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Connemara & Burren Self-Guided Tour (10 Nights)

Tour code: WOISG10

Tour Overview

This tour explores in turn The Burren, the Aran Islands, Connemara, Joyce’s 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. From Ennis you ride west to Lisdoonvarna for a two night stopover. The loop route from here takes you around the Burren coastline. From Lisdoonvarna there is a short ride to Doolin to catch the ferry over to Inishmore, largest of the three Aran Islands. The next day is spent exploring and enjoying this beautiful island. You depart the island by another ferry which lands you at Rossaveal on the shores of Galway Bay, from where you ride west through Connemara to the town of Clifden for a two night stopover. The loop ride from here takes you around the coast to Roundstone and then out along the Sky Road. The leg from Clifden leads you through the Lough Inagh Valley to Leenane on the shores of Killary Harbour. From Leenane you ride north to Westport, with the option of an upper or a lower route. The loop ride from Westport takes you to Doolough and along the shores of Clew Bay in the shadow of Croagh Patrick.

See the Regional Details page for further information on the scenery and attractions.
The itinerary follows routes J, K, O, Q, D, E, F, G and H.
The tour is rated A – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • Exploring the narrow lanes in medieval Ennis
  • The spectacular Cliffs of Moher
  • The fabulous coastal ride by Black Head
  • Traditional music in Doolin’s pubs
  • The cliff top fort of Dun Aengus on Inishmore
  • Watching turf cutting in Connemara
  • The views of the Twelve Bens from the Bog Road
  • The beautiful, semi-wild Connemara ponies
  • Visiting Kylemore Abbey
  • The haunting beauty of the Doolough Valley


  • Aran Islands
  • Ballyvaughan
  • Cliffs Of Moher
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Derryclare Lake
  • Killary Harbour
  • Near Westport
  • Sheefry Hills


  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending a night in Galway or at Bunratty (near Ennis) before or after the riding.


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 Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at GALWAY          
2 route J Galway Ennis      
Clarinbridge; Gort; Coole Park; Kilmacduagh
3 route K Ennis Lisdoonvarna    
The Burren; Corofin; Dysert O'Dea; Kilfenora
4 route O Lisdoonvarna Lisdoonvarna  
The Burren; Ballyvaughan; Ailwee Caves; Poulnabrone Dolmen
5 route Q Lisdoonvarna Inishmore      
Doolin; Dun Angeus; Black Fort
6 route D* Inishmore Clifden    
Twelve Bens; Pearse's Cottage; Peat diggings
7 route E Clifden Clifden  
Roundstone; Sky Road; Cleggan
8 route F* Clifden Leenane  
Lough Inagh Valley; Kylemore Abbey; Connemara National Park; Killary Harbour
9 route G Leenane Westport
Maam Valley; Lough Nafooey; Cong
10 route H Westport Westport  
Sheefry Hills; Doolough; Louisburgh; Murrisk Abbey; Croagh Patrick
11 depart from WESTPORT        

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Trek Hybrid
Trek Road
pannier rental per pair
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider
All inclusive price for scheduled self-guided tours per person sharing

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