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West of Ireland Bicycle Tours

Introduction

The West of Ireland region is a real gem – and probably the best choice for those planning a first bike tour in Ireland. It has all the requirements – wonderful scenery, lively and colourful towns and villages, a multitude of sites of interest and numerous possibilities for alternative activities. The terrain, although not flat, is forgiving enough to accommodate cyclists of all levels.

The region is centred on Galway, Ireland’s most alluring small city. To the north and west is Connemara, a region of legendary natural beauty. Further to the north between Killary Harbour and Clew Bay are the valleys, lakes and sheep-dotted uplands of Mayo. To the south of Galway the entire County Clare coastline offers stupendous scenery all the way from the Shannon Estuary to Galway Bay, with the remarkable Burren region occupying the north eastern corner. The unique Aran Islands straddle the entrance of Galway Bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

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Map of the Region

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West of Ireland Bicycle Tours

West Of Ireland Biking Routes

Route
Start
Finish
Route options
En route
A
GALWAY
OUGHTERARD
   
Aughnanure Castle; Lough Corrib
B
GALWAY
Inishmore
     
Barna; Spiddal; Dun Angeus; Black Fort
B
Inishmore
GALWAY
     
Barna; Spiddal; Dun Angeus; Black Fort
C
OUGHTERARD
Inishmore
   
Dun Angeus; Black Fort
D*
Inishmore
Clifden
   
Twelve Bens; Pearse's Cottage; Peat diggings
E
Clifden
Clifden
 
Roundstone; Sky Road; Cleggan
F*
Clifden
Leenane
 
Lough Inagh Valley; Kylemore Abbey; Connemara National Park; Killary Harbour
G
Leenane
WESTPORT
Maam Valley; Lough Nafooey; Cong
H
WESTPORT
WESTPORT
 
Sheefry Hills; Doolough; Louisburgh; Murrisk Abbey; Croagh Patrick
I*
WESTPORT
GALWAY
   
Cong Abbey; Ashford Castle
J
GALWAY
ENNIS
     
Clarinbridge; Gort; Coole Park; Kilmacduagh
J
ENNIS
GALWAY
     
Clarinbridge; Gort; Coole Park; Kilmacduagh
K
ENNIS
Lisdoonvarna
   
The Burren; Corofin; Dysert O'Dea; Kilfenora
K
Lisdoonvarna
ENNIS
   
The Burren; Corofin; Dysert O'Dea; Kilfenora
L
ENNIS
Kilkee
     
Quin Abbey; Kilrush
M
Kilkee
Kilkee
   
Loop Head Peninsula
N*
Kilkee
Lisdoonvarna
   
Spanish Point; Lahinch; Cliffs of Moher; Doolin
O
Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoonvarna
 
The Burren; Ballyvaughan; Ailwee Caves; Poulnabrone Dolmen
P
Lisdoonvarna
Kinvarra
   
The Burren; Kilfenora; Burren Perfumery
Q
Lisdoonvarna
Inishmore
     
Doolin; Dun Angeus; Black Fort
R
Kinvarra
ENNIS
     
Dunaguaire Castle; Kilmacduagh; Dysert O'Dea
S
Kinvarra
GALWAY
     
Dunaguaire Castle; Clarinbridge; Oranmore

Note:

Towns above in CAPITALS are Trailhead towns.

^ = Public transport option available for part or all of route

* = Route can be divided into two shorter options (with an additional overnight)