Ireland by bike: the lakes of Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way
Discover a historic land in the unspoiled region of the Emerald Isle at your own pace. This cycling trip in Ireland on the Wild Atlantic way follows the spectacular coastline of this unique place in the world.
You will also enjoy learning about the history and heritage of Connemara. Among the unforgettable discoveries: the 19th century gothic abbey of Kylemore.
Highlights of your stay :
- The beauties of Connemara
- Irish "craic" or the art of living of the inhabitants
- The Wild Atlantic way
- The spectacular coastline
- Kylemore Abbey
- Picturesque town of Clifden
Day 1: Arrival in Clifden
Welcome to County Galway and the picturesque and historic town of Clifden. This is the starting point for your Connemara cycling tour. Settle into your accommodation and then set off to explore the narrow streets of this coastal town.
Enjoy a good pint of beer and some local food in town before heading to your hotel for the night.
Day 2: Clifden to Renvyle - 35 to 45 km
This first cycling stage in the heart of Connemara offers two alternatives. The longer one guides you along the Clifden sky road. The panoramic view will make you think you are at the end of the world for a while.
You will cycle along quiet roads through the villages of Cleggan and Letterfrack.
You then reach the Renvyle peninsula with its rugged landscape. Here you will be able to admire many historical remains and archaeological sites.
Overnight in Renvyle.
Day 3: Renvyle to Leenane - 26 km
You leave the Renvyle peninsula passing through the village of Tullycross and its traditional thatched cottages. You will follow a winding coastal road that will show you the wonderful Irish landscape at every turn.
The village of Leenane lies at the foot of Ireland's only fjord. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise on Killary Fjord aboard the Connemara Lady catamaran.
You may have the chance to sail among the dolphins while listening to commentaries on the history of the cove.
Overnight in Leenane.
Day 4: Leenane to Lough Inagh - 23 km
You leave Leenane and ride through the Connemara mountains, admiring the scenery and lakes to reach the Inagh valley. On this cycling stage you can visit the beautiful Kylemore Abbey and its gardens. The Victorian walled garden of Kylemore is one of the most beautiful in Ireland. It was designed by Mitchell Henry at the same time as the castle in 1867.
Overnight in the valley of Lough Inagh.
Day 5: Lough Inagh to Roundstone - 28 km
Your cycling trip in Ireland continues towards the coast towards the village of Roundstone. The route is lined with pretty fishing villages in a colorful landscape of bogs and moors. You will see many Neolithic field systems along the way.
You arrive in the Gaeltacht (Gaelic) region where you can hear and appreciate the musicality of this ancient language.
Your journey ends in Roundstone, a fishing village and haven for artists and musicians.
Overnight in Roundstone.
Day 6: Roundstone to Clifden - 24 km
Your bike tour begins along the shores of Mannin Bay with its turquoise waters. You reach the village of Ballyconneely, a fishing village on the west coast of Connemara.
You can shorten the stage by taking the bog road. The Roundstone bog is exceptional and is part of a protected area.
You are back in Clifden to make the most of the town's "craic".
Day 7: End of the Connemara cycling trip
Your trip ends after breakfast.