Ireland Biking Tour Itinerary
DAY ONE | Arrival Day | Distance: 11 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: 24 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, 14 or 18 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. (On just the June 21-27 tour, Day Three includes 4 or 19 miles of easier riding. And you skip the Aran Islands and instead join renowned city-bike guide John Kennedy on a fascinating tour of the back canals and side-streets of Galway, and its historic medieval city center. Then take a few hours to explore the city on your own for lunch and shopping. Afterward, your cycle route out of the city passes through Galway’s impressive state-of-the-art wind turbine area before cascading down to Moycullen and then on to Rosscahill. Relax for a coffee at a beautiful and quiet garden cafe before your transit to Letterfrack and our hotel, Rosleague Manor.)
DAY FOUR | Distance: 23 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Rosleague Manor
Ride along Killary Harbor and in the valleys of the Maamturk Mountains. Visit beautiful Kylemore Abbey. Optional 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 or 39 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. Please note that even with an early start you will not arrive at Shannon Airport earlier than noon, 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.
June 28-July 4, 2019: $2995 (Sorry! Sold out)
Reserve with $300 deposit
Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour (personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)
Single Supplement Fee for Private Room: $360
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.