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Bike Tour – Biking and Yoga Escape

  • Experience a stress-free biking escape with yoga classes tailor-made for cyclists each day
  • Bike beautiful valleys and majestic coastlines idealised by Irish poet WB Yeats
  • Far from major tourist routes, discover a more relaxed pace of life in the northwest of Ireland
  • 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
  • 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
  • Daily tailor made yoga sessions lead by a professional yoga instructor, either morning or evening

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?

 

This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. Light, airy and spacious, the accommodations on this trip reflect the laid-back, relaxing attitude of the trip – perfect for a cycling and yoga escape to the wilds of the Irish northwest! All accommodations provide breakfast.

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 Sligo Railway Station at 2.00 pm on Day 1 of your trip. We will drop you off at Sligo Train Station Station by 11 am on the last day of the trip.

For full details on how to get to Sligo, please see the travel section of our website.

Customer Kudos

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.

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 holidays truly memorable.

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by 02/10/2017

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The website contained good information and your team was quick to reply to emails that I sent with questions.
Trip Comments
The guides were awesome- we had a really good time with them. We liked the accommodations and the food was great!
Accommodation and Food
The Sand House Hotel was my least favourite place to stay. Although the view of the water and the beach was awesome, the hotel is dated and the room was hot (temperature wise).
Your Guide
They provided us with good information and support. My only suggestion for improvement would be that it would have been nice for the water bottles to have been washed on a daily basis. It left potential for infections to potentially spread between the riders.
The Bottom Line
We had a great time and would definitely would like to return for another trip in the future!

by 02/10/2017

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Our guides Warner and Danncha were absolutely incredible! Accommodations were first class. Our fellow riders were lovely. The whole experience was top notch! I will definitely one day book another adventure with you!
Accommodation and Food
Amazing!
Your Guide
Top notch guides who went above and beyond!
The Bottom Line
I Loved the whole trip! We went in somewhat intimidated, but,, it all worked out incredibly!

by 30/09/2017

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The route was great, the accomodations far more luxe than we anticipated and the meals quite delicious. The ONLY thing I would have wanted is a couple of nights free, without the group, to explore the town on our own or enjoy a private meal.
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A big thumbs up. Would do another trip with Wilderness Ireland.

by 26/09/2017

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I loved our two guides. They were the perfect balance.
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Guides could not have been better.
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I want to do another trip next year with Wilderness Ireland.

by 26/09/2017

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Everyone was so helpful in guiding us in every way
Trip Comments
Wonderful guides very fun and informative on the history and culture of Ireland. Introduced us to the local life
Accommodation and Food
The places we stayed and food where amazing
Your Guide
Two wonderful lads super fun and informative. They both had unique and fun personalities the contrast was perfect
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Ireland knows how to do it!
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Trip Details

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. It’s a 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.

Trip Itinerary – Biking and Yoga Escape

Note: Days 1 to 6 of this trip include a gentle yoga session tailored for cyclists to help you get the most out of your journey. Beginner cyclists and yogis very welcome!

Day 1 – Coolera Peninsula

Meet your guide at Sligo Train Station and transfer to a surfing village with a seriously chilled-out vibe – the perfect place to start our biking and yoga escape. After stretching our muscles in our first yoga class, we’ll head off to explore the magical rolling hills of the Coolera Peninsula. Once the centre of an ancient civilisation, Sligo is littered with ancient megalithic monuments, from the enormous cairn on top of Knocknarea Mountain to the passage tombs at Carrowmore. (L, D)

Distance 19km/12miles, 2hrs. 

Day 2 – Ox Mountains

We take to the saddle, heading south into the Ox Mountains. This remote and wild mountain range offers gentle climbs with stunning descents on its northern slopes. We’ll visit quaint villages and meandering rivers before heading into the lush patchwork fields of Sligo, a quiet haven of country life, before finishing up with an oceanfront pint and a bit of yoga. (B,L)

Distance 42km/26miles, 4hrs.  

Day 3 – Lough Gill Loop

Today’s route is a favourite of local cyclists, taking us around the shores of Lough Gill, made famous by WB Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Inisfree.’ For Yeats, this small wooded island paradise of Inisfree provided an idyllic wilderness retreat. Clinging to the edge of Lough Gill is a 15th century castle, offering a fascinating look at local history. Today’s route is mostly rolling countryside with lovely lakeside panoramas. (B, L)

Distance 42km/26miles, 4hrs. 

Day 4 – Rosses Point

Starting off on the picturesque Rosses Point, we’ll following a relaxing loop around the rocky peninsula. We’ll bike past the historic Lissadell House, once home to a local hero, as well as the tranquil beaches perfect for a stroll. Exploring nameless headlands and rocky outcrops of Yeats Country, we’ll have the chance to visit bike past the famous poet’s final resting place under the shadow of Ben Bulben mountain. (B, L)

Distance 43km/26miles, 3.5hrs. 

Day 5 – The Two Valleys

One of the most picturesque routes of Sligo, we bike through a glaciated valley formed in the last ice age. Like something out of a fairytale, the valley contains some of Ireland’s most beautiful yet hidden scenery. Biking along winding country roads far from the world, we’ll drink in the brilliant emeralds and romantic remoteness of this magical place. Emerging from the paradisal valley, we’ll pedel under the shadow of the impressive and iconic mountain of Ben Bulben. 

Distance 45km/28miles, 4hrs. 

Day 6 – Cycling Along the Darty Mountains to Donegal Beach

A winding, coastal route with a spectacular finish to our week of biking and yoga, we roll along rugged coasts and surf towns, crossing county lanes to the busy market town of Ballyshannon. Arriving at our final accommodation on the cliffs overlooking Donegal Bay, we’ll enjoy our final views of the churning Atlantic waves. With the Blue Flag Rossnowlagh Beach stretching out into the distance, this is the perfect place to stretch out muscles in a final yoga class before we raise a toast. Namaste. (B, L, D)

Distance 42km/26miles, 3hrs. 

Day 7Depart

We’ll have a relaxed morning and time for a stroll on the lovely Blue Flag Rossnowlagh Beach before it’s time to say goodbye to the northwest and transfer back to Sligo Train Station. (B)

*This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements for 2019 departures.

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2019 Trip Dates

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18th May - 24th May 2019
€2,240
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8th Jun - 14th Jun 2019
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13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
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10th Aug - 16th Aug 2019
€2,240
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7th Sep - 13th Sep 2019
€2,240
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Location: North West – Donegal & Sligo

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Exploring the impressive 17th-century Parkes CastleReady to go! Enjoying a final panorama of Lough Gill & Parkes CastleFollowing the contours of lake to sea in County SligoBiking on quiet country lanes in the shadow of the Ox MountainsA bit of sunrise and sunset yoga is the perfect combination with biking!The myth-steeped Ox Mountains spread out to the leftYoga in a spectacular location!A Sligo seafood feast!Biking in Sligo’s lost valleys.Biking Sligo’s quiet country lanes.Ben Bulben, Ireland’s iconic table mountain, made famous by poet WB Yeats.Discover the amazing Mullaghmore Peninsula.Biking in Ben Bulben’s shadow.2018-07-10 BIking Yoga-39_opt
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We had a great time and would definitely would like to return for another trip in the future!


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I Loved the whole trip! We went in somewhat intimidated, but,, it all worked out incredibly!


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