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Discover the west of Ireland by bike

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from/per person 1,550.00
  • Cycling

Description

Description

Experience a week of scenic cycling in the west of Ireland. Connemara, Mayo and Sligo have some of Ireland’s most spectacular golden beaches, cliff lined coastline, pristine lakes and majestic mountains. You will discover the Irish culture and the local way of life as you pass by coastal fishing ports, stop off at sheep farms and of course enjoy traditional Irish music in the lively country pubs. Get ready to tantalise your tastebuds with the local cuisine, enjoy fresh Wild Atlantic salmon, traditional Irish stew and wash it down with a local craft beer or Irish coffee.

Rachel's Guided Bike Tours Ireland

Suitable for:

Leisure cycling clubs, groups, families, singles

Dates this year: Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th July 2018 (seven nights)

If these dates don’t suit, get in touch with Rachel to check out alternative dates available.

Group size:

Limited to 7 places only for 2018, so BOOK NOW!

Price:

€1550 per person sharing (+ €200 single occupancy supplement)

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation in specially selected B&B’s
  • Local, fun and experienced cycling guide, (1 guide per 8 people)
  • Three delicious meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Transport throughout your trip
  • Maintenance backup support
  • Bike and luggage transfer each day
  • Guided walks and organisation of extra activities on request

Optional cost:

  • Extra activities, such as cookery lesson, whiskey tasting etc.
  • Airport transfer (This can be organised at an extra cost with public or private transport)
  • Bike rental. Both electric and hybrid bikes are available to rent. Contact Rachel for more details.

Schedule

Day 1: Westport

Cycle Ireland Tour with Rachel Westport Mayo Ireland

Arrive in the vibrant and colourful town of Westport and your guide will collect you from the bus or train station to take you to your accommodation. That evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious meal in a local pub and finish the evening with live music in a traditional Irish pub. Westport has been voted on several occasions as the best place to live in Ireland and is known for its cosy lively pubs and friendly people.

Day 2 : Westport- Louisbourgh (45km cycle)

Guided Bike Tour Ireland Guided Bike Tour with Rachel Westport- Louisbourgh

After a delicious Irish breakfast, you will be on the bike for a scenic coastal ride, passing Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick where we will stop off and learn about the tales of St. Patrick and the Great Irish Famine. Continuing along, hugging the spectacular Clew Bay and it’s 365 islands, you will see the famous salmon farms and stunning cliff lined beaches.  We will pass through an idyllic county village called Louisbourg before heading inland towards a more farmland area. The end of our cycle will be at the Glenkeen farm house where you will see the sheep dogs in action and if you want you can even pick up the lambs. We’ll savour an artisan lunch at their restaurant, using all local and homemade products and have time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside. The bikes will then be transferred back to Westport and you will enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing and visiting some of the beautiful sights in Ireland. Firstly, we will drive down by Doolough and after driving through the valleys, we will reach the Aasleagh Falls- Mayo’s Iconic waterfall. When we arrive back to Westport, there will be a number of options of cultural and sporting activities to choose to before dinner

Day 3: Westport – Achill island

Westport to Achill Island Mayo Westport to Achill Island Mayo Ireland

Fuel up before you take explore the Great Western Greenway, Ireland’s longest off-road walking and cycling trail. This world class cycleway is traffic free and follows the renewed Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937. You will pass the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny where we will stop off to learn about the local culture and traditions. Passing through the valleys, you will witness some of Ireland’s most dramatic mountain ranges that drop into the Atlantic Ocean. On route, we will stop off for a picnic lunch, tasting the many local specialties while enjoying the panoramic views. Achill island is Ireland’s largest island and is joined by a bridge. It is rich in culture and heritage and is a paradise for the outdoors enthusiast.  Your accommodation is at the bottom of the Slievemor mountain and looking onto the ocean and Clare Island, each room is specially decorated to a theme and the atmosphere is relaxed and interactive.

