Connemara and the Aran Isles

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
270 Miles
avg 45 Miles
Self-guided

Tour operator:  Saddle Skedaddle

Visit Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands 

This tour takes in the highlights of Connemara, Joyce Country and South Mayo. The arrival point for this trip is the famous and beautiful city of Galway. This bustling historic city is easily reached on public transport from the international airports of Dublin and Shannon. Galway will play host to the 2020 European Capital of Culture, which is a testament to the city’s many festivals and captivating heritage.

The first leg of your journey takes you to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. A true Irish experience awaits you, locals speaking the beautiful Irish language as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance and the World Heritage Site, Dun Aonghasa which is set on a dramatic 300 ft cliff edge (be sure to mind your step)! Between the south-facing cliffs and the white sand beaches of the northern shores, the landscpae is dominated by limestone paving which has shaped life on the island and provides fascinating scenery for an afternoon on the bike.

Back on the mainland you will find yourself cycling through Connemara's countryside to the town of Clifden, here you can look forward to more stunning vistas and some authentic Irish music as you indulge in the delicious local produce.

Leaving Clifden you will ride through the Lough Inagh Valley to Leenane on the shores of Killary Harbour, with the chance to visit Kylemore Abbey on the way. Having explored Ireland's only fjord, you will then head north into the well-known town of Westport, famous for its exceptional hospitality, scenery and music.

Holiday Highlights
Admiring the wonderful views of the Twelve Bens from the Bog Road 
Sampling the menues of Clifden’s excellent restaurants 
Visiting Kylemore Abbey 
Listening to traditional music in Clifden’s and Westport’s famous pubs. 
Cycling the marvelous coastal ride from Tully Cross to Leenane

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Ireland
Region:
Connacht
From:
Galway
To:
Westport

Tour Information

Guiding:
Self-guided
Support:
Semi-supported, Bike Hire available
Duration:
8 Day(s)
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
Some hills, Quiet roads, On-road (sealed)
Accommodation:
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
GBP 945

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
270 Miles
Riding Days:
6
Month(s):
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Departure:
2021 and 2022 Daily Departures available from 16 Apr to 10 Oct.

Additional Information

Inclusions

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in Premium B&Bs
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) Transfer from Galway to Oughterard on scheduled arrival day

Exclusions

A) Bike hire (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Single room (available if required)
D) Travel insurance
E) Meals not stated in the itinerary
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Airport transfers

Options

Shorter routes each day
Hybrid and electric bikes available for hire

Group Information

We can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

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