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Your Itinerary

Galway and Connemara Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | 8 days | 7 nights | From £859 per person

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Cycle Tour Highlights

- Visiting Cong Abbey
– The wonderful views of the Twelve Bens from the Bog Road
– Sampling the menus in Clifden’s excellent restaurants
– The marvellous coastal ride from Tully Cross to Leenane
– Possibility to partake on a cruise on Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord
– A day in Clifden to hike the Sky Road
– Cultural evening with song and dance (dependent on availability)
– Visiting Kylemore Abbey
– Listening to traditional music in Galway’s famous pubs
– Chance to enjoy Cream Tea in Ashford Castle Hotel one of Ireland’s finest hotels

Cycle Route: Galway and Connemara

This tour takes in the highlights of Connemara, Joyces’ Country and South Mayo. The start point and your first night’s accommodation location is the bustling and historic city of Galway, easily reached on public transport from the international airports at Dublin and Shannon.

The first leg of the itinerary takes you to Oughterard a small town labelled the gateway to Connemara. From there you cycle through the south Connemara countryside to the village of Carna and to the town of Clifden. Leaving Clifden you ride through the Lough Inagh Valley to Leenane on the shores of Killary Harbour.

From here you turn east into the Maam Valley and Joyce’s country to finish the trip in the quaint village of Cong located on Lough Corrib and location for the film the Quiet Man and home to Ashford Castle (one of Ireland’s finest hotels with magnificent park). From here the trip brings you on quiet backroads back to Galway City.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Galway

Arrive in Galway (there are regular buses from Shannon Airport or trains and buses from Dublin to Galway). Stay the night in guesthouse in this bustling historic university town.

Depending on arrival time we will meet you in the evening or first thing the following morning adjust the bicycle for you and talk you through the week ahead.

Day 2: Galway – Oughterard (45km plus extra along Lough Corrib possible)

This is a relatively short day allowing you to spend some more time in Galway. You head out from Galway on the back roads over the hill to near Moycullen continuing to cycle towards Lough Corrib.

Near Oughterard stop for a visit of Aughnanure Castle (a norman towerhouse open to the public). The extra loop will allow you some beautiful views over the lake. Stay the night in the small town of Oughterard famed for its fishing on Lough (lake) Corrib.

Day 3: Oughterard – Carna (55km longer option via Costelloe 65km)

The longer route brings you 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 to the Irish speaking area of Costelloe, from there you turn north and stay along the beautiful south Connemara coast to the village of Kilkieran finishing in the small village of Carna.

The shorter version stays inland before joining the coast road after Maam Cross.

Day 4: Carna – Clifden (46km or 58km)

Continue your cycle along the coast via Roundstone where you can see traditional musical instruments being made by hand. On the way you come past the village of Ballyconneely and the site where Alcock and Brown crash landed their biplane after completing the first transatlantic flight in 1919.

There are some very beautiful beaches here. If you still feel energetic there is a wonderful a ride out along the Sky Road to enjoy some sublime coastal scenery. The shorter route will bring you over a wonderful bog road.

Stay the night in Clifden, this colourful small town is often labelled the metropole of Connemara and you may enjoy traditional Irish music in its pubs.

Day 5: Clifden – Leenane (65km – can be shortened to 36km or extended to 75km)

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 to cycle along the coast to Lettergesh or to go a more direct route to Leenane. This small village is located on Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. It was the location for the film “The Field”.

Day 6: Leenane – Cong (37km – can be extended)

A beautiful and gentle day in valleys of Connemara and Mayo on very quiet roads, as you cycle along the lakes of Lough Mask, Lough Nafooey and Lough Corrib. Finish in the quaint village of Cong, location for the film “The Quiet Man” with Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne. Visit Cong Abbey founded in the 12th century as well as the Monk’s House. Ashford Castle Hotel on the shores of Lough Corrib invites you to enjoy cream tea in its magnificent setting.

Day 7: Cong -Galway (60km – can be extended)

A last day of cycling and the route brings you on quiet backroads to the small town of Headford passing the wonderful ruin of Ross Errily Friary. You are continuing your cycle southwards through the pastoral areas of East Galway before arriving back in the City of the Tribes (as Galway is also called).

The tour is suitable for riders of all levels. It can be modified to suit families with younger children and riders of a more leisurely disposition by shortening the longer distances into half.

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast, followed by farewell and departure for your onward journey.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
The tour is suitable for riders of all levels. It can be modified to suit families with younger children and riders of a more leisurely disposition by shortening the longer distances into half.

Tour Information

Holiday Information.

The Galway and Connemara tour stays in Guesthouses, 3* and 4* hotels can be arranged in some or all locations carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Included services

- Route maps, cue sheets and written directions
– Directions to and contact details for accommodations
– Information about en route attractions and interest sites
– Details of en-route services including suggested refreshment stops
– Information about trailhead town, staging towns and destination town
– Suggestions for evening meals and for evening entertainment
– Telephone helpline

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Your Prices

Galway and Connemara, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

2018 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands:

Season 1: Mid April to Mid October 2018
Arrival daily

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £859 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £159
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Hotel Category Descriptions
Accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels can be arranged in some or all locations

Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Holiday Price: £859
Single Supplement: £159

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