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    Connemara & The Burren

    Next Trip: 16th - 22nd Oct 2022 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
    Trip Type: Self Guided plus+ Cycling
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 12
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    Two of the wildest and most iconic regions of Ireland are the Burren and Connemara. Exotic and desolate, the Burren is a place of exposed limestone hills, brilliantly exploding with vibrant colour every spring upon the arrival of its famed wildflowers. Connemara is a remote, rural place made up of mountains and bogs. Tiny country lanes weave amongst its rugged heather-cloaked peaks, winding between quaint villages.

    Home to many of Ireland’s Gaeltacht communities, you’ll surely get the chance to hear the Irish language spoken amongst the inhabitants. The best way to explore these two regions is by bike – go at your own pace as you soak up the region’s raw beauty. Biking along the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way is a fantastic way to experience the unspoilt beauty of Ireland!

    This is a self guided+ supported cycling tour. You will have a soigneur (support guide) to transport you to/from the start/end of your day’s bike ride, deliver your luggage each day and act as a mechanic on call if you require assistance. This means you can enjoy linear routes and more flexibility. Ride at your own pace with lots of support but without a guide on the road with you while you’re cycling.

    Trip Highlights

    • Enjoy full vehicle and mechanical assistance from your support guide, while enjoying the freedom to cycle at your own pace.
    • Explore the unique geology of the Burren landscapes and the wild romantic beauty of Connemara.
    • End the day in warm and welcoming locally-owned hotels and guesthouses.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - The Cliffs of Moher

    Meeting you at Galway Train Station, your soigneur (support guide) for the week will whisk you into the wild. After checking in at your hotel, meet your bike for the week – one of our top-class Trek bikes. After a quick fitting, it’s time to hit the road! Following an ocean-side route along the swirling Atlantic Coast, this afternoon loop will sweep you past the mystical Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic sites. The picturesque Doolin village is your home for the next few days. Famous throughout Ireland for its traditional pubs, fantastic trad music and colourful facades. The best way to recover after your afternoon ride is by a roaring fire with a pint in hand, while your soigneur takes care of the bikes.

    Bike Distance: 28km/ 17 miles | Ascent: 360m/ 1,180 ft

    Day 2 - The Wild Burren National Park

    Having explored the coastline yesterday, today’s route takes in the wild rolling interior of the Burren National Park. It’s easy to see how this exposed limestone landscape fed inspired JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth in his fantasy masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. As you pedal along quiet roads lined with quaint limestone walls that weave through this limestone expanse, marvel at the stony crevices dotted with pockets of rare wildflowers. There are holy well sites here as well as mysterious neolithic tombs including one of Ireland’s largest dolmens. Want to learn more about this unique region? We recommend making time to stop at a perfumery that uses the landscape to inspire their fragrances as well as create the most delicious freshly-baked organic goodies. After all that cycling, you’ve earned a treat!  (B)

    Bike Distance: 59km/ 36 miles | Ascent: 575m/ 1,886 ft

    Day 3 - The Clare Coast

    One of our favourite biking routes in the west of Ireland takes you from the village of Doolin along winding coastal roads and past the wild and windswept headland of Black Head. Here, the highest peaks of the Burren flank one side and the crashing waves of the Atlantic fall off to the other. For some of the Wild Atlantic Way’s best and uninterrupted views, stop at the historical lighthouse, manned until the 1970s. The village of Ballyvaughan is a perfect spot for a cosy picnic lunch with a view and after taking on the switchbacks at the short but accurately named ‘Corkscrew Hill,’ your day finishes with a long and gentle descent into Doolin town. Wrap up your day with a traditional music session at one of the local pubs for which Doolin is famous. (B)

    Bike Distance: 55km/ 34 miles | Ascent: 360m/ 1,180 ft

    Day 4 - The Spectacular Sky Road

    This morning, your soigneur will transfer you northwards along the Wild Atlantic Way. If you’re looking for a little cosmopolitan liveliness, you have the option to stop in the famous west coast city of Galway. Soak up its vibrant atmosphere and spend a few hours wandering Galway’s cobbled streets. Part of the magic of Ireland is the sheer variety of landscapes – north of Galway, you’ll leave the windswept rocky expanses of the Burren behind for the heather-clad hills and craggy granite peaks of Connemara. Today’s route is a short local classic that is a favourite with cyclists. Cycling along Sky Road, expect a blast of fresh air and stunning sea views as you follow this rewarding loop. You’ll finish up back in the fantastic village of Clifden, your home for the next few nights. (B)

