Ireland Bike Tours
A breathtaking bike tour in Ireland
This Connemara bicycle tour explores a beautiful region famous for its rugged granite landscape as well as its beautiful lakes and rivers. Cycling Connemara offers an incredible variety of scenery each day. In the morning, you can be biking along the beautiful coastline while in the afternoon you could find yourself on a quiet bog road with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
The roads are all tarmacked and the route is designed to ensure that you spend most of the week on quiet back roads, away from the main tourist routes all designed to give you an amazing bike tour in Ireland. To experience the majestic scenery of this area the route does have some climbs, so it is worth getting a few weekends training on a bike in varied terrain before coming, ensuring that you can fully enjoy the week.
This tour begins and ends in Galway city, Ireland’s liveliest city with cobbled streets of entertainers and pubs spilling over with merriment with the wonderful backdrop of Galway Bay. The cycling starts from the village of Cong made famous by the film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.
Our route takes in the best of the area including the colorful town of Westport, the pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick, the stunning Delphi Valley, Killary Harbour, Kylemore Abbey, Clifden, and the famous Sky Road.
However, for many, it is the lesser known sections of this route that are the real draw as you cycle Connemara across spectacular open boglands, past deserted beaches, and charming seaside villages. A full list of all of our bike tours in Ireland can be found here.
Easy to Moderate self-guided or group hotel tour. Daily cycling distances reach 30 to 40 miles (48 to 64 km) per day with longer routes being available each day. The tour is suitable for adults of all ages and fitness levels but the self-guided tours are not suited for children under 15 years of age. Supported tour means that there is a support vehicle with tour leader but he/she does not cycle with group.
Where You’ll Stay
Bed & Breakfasts as well as small hotels
- 7 nights’ accommodations
- Full Irish breakfasts
- 1 evening meal
- 24-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag, repair equipment, lock, and bottle cage
- Luggage transfer
- Route details and maps
- Transfer from Galway to Cong
- Transfer back to Galway on day 7
- Ferry ticket to the Aran Islands (For Galway and Mayo version)
- Also included for the Guided tour:
- Transfer from Galway to Clonbur
- Guide in a support van
What’s Not Included
- Individual arrival to your first hotel
- Lunches (approx. €10 to €12 per lunch)
- Dinners (except for 1, approx. €20 to €30 per dinner)
Day 1: Arrival in Galway (transfer to Clonbur for group tour).
Day 2: Clonbur - Westport, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 3: Westport - Leenane, 33 mi. (52 km)
Day 4: Leenane to Clifden, 35 mi. (58 km)
Day 5: Rest day in Clifden
Day 6: Clifden to Aran Islands 35 mi. (58 km)
Day 7: Aran Islands to Galway, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Galway
All distances are approximate.
DAY 1: GALWAY CITY
(For group tour only: transfer to Clonbur and overnight)
Arrival in Galway city. If you arrive early, you can cycle Galway exploring this bustling medieval city. For the group tour only, at 6:30 PM there will be a transfer to overnight town Clonbur where you will have dinner. The self-guided tour participants will remain in Galway City for the night and in the morning, there will be a transfer to Clonbur.
DAY 2: CLONBUR - WESTPORT, 38 mi. (60 km)
For those who are cycling self-guided, you will be transferred to Clonbur and our County Galway bike tour begins by heading north along quiet back roads through rolling green fields full of grazing sheep, you will descend down to Lough Mask and cycle along the shores of the lake. After lunch, the biggest climb of the week awaits you over the Partry Mountains, before continuing along a quiet back road with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The day ends in the colorful village of Westport.
DAY 3: WESTPORT - LEENANE, 33 mi. (52 km)
You will cycle between Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay with its many small islands, to the village of Louisburgh where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, the route continues south through one of the highlights of the week, the stunning Delphi Valley with its beautiful lakes overlooked by Ben Bury, the highest mountain in Connemara. The night will be spent in the small village of Leenane which overlooks Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord.
DAY 4: LEENANE TO CLIFDEN, 35 mi. (58 km)
Today you will cycle into the heart of Connemara overlooked by the Twelve Bens mountain range and visit Kylemore Abbey, a wedding gift from a wealthy Liverpool businessman to his wife in 1868. The cycle continues along quiet backroads past small fields with grazing cattle to the seaside village of Cleggan where you will enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, you will cycle along a scenic coastal road to Clifden where cars travel across the beach to Omey Island; only accessible when the tide is out! Clifden, the capital of Connemara, is a pretty and bustling town full of art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants established 200 years ago.
DAY 5: REST DAY IN CLIFDEN
The day can be spent in rest and relaxation or you can take part in a variety of activities including walking, golf or horseback riding. You can also spend the day just relaxing on one of the many beautiful white sandy beaches, or visit the landing site of the first transatlantic flight. The town itself is a nice place to spend time visiting the museum, art galleries, book shops and cafes. In the evening there are a number of bars which have traditional live music.
DAY 6: CLIFDEN TO ARAN ISLANDS, 35 mi. (58 km)
Cycling out of Clifden along beautiful waterside roads, you will cross extensive wild bogs with freshly cut peat waiting to be harvested against a backdrop of the Twelve Benns Mountains. The afternoon cycle takes you through Gaelic speaking areas to the ferry in Rossaveel which will cross to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands.
DAY 7: ARAN ISLANDS TO GALWAY, 22 mi. (35 km)
The day can be spent touring the unique landscape of the island with its wealth of ancient stone forts and monastic sights. In the late afternoon, you will return to the mainland and take a bus back to Galway city. You will enjoy a final dinner and night on the town before departure the following morning.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE