- Cycle through the heart of Connemara
- Cycle Ireland’s Western Greenway
- Stay in a converted coastguard station on Achill Island
You will be met off your flight by your personal guide at the Airport on Day 1 of the trip. Full details on how to get to Ireland, please see our section on Travel to Ireland.
The Atlantic Ocean has been shaping Ireland’s western coastline for millions of years and its legacy is a complex quilt composed of inlets, coves, cliffs and headlands.
As we bike the wild Atlantic coast, we’ll skirt several major mountain ranges, each laced with their own history, myth, legend and local significance. Wild landscapes, cosy pubs and friendly folk are guaranteed!
Your journey will take you from the typical village of Clifden, at the heart of Connemara, through the network of northern Mayo wilderness – Ireland’s final frontier – arriving at the eerie Achill Island and its deserted village on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast.
On this private trip, your guide will stay with you for the duration of your wild Atlantic coast adventure, helping you understand the cultural and natural context of this off-the-map corner of Irish wilderness, as well as taking care of logistics. With this trip, you have the oppo with our expert adventure travel designers to
Day 1 – Bike Clifden to Connemara’s Sky Road
Your Wild Atalntic Way adventure starts as your guide picks you up at the airport or train station before we set off to Clifden, the bustling village that serves as Connemara’s capital. After getting settled in our accommodation, we take our bikes for a warm-up ride along the aptly-named Sky Road in Connemara National Park where we can appreciate the spectacular, unrivalled views of the Atlantic and the surrounding coast.
Day 2 – Bog Road Loop
Today’s adventure takes on a wild yet gentle roller-coaster through the Connemara lowlands. Take time to admire the views: there’s nothing but heather, lakes and bogland as far as the distant silhouette of the Twelve Bens! Heading back to the coast again, we’ll arrive at the picturesque village of Roundstone. After a freshly-caught seafood lunch, we continue to Dog’s Bay, a white sand beach where a local expert takes us on a coastal discovery walk and introduces us to this unique natural habitat. Tonight, we’ll dine in one of the many quality restaurants Clifden has to offer.
Day 3 – North Connemara Shore &Killary Fjord
Squeezing between the mountainous Twelve Bens and Connemara’s wild northern shore, we wind our way up the coast towards Killary Fjord. This long arm of sparkling seawater reaches deep into Connemara, peppered with mussel traps that support the local aquaculture. Nearby is the small house where philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein came to write and ponder the dramatic landscape. Hugging the steep shoulders of the fjord, we reach our accommodation at Delphi, a famous adventure hub in the shadow of the Maamturk Mountains.
Day 4 – Delphi to Westport Town & Clew Bay
North of Delphi is a truly wild landscape with sweeping roads that are pure joy to pedal! We soon say goodbye to the swells of Connemara and emerge at the foot of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s Holy Mountain thanks to its connection to St Patrick himself, and glittering shores of Clew Bay. It’s a short roll into Westport, a buzzing town full of interesting boutiques, quality restaurants and a wide selection of cosy pubs.
Day 5 – Bike the Western Greenway to Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway is a bike track built along a disused railway from Westport to Achill Island. Free from the distraction of traffic, the Greenway allows cyclists to fully experience the landscape, admiring places like the archeological site of the Ciede Fields or ruined cottages and abbeys, or simply take the opportunity of a quiet road to chat to your fellow two-wheelers. Our island retreat for the next two nights is a converted coastguard station facing the stunning Keel Beach and Achill’s sea cliffs beyond.
Day 6 – Achill Island
For our final day of the trip, we explore the unique Achill Island. We’ll explore the windswept wilds of the island first by bike then by foot, hiking to an eerie deserted village clinging to Achill’s rocky slopes, then to the top of some of Ireland’s highest sea cliffs, affording majestic views of the swirling Atlantic below – get ready for the Goosebumps! After a delicious farewell dinner with our guides, we know the perfect pub where we can celebrate our journey!
Day 7 – Depart
After breakfast we say goodbye to Achill Island and the wild Atlantic coast as we head back to the airport. If there’s time, your guides may take you to some of Ireland’s hidden treasures further from the sea along the way!100% satisfaction guarantee - We beleive our tours are world class. To back that up, we are the only Irish travel company to offer a no strings attached, 100% satisfaction guarantee