Hike Bike Ireland cycle and hike through Connemara
Self-guided walking & bicycling tour
Connemara is perfectly suited to combine a trip that will let you cycle and hike on the same or successive days. You don’t have to decide which of the activity you prefer – you can have it all on this self-guided tour that combines walking and cycling.
This trip is especially designed to visit the most beautiful spots in Connemara, leaving you to explore one of the lesser explored regions of Ireland.
Arrive in Clifden, a charming, bustling market town (we can help arranging transport). Stay the next two nights in central guesthouse, dinner at your own choosing in one of the many restaurants. Plan on your personal introduction either this evening or in the morning of day 2.
This is a day where you have various alternatives. Cycle out along the Sky Road to enjoy some sublime coastal scenery. Or head for a longer ride south of Clifden all along the coast to Ballyconneely and Roundstone, before returning to Clifden over a beautiful bog-road.
41km/25mls – climb 292m – 17km/11mls – climb 200m
Today’s cycle will bring us to Letterfrack, the home for the Connemara National Park to the Renvyle Peninsula with its beautiful beaches. Stay in the small village of Tully or Tully cross for the next two nights.
(cycle 24km/15mls, longer options available)
Your walk today will take you ino the Connemara National Park. There are a number of walks in the Connemara National Park with the quartzite mountain of Diamond Hill being the most distinctive. Along the way keep a look out for peregrine falcons, wild mountain goats and native red deer. Your climb to the glittering quartzite summit is rewarded with commanding views of the spectacular wilderness of Connemara.
7-10km (approx. 4 hours)
There are various options today, you can extend the cycling to visit the tip of the Renvyle Peninsula, or you can choose to keep the cycling short and hike along Killary Harbour on what is called the “Famine Trail” as it was build during the Great Famine as a relief scheme. You cycle past Kylemore Abbey, well worth a visit for the restored Victorian walled garden, the beautiful little chapel as well as the rooms in the main house. From here you can decide to head straight for Leenane. Stay the next two nights in Leenane, a small village beautifully situated on Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. It was the locatio for the film “The Field” with Richard Harris. Enjoy a seaweed bath to relax, before digging into a bowl of freshly steamed mussels.
(bike 35km/22mls climb 248m)
You have several options – take the Killary Cruise sailing along Killary Harbour. Or hike on the Western Way all along the hillside high above Killary Harbour. Or alternatively if you prefer to cycle continue to ride north past the Aasleagh Waterfalls and into the Delphi Valley and continue into the Sheefry Hills to Drummin.
(57km/35mls climb 585m)
A last day to cycle and the route will bring you inland into the beautiful Maam valley, also known as Joyce’s Country. There is a longer option which will be bringing you along beautiful lakes of Lough Nafooey and Lough Corrib. Stay the night in the small town of Oughterard famed for its fishing on Lough (lake) Corrib, alternatively if preferred, leave the bikes in Oughterard and take bus to Galway for the city of Galway.
(38km (24mls) climb 308m – longer option 68km/42mls – 647m)
Single room supplement €450
easy to moderate
Starting Dates 2024
depending on travel restrictions – normally April – Oct
Stevens hybrid bicycle upgrade to road bicycles available
Accommodation & Meals
7 nights guesthouses, B&Bs, and hotels inclusive of 7 breakfasts
luggage transfers; transfers to walks where required
Detailed daily route notes, maps, and route notes, gpx files, personal meet and greet, emergency support
Clifden There are frequent busses from Galway to Clifden 1.5 hours away
Oughterard or Galway (you choose)
This self-guided walking and bicycle tour is designed to stay in comfortable, friendly, wonderful guesthouses and small hotels such as underneath. Accommodations could be upgraded if you prefer.
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.
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