    Bike Distance: 17km/ 10 miles | Ascent: 160m/ 524 ft

    Day 5 - Connemara’s Southern Shores

    A bike route around Connemara’s most picturesque coastline awaits you today. Pedal along the beautiful Coral Beach and Dog’s Bay and into the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone. Enjoy amazing views and a seaside lunch in Roundstone before heading back towards Clifden town via the ‘bog road’ – a long stretch that traverses the heart of the blanket boglands that are an ever-present feature of the Connemara landscape. In the distance, the peaks of the Twelve Bens and the Mamturks make an evocative backdrop to your Connemara route. We recommend dinner in one of Ireland’s best seafood spots that sources some of the best local Connemara produce. (B)

    Bike Distance: 43km/ 26 miles | Ascent: 115m/ 377 ft

    Day 6 - Connemara National Park

    Circumnavigating Connemara National Park, wild and empty scenery awaits. History lovers may like to stop at the dramatic Kylemore Abbey to admire its fantastic neo-Gothic facade, dazzling interior and idyllic Victorian walled gardens. Continuing onwards, pedal along Connemara’s myriad of tiny lakes, heading for the pass between the region’s two prominent mountain ranges. Turn for home through the picturesque Inagh Valley where a Victorian fishing lodge makes for an epic rest stop. Sheep and the occasional fly fisherman are usually all you have for company on this stretch but keep an eye out for golden eagles that are enjoying a resurgence here. Finish the day with a final pint of Guinness in one of Clifden’s lively pubs. (B)

    Bike Distance: 65km/ 40 miles | Ascent: 230m/ 754 ft

    Day 7 - Depart

    This morning, your soigneur will drop you at Galway Train Station where you can choose to explore this colourful city or continue onwards with your travel plans. (B)

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    Connemara & The Burren

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    Trip Dates & Prices

    Trip Dates for 2022 Availability Status Price Book
    16th Oct - 22nd Oct 2022 Trip Full CONFIRMED €2,350
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    20th May - 26th May 2023 10 places left CONFIRMED €1,770 Book Now
    1st Jul - 7th Jul 2023 12 places left UNCONFIRMED €1,770 Book Now
    23rd Sep - 29th Sep 2023 12 places left UNCONFIRMED €1,770 Book Now

    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This self guided cycling trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. Expect small, comfortable and characterful lodgings. You will have the choice between cosy B&Bs or 3-star family-run hotels or guesthouses, with options in towns or rural communities. Accommodation rooming is a choice of double or twin rooms, which are en-suite with a shower.

    For those who wish, it is possible to upgrade to Deluxe standard accommodations on this trip (note that it is not possible to upgrade to luxury due to the available accommodations in the region).

    Meals Read More

    Each morning, enjoy a homemade breakfast of your choice at your accommodation. We will provide local suggestions for lunches and dinners, to be taken according to your own preferences.

    Inclusions Read More

    This trip includes the following:

    • 6 nights in classic graded accommodations- 3-4 star locally-owned small hotels and guesthouses
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • Soigneur/support guide (who is also a bike mechanic and first aider) available 24/7 while on the trip
    • A support vehicle throughout the trip who will offer guidance, local insights, snacks, change of clothes, navigation and a boost if needed
    • Bike Hire choice of:
    • Essential equipment: helmet, GPS device with pre-loaded daily routes, bike lock, bike tool and on-road puncture repair kit
    • Bike fitting and welcome briefing on day one
    • All luggage transfers
    • Local maps, cycling route notes and a local area guide
    • Bike cleaning and maintenance throughout the trip

    This trip includes all accommodation and as well as some meals. It does not include drinks or any gratuities you may choose to leave.

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    At Your Own Pace

    Self guided trips can be taken at your own pace, meaning that you can travel whenever and at whatever pace you feel comfortable, leaving time for optional extra activities, explorations or relaxing.

    On this self guided cycling adventure, you will have detailed route notes to follow each day. On most days, you will also have the option to extend your cycling routes with optimal extensions ranging from 5 to 25 miles.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    Arrival Info

    Meet your soigneur at Galway Train Station on day 1 of your trip.

    Departure Info

    Your soigneur can drop you off at Galway Train Station on the final day of the trip.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Darragh Devaney

    One of our expert team members, Darragh is Wilderness Ireland’s Operations Manager. As the team’s resident bike expert, Darragh has helped research, design and even guide nearly all of Wilderness Ireland’s bike trips. When not in the office, Darragh can usually be found exploring a little-known corner of Ireland on two wheels or camping in the countryside with his family.

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