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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 Lisdoonvarna for another two-night stopover. The loop ride 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 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.
The itinerary follows routes J, L, M, N, O, Q, D, E, F, G and H
The tour is rated A – click here for tour rating description.

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

Gallery

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

Options

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

Notes

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 L Ennis Kilkee    
Quin Abbey; Kilrush
4 route M Kilkee Kilkee    
Loop Head Peninsula
5 route N* Kilkee Lisdoonvarna    
Spanish Point; Lahinch; Cliffs of Moher; Doolin
6 route O Lisdoonvarna Lisdoonvarna  
The Burren; Ballyvaughan; Ailwee Caves; Poulnabrone Dolmen
7 route Q Lisdoonvarna Inishmore      
Doolin; Dun Angeus; Black Fort
8 route D* Inishmore Clifden    
Twelve Bens; Pearse's Cottage; Peat diggings
9 route E Clifden Clifden  
Roundstone; Sky Road; Cleggan
10 route F* Clifden Leenane  
Lough Inagh Valley; Kylemore Abbey; Connemara National Park; Killary Harbour
11 route G Leenane Westport
Maam Valley; Lough Nafooey; Cong
12 route H Westport Westport  
Sheefry Hills; Doolough; Louisburgh; Murrisk Abbey; Croagh Patrick
13 depart from WESTPORT        

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
basic cost per person sharing
1035
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
275
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Trek Hybrid
165
Ridgeback Touring
180
Trek Road
220
pannier rental per pair
free
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
420
additional charge per rider
20
All inclusive price for scheduled self-guided tours per person sharing
815

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