Connemara Bike Tour

Seven nights; seven days by bicycle on the gently rolling paved roads of Connemara. Ride your bike between small inns, a charming castle, and an elegant 130 year old fishing lodge tucked among the Twelve Bens.
“The routes were terrific. They took us through amazing landscapes and drivers were very respectful of cyclists” – Carol J.


Start: Galway, Park House Hotel, 13:00, day one. Galway is accessible from Dublin by train (2 ½ hours), or by express coach directly from Dublin Airport (~3 hours) Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

Finish: Westport, 09:00, day eight. Train service from Westport to Dublin (~3 ½ hours) is frequent and can be pre-arranged at

Day 1

Introductions. Cliffs of Moher to Doolin. 12km

Early afternoon pickup in Galway for one hour transfer to the Cliffs of Moher. After gazing down to the sea from your lofty perch atop the cliffs, coast down to your seaside inn in Doolin – a breeding ground for traditional Irish music. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Ballinalacken Castle, or

Aran View House, Doolin

Day 2

Burren Loop. 60km

Explore the castles, stones, barrows, megalithic tombs, expansive views, and fabulous coastline of the Burren, Co.Clare. In fair weather you’ll picnic on the Burren but in case of rain, you will find Monk’s Pub in Ballyvaughanh and other options in the village of Lisdoonvarna, where the annual Matchmaking Festival puts the town on the map for entertainers. The festival is at the end of September, but you’ll benefit at any time by the proliferation of places to stop for a bite. At day’s end, you can enjoy live music at your choice of pubs in Doolin. BL
Same lodging

Day 3

Inishmore Island. 4km to 40km

Board an early morning ferry to Inishmore. Cycle the length of the island on one of the extremely quiet and beautiful roads, and stop for a visit to Ireland’s smallest church, the stone fortress of Eoghanachta, and extraordinary clifftop Dun Aengus, the greatest barbaric fort in Western Europe. BLD

Kilmurvey House, or

Ard Einne Guesthouse, Inis Mor

Day 4

Rossaveal to Ballynahinch Castle. 65km

Start the day with a short ferry hop to Rossaveal, to ride the coastal roads through Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) villages and along the beaches of Connemara. This is one of the most beautiful regions in Ireland, affected most by the potato famine in the 1840s. You’ll ride through peat bogs, lonely moorlands, and pretty fishing villages, through Screeb and Kilkieran to Cashel. BLD
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Recess

Day 5

Connemara Coast & Sky Road. 52km or 67km

Ride the Connemara coast through villages of whitewashed cottages, and around deep bays filled with islands to Clifden. Stop there for lunch, and perhaps tweed shopping, before riding out along the Sky Road to little Kingstown. Return to Ballynahinch, where you can explore a few options for an independent dinner. Ambitious riders may ride the extra distance to see Rinvle Castle. B
Same lodging

Day 6

Ballynahinch Castle to Mulranny. Up to 82km

Get an early start today, for what is perhaps one of the nicest rides in all of Ireland. From Leenane, you will begin across the Mweelrea Mountains and along Doo Lough. The coastal stretch past Croagh Patrick, climbed annually on the solstice by over 25,000 pilgrims, is a spectacular ride into Westport, where you can leave roads in favour of the paved trail that was once a Victorian era railway. The Great Western Greenway takes you through Newport on the way to Achill Island. The final stretch will reveal several epicurean delights - oysters, cheese, chocolates, and tearooms. BD
Mulranny House B&B, or

Mulranny Park Hotel, Mulranny

Day 7

Loop ride options on Achill Island. Up to 70km

Today’s ride starts with spectacular sea cliff scenery along the Atlantic Drive. You can stop at the Pirate Queen's castle, Kildownet Church, megalithic tombs and promontory forts, a deserted village, and for swims at beautiful beaches on the north shore. These quiet lanes and trails make a wonderful last day of cycling in a quintessential part of the Emerald Isle. BLD

Same lodging

Day 8


Following breakfast, you will be transferred about 30 minutes to Westport where your tour will conclude. Train service from Westport to Dublin (~3 ½ hours) is frequent and can be pre-arranged at B


Note about the route:

Easy cycling on quiet roads with a few hilly sections. 36-83km/day, with many options for additional exploration. You may need rain gear to be prepared for weather changes.

The cliffs, coves, beaches, moorlands, and beautiful, quiet lanes of Western Ireland are the setting for this fabulous bicycle tour. Dramatic skies, bracken and heather-clad hills, and remarkably emerald fields create scenery beyond your imagination. This is the landscape that inspired Yeats and Joyce to their litany of legendary prose. Populated by the musical folk of Celtic descent, the pub-peppered villages create wonderfully photogenic opportunities for exploration and indulgence in rich Irish culture. This is a place where you’ll wish you lived.

Starting at the Cliffs of Moher, you will descend to the coastal village of Doolin. From there, you will ride around the ancient Burren before ferrying out to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, to see such highlights as the cliff top fort of Dun Aengus. Another short ferry will take you to County Galway, where you will meander along the convoluted coast and many of the wee villages which make Connemara such a stimulating, rewarding place to ride. You will spend two nights in a lodge near the shore of Lough Inagh, surrounded by inviting mountains and breathtaking stillness. An exceptionally scenic ride will take you along the Sky Road and to Westport on to Achill Island.

Map & Elevations

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Day # Daily distance
  Introductions 12 km
60 km
  4 km to 40 km
  65 km
52 km or 67 km
Up to 82 km
Up to 70 km

Learn more

For inspiration and ideas on special places to visit while in Dublin or other spots throughout Ireland, visit the blogs of Solosophie.


US 3375 C 4055

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, ferries, van support, full-time guide, luggage handling, maps and route notes, taxes)

US 3245 C 3895

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, ferries, luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential shuttles, emergency support, taxes)


US 945 C 1135


Hybrid: US 195 C 225
Electric Assist Hybrid: US 395 C 455
Racing: US 265 C 295

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.