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Clare & Connemara Combined

Clare & Connemara Combined

Degree of difficulty - A/B

A popular request is to combine the unique features of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher with the "savage beauty" of Connemara,  all within the confines of a weeks cycling.  This tour is running since last year!

The tour starts in Ennis,  the capital of Clare and very accessible by public transport.  The following day we will transfer you to the coast where you will cycle via the Cliffs of Moher to the coastal village of Doolin,  your base for the next two nights.   The next day you have a chance to follow the Clare coastline all the way to the village of Ballyvaughan,  from here you head into the heart of the unique landscape that makes up the Burren.  The tour then heads ot the Aran Islands where you spend a night before heading on to take another ferry to Connemara.  

Our first destination in Connemara is the small village of Leenane,  stunningly located at the top of Killary Harbour.   From here you continue along the Connemara coast towards Clifden,  where you spend the last two nights of the tour.  

Your last day can be spent exploring the wonderful Sky Road and beaches near Clifden.  As part of the tour we include a transfer back into Galway city at the end of your trip.

DAY 1 ENNIS, CO. CLARE
On arrival in Ennis you should make your way to your B&B. Ennis is a fantastic town for music and entertainment so you can relax for the rest of the day and take in the atmosphere.

DAY 2 ENNIS TO DOOLIN 18 miles / 30 kms
You get away from the hustle and bustle of the town by taking a short transfer to the village of Inagh where you will be fitted out with your bike. You cycle by farmyards through backroads towards the Atlantic Coast and the town of Lahinch where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon there is the visit of the Cliffs of Moher rising a spectacular 660ft up from the Atlantic waves below. You can stroll along the cliff face and watch the birds gliding in the updraft. After visiting the cliffs you head to the village of Doolin. That night you can have a pub meal and enjoy the wealth of traditional music for which the village is famous.

DAY 3 LOOP OF THE BURREN 33 miles / 52 kms
Todays cycle will bring you to the very best the area has to offer. In the morning a beautiful cycle along the coast with Galway Bay and views of the Aran Islands on your left and the limestone cliffs which make the Burren such a unique landscape on your right. After lunch in the seaside village of Ballyvaughan you continue on your journey into the heart of this magnificent landscape, cycling though this limestone plateau back towards the coast and the village of Doolin

DAY 4 ARAN ISLANDS 22 miles / 35kms
You start the day by taking a morning ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. The day can then be spent touring the unique landscape of the island with its wealth of ancient stone forts and monastic sights. You spend the night on the island

DAY 5 ARAN ISLANDS TO LEENANE 29 miles / 45 kms
You take the morning ferry back to the mainland but this time our destination is the port of Rossaveal in Connemara. Todays cycle takes you through the beauty of Connemara on quiet backroads on your way to the village of Leenane located on the shores of Killary Harbour where you spend the night.

DAY 6 LEENANE TO CLIFDEN 35 miles / 58kms
You cycle into the heart of Connemara overlooked by the Twelve Bens mountain range and visit Kylemore Abbey, a wedding gift from a wealthy Liverpool businessman to his wife in 1868. You then cycle along quiet backroads past small fields with grazing cattle to the seaside village of Cleggan where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon you follow the scenic coast road to Clifden, the capital of Connemara , where you spend the next two nights is a pretty and bustling town of art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants established 200years ago at the whim of John D’Arcy

DAY 7 REST DAY IN CLIFDEN
The day can be spent in rest and relaxation or you can take part in a variety of activities including walking, golf or horse riding. You can also spend the day just relaxing on one of the many beautiful white sandy beaches which line the indented coast line or visit the landing site of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown. The town itself is a nice place to spend time visiting the museum, art galleries and book shops and cafes. In the evening there are a number of bars which have traditional music sessions.

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE
After breakfast we will arrange for a taxi to take you back to Galway city.

Please have a look in the tour dossier for more information.

2018 SELF GUIDED TOUR
€ 870.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 915.00 per person sharing in July & August
€ 255.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€ 395.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone)

Tour Includes

• Seven nights accommodation ( mixture of small hotels and guesthouses ) 
• One Evening Meal ( in Leenane)
• 24 speed touring bike with a rear pannier bag, lock, repair kit.
• Route maps and details
• Luggage transfer each day
• Ferry ticket to the Aran Islands
•Transfer from Ennis to the start point
•Transfer from Clifden to Galway city
• 24 hour service hotline

Self Guided Tour Information

Our Self Guided tour can start any day from April to mid October

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.

ENNIS

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In Ennis we stay in Westbrook Lodge

DOOLIN

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We stay in a selection of small guesthouses. Above:Seascape B&B

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Suantrai B&B in Doolin (centre), and Toomullin B&B (below)

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ARAN ISLANDS/INISHMORE

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In Inishmore, the biggest of the Aran Islands. we will spend the night in
either a small hotel aranislandshotel.com or a big guesthouse on the Pier, Pier House

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LEENANE

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

CLIFDEN

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Foyle's Hotel is is situated in the centre of Clifden town. 

How to get to Ennis:
It is possible to fly to either Dublin airport or Shannon airport. 
Shannon airport is closer to the start point but flying into Dublin airport does have a number of route options

From Shannon aiport:
There is a bus service to Ennis available, approx €16 per person (Check BusEireann for info).  
A taxi from Shannon airport to Ennis should cost approximately €35

From Dublin airport to Ennis:
Take the Airlink shuttle service into Dublin city where you can transfer to a train to Ennis from Heuston Station,
( 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 takes approx 2hrs 20mins,   Details of all trains are on IrishRail 

There is a Bus service direct from Dublin city to Ennis available (Check BusEireann for more info)

Returning from Galway to Dublin you can take train back to Dublin or else take a bus ( Bus Eireann or City Link
Alternatively you can take a bus from Galway to Shannon 

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

Everything was perfect. We had the best time of our lives. I have fllen in love with Ireland - want to retire there! 10/10 for everything - no complaints.

 

Theresa Sasiadek

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