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Grand West of Ireland Self-Guided Tour (12 Nights)

Tour code: WOISG12

Tour Overview

This is the complete West of Ireland itinerary, encompassing Loop Head, the Clare coastline, the Burren, The Aran Islands, Connemara, Joyces Country and Mayo.

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Starting from Galway, the first leg takes you south through County Clare to the medieval town of Ennis on the banks of the River Fergus. The next leg leads you west to meet the Atlantic Coast at Kilkee, where you stay for two nights. The loop ride from the town is around the aptly named Loop Head Peninsula. Leaving Kilkee you ride north along the Atlantic Coast to Doolin for another two-night stopover. The loop ride from here takes you around the Burren coastline. From Doolin there is a short ride to catch the ferry over to Inishmore, largest of the three Aran Islands. The next day is spent exploring and enjoying the island. You leave the island by another ferry which lands you at Rossaveal on the northern shores of Galway Bay. From here you ride west through Connemara to the town of Clifden for a two night stopover. The loop ride takes you around the coast to Roundstone and out along the Sky Road. Leaving Clifden you ride through the Lough Inagh Valley to Leenane on the shores of Killary Harbour. From Leenane you continue north to Westport, with the option of an upper or a lower level route. The loop ride from Westport takes you to Doolough and along the shores of Clew Bay in the shadow of Croagh Patrick.

For information about en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.

Ten highlights

  • The wonderful coastal scenery of Loop Head
  • The spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • The Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna
  • Enjoying traditional music sessions in Doolin’s pubs
  • Sharing the lanes with the pony carts on Inishmore
  • The wonderful views of the Twelve Bens from the Bog Road
  • Sampling the fare in Clifden’s excellent restaurants
  • A swim in the sea at Dog’s Bay
  • The ride out along the Sky Road to the west of Clifden
  • The marvellous coastal ride from Tully Cross to Leenane
  • A cruise on Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord
  • Hiking up Croagh Patrick for marvellous views over Clew Bay


  • Ballyvaughan Pub
  • Blackhead
  • Bunratty Castle
  • Cliffs Of Moher
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Galway
  • Lough Inagh
  • Sky Road


  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending an extra night in Galway at the start of the tour or on Inishmore (Aran Islands).


Luggage transfers on this itinerary do not include a transfer onto Inishmore (Aran Islands). You will have to carry what you need for the overnight on the island in panniers – we will supply these free of charge.

Outline Itinerary

Day Start Stay Core route Options En Route
→ km ↑ m longer shorter
1 - Galway - - - -  
2 Galway Ennis 78 278     Clarinbridge, Gort, Coole Park, Kilmacduagh
3 Ennis Kilkee 54 355   Quin Abbey, Kilrush
4 Kilkee Kilkee 36 256 Loop Head Peninsula
5 Kilkee Doolin / Lisdoonvarna 58 397     Spanish Point; Lahinch; Cliffs of Moher; Doolin
6 Doolin / Lisdoonvarna Doolin / Lisdoonvarna 53 339 The Burren; Ballyvaughan; Ailwee Caves; Poulnabrone Dolmen
7 Doolin / Lisdoonvarna Inishmore various various     Dun Angeus, Seven Churches, Black Fort
8 Inishmore Clifden 58 205   The Bog Road, Peat diggings, Pearse’s Cottage
9 Clifden Clifden 58 320 The Sky Road, Roundstone Traditional Music, Alcock & Brown Landing Site
10 Clifden Leenane 65 247 Ballynahinch Castle, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour
11 Leenane Westport 62 162 Lough Nafooey, Maam Valley, Cong
12 Westport Westport 54 487 Doolough, Murrisk Abbey, Croagh Patrick

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
Basic cost per person sharing 1070*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 335
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 195
Road 275
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 575
Each additional person 30

* Prices for solo travellers are on request

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