PRICE : €749
DATES 2018 : Open dates
DEPARTURE TIME : 6:30am
DEPARTURE LOCATION : Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street - MAP
ROOMS : Pricing per person sharing - Single supplement €320
( €200 refundable depsoit will be taken before departure for loss or damage )
Self guided Cycle in Connemara
Killary Sheep Farm
• 6 full days of pure adventure
• All your luggage transport
• 5 hearty Irish breakfasts
• Touring bike
• Route maps and details
• 24 hour emergency helpline
• Free Cliffs of Moher tour
• Killary Fjord
• Glassilaun Beach
What’s Not Included
Lunches, evening meals, drinks
Kylemore Abbey House & Gardens; Optional Ex - €15
The Westport House; Optional Ex - €13
Killary Fjord boat tour; Optional Ex - €21
Clare Island; Optional Ex - €15
Glengowla Mines; Optional Ex - €10
Day 1: Cliffs of Moher Day tour to Galway
You will be picked up in Dublin to start this amazing tour to the county of Clare to see the world famous Cliffs Of Moher. This day trip is completely free and at our compliments for booking your self-guided cycle tour with us! After being amazed by the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, the tour will drop you to the City of Galway where you will spend your first night. Galway is a magical place with street preformers and buskers coming for all over the world. The next morning your bike will be delivered to you acommodation and you will start your cycle adventure to the magical Connemara region.
Highlight of the day: Shop Street
Restaurant Suggestion: Oran Tandoori
Day 2: Oranmore to Oughterard
Once you leave Oranmore, you are not far from Galway city, where you can stop to experience the energy of this young bohemian city. From there you will cycle through many little villages until you reach the gateway to Connemara - Oughterard. This small traditional village in the West of Ireland offers stunning scenery of the Connemara mountain range and a 16th century Irish Tower House (Aughnanure Castle).
Highlight of the day: Galway City & Aughnanure Castle, Cycle in Connemara
Restaurant Suggestion: Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant
Day 3 : Oughterard To Leenaun
From Oughterard you are set for an approximately 30 km exquisite ride through the gorgeous Inagh Valley. You can also cycle to the amazing Kylemore Lake which leads you to one of the most romantic places in Ireland; the Kylemore Abbey which looks more of a castle than an abbey. Surrounded by a Victorian walled garden, there is also a chapel next to the abbey which is a miniature replica of the Norwich Cathedral. After viewing these magical sights, you can have a rest next door at Mitchell’s Café. A cconvenient place to stop for a bite to eat after the morning's adventure!
Highlight of the day: Visit the Romantic Kylemore Abbey
Restaurant Suggestion: The Leenaun Hotel
Day 4 Leenaun to Westport
From the wonderful village of Leenane which sits on the Galway/Mayo border, you will travel to the popular town of Westport. Before you get there, you will treated through an amazing ride through Lough Dooagh and up to the little hamlet of Louisburg where you can take a ferry to Clare Island for a few hours if it takes your fancy. You will also pass Ireland’s holy mountain of Croagh Patrick before reaching Westport. There you will find some of the best pubs and restaurants in the west of the country – a lovely town and great craic!
Highlight of the day: Lough Dooagh
Restaurant Suggestion: The Pantry & Corkscrew
Day 5: Westport to Maam Cross
After a wonderful nights entertainment of traditional live music in the many pubs of Westport, it's time to get on your bike again. Today you travel on a beautiful road from Westport to Leenaun with Croagh Patrick in the foreground. There are fantastic views along this road with lush green fields and crystal streams at every corner. You will pass through Leenaun and on through a mountain pass toward the cross roads at Maam Cross. The cycle will take about 3 hours and you can stop at Leenaun along the way.
Highlight of the day: The Westport House, Croagh Patrick, Clare Island
Restaurant Suggestion: The Pantry and Corkscrew
Day 6: Maam Cross to Oranmore
Time: 3.5 hrs
Today is the last day of the cycling tour; as disappointing as it is, don't forget to enjoy your final day! You will make your way back from Maam Cross to Oranmore and be collected by our coach heading for Dublin. The ride is just 3.5 hours and you will have all day to make your way to the meeting point before the coach arrives. You will pass through Galway city on the way. The time until our coach collects you is yours to choose how to spend the time. Have a relaxed ride, stop to explore one of the towns along the way or just take in the stunning vistas. This marks the end of your Connemara cycle tour. The experiences and memories along with the spectacular scenery over the last 6 days will stay with you forever. The countryside you travel through is truly magical and your photos are sure to wow your family and friends! Once you arrive back in Dublin you will be dropped at the centre of the city at College Green. We hope that this cycle tour in the west of Ireland will have you coming back for more!
Highlight of the day: Galway City
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I booked with Extreme Ireland through The Clymb and I'm pleased they put me in good hands. Even with a few hiccups along the way, Extreme Ireland was great. Traveling, and solo travel nonetheless, I am always going to encounter something or other along the way. I will say that from the beginning the company responded to every email in timely manners (given the 7 hour time change between CO and Ireland prior to arriving). I had some questions, and they always responded with helpful info, and often more than I had asked. The correspondence was always friendly, which perfectly describes the Irish.
As mentioned, each hiccup was taken care of without putting any damper on my vacation. I consider myself to be a pretty low maintenance traveler who goes with the flow. Mike, and his team were great to rely on to help fix a problem. You may say; "well they are the tour company/guides, they should be." I remind you this is a self-guided bike tour. It's not beyond some companies to become non-responsive once you've landed. Mike Murphy, his team, and Extreme Ireland were nothing like that. They were a pleasure to work with from start, and throughout. Another thing, this is a biking tour. Your bags are moved from place to place, but you should expect to cycle between. There are sometimes buses in between the towns, or taxis, but you should not expect rides from the company to the next destination because you are not feeling like riding, sore, or weather is less than perfect. I went in off-season so some bus schedules were lighter than in peak-season. Just be prepared to bike. And if something comes up be prepared that you might need to pay for bus, or cab to get where your next night accommodation is. (You'll be thrilled if something works out differently too.)
Nov. weather was definitely cooler, strong winds, and some hard rains/hail at times. I still have loved it. If you are a more fair-weather traveler, check before booking for better weather times. Some towns have been closed up for the season, and with that there are far less tourists too. I feel like I have had some of these coastal towns to myself.
I would book again with Extreme Ireland. Beautiful Countryside, People, Landscapes, and all stamped as memories of a lifetime. Solo travels are never doubted, and always cherished! Life is good!
Tripadvisor 5* November 2016