Connemara scheduled group tour
one of our most popular bike tours in Ireland
This bike tour in Connemara appeals to cyclists who wish to enjoy the company of others along the way. And it is a great way for solo travelers to avoid the supplements, and find friends to share the cycling with. There are defined start dates, which means that as an individual you can book your preferred date but that there will be a group of like-minded cyclists coming together. There are still options for each day’s cycle allowing you to choose for easier or longer rides.
Connemara with its ever changing landscapes, light, and terrain is the ideal cycling region for a first visit to Ireland.
Arrive in Oughterard (20km from Galway, there are regular buses from Shannon or Dublin airport to Galway), easily reached by bus or taxi from Galway. Stay the night in guesthouse/B&B. Depending on your arrival time we will meet you in the evening or the next morning for a personal introduction to your bicycles and the week ahead, and you are going to meet the others in the group.
For the longer option you cycle on a very quiet back road onto a plateau of bogs, moorland, lakes and forests. There are stunning views back over lake Corrib and then onto the Atlantic. You turn west into South Connemara and along the beautiful cost line via the small village of Kilkieran to the village of Carna. This area is still Irish (Gaelic) speaking and has some wonderful beaches to dip your toes into the Atlantic. (42km (26mls) climb 160m – 57km (36mls) 480m)
You continue north along the beautiful coast to Cashel from where you turn west and there are great views towards the Twelve Bens (the mountains at the centre of the Connemara National Park). You finish your cycle today in Clifden. This colourful small town is often labelled the metropole of Connemara. Here you will stay for two nights, and you may enjoy traditional Irish music been played in the pubs.
(45km (28mls) climb 165m longe option 59km/37mls – 344m)
Enjoy a day out of the saddle perhaps go horseback riding or deep sea fishing, or head for Inishboffin Island. But if you do want to go cycling there is a wonderful a ride out along the Sky Road to enjoy some sublime coastal scenery. Along the way walk to the ruin of Clifden Castle. For the more enthusiastic rider you then continue along more coastal scenery to Claddaghduff and Aughrusbeg.
(ca 17km climb 200m, 51km climb 400m)
Leave Clifden behind to cycle through the beautiful Lough Inagh Valley to Kylemore, where you may like to visit Kylemore Abbey. From here there are choices along the coast to Lettergesh or to go a more direct route to Leenane. Finish the day with a great downhill to the beautiful village of Leenane located on Ireland’s only fjord, Killary Harbour. Leenane was the location for the film “The Field” with Richard Harris.
(65km (40mls) climb 250m / 75km (45mls) climb 490m)
From Leenane we head along the northern shore of Killary Harbour and into the beautiful Delphi Valley and past the very atmospheric Doolough Valley to Louisburgh, one of the homes of Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of the West of Ireland. From here we follow the Clew Bay coastline east towards Westport. On the, way we pass the striking sculpture which commemorates the ‘coffin ships’ that carried countless thousands of Irish emigrants to America. Close by is the foot of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holiest mountain and a popular destination for pilgrims. The steep path to the summit is rewarded by fantastic views over Clew Bay. And yes – you can climb it if you have the inclination (and the energy! – best to do it the next day).Our destination is the bustling town of Westport, situated at the head of island-strewn Clew Bay.
(53km/33mls climb 470m)
Various options are available for today, hike Croagh Patrick, cycle the Greenway one of Ireland’s only dedicated cycle trails along the route of the old railway line from Westport to Achill or alternatively there is a loop ride available into the Partry Moutains and over to Tourmakeady before returning to Westport. Our farewell dinner is back at our Westport hotel. You might like to top off your tour with a visit to one of the town’s many musical pubs – Matt Molloy’s (Matt of Chieftains fame) is a favourite.(57km/36mls – 576m)
Breakfast, followed by farewell and departure for your onward journey.
€1,300 pps off peak; €1,395pps in July & Aug
luggage transfers can be added for €720 (Total)
gentle, some occasional climb, options available on most days
Stevens hybrid bicycle (upgrade to road bicycles or electric assist bicycles are available)
Accommodation & Meals
7 nights guesthouses, B&Bs, and hotels inclusive of 7 breakfasts
Detailed daily route notes, maps, and route notes, gpx files, personal meet and greet, emergency support
Departure Dates 2022
June 25th – July 2nd
Sept 3rd – 10th
Oughterard (40min from Galway city)
This scheduled group cycling tour is designed to stay in comfortable, friendly, wonderful guesthouses and small hotels such as underneath.
Located overlooking Killary Harbour the hotel offers 66 rooms, all individually decorated some with antique furnishings. The hotel also offers reception rooms and facilities, including a Bar, a spacious Restaurant and a Private Residents Lounge, with free Wifi.
The Restaurant has a deserved reputation for serving good food and fine wines with local produce high on the list of specialties. Locally grown and of the highest standards, on offer are regional specialties such as fresh Killary Bay Salmon and Rack of Connemara Mountain Lamb.
This beautiful house is located within a stones throw of the centre of Clifden. Enjoy the elegance, unrivalled hospitality and all the benefits of modern conveniences, like orthopaedic matresses, and free wifi.
Gallery of Tour Pictures