"The cycling, weather, acommodations, and food were all better than expected."
– Carol B,
Ireland, September, 2008
Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day.Call or email for details.
7 days/ 6 nights
20-40+ miles daily
Terrain:Mostly level with some rolling hills
Land Cost (current year):
Having cycled all over Ireland, we have found the western coast region including the Burren, Aran Islands and Connemara to have the most spectacular scenery, with a tremendous abundance of historical monuments, a rich and unique culture, warm and inviting people, and surprisingly few tourists. The hotels and food are a highlight with genuine hospitality. This is one of our favourite tours!
Only Great Explorations:
- Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
- A view you will never forget: the one from the Cliffs of Moher, one of the most stunning in Ireland.
- Learn about the archaelogical wonders of Dun Aengus, the prehistoric stone forts, from a local expert.
- Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
- Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
- We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.
Getting there :
Ennis - We recommend flying into Shannon airport; we'll suggest hotels for the night before the tour start in the historical center.
Doolin - We start our trip cycling along quiet roads, past enchanting lakes that will give a good introduction to the region. We’ll explore the magical Burren, where megalithic tombs and stone forts are in abundance. In Doolin, we’ll listen to traditional fiddle music at sessions that are authentic and lively. Our hotel here boasts views of the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. On our second day, we'll ride the coast road to Ballyvaughan, and after lunch visit prehistoric caves and taste Burren cheese along the way to Lisdoonvarna and back to Doolin. Dinner will be at acclaimed restaurants that will challenge any pre-conceptions you might have had about Irish cuisine.
Aran Islands - We'll start our day cycling to the Cliffs of Moher where we'll marvel at a view that is nothing short of spectacular. Mid-morning, we'll ferry to Aran Islands. No visit to this part of Ireland would be complete without a visist to Inishmore, where horse-drawn carriages greet visitors, and everyone (including the locals) ride bikes. We'll stay at a charming B&B/lodge that has hosted guests for over 60 years. On our second day here, we'll explore more of the island by bike and have an opportunity to climb up to Dun Aengus to learn about this prehistoric stone fort, with a local expert. Dinner one night will be the Man of Aran Cottage Inn, where chef/owner Maura Wolfe, trained in London in the culinary arts demonstrates with organic produce from their garden once again that the Irish can cook!
Cashel - After a short ferry ride to Rosaveel, we'll continue past monastic remains in lush countryside on rural roads to Cashel and the luxurious Zetland House Hotel. Next day, our ride continues to Clifden, under the dramatic Twelve Bens mountains. Along the way, we’ll visit Roundstone, where the bodhran instruments are still made by hand and a loop ride along Skye Road, arguably one of the the most scenic routes in Ireland. Back at the Zetland Hotel, we'll enjoy the comforts of the hotels large lounge in front of a cozy fire before final night festivities.
DAY 7: Transfer to Galway for flights or extended stay.
Map of the Area
What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
- Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
- 6 nights lodging
- All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
- Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
- Detailed map and route instructions
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604.730.1247
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