Day 4: Achill island (45km)

Achill Island Mayo Ireland Achill Island Mayo

Waking up on an island off an island is something special. After a hearty breakfast overlooking the ocean, it’s back on the bike to explore the island. There will be plenty of stop offs to learn about the local culture and many craft products. We will take a tour in the Achill sea salt factory, visit the Deserted Village and stop off to enjoy a picnic lunch at the picturesque Keem beach. It’s then onto the bus for a short but scenic stop off at The Ballycroy National Park where you can take a guided walk and learn about ‘the wilderness’. It’s then back onto the bus until we get to the musical bridge- let’s see what tunes you can play! Following along the Nephin mountain and lake drive, you will arrive in the salmon capital of Ireland, a town called Ballina.

Day 5: Ballina- Down Patrick Head (45km)

Ballina to Downpatrick Head Mayo Ballina to Downpatrick Head

Wake up your taste buds with Marjorie’s delicious wholesome breakfast while overlooking the River Moy and Belleek Woods. Starting off at Brigown Bed & Breakfast, we will follow the path along the famous River Moy and watch the salmon jump before stopping off at Belleek castle for a tour of the castle and dungeons. It’s then back onto the Greenway through Belleek woods and exploring the monasteries of the Moy, Rosserk Friary and Moyne Abbey, before we arrive in the historic fishing town of Kilalla. Here we will take time to explore the standing tower and learn about the history of General Humbert who is a local French ledged from 1793. We’ll continue along the Wild Atlantic Way, passing the golden sandy beaches of Lacken strand where we will have a picnic lunch of freshly baked brown bread and local Clare Island smoked salmon. After this, it’s onto the Dun Briste, the iconic sea stack and cliffs of Down Patrick head. Here you will learn more about the tales of St. Patrick and take in the views of one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s key signature points. There will be time then to pop into Mary’s cottage for a cuppa and homemade scone before been bused back to Ballina.  There will be time in the evening if you would like to take part in a Whiskey Appreciation Session or Irish baking lesson.

Day 6: The lakes tour  (45 km)

The Lakes Tour with Rachel The Lakes of Mayo Tour with Rachel

Wake up to another delicious Irish breakfast, why not try the scrambled egg and smoked salmon or Irish potato cakes. Today, we will go in the direction of Lough Conn, here there are three pristine lakes famous for trout and salmon and with the beautiful Nephin mountain range at 806 metres shadowing in the background. Our first stop off will be at The Foxford Woollen Mills, where you will do a tour to discover the production and story behind the wool. We will also have lunch here in their prize-winning delicatessen where you can choose for a range of fresh salads and homemade treats. It’s back on the bike to follow the road along the Ox mountain range and finish up in Ballina.

In the afternoon, you will have time to visit The Connacht Whiskey Distillery, the Jackie Clarke Irish history museum, go for a spa treatment or just relax back and enjoy the tranquility.

Day 7 : Countryside to the beach (35 km)

Countryside to the beach Mayo Ireland Rachel on her Bike

After your favorite Irish breakfast, today we are off to cycle in county Sligo. Following along the quiet country roads until we pass a farming county village where we will stop in a local pub for some refreshments. It’s then over the back roads, passing farmlands until we cross over to the western coastline to a seaside village called Enniscrone. Here you will have views along the 3km unspoilt golden sandy beach and if you have very good eyesight, it’s next stop New York! We’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the beach while we watch the surfers catch the waves. After this, we will visit the Quirky Glamping site (TBC), where you will hear the story and witness the results of local funeral director who set up this ambitious business. It’s then a 7km scenic cycle along the coastline before we land back at your accommodation. Be prepared for an evening of cultural entertainment and get your dancing shoes on! We will be bussed to the Father Peyton centre to learn about the Irish heritage, share a delicious traditional Irish meal and enjoy an evening of local Irish dance and music.

Day 8: Ballina, Dublin Airport

After Marjorie’s delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to your departure destination.