Cycle the Best of the Wild Atlantic Way In Style

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  • Cycle the dramatic and ever-changing coastline of Galway, Connemara, and Mayo
  • Trad music and craft beers in Galway's lively pubs, where the craic never ends
  • Unwind each night from the comfort of elegant Irish castle hotels and country lodges
  • Steamed mussels, garlicky scallops, and aromatic seafood from Ireland's west coast
  • The remote island of Inishbofin, a sanctuary for seals and other wildlife
Cycle Ireland's rugged west coast during the day, then unwind in style each night from the comfort of your superior accommodation. Enjoy the ease of having private transfers between Galway city and your hotels in Connemara and Mayo, allowing you to make the most of your visit. The quiet trails and narrow roads of Inishbofin make for an exceptional day in the saddle, as you ride between deserted bays with crystal-clear water and emerald-green pastures. Treat your tastebuds to aromatic seafood caught from Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord surrounded by the mountains of Connemara, and wash it down with a warming whisky in one of the welcoming pubs. Simply pick a date and we'll take care of anything else!
This cycling trip is perfect for those looking to cycle sections of the iconic Wild Atlantic Way whilst staying at 4 and 5* castle hotels, country lodges, and boutique accommodations. Ride into the heart of the traditional Irish towns and villages and experience world-famous Irish hospitality in the comfort of your elegant accommodation. If you are looking for a real treat, then look no further!

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Biking, E-Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night, E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this tour (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 15 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Elegance & Unique Stays
  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island
  • Special Occasions

Activity Level & Terrain

This road cycling tour is graded moderate and the daily routes follow a combination of small country lanes and coastal roads. The daily distance varies from 35.5km (22mi) to 67.5km (42mi) and ascent/descent averages around 300m (985ft) with the exception of the ride to Cong from Westport (ascent/descent: +408/-414m or +1339/-1358ft). Please view the itinerary for more details about the daily routes. 

You will be cycling along sections of the Wild Atlantic Way which may feel a little busier near towns and villages as it is a popular route for all modes of transport. There are also some fairly narrow roads and parts where traffic may go a little faster. Most road users are respectful of cyclists and will give you plenty of room when passing, we recommend being mindful of this when cycling.

Between Leenane and Westport the route passes through Glenamurra which is remote in places with little to no phone signal depending on your network provider. Please be aware of this, especially when traveling solo. 

Navigation

The routes are partially waymarked and for the most part easy to follow. Navigation is straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, turn-by-turn directions, GPS tracks, and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation will be simple, and you can’t get lost.

You will find more information on downloading the app in your Macs Adventure Account. Should you require any assistance, we offer 24/7 telephone support throughout your trip.

Accommodations

Accommodation

During this trip you will stay in luxury 5* and 4* country lodges, historic castles and hotels. Depending on the time of year you are travelling, you may be accommodated in a hotel or inn of equal standard, within the surrounding area. 

Solo Cyclists & Single Rooms

If you’re cycling with friends or family and prefer to have your own room, single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists.

Meals

All breakfasts are included and usually consist of fresh fruits, juices, breads, pastries, porridge and muesli. You will always have a choice of a cooked breakfast as well. There is always a plentiful supply of tea and coffee. Dinner are not included but your centrally located accommodation means you are never far from restaurants and bars. Suggestions for lunch will be outlined in your notes and if you prefer your accommodation may be able to provide a picnic lunch to take with on your ride. Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. We try to accommodate all requirements where possible.

Included
  • 5 nights in 4* hotels and 1 night in a 5* hotel
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Private transfer from Galway to Clifden (Day 1)
  • Private transfer from Cong to Galway (Day 6)
  • Detailed Trip Information Pack
  • Access to routes and GPX tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Galway
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Ferry journeys
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire
  • Airport transfers

When To Go

This cycling tour is available between mid-April to the start of October. You have the flexibility to start on any date, subject to availability. Ireland's West Coast is particularly busy over the summer months, so if you are planning on traveling between June and August, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, especially when traveling in a group.

In our opinion, one of the most beautiful times to visit this region is in spring when colourful wildflowers are in bloom, forming a beautiful contrast against the ocean. July and August are the busiest months and accommodations tend to fill up fast, but you're also more likely to encounter a local music festival or two and you can appreciate long hours of daylight. For a quieter experience, September is an ideal month and it has the advantage of the crowds beginning to thin.

Weather and Climate

Irish weather is typically unpredictable year-round so be prepared for any conditions and you will be pleasantly surprised. No matter what month you choose to travel, being close to the Atlantic means it can get wet and windy at any time of year. It is important that you check the local weather forecast before setting off each day.

Getting to the Start

We recommend using the site www.rome2rio.com as a handy tool for any travel planning. 

Galway does not have an airport but can be easily reached from Knock Airport ("Ireland West") and Shannon Airport. Both airports are approximately a 1-hour drive from Galway. We can arrange private airport transfers to Galway for your convenience, please let us know in advance if this is of interest. There are also direct bus connections from Knock Airport to Galway (duration: 1h30m) and from Shannon Airport (duration: 2hrs). 

If you are flying into Dublin Airport or starting your journey from Dublin, there are hourly train services to Galway (duration: 2h30m). Please check Irish Rail for timetables, prices, and tickets.  

After arriving in Galway on Day 1 of your trip, you will be transferred to your first hotel in Clifden (duration: 1h15m) at a time that suits you. If you would like to book an extra night in Galway, please get in touch. We recommend arriving in Galway by 4:30 pm to allow ample time for your bike fitting. 

Luggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation.

General Information

Please note that this is an unescorted, self-guided bike tour. The distances listed are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, cycle clothing and personal medications, etc.

Equipment

If you have chosen to rent a bike, you will visit the bike rental store when being transferred from Galway to Clifden on Day 1. After being collected in Galway, your transfer will stop at the bike rental store for your bike fitting (around 20-30mins). After your bike fitting, you will continue to Clifden and your bike will follow in a separate transfer. At the end of your trip simply leave the bike locked, with the accessories at the last hotel for collection.

Trek FX hybrid bikes are available to rent. Each bike comes with a rear pannier bag for your personal possessions (unless you have chosen a road bike), a basic repair kit, and a lock. Helmets are included, although your own is likely to be a better fit. Ebikes are also available to hire, as are Trek Road 1 series road bikes.

If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this tour. If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time of booking as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Galway, private transfer to Clifden Day 2 Cycle to Cleggan, Inishbofin loop ride, return to Clifden 22 miles / 35.5 km Day 3 Cycle to Delphi Lodge near Leenane 42 miles / 67.5 km Day 4 Cycle to Westport 21 miles / 33.5 km Day 5 Cycle to Ashford Castle in Cong 36 miles / 57.5 km Day 6 Transfer to Galway Day 7 Onward Travel

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