Trip Type : Group Tour
Ireland Bike Tours tour

Ireland Bike Tours

Discovery Bicycle Tours
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
7 days
From: $ 2,995 $ 428 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Ride through Lisdoonvarna and out to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • Ferry out to the famous Aran Islands where we vist the ancient fort of Dun Aengus and ride along the rugged coastline
  • Ride along Killary Harbor and in the valleys of the Maamturk Mountains
  • Ride to Cleggan, then along the ocean and famous Skye Road
  • Enjoy a beautiful ride along Ballynahinch River

Short Description

“Ireland, especially the rural West, is a cyclist’s dream.” So says Bicycling magazine, and you will surely agree. There’s an endless network of winding back roads where lazy sheep are often your only company. Green meadows lead down to the sea, magical mist-covered mountains are off in the distance, while around every turn you are likely to come upon cows grazing around a medieval castle, Stone Age ruins, or the remains of an ancient cathedral. Stone cottages are tucked along the edges of green pastures dotted with sheep, and each small village looks more Irish than the last. And the Irish are even friendlier than their reputation – warm and welcoming, and always ready to engage you in the gentle pleasures of good conversation while you enjoy a bit of traditional Irish music at the local pub.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Shannon
End City Shannon

Trip Includes

  • All ferries and excursions
  • most entry fees
  • 6 nights lodging
  • 6 breakfasts, and 5 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Clifden)
  • guided tour of the “Burren”
  • ferry to Aran Islands
  • bicycle and helmet
  • Free transfer from/to Shannon International Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day;  Distance: 16 miles; Terrain: Easier

Accommodation: Gregans Castle Hotel

Arrive at Shannon Airport. Discovery Bicycle Tours will provide transportation to Gregans Castle Hotel. After lunch, there will be a bike fitting and safety instructions followed by an afternoon warm-up ride. You will cycle country lanes through the “Burren”, passing through Noughaval, and including a visit to the famous Poulnabrone Dolmen.

Day 2: Distance: 22 or 26 miles; Terrain: Easier to Intermediate

Accommodation: Gregans Castle Hotel

Ride through Lisdoonvarna and out to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Then have lunch in Doolin, Ireland’s music capital, followed by a spectacular oceanside ride along the Coast Road to Ballyvaughan. Local guide Shane Connolly will also lead a nature walk through the Burren. Enjoy a post dinner trip to either Doolin or Kilfenora for a taste of local music and dancing.

Day 3: Distance: 10 or 22 miles;  Terrain: Easier

Accommodation: Rosleague Manor

Ferry out to the famous Aran Islands where we vist the ancient fort of Dun Aengus and ride along the rugged coastline. Then we ferry north of Galway to Connemara and the Rosleague Manor.

Day 4: Distance: 23 or 30 miles; Terrain: Easier to Intermediate

Accommodation: Rosleague Manor

Ride along Killary Harbor and in the valleys of the Maamturk Mountains. Visit beautiful Kylemore Abbey. Option hiking in Letterfrack.

Day 5: Distance: 27 miles; Terrain: Easier

Accommodation: Quay House

Starting at the Rosleague Manor, we ride to Cleggan, then along the ocean and famous Skye Road, past Clifden Castle and into the town of Clifden. Guests will enjoy strolling the streets of this lovely town with its many local crafts, shops and places of interest.

Day 6: Distance: 32, 39 or 49 miles; Terrain: Easier to Intermediate

Accommodation: Quay House

From Clifden we take a road that leads through peat bogs and past fishing weirs to Roundstone. Roundstone is a lovely fishing village with excellent ceramics and pottery, and the workshop where Malachy Kearns makes his world famous Bodhram drums. We also enjoy a beautiful ride along Ballynahinch River, along some inland lakes, and by a series of lovely ocean bays. In the evening we enjoy an excellent celebratory dinner at a local restaurant in Clifden.

Day 7: Departure Day

After an early breakfast Discovery Bicycle Tours will transport you back to Shannon Airport or to Galway (your choice). Please note that even with an early start you will not arrive at Shannon Airport earlier than 11 AM, so please book return flights accordingly.

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Price Per Day: $ 428 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 360

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

Gregans Castle Hotel

A stunning 18th century manor house set in its own established and lovingly-attended gardens, with spectacular views that stretch across the Burren to Galway Bay.

Rosleague Manor

Resting on the quiet shores of Ballinakill Bay, and beautifully secluded within 30 acres of its own private woodland, Rosleague Manor in Connemara is one of Ireland’s finest regency hotels.

Quay House

Built for the Harbour Master nearly 200 years ago, The Quay House has been sensitively restored and now offers guest accommodation in fourteen bedrooms (all different) with full bathrooms – all but two overlook the Harbour.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:

  • If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 45 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
  • If you cancel between 0 and 44 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Airfare is not included
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

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