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Ireland Westport & Hiking

  • Croagh Patrick and bicycle
  • Croagh Patrick with rocks
  • Ireland biking
  • Horse and colt Ireland
  • Picture of Ireland Westport & Hiking
  • Sheep Connemara
DURATION
7 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
11 to 39 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
3-Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$3595
SINGLES FROM
$500

Trip Overview

You now have two choices for Ireland itineraries. This new tour showcases beautiful Connemara — just like our classic tour — but it includes bonus biking in the lovely Westport region and on the Great Western Greenway. This Westport tour also gives you more options for hiking, including a hike up the iconic Croagh Patrick. Ireland is a dream for cyclists. Enjoy the winding roads, meadows dotted with sheep and cows, and mist-covered mountains. Sample local food and drink in the classic pubs. And be charmed by the architecture, traditional music and welcoming local residents along the way. Cycle scenic peninsulas with vistas of the wild north Atlantic. Visit castles, an abbey, lakes, peat bogs and more. Included are two more hiking opportunities than on our standard itinerary. Enjoy a guided tour of the hills behind Kylemore Abbey. And if weather permits, you’ll also get great views when you hike to the top of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s traditional “Holy Mountain.” Don’t miss the magic of Ireland on this special new itinerary.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 12 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Quay House
Meet your guides at 9 a.m. in Galway before being transported to Clifden where you stay at the charming Quay House bed and breakfast, run by gracious innkeepers Julia and Paddy Foyle. After a bike fitting and safety meeting, you head out on an introductory ride around beautiful Errislannon Peninsula. After lunch, you have time to explore Clifden, a great shopping town with a lively music scene, before meeting for dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 2 - Roundstone to Clifden
Distance: 28 or 34 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Quay House
After breakfast, you again cycle south, but much farther this time, catching amazing views of white horses in fields with the wild north Atlantic Ocean in the distance. You pass gorgeous secluded beaches and view fishing weirs as you come into Roundstone, a village known for its unique craftsmen. Besides having a truly wonderful ceramics and pottery store, Roundstone is home to the Bodhran drum workshop of legendary musician, Malachy Kearns. You enjoy a beautiful ride along the Ballynahinch River to visit the esteemed castle there, and then return along our favorite “bog road” with stunning views of the surrounding mountains before returning to Clifden. Dinner is on your own in Clifden with another chance to check out traditional music sessions at the local pubs.
DAY 3 - Sky Road & Clifden Castle
Distance: 27 miles | Terrain: Intermediate. | Rosleague Manor
Departing the Quay House, we ride along the famous Sky Road, past Clifden Castle and circumnavigate another peninsula, toward the town of Cleggan as we make our way towards Letterfrack. Our destination is the utterly regal Rosleague Manor Hotel, a gorgeous estate house tucked into a quiet woodland setting overlooking the bays at the foot of the Twelve Bens, the Connemara’s majestic mountain range. Relax in the inn’s pub before dinner and enjoy this hidden gem of Ireland.
DAY 4 - Killary Harbor and Kylemore Abbey
Distance: 22 or 28 miles plus optional hike | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate cycle; Easier to Intermediate hike | Rosleague Manor
We will ride along Killary Harbor catching great views in the valleys of the Maamturk Mountains. After a stop at the beach made famous in John Ford’s 1951 epic movie “The Quiet Man,” we continue along a breathtaking valley offering views of Lough Fee, a long freshwater lake surrounded by mountains and peat bogs. Not to be missed is a visit to beautiful Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded on the 1,000-acre grounds of an old castle. A highlight of the visit is a stroll through the Abbey’s 6-acre walled Victorian garden. Optional Hike: While at Kylemore, those interested can grab their hiking shoes for a one-hour guided hike up the mountain behind the manor house. We stop at the Sacred Heart statue, perched high on the mountain face to enjoy long views of the Kylemore Valley as well as get a bird’s eye view of the grounds of the estate. **This hike requires sturdy hiking shoes. Lunch is available in the abbey’s visitor center or in the charming tea house by the walled garden. Afterward, we return to Rosleague Manor and enjoy another wonderful dinner in their elegant dining room.
DAY 5 - Bike - or hike Croagh Patrick
Distance: 25 or 35 miles OR hike Croagh Patrick | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate cycle; Harder hike | Westport Plaza Hotel
Depending on weather and conditions on the mountain, today’s choice is either cycling or hiking. For biking, we transit to our ride’s start near Leenaun to cycle along a breathtaking valley nestled at the foot of towering mountains as we make our way to Louisburgh and then on into Westport. Optional Hike: Walking up Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s “Holy Mountain,” is a hiker’s delight. We will take the 4.3 mile “pilgrim’s path” starting at the foot of the mountain in the town of Murrisk, and allow 4 to 5 hours for the roundtrip journey (8.6 miles total), with some time at the top to savor the accomplishment of reaching this most famous peak. The hike on the “Pilgrim’s Path” is not considered difficult though it features a 2,400-foot elevation gain. This is a hardy hike and utterly rewarding! **This hike requires sturdy hiking shoes. Our lodging for the night will be at the lovely Plaza Hotel in beautiful Westport. The hotel is downtown, within walking distance to all of Westport’s famous music locations. After dinner, don’t miss sipping a Guinness at Matt Molloy’s Pub which has live traditional music nightly. Keep an eye out for Molloy, a member of the Chieftains since 1979, as he occasionally drops into his Bridge Street pub to play the flute.
DAY 6 - Great Western Greenway
Distance: 23, 35, or 42 miles | Terrain: Easier cycle | Westport Plaza Hotel
After a brief transit to our day’s starting point, we head out on the recently created “Great Western Greenway,” a pristine cycle and walking path. Providing views around Achill Sound, the bike path links us to a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way — a series of small, lesser traveled roads that circle around the sound, returning us to Mullaranny where we rejoin the bike path and end our standard ride in lively Newport, with an option to enjoy more of the new bike path straight back to Westport. Enjoy a final night in this town full of epic musical venues. Dinner will be at a local pub.
DAY 7 - Departure Day
After a final breakfast, we offer a transfer to Westport for train connections or Galway for air connections.

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start End Cost Availability
Jun 14, 2020 Jun 20, 2020 $3595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Aug 21, 2020 Aug 27, 2020 $3795.00 Private Reserve Reserve
Aug 31, 2020 Sep 06, 2020 $3595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

6 nights’ lodging, 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Clifden), 2 optional guided hikes, bicycle and helmet. Free transfer on Day 1 from Shannon International Airport in Galway and on the last day to either Westport train station or Galway Airport. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start: Jun 14, 2020
End: Jun 20, 2020
Cost: $3595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Aug 21, 2020
End: Aug 27, 2020
Cost: $3795.00
Availability: Private
Reserve
Start: Aug 31, 2020
End: Sep 06, 2020
Cost: $3595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

6 nights’ lodging, 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Clifden), 2 optional guided hikes, bicycle and helmet. Free transfer on Day 1 from Shannon International Airport in Galway and on the last day to either Westport train station or Galway Airport. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Westport Plaza Hotel
Enjoy your stay at the Westport Plaza Hotel known for its 4-start elegance and a spa offering a variety of massages and other treatments.
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.

The 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.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Croagh Patrick and bicycle Croagh Patrick with rocks Ireland biking Horse and colt Ireland Picture of Ireland Westport & Hiking Sheep Connemara