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Follow the wild Atlantic coast to explore Connemara’s quiet moors, hop from one Aran Island to another before heading to the Cliffs of Moher biking the ‘secret’ way to the famous cliffs.
Imagine biking through the dramatic windswept boglands 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 phenomenon. On your Connemara and Cliffs of Moher biking trip, hop from coast to island to explore a landscape infused with the folklore, traditions, charm and spirit of the people by bike.
Get the best of both worlds: Avoid the crowds by visiting these beautiful and iconic places on two wheels. This intermediate level trip is a perfect fit for your first-time bike tour in Ireland.*
*This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements for 2019 departures.
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After meeting in Galway, a short transfer takes us to Clifden, a small, bustling village in the heart of Connemara. We’ll start with a warm-up ride along the aptly-named Sky Road. Enjoy rewarding, bird’s eye views over the spectacular Connemara coastline before returning to Clifden for a hearty Irish dinner. (D)
Distance: 16km/10miles, 1hr
Enjoy another classic ride through Connemara today: a loop route around the wild Twelve Bens mountain range in Connemara National Park. Today, we’ll visit iconic landmarks like the elegant Kylemore Abby, following the wild shores of Lough Inagh. Dine at a traditional fishing lodge before biking the undulating ‘Bog Road’ that sweeps through Connemara’s lowlands. (B, L)
Distance: 4okm/25miles, 4hrs
Start the morning following Connemara’s picturesque coastline and beaches to the charming fishing village of Roundstone for a fresh seafood lunch. We’ll get back on the bikes, visiting a cottage that was home to Irish revolutionary and poet, Padraig Pearse before biking to Rossaveel harbour for a bit of island hopping to the Aran Islands, our island retreat for the next two nights. (B, L)
Distance: 23km/14miles, 4hrs
Waking up on the quintessential island, we hop on our bikes to visit the ancient clifftop fort, Dun Aenghus. Those with a head for heights can descend onto a limestone shelf on the southwest edge of the island to view the wormhole, an enormous rectangular blowhole where the Red Bull World Cliff Diving Championships are held. After lunch, we have free time to explore the fascinating island by bike or foot, perhaps digging deeper into its history or trying to learn some Gaelic from a local in one of the island’s pubs. (B, L)
Distance: 28km/17miles, 2hrs
We hop from island back to coast, arriving at cheery Doolin village. To avoid the crowds, we’ll follow a narrow coastal trail along the clifftops to gain backstage access to the famous Cliffs of Moher biking. Back on the bikes, we’ll bike to the Burren National Park, following a natural limestone contour around the Burren’s north-westerly tip. From here, we’ll cruise into the village of Ballyvaughan where a pre-dinner drink in the quirky Whiskey Bar is highly recommended. (B, L)
Distance: 18km/11 miles, 2hrs
The lesser-known Burren National Park is the jewel in the crown of West Ireland. The otherworldly exposed limestone landscape contains a fascinating mix of wildflowers, wildlife, geology and ancient tombs. We’ll bike some short climbs and rolling terrain full of history and folklore as we pass sights such as Poulnabrone Dolmen, an enormous megalithic monument and tomb. We save the best for last: descending aptly-named Corkscrew Hill back to Ballyvaughan. This twisting descent provides panoramic views across the Burren and Galway Bay – a perfect end to this biking trip. A celebratory dinner ends the trip in style! (B, L, D)
Distance: 50km/31miles, 4hrs
This morning, after a relaxing breakfast we transfer back to Galway and bid farewell to our bikes and fellow travellers. (B)
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 €250 but this is subject to availability.
You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland guide at Galway Railway Station at 1 pm on Day 1 of your trip. We will drop you off at Galway Railway Station by 12 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.
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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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?
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 vacation 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.
That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your vacations truly memorable.
Reviewed on 10/06/2019
Age: 60 - 70
Trip Date: 01/06/2019
Trips Taken: 1
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The Bottom Line
Questions asked were answered promptly and in detail.
Our guides Warner and Andrew were fantastic. They went out of their way to make our trip an enjoyable experience. Their knowledge of the areas we visited was commendable. Our 2 nights on the Aran Islands was the highlight for me surrounded by history, the local craic and wonderful food enhanced the whole experience.
The accommodation was excellent and the food recommendations from our guides first class.
Warner and Andrew were the reason our trip was so enjoyable. Their knowledge of the area and their bubbly personalities and wit made our adventure even more fun. Both of them had the ability to spin a good Irish yarn.
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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