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Connemara, Galway and Mayo Safari

Connemara, Galway and Mayo Safari

Degree of difficulty - A/B

Connemara is one of the most popular destinations for cyclists coming to Ireland.   It's easy to see why Lonely Planet claimed that our Connemara Safari was one of the must do cycling trips in Europe.

Due to the popularity of the region we are offering two tours in this area, our Connemara, Galway & Mayo tour and ourConnemara - Best of the West

New in 2019 is the offer for a 4 day short break tour in this area! See the tour dossier for more details or contact us in the office. info@cyclingsafaris.com 

This Safari starts and finishes in Galway city, Ireland's liveliest city with cobbled streets of entertainers, pubs spilling over with merriment and the wonderful backdrop of Galway Bay.  The tour starts with a transfer to the village of Clonbur,  away from busy roads, where the cycling starts.

Our route takes in the best of the area including the colourful town of Westport, the pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick, the stunning Delphi Valley, Killary Harbour, Kylemore Abbey, Clifden and the famous Sky Road. We ride across spectacular open bogland, pass deserted beaches. On our last day we take a ferry over to the Aran Island to visit the dramatic hill fort of Dun Aengus.   We stay overnight stay on the Island and take the late afternoon ferry back to the mainland on our last day.



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

You head north along the quiet back roads through rolling green fields full of grazing sheep, before descending down to Lough Mask and a wonderful cycle along the shores of the lake.
After lunch you have our biggest climb of the week over the Partry Mountains and then cycle along a quiet back road with stunning views of the surrounding landscape all the way to colourful village of Westport.

DAY 3 WESTPORT TO LEENANE                                   33 miles  / 52 kms
You cycle between Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay with its many small islands, to the village of Louisburgh where we 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. That night we stay in the small village of Leenane which looks out over Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord.

DAY 4 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 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 is a pretty and bustling town of art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants established 200years ago at the whim of John D’Arcy

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 6 CLIFDEN TO ARAN ISLANDS                            35 miles  /  58 kms
You cycle out of Clifden along beautiful waterside roads crossing extensive wild bogs with freshly cut peat waiting to be harvested against a backdrop of the Twelve Benns Mountains.   The afternoon cycle takes you through Gaelic speaking areas to the ferry in Rossaveel which will bring us to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands where you will spend the night.  

DAY 7 ARAN ISLANDS TO GALWAY                               22 miles / 35kms
The day can then be spent touring the unique landscape of the island with its wealth of ancient stone forts and monastic sights.   In the late afternoon you return to the mainland and take a transfer back to Galway city for a final night on the town together before going our separate ways the following morning.

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

€ 890.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 930.00 per person sharing in July & August
€ 255.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€ 395.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone)

€645.00 per person sharing May, June & September
€665.00 per person sharing July & August
€150.00 single occupancy (if travelling with others)
€225.00 solo tour supplement ( if travelling alone )

Tour Includes

- 7 nights / 4 nights accommodation with breakfast ( mix of small hotels & guesthouses )
- 1 evening meal 
- Bike rental with pannier bag, repair kit, lock, bottle holder
- Guide in a support van (on group tour)
- Luggage transfer
- Helmet rental (on group tour)

- Ferry ticket to the Aran Islands   
- All route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline
- GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
Helmet rental on self guided tours (on request) €10

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

1-June, 22-June,
3-August, 17-August, 31-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.


Fairhill House Clonbur Fairhill House Clonbur1

We stay in a village hotel - Fairhill House Hotel


We stay in a selection of charming guesthouses in the harbour area.

Rosmo House Westport Rosmo House Westport1

Rosmo House

 Waterside Westport  Waterside Westport1

 Waterside B&B 


Leenane Hotel Leenane Hotel1

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


Foyles Hotel Clifden Foyles Hotel Clifden1

Foyles Hotel is is situated in the centre of Clifden town.


Aran Islands Hotel2 Aran Islands Hotel1

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

Pier House Aran Islands Pier House Aran Islands1


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

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 airport: 
There is a bus service to Galway city available, approx €16 per person (Check BusEireann for info). Duration 1 hour 50 minutes.

From Dublin airport: 
There are a number of Bus services that will take you directly from the airport to Galway( BusEireann or City Link )

Alternatively you can take the Airlink shuttle bus into Dublin city and transfer to a train to Galway city (€7 single ticket) - duration approx 40 minutes)

The Train to Galway takes approx 2hrs 20mins.  ( IrishRail )   

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

Tour map

We had a great time in a great country ! Thank you

Shirley Holmes (Connemara, 2018)

First of all, we had SUCH a great time biking in the west coast of Ireland. The beauty exceeded our expectations. We came home feeling like we really had the chance to truly experience Ireland: it's land, people and culture.
We are thankful for finding your company online and through Lonely Planet guidebook. Had a memorable trip. We will recommend your services to others.

Kim and Rob (Connemara, 2018)

We had an AMAZING trip. The bikes were great, the sites were wonderful and the accommodations were perfect. A special shout out to our Galway hosts who were so lovely and helpful. Your meal suggestions were very useful. Loved the routes and we were so impressed at how patient and careful motorists were around us on those narrow roads - that just doesn't happen here! Everyone who was involved in transferring bags/us, hosting etc made our trip seamless and so enjoyable.

Shelby Delaney (Connemara, 2018)

Wanted to thank you, your staff and especially Dan for a wonderful vacation. We truly enjoyed the magic that is Ireland. Again thank you for all of your support and help planning our trip.

