Connemara Whistlestop Cycling Tour
CYCLING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- A short cycling holiday in Ireland perfect for those for whom holiday time is limited but who still want to enjoy an authentic experience of Connemara.
- Capture the highlights of this region on the west coast of Ireland cycling through spectacular, sparsely populated valleys; travelling coastal roads along the Atlantic Ocean and visiting small, traditional towns and villages.
- Meet the people of Connemara who live and work in this area and for whom Connemara has been home for many generations of their families.
- Finish your tour in the town voted ‘Ireland’s Best Place to Live’ among other accolades, and take the opportunity to enjoy its traditional music, vibrant pubs and restaurants.
Chloe’s hidden gem: The tiny gothic church hidden in the trees in the Kylemore Abbey estate. Built by Mitchell Henry as a token of love for his wife Margaret who tragically died young, it never fails to move me.
Your Tour in brief
This is a 5 day (4 night) tour starting every Thursday from April to October.
The tour starts in Clifden, Co Galway, and finishes in Westport town, Co Mayo
Your Connemara Whistlestop Tour consists of easy cycling days with averages of 40-45km a day and with shorter and longer options available on most days.
Equipment and information:
Your touring bike, helmet, front handlebar bag, puncture repair kit and lock are all included.
Full route notes and an Ordnance Survey Ireland map of the area are also provided and explained to you.
You can choose from two accommodation options - 3* hotels or approved B&Bs and guesthouses – where you will enjoy a full Irish breakfast on each morning.
Your luggage will be transferred every day to your next accommodation.
Upgrade to a hybrid bike with front suspension - €70 per bike
Electric bike hire - €195 per bike
Side panniers - €20 per bike
Alternative start days - €70 extra per booking
Further information on getting to/from Ireland can be found here
Arrive in Clifden
Arrive in Clifden town, the “Capital of Connemara” to start your tour. Clifden is bursting with culture, traditional music, quaint streets, cosy pubs and restaurants. Conor or Gabriel will meet you at your accommodation either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time), to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour. All bikes and equipment will be delivered to you and we will make sure that everything fits you perfectly. Enjoy an evening in this friendly town where everyone knows each other but where there is a natural curiosity and warmth towards visitors.
Clifden to Renvyle 45km
This second day will bring you via the Sky Road from Clifden to the Renvyle peninsula where you will spend your second night. The Sky Road brings you to the very edge of Connemara with soaring views over the rocky Atlantic coastline. Further along the way you will be passing by the Connemara National Park in the village of Letterfrack, where you can take a break from the bike and enjoy a walk on their looped trail walks or find out more about this ancient Irish landscape at the visitor centre. Reaching the Renvyle peninsula you will be enchanted by this rugged promontory which juts into the Atlantic Ocean and is home to a vibrant and welcoming farming and fishing community
Renvyle to Leenane 25km
Making your way from the Renvyle peninsula you will pass through the pretty village of Tullycross with its traditional thatched cottages, a reminder of times past in this area. You will soon come to Kylemore Abbey, the entrance cost for which is included in your package. This gothic-style castle was built in 1867 and boasts one of Ireland's finest gardens. The six-acre Victorian walled garden at Kylemore was created by Mitchell Henry in tandem with the building of Kylemore Castle. Leaving Kylemore you will experience the full majesty of the Twelve Bens mountain range as you pass beneath their brooding peaks. Killary Harbour, reputed to be Ireland's only fjord, will appear beside you as you round a corner. You will spend the night in the tiny village of Leenane tucked beneath the Maamturk mountains at the head of the fjord.
Leenane to Westport 55km
Following the shores of Killary Fjord you will cross from Co Galway to Co Mayo and emerge into the Delphi Valley. Once heavily populated it is now a place of few houses. This emptiness allows its untamed beauty and spectacular views greater impact. The road then winds alongside Doolough (the dark, deep lake) to bring you to the coastal town of Louisburgh. In Louisburgh you can pause to witness the gentle pace of life in a small agricultural west of Ireland town. Following the coast road once more, along the shores of Clew Bay, you will reach the heritage town of Westport. With the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick providing a striking back drop, Westport is beautifully planned and maintained. Enjoy an evening exploring this vibrant market town on the final day of your adventure trip in Ireland.
Breakfast and departure
Breakfast and depart Westport for your onward journey.
The B&B option means you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life.
While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.
When you select this tour you will have the chance to stay in either hotels or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. The 3* hotels that have been selected are all comfortable, well-appointed properties which also boast their own character and style. You may find yourself in a historic manor house hotel, one with a modern twist or get a 'room with a view' overlooking a shimmering lake or a golden beach.
However they all share the same high standards of hospitality and service and will guarantee you a warm welcome, good food and a relaxing experience after your day on the road.
"Just this little note to thank you all for your dedication and for the excellent organization of this trip to Connemara which will leave us with imperishable memories…"
François, Xavier & Alexandre – July 2018
"Not only was the itinerary fantastic and we appreciated every single mile but the perfect logistics with luggage deliveries in the hotel rooms, quality of hotels and kindness of your staff have made this last part of this trip a real treat."
Joe & Gina - August 2018
All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.
Double/ Twin/ Triple
Terms and conditions
To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment. The balance payment is due 30 days before the tour starts.
If your tour start date is within 30 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.
We do not organise travel to/from Ireland. However there is some useful information on our “Getting To Ireland” page.