Gill. Made famous by Irish poet WB Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Inisfree,’ Lough Gill is the picture of serene wilderness. Along the way, we’ll visit Parke’s Castle, a 15th century fortified manor house perched in an idyllic setting on the shores of the lake. The lush rolling countryside, wooded shores and tiny islands paired with the lovely lakeside panoramas seem to have fallen straight from the pages of a fairytale.
Starting off at the picturesque Rosses Point, we’ll take our time discovering the rocky peninsula. We’ll bike past the historic Lissadell House, once home to a local revolutionary, as well as the little-known Streedagh Beach where we’ll listen to the soft pounding of the waves. Exploring nameless headlands and rocky outcrops of Yeats Country, you’ll even have the chance to visit bike past the famous poet’s final resting place under the shadow of the local icon, Ben Bulben mountain.
Perhaps the most picturesque route of the trip, we turn the bikes inland to the glaciated valley of Glencar and the spectacular Glencar Waterfall. Formed in the last ice age, this valley contains some of the most beautiful and yet hidden scenery in Ireland. Biking along winding country roads, drink in the brilliant emeralds and romantic remoteness of this magical place. After emerging from the enchanted valley, we’ll pass under the shadow of the impressive mountain of Ben Bulben as we follow the rugged coast of Mullaghmore Head, crowned with Classiebawn Castle – a scene fit for a fairytale!
A coastal bike ride with a spectacular finish! Leaving County Sligo behind, our bikes take us north into County Donegal. We pass through the busy market town of Ballyshannon before the road begins to rise towards the cliffs overlooking Donegal Bay. The final stretch of our route is a gentle downhill ride before views of the Atlantic steal the show once more. Afterwards, shake out your muscles with a final yoga class. With Rossnowlagh Beach stretching out into the distance, this is the perfect place to raise a toast before our final dinner togethers.
After a relaxed morning, we have time for a stroll on the lovely Blue Flag Rossnowlagh Beach to enjoy our final views before it’s time to say goodbye to the northwest and transfer back to Sligo Train Station for you to make your onward journey.
This trip starts at 12.00pm in Sligo Train Station on Day 1. You will be dropped off at Sligo Train Station on Day 7, where you may catch a train to Dublin or continue or onwards journey.
Not only will your daily yoga classes be designed to especially suit cyclists, but they can also be tailored to meet your level.
An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets u2013 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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At your Own Pace
Private Departures trips are designed with guided activity experiences tailored to your own personal activity level. They allow you to discover Ireland with one-to-one meet ups with local guides, artisans, characters and experts who can lead you through activities and hikes at you own pace. They also include overnight stops at the very best local 4 and/or 5 star accommodations. Though each day’s activity is planned, private trips are meant to be enjoyed at your own pace.
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