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Ireland - Clare & the Burren

Price from €830 per person

Degree of difficulty -

Start: ENNIS

Finish: ENNIS

Daily Ave: 38-50km

Weekly Ave: 231km

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Terrain: There are some hills on the route. With the exception of the roads in and out of Ennis, the traffic on the route should be quite light.

Our tour start in the historical town of Ennis, renowned for its traditional music. We set off through rolling countryside on quiet backroads towards the Atlantic Ocean where we stay on its shores listening to the waves rolling in.

Each night we stay by the coast and every day our cycling is rewarded in some way. From the famous Cliffs of Moher (Europe's highest) to the wonderful freewheel into the village of Doolin (famous for its three pubs that compete to have the best music). Or the spectacular coastal ride from the matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan with the Burren on one side and views across to the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara beyond on the other.

We cycle deep into the heart of the Burren passing by its megalithic tombs and limestone plateaux on our way back to Ennis for a final night together.

Although the terrain is undulating,  the mileage is not too high and this would be one of our least challenging tours in Ireland. Also due to the myriad of backroads in this area,  the Clare tour is a great choice for making a bespoke tour to your exact needs,  making days shorter and easier is always an option.  

We offer an "easy" tour in the area,  which takes in an extra rest day and starts in Ennis and finishes in Galway. We offer a "family" tour which has reduced mileage each day. As well as this we  offer shorter tours in Clare. 

Another popular option is our Clare & Connemara tour

Tour Itinerary

7 Night Tour

Day
1

Ennis, County Clare image 1

Ennis, County Clare

On arrival in Ennis you should make your way to your accommodation. Ennis is a fantastic town for music and entertainment so you can relax for the rest of the day and take in the atmosphere.

Ennis, County Clare image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
2

Ennis to Spanish Point 30 miles / 48 kms image 1

Ennis to Spanish Point 30 miles / 48 kms

Having being fitted out with your bicycle you head out towards West Clare, cycling along quiet country roads through rolling green fields to the coast, where you stay the night at Spanish Point named after those Spanish Ships from the Armada which sank here in 1588. You spend the night in a Hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Ennis to Spanish Point 30 miles / 48 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
3

Spanish Point to Doolin 29 miles / 46 kms image 1

Spanish Point to Doolin 29 miles / 46 kms

Cycling along quiet roads you eventually come to the popular holiday town of Lahinch where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon we visit 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.

Spanish Point to Doolin 29 miles / 46 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
4

Doolin to Ballyvaughan 31 miles / 50 kms image 1

Doolin to Ballyvaughan 31 miles / 50 kms

In the morning you begin to see the first hints of the limestone landscape of the Burren and visit the monastic site at Kilfenora and its stone high crosses. Kilfenora is also home to the Burren Heritage Centre that gives you an excellent insight into the formation and history of the Burren. Later you can stop off for lunch at the matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna. The afternoon's cycle is a beautiful run where the road hugs the coastline with Galway Bay and the Aran Islands on your left and the limestone cliffs of the Burren on your right. You stop for two nights in a comfortable hotel in the seaside village of Ballyvaughan.

Doolin to Ballyvaughan 31 miles / 50 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
5

Rest day in Ballyvaughan image 1

Rest day in Ballyvaughan

The day can be spent doing a wide variety of activities. You can join a wonderful four-hour walking tour of the Burren with a local man who is a very entertaining character and an encyclopaedia of knowledge on the area. There is also an optional short cycle to the impressive ruins of a Cistercian Abbey or you can visit the nearby Ailwee Caves. Alternatively the day could be spent relaxing in this attractive village

Rest day in Ballyvaughan image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
6

Ballyvaughan to Kinvarra 24 miles / 38 kms image 1

Ballyvaughan to Kinvarra 24 miles / 38 kms

The cycle heads straight into the heart of the Burren where you visit the localities most famous historical sight, the Poulnabrone Dolmen a small ancient burial site dating back to 2500BC. Veering off the beaten track you stop at the village of Carran for lunch in an old police barracks. In the afternoon you cycle through quiet backroads to visit the Burren Perfumery that makes a wide variety of perfumes using the local flora and has a wonderful slide show illustrating the beautiful and unique botany of this region. You then descend through a limestone lunar landscape to the pretty seaside village of Kinvarra where we spend the night.

