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Connemara Self-Guided Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: WOISG7B

Tour Overview

This tour takes in the Aran Islands, Connemara, Joyces’ Country and South Mayo.

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The start point and your first night’s accommodation location is the village Oughterard to the west of Galway City. If you arrive in good time, you can take a warm up ride by the shores of Lough Corrib. The first leg of the itinerary takes you south to meet the coast at Rossaveal from where you take a 40 minute ferry ride to Inishmore, largest of the three Aran Islands. The next day is spent exploring and enjoying the island. Returning to Rossaveal 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.

See the Regional Details page for further information on the scenery and attractions.

This is one of our most popular self-guided itineraries.

Ten highlights

  • Sharing the lanes with the pony carts on Inishmore
  • The wonderful views of the Twelve Bens from the Bog Road
  • Sampling the menus in Clifden’s excellent restaurants
  • The marvellous coastal ride from Tully Cross to Leenane
  • A cruise on Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord
  • Hiking up Croagh Patrick for magnificent views over Clew Bay
  • The cliff top fort of Dun Aengus on Inishmore
  • Visiting Kylemore Abbey
  • The haunting beauty of Doolough and the monument to the Famine March
  • A drink in Matt Molloy’s famous pub in Westport


  • Aran Islands Pub
  • Clifden
  • Connemara Pony
  • Connemara
  • Doolough
  • Doolough
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Lough Nafooey


  • To lengthen the tour, think about spending a night in Galway before or after the riding, and/or an additional night on Inishmore (the Aran Islands).
  • Families with younger children (or very casual riders) may look to split a longer ride over two legs


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 Other options En Route
→ km ↑ m longer shorter
1 - Oughterard - - - -  
2 Oughterard Inishmore 25 288   Rossaveal, Dun Angeus Fort, The Seven Churches
3 Inishmore Clifden 58 205   The Bog Road, Peat diggings, Pearse’s Cottage
4 Clifden Clifden 58 320 The Sky Road, Roundstone Traditional Music, Alcock & Brown Landing Site
5 Clifden Leenane 65 247 Ballynahinch Castle, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour
6 Leenane Westport 62 162 Lough Nafooey, Maam Valley, Cong
7 Westport Westport 54 487 Doolough, Murrisk Abbey, Croagh Patrick

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
Basic cost per person sharing 725*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 205
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 140
Road 190

E-Bike 230
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 240
Each additional person 20
All inclusive price for scheduled self-guided tours per person sharing 825

* Prices for solo travellers are on request

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