Bike Tour | Ireland 2017-10-15T19:39:49+00:00

Ireland Bike Tours

7-DAY / 6-NIGHT BIKE TOUR

“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.

Ireland Biking Tour Itinerary

DAY ONE  |  Arrival Day  |  Distance: 16 miles  |  Terrain: Easier  |  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 TWO  |  Distance: 22 or 26 miles  |  Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | 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 THREE  |  Distance: 10 or 22 miles  |  Terrain: Easier |  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 FOUR  |  Distance: 23 or 30 miles  |  Terrain: Easier to Intermediate |  Rosleague Manor
Ride along Killary Harbor and in the valleys of the Maamturk Mountains. Visit beautiful Kylemore Abbey. Option hiking in Letterfrack.

DAY FIVE  |  Distance: 27 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | 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 SIX  |  Distance: 32, 39 or 49 miles  |  Terrain: Easier to Intermediate  |  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 SEVEN |  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.

Ireland Bike Tour

7-DAY / 6-NIGHT BIKE TOUR

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable up to 60 days of the tour date.

reserveJune 16-22, 2018:  $2995
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveJune 25-July 1, 2018:  $2995
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveJuly 3-9, 2018:  $2995
Reserve with $300 deposit

Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour (personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)

Single Supplement Fee: $360*

Default Supplement Fee: $180*

*Single Traveler? We are the most affordable tour company for single travelers, and our policies and rates are the very best. Please see our single traveler policies.

Our Straight-Forward Price Guarantee: If you find a less expensive, non-discounted, price for a biking tour in the same general area, for the same number of days,  in a comparable season, with comparable accommodations and meals, we 1) will be amazed and 2) will match the price! All you need to do is tell us before or as you are making your reservation.

Cancellations: 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.

 

 

Inns

logo-ireland-gregansA 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.

gregans.ie

logo-ireland-roseleague

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.

rosleague.com

logo-ireland-quay-houseBuilt 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.

thequayhouse.com

What’s Included

All ferries and excursions, most entry fees, 6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, 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. Airfare is not included.

FREE USE OF BIKES

We are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish. Specific details and styles of bikes available in each location are indicated under each photograph below. The make of bikes provided varies by location.Bikes-for-Web-Site

FREE SHUTTLE FROM/TO SHANNON AIRPORT!

Virtual Tour of Ireland