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Ireland - West Mayo Safari

Price from €830 per person

Degree of difficulty -

Start: WESTPORT

Finish: WESTPORT

Daily Ave: 38-72km

Weekly Ave: 296km

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Terrain: Road are all tarmaced and mainly on quiet back roads. Very few climbs.

A lesser known part of Ireland but still offering great scenery. The route incorporates the fantastic Greenway cycle that takes us from Achill Island all the way to Westport.

Our Safari starts and finishes in the colourful town of Westport. We set off on our cycle around Lough Conn where fisherman cast off and patiently wait for the days catch. We head to the coast and the Ceide Fields. A unique archeological site of world importance where the remains of stone filled walls, houses and megalithic tombs are preserved beneath a blanket of peat over several square miles. As a field structure of over five and a half millennia, it is the oldest known field system in the world.

We continue our journey cycling along the Atlantic Coast to Ireland's largest island Achill, where we are basing ourselves for two days. Achill is unspoilt by the havoc of the modern day and many of its beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status by the European Union. Dramatic views of towering cliffs, majestic mountains and open moorland - nature at is most beautiful, all immortalized by the paintings of Paul Henry.

Our final days cycle takes us all the way from Achill to Westport on a dedicated cycle / walking path, the famous Great Western Greenway! A fantastic way to finish up this great tour.

 

Tour Itinerary

7 Night Tour

Day
1

WESTPORT image 1

WESTPORT

On arrival in Westport, you should make your way to your accommodation after 2.00pm, and explore the area. 

WESTPORT image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
2

WESTPORT TO FOXFORD 36 miles / 58 kms image 1

WESTPORT TO FOXFORD 36 miles / 58 kms

Leaving the town on the Castlebar Road, after a mile you turn onto the Western Way walking route. The route takes you along quiet backroads passing by lakes and bogland to our lunch stop. After lunch, there is some nice lakeside cycling around Lough Conn and then onto Lough Cullin, which brings you to our Hotel in Foxford.

WESTPORT TO FOXFORD 36 miles / 58 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
3

FOXFORD TO BALLYCASTLE 30 miles / 38 kms image 1

FOXFORD TO BALLYCASTLE 30 miles / 38 kms

You start the day by visiting the historic Woollen Mills in Foxford after which you head out on back roads to follow along, the eastern shore of Lough Conn before stopping for lunch in a pub. In the afternoon you again follow quiet roads to Ballycastle.

FOXFORD TO BALLYCASTLE 30 miles / 38 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
4

BALLYCASTLE TO BELMULLET 42 miles / 68 kms image 1

BALLYCASTLE TO BELMULLET 42 miles / 68 kms

Heading west on the coast road with wonderful views looking out over the Atlantic, you come to the Ceide Fields, site of an ancient 5000-year-old field system. It is the largest Stone Age site in Europe and there is an excellent interpretive centre here that outlines the history of the site. Continuing on from the centre there is a dramatic cycle across open bogland with more wonderful coastal views all the way to the town of Belmullet.

BALLYCASTLE TO BELMULLET 42 miles / 68 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
5

BELMULLET TO ACHILL 45 miles / 72 kms image 1

BELMULLET TO ACHILL 45 miles / 72 kms

Today, the cycle is around the Atlantic Coast through a wild barren landscape, past freshly cut fields of peat, to the village of Mulranney and from there cycle onto Achill Island and the night stop.

BELMULLET TO ACHILL 45 miles / 72 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
6

REST DAY IN ACHILL image 1

REST DAY IN ACHILL

There are 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.

REST DAY IN ACHILL image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
7

Greenway Cycle - ACHILL TO WESTPORT 40 miles / 60 kms image 1

Greenway Cycle - ACHILL TO WESTPORT 40 miles / 60 kms

Leaving the Island via the bridge at Achill sound, we continue on the World Class Great Western Greenway (www.greenway.ie). This is a 43.5km traffic free cycling and walking facility which primarily follows the line of the famous Great Western Midlands Railway, which closed in 1937. Its development has been made possible by agreement of local landowners who have allowed permissive access to users to pass through their lands. This route offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the west of Ireland. The route forms part of the National Cycle Network and it is the longest dedicated cycling path in the Country!

Greenway Cycle - ACHILL TO WESTPORT 40 miles / 60 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
8

Awaiting Acommoation Image

WESTPORT DEPARTURE

Tour finishes after breakfast.

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

Prices / Dates

2019 TOUR PRICE 
€830.00 per person sharing off peak
€865.00 per person sharing in July & August
€255.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€395.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

Tour Includes

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

- Luggage transfer
- Route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline
- GPS tracks available (on request)

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

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

24-August,

Self Guided Tour Information

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

Accommodation

(Subject to availability)

WESTPORT  image 1

WESTPORT

The B&Bs we use in Westport are away from the busy town and down on the quays by the ocean. They are often family run and offer an insight to the Irish home with some fantastic breakfast too.

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FOXFORD image 1

FOXFORD

The Mayfly Hotel is set on the banks of the River Moy in a idyllic setting. A peaceful and relaxing hotel the perfect way to spend an evening after a day on the bike.

FOXFORD image 2
BALLYCASTLE image 1

BALLYCASTLE

Barbara & Michael Kelly will give you a warm welcome you in the family run Keadyville House. Set in the countryside in a very peaceful setting 

Atlantic View.Is a relaxing B&B in the Irish countryside. A short walk from the village with the local pubs. Its a easy way to spend an evening and chat with the locals.

BALLYCASTLE image 2
 BELMULLET image 1

BELMULLET

Chez Nous B&B, 5 minutes walk from the bustling town of Belmullet this warm and friendly B&B is a great place to get a good nights sleep.

A warm welcome awaits you in Drom Caoin B&B  along with an award winning breakfast you are sure to enjoy you stay. 

 BELMULLET image 2
ACHILL  image 1

ACHILL

Bervie guest accommodation is a wonderfully restored coastguard station on Achill Island a stones throw from the beach. 

Roskeel House offers bright, spacious rooms along with a really wild feel to it and only short walk to the village centre.

ACHILL  image 2

Travel

How to get to Westport (Mayo):
It is possible to fly to either Dublin airport, Knock Airport or Shannon airport. 

From Dublin airport: 
Bus service non-direct from the airport to Westport available. Travel time around 5-6 hours.
Check JJKavanagh Coach or GetThere.ie for more information

A better option is to take the Airlink shuttle service into Dublin city (ca. 45 minutes, depending on traffic) and transfer to get direct train to Westport. Train takes approx 3 hours. Details on Irish Rail 

From Knock Airport:
There is a direct bus going from Knock Airport to Westport. The journey takes approx 1 hour. 

From Shannon airport:
There is a bus service to Westport city available,  you need to change buses in Galway. Shannon Airport to Galway takes approx 2 hours, Galway to Westport takes another 2 hours bus journey. 
Check GetThere.ie for information

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

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