Francis S. O'Brien (Connemara, 2018)

My husband and I recently took a Connemara cycling tour with Cycling Safaris to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We were both very impressed and pleased with the tour organization. Our guides, Danny for the beginning of the week, and Aidan for the second half, were knowledgeable and very personable. They added a great deal to our experience. The bicycles were in excellent shape and we were happy to see the same shifting mechanism as we use at home. The routes were well chosen to avoid traffic which we appreciated. The accommodations were all comfortable. We were pleased to be in small hotels, B & B’s, and Guest Houses rather than large, impersonal hotels. The food provided was excellent. We so enjoyed meeting people from all parts of the world. We highly recommend Cycling Safaris.

Prudy Holoski (Connemara, 2018)

We spent last week with Daniel and wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip.
The itinerary was as promised, the accommodations great, restaurants spot on and Daniel a wonderful guide and all around nice guy. John and I were the "elders" on the trip and always way behind the pack, but Daniel was very attentive in making sure we were okay as the days unfolded. We were slow but sure, our only issue sore bottoms... We Yanks are used to wider saddles ;) Next time we'll bring gel seats.
Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Beth & John Holmes (Connemara, Galway & Mayo group tour 2017

Sarah and I had a fantastic time and we're incredibly pleased with every aspect of the trip.
The bikes were excellent and we had no troubles with them. The guidebooks were super, we never missed a turn. We could not have been more pleased with the recommended routes and we took every scenic option. Although we aren't very experienced cyclists, we're both reasonable fit and the distance and hills were very manageable. We finished every day in good shape with plenty of time. The countryside was incredible and we loved the routes we travelled. All the connections worked well and we enjoyed each of the places you booked us for stays.
We couldn't have been more happy with the trip and are already talking about travelling with your company again.

Janiine Babcock (Connemara, Galway & Mayo self guided tour 2017)

Just completed Connemara group tour and want to tell you how much we enjoyed our tour and our guide Aidan, what a great guy! We will spread the word to Tripadvisor and beyond..

Ralph Tucker (Connemara Group 2016)

Overall our tour was excellent and we had a great trip. All of our accommodations were good and expecting us. Our luggage was moved daily without any problems or worry on our part. The bikes were in fine condition and we didn't have to repair any flats. The directions were, by and large, detailed and accurate.
Thanks so much for an excellent tour.

Steve Asakawa (Connemara 2016)

We could not have been more pleased with the trip. Your company is incredibly organized, reliable and accommodating. All of the pre-arranged hotels and B&Bs were lovely and the breakfasts were incredible. The bikes were much better than expected and everyone who works for you seems incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. We had the most wonderful trip and have been raving about your company and our vacation to all of our friends and family since our return. Thank you.

Hilary Jerico (Connemara self guided 2016)

We had a great time. Transfers went well, biking was wonderful, we weren't quite as lucky on the weather- nothing you can do about that. Danny was an excellent guide, knowledgeable about bikes, history of the area, and an accommodating, enjoyable person. We would recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you

Norman Graham (Connemara group tour 2016)

We are feeling on top of the world after the most wonderful vacation with your company. Everything was so outstanding; the scenery, the bikes, the hotels & B&Bs, Danny our guide - we can't wait for our next tour in a couple of years! We have so many great memories and photos, they should keep us going until we make it back.

Stephanie Kulke (Connemara group tour 2016)

We absolutely loved our cycling tour. We miss it already! Thank you so much for the wonderful cycling experience.

Rowena Helman (Connemara self led 2016)

We had a wonderful trip!
I thought everything was very well organized, planned and executed. The bikes were great. The route materials were very accurate and plenty detailed. It was also very nice to have some history of the places we visited as well as recommendations for food and points of interest there.

Kara Daillak (Connemara self led 2015)

Guides were very helpful and fun to be around.

Lyle Cook (Connemara group 2015)

Daniel has an awesome personality – great tour guide! Loved the entire trip!

Lori Solomon (Connemara Group 2015)

Enjoyed the tour as usual. Daniel was a terrific guide, who worked very hard to tend to everyone’s needs.

Wayne Rosso (Connemara Group 2015)

Overall, we had a great week. It was our first biking tour, and we will definitely do more! The organization was really excellent.
Thanks again for the stellar and very professional organization of this tour! 

Anna Gruending (Connemara self led 2015)

Your notes/maps etc were excellent and clear. We thought all of the places we stayed were fine and the bikes were great.
In particular, the route was perfect and beautiful. I think you almost underplay this in your material. We have been on a lot of cycling holidays in mainland Europe and think that the scenery on this was second to none.

Tom Lebus (Connemara self led 2015)

Just wanted to thank you again for going the "extra distance" to make the week work out for us after our long planning process.
We would have hated to miss what was a trip of a lifetime! ... Loved your country!

Mona Matheus (Connemara self led 2014)

We absolutely loved the trip! The accommodations were fantastic! The food at every place we stayed was also incredible. The bikes were fine, no concerns there.
In summary: Accommodations 10 out of 10, Food 10 out of 10, Directions 9 out of 10,Transport 10 out of 10

Dawn Goodling (Connemara self guided 2013)

Had a terrific time in Ireland and would not hesitate to see another part of that beautiful island again. We found everything well organized and well marked. Thank you for making our trip memorable.

Nancy & Peter C. (Connemara self led 2013)

Just wanted to let you know that we are having an absolute blast on our self guided Connemara Cycling trip!! The scenery is stunning, the routes are fabulous. The food and accommodations (and of course, the people) are exactly what we'd hoped for. Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful experience for cycling enthusiasts like ourselves. 

Lorie & Sharon (Connemara self led 2013)

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