Ireland’s Dramatic West Coast

With top guide Henrick Murphy

Ireland – a land that embraces the imagination with its breathtaking landscape, welcoming people and ancient heritage. Tour the countryside and immerse yourself in this magical blend. The rolling, neverending, green hills meet the coast in an amazing blend of cliffs and rocky beaches. Experience 8-days of heaven as you cycle on gently rolling paved roads through emerald fields, and along the coast to a variety of pub filled, traditional Irish towns.

Highlights

  • The breathtaking coastline of Connemara and County Galway
  • Seafood feasts and home-baked delicacies
  • Ride a loop to the stunning Cliffs of Moher
  • Dance and sing along to the tunes of local musicians
  • Meander through the never ending green fields of Kerry and Spin in the majestic beauty of Killarney National Park.
  • Nightly foot-tapping pub culture

Trip Details:

Biking Culture

Price: $5,495

Single Supplement: $900

Length: 9 days / 8 nights

Level: Intermediate

Total Mileage: 337 miles

Daily Average: 42 miles

Terrain: Flat and rolling with some hills

Start/End Locations: Ballynahinch/Killarney, Ireland

Trip Dates:

  • 07/25/15 - 08/02/15

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Day by Day

Ballynahinch Warm-Up

Today we meet you at 12 pm at Galway train station and a group shuttle will take you to the hotel. We meet you then in the lobby at 1:30 pm for a light lunch, introduction talk and a warm up ride to Roundstone and around by Ballyconneely Bay. We will have a wonderful opportunity to admire the view overlooking the little bays and inlets of Connemara.

Connemara Loop

Connemara is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. It’s craggy mountain peaks, expansive sandy beaches and laced network of lakes exemplify the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of The West of Ireland. The name Connemara means “the tribe of Cormac by the sea”, given by the ancient Gaelic tribes.

Connemara to the Island (Inis Mor)

Today we leave Ballynahinch while continuing on the deserted roads of Connemara. As we pedal our way to the coast and our awaiting ferry,we will be surrounded by stacks of peat by the roadside all around us. Still cut and used today by the locals. We finish our afternoon with a pleasant ferry ride across Galway Bay to Inis Mor.

Aran Islands Loop

Today we continue our magical tour through time as we further explore the beauty of the islands, its archeological sites, beaches, and local crafts. Catch a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the county. The Islands’ raw beauty and charm will leave you longing to return again and again.

Ballybunion

The day starts with a Ferry ride back to the mainland. Our ride begins from Doolin and heads due south along the western coastline. We’ll get an opportunity to see the towering cliffs of moher and extensive views of liscanor Bay and the rugged hills of Kerry in the distance. After taking a short ferry ride across the quiet and serene River shannon we’ll finally enter the Kingdom of Kerry and to one of the finest Golfing towns in the world, Ballybunion.

Dingle

Explore the castles, stones and tombs of this historic emerald isle as we cycle into the heart of the Kingdom. Incredible views of Dingle bay await us once we conquer and arrive at the top of the Connor Pass before sweeping down to the colorful town of Dingle.

Killarney

Leaving Dingle on the coastal road going east along by Dingle Bay we cross tiny villages where the Gaelic language and culture are preserved and part of everyday life of the locals. Dingle and surrounding villages are recognized as a stronghold for maintaining the Gaelic language and traditions. To the South across the Bay we get great views of the Iveragh peninsula before the dominant Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range appear in the distance. Protected under these mountains and nestled by Lough Leane is today’s destination - Killarney.

Killarney National Parl

On todays short and flat ride we get a chance to savor this little gem nestled beside the national park with it’s manicured gardens and it’s wild forests filled with graceful Red dear and the sweet faced Kerry cows. All part of this unique ecosystem which Killarney people hold so dear to their hearts and proud to open it’s pathways to an always welcome traveler.

Farewell!

We have breakfast and say goodbye. Enjoy another day in Killarney, rent a car to explore other parts of the Celtic land or take a train or taxi ride to the airport to catch a flight to your next destination. We are happy to make suggestions for your travel itinerary!

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Bianchi Carbon Intenso equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
  • Special edition Top Guide cycling kit and Ciclismo water bottle
  • Transfer to beginning of the tour

On The Tour

  • Daily cycling clinics and one-on-one coaching
  • Full van support
  • Informative Tour Leaders
  • Guided walks of historical and naturalistic spots

Accommodations & Meals

  • All ccommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • 2 picnic lunches
  • Wine kitty
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.

For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!

Ballynahinch

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is an intimate 4 star hotel set in 450 acres of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, Galway. It stands proud and majestic overlooking the famous Ballynahinch Salmon River, whilst being surrounded by the splendor of the Twelve Bens Mountain Range.
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Dingle Skellig

The 4-star Dingle Skellig has warm-toned rooms, plus a restaurant with bay views, spa and pool.
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The Europe

The luxurious 5-star The Europe Hotel is the winner of the 2014 World Spa & Wellness Awards. It is beautifully localed, overlooking the famous Lakes of Killarney. Enjoy luxury accommodations and let relaxation envelop you as you enjoy one of Ireland’s finest views from your own private balcony.
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