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Connemara, Best of the West

Connemara, Best of the West

Degree of difficulty - A/B

Due to the incredible popularity of Connemara as a cycling destination,  we have two tours running in this beautiful part of the country.

We also have another tour in this area, Connemara,  Galway & Mayo

On this trip we take in some of the best that Connemara has to offer including Killary Harbour and the stunning Delphi Valley and the beautiful town of Westport.  However we head north into Mayo and cycle along the lovely Greenways Cycle towards the island of Achill. We have a chance to explore Achill with its stunning beaches before finishing up our tour cycling on quiet backroads to the Museum of Country Life near Castlebar. A transfer at the of the week brings us back to the start point, the city of Galway.

This is an easier cycle, there is one day of climbing on our Connemara, Galway & Mayo tour which is not on this tour. Also mileage on this tour is a little lower which makes it a more suitable cycle for younger legs.   There are also options to take a break from cycling on a number of days,  for example we arrive early in Leenane and you have the choice of relaxing in the hotel spa or you can keep cycling on some fantastic routes.


DAY 1 GALWAY CITY
When you arrive in Galway make your way to your accommodation anytime after 2.00pm. You can then explore this bustling medieval city.

DAY 2 GALWAY / CONG TO LEENANE ( 35kms )
In the morning a local taxi operator will also meet you at the guesthouse and transfer you to Cong (near Clonbur) where the cycle starts on your bikes! You head north along quiet back roads through rolling green fields full of grazing sheep. You cycle along beautiful backroads via Lough Nafooey, en route to our overnight accommodation, the small village of Leenane looking out over Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. There is an option in the afternoon of cycling to the beautiful Kylemore Abbey or else relaxing in the spa in our hotel!

DAY 3 LEENANE TO WESTPORT ( 52 kms )
In the morning you head north through one of the highlights of the tour, the stunning Delphi Valley with its beautiful lakes overlooked by Ben Bury the highest mountain in Connemara. Your lunch stop is the charming village of Louisburgh before we continue on our journey between Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay with its many small islands to the town of Westport where you are staying two nights

DAY 4 REST DAY IN WESTPORT
In 2012 Westport was voted by readers of the “Irish Times” newspaper as the best place to live in Ireland and it is easy to understand why. The town is beautifully located at the top of Clew Bay, it is one of the few towns in Ireland that was formally planned and it has a great beauty and charm about it. You can spend the day relaxing in the town, visiting Westport House , or there is golf and horse-riding available nearby. For something a bit different you could visit Clare Island (you would need to take a taxi for 14 miles to Roonagh Quay. In the summer, there are numerous ferry sailings from Roonagh to Clare Island during the day. The boat crossing takes about 20 minutes

DAY 5 WESTPORT TO ACHILL ISLAND - Greenway Cycle ( 54kms )
Another highlight to the trip is todays cycle. The day is spent on the “Greenway Cycle”, a route that offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the west of Ireland. The cycle forms part of the National Cycle Network and it is the longest dedicated cycling path in the Country! The route brings you all the way to Achill Sound, the gateway to Achill Island (via a bridge ) where we are spending the night.

DAY 6 ACHILL ISLAND ROUND TRIP 14km, 47km, 72kms ( different options! )
You spend your day exploring Achill Island where there are so many options for cycling. There several dramatic cycling routes around Achill, the most impressive being the Atlantic Drive, with its wonderful coastal views and beautiful landscape. You can also head to Keem bay for a swim on its white sandy beach. For those feeling energetic you could climb to the top of the nearby cliffs some of the highest in Europe, where you are rewarded with the most breathtaking views of the week.

DAY 7 ACHILL ISLAND via “MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE” IN CASTLEBAR - GALWAY 47kms
The first 17km of our day we head back on the Greenway cycle ( there is only one way realistically in and out, which is lucky it is so lovely! ), before you make a detour to Lough Beltra in the heart of Mayo. The final part of our tour will take you to the Museum of Country life of Castlebar where there is nice coffee shop and where you can visit the museum. A taxi will meet you here mid-afternoon and bring you back to Galway city for a final night on the trip

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

2017 GROUP TOUR
€775.00 per person sharing in May, June & September
€810.00 per person sharing in July & August

€245.00 single room supplement

2017 SELF GUIDED TOUR
€810.00 per person sharing in off peak
€845.00 per person sharing in July & August
€245.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€350.00 solo traveller supplement (if travelling alone)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast ( mix of small hotels and guesthouses )
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental
- Guide in a support van (on group tours)
- Luggage transfer
- All route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

17-June,
12-August,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are available from April to October and can start any day of the week.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels. 
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

CLONBUR

Fairhill House Clonbur Fairhill House Clonbur1

We stay in a village hotel - Fairhill House Hotel

LEENANE

Leenane Hotel Leenane Hotel1

Leenane Hotel is overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord.

WESTPORT

Cillcoman Lodge Westport Cillcoman Lodge Westport1

We stay in a selection of charming guesthouses in the harbour area. 
Above is Cillcoman Lodge

Rosmo House Westport Rosmo House Westport1

Rosmo House

 Waterside Westport  Waterside Westport1

 Waterside B&B 

ACHILL ISLAND

Achill Island Hotel1 Achill Island Hotel

A bridge connects the Island with the main land. We stay in Achill Island Hotel

GALWAY

Consilio Galway Consilio Galway1

in Galway we stay in a variation of small guesthouses which are located 
close to the beach and within walking distance to town centre. 
Above: Consilio B&B

Dormers Galway Dormers Galway1

The Dormers B&B

Rocklodge Galway Rocklodge Galway1

Rocklodge B&B

How to get to Galway:

It is possible to fly to either Dublin airport or Shannon airport. (Please note: Flying into Dublin airport will have more route options)

From Shannon aiport:
There is a bus service to Galway city available, approx €16 per person (Check BusEireann for info)

From Dublin airport:
There is a number of Bus services that will take you direct from the aiport is available
(Check BusEireann or City Link for more information)

Alternatively you can take the Airlink shuttle bus into Dublin city and transfer to a train to Galway city
( but be warned the bus requires exact currency on the bus which is approximately €6 for a single adult ticket into the city ) 

The Train to Galway takes approx 2hrs 20mins.  Details on IrishRail   

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

Yes I had a great week. Highly recommend it. Aidan was a great guide.

 

Rika O Sullivan (Best of the West group 2016)

We had a lovely tour. The bikes were good quality and in nice working order. The route was well described and we had no problems following it. The accommodations were as we expected. The food was simply fantastic. Thanks for a great tour!

Abra & Holly (Connemara Best of the West 2016)

Everything went very smoothly. Accommodations were excellent, our luggage was always there when we arrived. The bikes were great. The ride was absolutely beautiful. All in all everything was well organized and we had a fantastic time. 

Deborah & Cyril Marchildon (Connemara, Best of the West self led 2015)

Everything was fine on our recent trip . The bikes, organisation, the B&Bs, the route, maps, luggage transfers etc, all worked like clockwork and it was most enjoyable.
High points would be the warm welcome at the accommodation especially the B&Bs and also the beautiful scenery. The bikes and equipment were excellent.

Jon White (Connemara, Best of West self guided 2015)

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