Ballyvaughan to Kinvarra 24 miles / 38 kms image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
7

Kinvarra to Ennis 31 miles / 49 kms image 1

Kinvarra to Ennis 31 miles / 49 kms

For the last day you head back into the Burren through limestone moonscape, passing Lough Buny and the impressive Mullaghmore before stopping for lunch in Corafin. In the afternoon you visit a 16th Century Tower House and an even older monastic sight. This is also the site of the famous battle of Dysert O’Dea where the Irish Chieftains defeated the Normans and kept them out of Clare for another 200 years. You then cycle back into Ennis for a final night on the town before heading home the following morning.

Please see our tour dossiers below for all details on this tour as well as details on all other tours we offer based on this route.

Kinvarra to Ennis 31 miles / 49 kms image 2

Prices / Dates

2019 7 NIGHT 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 (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

2019 SHORT BREAK (4 NIGHT)
€520.00 per person sharing off peak
€550.00 per person sharing in July & August
€160.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€250.00 solo tour (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

2019 SHORT BREAK (5 NIGHT)
€605.00 per person sharing off peak
€625.00 per person sharing in July & August
€190.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€305.00 solo tour (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation with full irish breakfast (mix of small hotels and guesthouses)
- 1 evening meal (on 7 nights tour only)
- Bike rental with pannier bag, repair kit, lock, bottle carrier
- Guide in a support van (group tour only)
- Luggage transfer
- All route details and maps
- Helmets (group tour only)
- 24 hour service hotline
- GPS tracks available (on request)

All other tour prices/what's included is listed in the individual tour dossiers

Not included:
Helmet rental on self guided tours: €10 (to be paid locally)

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

25-May,
20-July,
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)

Day
1

ENNIS image 1

ENNIS

In Ennis we stay in stay in central guesthouses

ENNIS image 2

Day
2

SPANISH POINT image 1

SPANISH POINT

 Bellbridge Hotel.

The bell bridge hotel is set on the wild Atlantic Ocean and you can hear the waves during the night.
There is a warm feel to the hotel with traditional music most night and a great place to rest after your first day on the bike.

SPANISH POINT image 2

Day
3

DOOLIN  image 1

DOOLIN

We Doolin is probably the best town in Ireland for traditional music and hospitality and you will experience this first hand as we stay in local B&Bs with a real Irish household feel to them.

Seascape B&B

DOOLIN  image 2

Day
4

BALLYVAUGHAN image 1

BALLYVAUGHAN

Hylands Hotel 

Set in the Heart of the burren is the Hylands hotel. This traditional hotel has a peaceful feel about it along with a lovely pub. Its location in the heart of the village makes it the perfect place to spend a rest day exploring the town or for the more adventures a walk in the burren national park.

BALLYVAUGHAN image 2

Day
5

KINVARRA image 1

KINVARRA

Staying at family run guesthouses or B&Bs in this old fishing village you get a feel of the ireland of old. With all the benifes of modern living and very good food and a wide range for local pubs to talk and relive the day is an easy going cosy environment.

KINVARRA image 2

Travel

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 this 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)

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

Tour Reviews

I just want to let you know what an amazing trip we had biking around Clare. Ireland is a beautiful and magical place and so honoured to see parts of it on the bike. The route took us on some beautiful back roads and the weather was perfect. Thank you for setting us up with the accommodations, it was all lovely.

Susan Dittman (Clare & the Burren self led 2016)

We had such a great time and everything was perfect….except for the rain on our Burren walk. Actually, that’s something we probably won’t forget! Wishing you all the best!

Bob & Pat Morton (Clare 2015)

My wife and I had an incredible experience! It was the best vacation we've taken in the past 10 years. Everything was excellent. Don't change a thing. The B&B's were especially outstanding.


Jesse Arnstein (Clare 2015)

The hospitality and friendliness of the guesthouse owners is without limits. Breakfast is a real treat at every guesthouse. We enjoyed every day on our bicycles; the route was beautiful and the set out back roads were great for cycling.

Marcel Jansen & Marga Schuit (Clare self led 2015)

We had an excellent holiday from start to finish.

Shaun Whittaker (Clare Short Break 2013)

Tour FAQ

upcoming information

We are currently updating all our tour frequently asked questions. In the meantime hopefully most questions are answered in our tour dossiers at the bottom of our itinerary page

Of course please do not hesitate to email us should you have any queries at all

 

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