The tour is an exploration of the region and includes the Loop Head peninsula, the Clare coastline and the Burren.
Your start point and the location for your first night’s accommodation is the medieval town of Ennis. The first biking leg leads 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 the spa town of Lisdoonvarna for another two-night stopover. The loop ride from here takes you around the Burren coastline. From Lisdoonvarna you explore the remote eastern Burren en route to Kinvarra on the shores of Galway Bay. The final leg gives you the option of either returning to Ennis, or continuing north to finish in Galway.
Exploring the narrow lanes and shops in medieval Ennis
Riding around the Loop Head Peninsula
The dramatic Cliffs of Moher
Lunching in Ballyvaughan after the spectacular ride around by Black Head
Enjoying a traditional music session in one of Doolin’s pubs
Browsing in the Burren Visitor Centre
A visit to the Burren Purfumery
A wander around Dysert O’Dea archaeological site
Looking over Galway Bay from the ramparts of Dunaguaire Castle
Photographing the Galway hookers (traditional sailing boats) in Kinvarra harbour
7 nights accommodation with breakfast
all routing, maps, cue sheets and gpx tracks
Emergency telephone support
Meet, greet and bike fitting
Core Tour Cost
Hybrid bicycle rental
Road bicycle rental
€325 (for two people)
Arrive in Ennis (there are regular buses from Shannon Airport or trains from Dublin). Stay the night in
guesthouse/B&B. We will meet you in the afternoon / evening to adjust the bicycle for you and talk you through the week ahead.
Ennis – Kilkee (ca 58km or 68km – climb 386m)
You are leaving Ennis to cycle along quiet backroads to Kilkee located directly on the Atlantic Coast.
During Victorian times Kilkee was a favoured holiday location thanks to its 2km long sandy beach offering safe swimming.
Loop Head (ca 36km or 64km – 256m / 354m)
Loop Head the most westerly peninsula will offer you some sublime coastal scenery with its cliffs, arches, and freestanding pinacles. At the tip of Loop Head you will find a fully working lighthouse (not open to the public) offering a wide sweeping vista. The cycling is on very quiet backroads.
Kilkee – Lisdoonvarna / Doolin (ca 68km - 441m)
Today's cycle will remain along the coast to the north passing Lahinch famous for its surfing and golfing, to Lisdoonvarna or Doolin (both villages famous for their traditional Irish music). Stay here for the next two nights. One of the alternatives lets you cycle past the Cliffs of Moher rising majestically more than 200m out of the sea.
Loop Day (various options- 51km, 58km and more - 416m)
There are 3 different options for today all doing a circuit of the Burren, a unique lunar-like landscape providing botanical interest as well as rich in historical remains. Visit the village of Balllyvaughan, the Aillwee Caves, and ride past the Poulnabrone Dolmen as well as other famous burial chambers.
Doolin / Lisdoonvarna – Kinvarra (ca 44km, 64km 299m/531m - can be extended)
Another day in the mythical Burren landscape. Visit the village of Kilfenora with its high crosses and Abbey, then continue heading into the Burren Nature Reserve. Near Carron you may pay a visit to the Burren Perfumery, using the local herbs and heathers in their range of scents. Today's target is the colourful small fishing village of Kinvarra, where you discover tradional Galway Hookers (woodensailing boats) moored in its picturesque harbour. Also visit Dungaire Castle (you may even like to takepart in its banquet).
Kinvarra back to Ennis (ca 46km 129m – can be extended) or to Galway (ca 45km)
A last day in the Burren landscape passing the monastic settlement of Kilmacduagh on the way back to Ennis. Or perhaps you wish to spend the last day in the bustling, historic University town of Galway.
Breakfast, followed by farewell and departure for your onward journey.
The standard accommodations for this region's self-guided itineraries are guesthouses and bed and breakfasts (B&Bs). Generally, these have between 4 and 10 guest rooms and the owners/providers live on the premises. In almost all cases the bathroom facilities are ensuite (self-contained within the room), and the room facilities usually include a television and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a communal reading / television lounge. Small family run hotels are also used in a few locations. The providers are excellent sources of local information.
Breakfast is always included. Most guesthouses do not offer an evening meal.
When you book a tour, your pre-trip planner will have more details about the specific facilities and services provided by the accommodations.
Examples of our guesthouses in this region include;
The most convenient international airports are Shannon Airport and Dublin Airport.
There is a small regional airport in Knock.
Galway, Westport and Ennis have direct rail links with Dublin (Heuston Station) operated by Irish Rail.
Bus Eireann operates intercity and regional bus services throughout Ireland.
Citylink and GoBus run buses between Galway and Dublin Airport. Citylink also operates a service on the Galway to Clifden route
Ireland's climate is surprisingly mild given its northern location. This is mainly due to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream which brings warm waters up to Western Europe from the more tropical Atlantic zones.
Temperamental is a fitting description of Ireland's weather. It can be very unpredictable! The old adage that it is possible to experience four seasons in one day is close to the truth. During the summertime, the warmest months tend to be July and August, when average temperatures during the day can range from 15ºC to 20ºC. A hot day in summertime could produce temperatures of 22ºC to 24ºC and on rare occasions can exceed 30ºC.
The best time to travel to Ireland for an outdoor trip such as a bicycle tour is from the beginning of May to the end of September. April and October are also possible, but the chances of encountering inclement weather increase. Towards the end of October the days are significantly shorter.
Traditionally May can provide some of the best weather days of the season. The last two weeks in June have the longest days of the year.
July and August are peak travel season for Ireland. The first weekend in August (a public holiday weekend) is the busiest of the season. School holidays are from the end of June until the end of August.
The latter half of September sees the change to autumn colours.
€725 per person sharing, to include;
The standard charge is based on one or two riders. A couple would therefore share the luggage transfer costs. There is then a small additional fee for the third and each additional person.
Note that the more riders in the group, the less expensive are the luggage transfers per rider.
Standard rental bicycle.
5 frame sizes
Aluminium 6061 DB Frame
Stevens Alloy fork
Alloy road bicycle
8 frame sizes
Aluminium 6061 DB
|Core Tour Cost||€725|
|Road Bike Rental||€190|
|Luggage Transfers||€325 (per couple)|
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