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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.
The itinerary follows routes C, D, E, F, G and H
The tour is rated A* – click here for tour rating description.
This is our most popular self-guided itinerary.

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) can ride routes D (Inishmore to Clifden) and F (Clifden to Leenane) as 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 Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at OUGHTERARD        
2 route C Oughterard Inishmore    
Dun Angeus; Black Fort
3 route D* Inishmore Clifden    
Twelve Bens; Pearse's Cottage; Peat diggings
4 route E Clifden Clifden  
Roundstone; Sky Road; Cleggan
5 route F* Clifden Leenane  
Lough Inagh Valley; Kylemore Abbey; Connemara National Park, Killary Harbour
6 route G Leenane Westport
Maam Valley; Lough Nafooey; Cong
7 route H Westport Westport  
Sheefry Hills; Doolough; Louisburgh; Murrisk Abbey; Croagh Patrick
8 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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