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There are so many possibilties for cycling tours in Connemara. On our Connemara Sportive the distances are higher than our standard tours a great way to see more beautiful countryside in fewer days!
The trip starts in the village of Cong before heading North into the Partry Mountains and the fantastic town of Westport. There follows a cycle into the Delphi Valley, arguably one of the most beautiful roads in Ireland, to an overnight stop in Leenane village. The trip continues by hugging the coast to Cleggan where we stop for a wonderful lunch before heading to Clifden. A rest day in Clifden affords the opportunity to cycle the coast road to Roundstone and a chance to take a drip in the amazing Dogs Bay beach. The last day on the bike brings you through quiet old bog roads in wild remote roads that could only be found in Connemara. The cycle finishes in Oughterard where we will arrange a transfer back into Galway city.
We can arrange private groups on request and self guided tours from anytime from summer through to the end of October.
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Arrive in Galway
When you arrive in Galway you make your way to your accommodation anytime after 3.00pm. You can then explore this bustling medieval city. We will send you on full accommodation details and the necessary contact details for your tour closer to your departure date.
Galway / Headford to Westport (85km/740m)
We will arrange a 9.30am transfer from Galway to the Headford ( to get away from the busier roads outside the city ) where you start your cycle. You follow quiet roads to the village of Cong and onwards into what is known as “Joyces Country” where rolling green fields full of grazing sheep looking out on mountains and lakes line your route. Soon you descend down to Lough Mask, the fourth largest lake in the country and a wonderful cycle along the shores ensues. At the village of Tourmakeady you have your biggest climb of the week over the Partry Mountains with wonderful views back to the Lough and to the Croagh Patrick in the distance. The cycle continues on quiet back road with stunning views to Westport, consistently rated as one of the most attractive towns in Ireland.
Westport to Leenane (65km/550m)
You cycle between Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay with its many small islands, to the village of Louisburgh where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon you head south through one of the highlights of the week, the stunning Delphi Valley with its beautiful lakes overlooked by Ben Bury, the highest mountain in Connemara. Overnight is in the small village of Leenane which looks out over Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord.
Leenane to Clifden (68km/650m or 78km/830m)
The cycle heads into the heart of Connemara overlooked by the Twelve Bens mountain range and a visit to Kylemore Abbey, a wedding gift from a wealthy Liverpool businessman to his wife in 1868. Continuing along quiet backroads past small fields with grazing cattle you will arrive at the seaside village of Cleggan where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon you follow the scenic coast road to Clifden where you can watch cars travel across the beach to Omey Island only accessible when the tide is out! Clifden, the capital of Connemara , where you spend the next two nights. A pretty and bustling town of art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants established 200years ago at the whim of John D’Arcy
Clifden Loop (62km/450m)
An "easy" cycle around the coastline to Ballyconneely and Roundstone returning via a spectacular Bog road with wonderful views of the mountains. The road is interspersed with many beaches, including one of the loveliest in Ireland at Dogs Bay. Roundstone is a pretty fishing village and a great place to take some refreshments. A must do hillier option is the Sky road with its great views and descent back to Clifden.
Clifden to Galway (80km/680m)
Cycle out of Clifden along a beautiful waterside roads crossing extensive wild peat bogs against a backdrop of the Twelve Benns Mountains. As you reach close to Rosaveel the route will take a turn in land ono a spectacular road. This is a wild and remote place with wonderful views back to the sea and Connemara wild ponies. There is then a lovely descent into the attractive town of Oughterard. You then take a short transfer to avoid the busy roads into the centre of Galway for the final night.
? Six nights accommodation with full Irish breakfast
? One Evening Meal ( in Leenane)
? Route maps and details
? Luggage transfer each day
? Transfer from Galway to Headford & from Oughterard to Galway
? 24 hour service hotline
? GPS tracks available (on request)
? Bike rental ? road and touring bikes can be rented for this tour. Please email us with your requirements
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2021: 6 NIGHT SPORTIVE TOUR (SELF GUIDED)
€ 730.00 per person sharing off-peak
€ 775.00 per person sharing in July & August
€ 255.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
Self Guided Tour Information
Self guided tour is available from July to October and can start any day of the week.
We will organise your accommodation, luggage transfer and GPS route details and maps
Private group tours with a guide and back up support van are available on request
Travel details coming soon!
Cong / Clonbur
The first night of this trip can be in the lovely Fairhill House Hotel in Clonbur ( image of the left )
You can updgrade and stay on the grounds of Ashford Castle in the beautiful Lodge at Ashford Castle ( image to the right )
Typically you stay in guesthouses in the harbour area of the town, Boffin Lodge ( image the left ) is one of our guesthouses
You can upgrade and stay in the town centre, for example Wyatts Hotel ( image on the right )
In Leenane we stay in the beautifully located Leenane Hotel. On arrival you can relax in the beer garden overlooking Killary Harbour
Your two night stay in Clifden is typically spent in the wonderful Foyles Hotel, located in the heart of this bustling town
Your last night in Galway is typically spent in the coastal area between Spanish Arch in the city centre and Salthill, image of one of our guesthouses to the left
You can upgrade to a hotel in the city centre, for example the Hardiman Hotel ( image to the right )