Cycling Holiday in the Burren

A memorable cycling adventure in the Burren & Cliffs of Moher

The rocky Burren is a national park and one of the most unique landscape types in the world. The karst limestone bedrock, blanketing the countryside is full of rare flora and fauna. The land is criss crossed with an ancient network or roads and small laneways making it an ideal place to explore by bike.

The Burren has been inhabited by humans for millennia with some historic sites, such as Poulnabrone Dolmen dated to 2,500BC. The area is dotted with hundred of archaeological sites of interest spanning the Bronze, Iron, Early Christian, Viking and medieval ages.

This cycling tour takes you to small traditional Irish villages full of culture and tradition. The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are strongholds for traditional Irish music. In the long summer evenings, the pubs come alive with nightly music and storytelling.

Highlights

  • Unique Burren landscape

  • Ancient pre-historic sites

  • The Cliffs of Moher

  • The Aran Islands

  • The Burren perfumery

  • Tradition Irish villages and pubs

  • Castle ruins and stone forts

This 7 night cycling tour starts and finishes in Galway city, on the west coast of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular coastal and scenic cycling in Ireland.

Cycling distance:
The average daily cycling distance is 40km

Gradient:
The gradient is easy to moderate

Departure dates:
You can start this tour on any date that suits you between April and October

How to get to Galway from Dublin or Shannon Airport 


| Day 1. Arrive in Galway city

Accommodation: B&B Galway city

Sample the atmosphere that has made Galway a mecca for musicians, artists, actors and tourists alike. The cobbled pedestrianised streets are lined with bohemian cafes, traditional pubs and craft shops.

Cycling tour in Galway

Day 2. Galway city to Kinvara where the cycling begins

Cycling distance up to 50 km 

Accommodation: B&B Lisdoonvarna
You will be transported out of Galway city to Kinvara where the cycling begins. You will cycle on the quiet Moy road into the heart of the Burren passing acres of unusual limestone and visiting the Burren Perfumery on the way.

A cycling holiday to the Aran Islands

Day 3. Visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher

Cycling distance: Up to 50 km  

Accommodation: B&B Lisdoonvarna

Today you will visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher that rise to almost 700 feet above sea level. You will be directed to Hags Head, a secluded and magnificent viewpoint access the coastline. You will visit the splendid seaside villages of Lahinch and Liscannor before cycling through he historic town of Kilfenora on the way back to your accommodation for the night.


Day 4. Day trip to the Aran Islands

Cycling distance: Up to 40 km – 50 km  

Accommodation: B&B Lisdoonvarna
Today you will catch the ferry for a day trip to the famous Aran Islands. The islands are an extension of the Burren landscape. Its quiet roads are ideal for cycling as you meander around the maze of oddly shaped stone walled fields. You will visit the ancient and spectacular historic site of Dun Aonghusa. Perched high on the sea cliff, this 3,000 year old fort will remain in your memory for many years to come. You will return to the mainland in the late afternoon where you will spend the night.

A cycling holiday to the Aran Islands

Day 5. Cycle the coast road to Ballyvaughan

Cycling distance: 35 km +

Accommodation: B&B Ballyvaughan
One of the highlights of the trip, today you will cycle the coast road to Ballyvaughan via Fanor beach. The journey offers awesome views of the Galway bay and the rugged rocky Atlantic coast. Ballyvaughan is a qaint coastal town with excellent cafes and bars to enjoy in the evening.


Day 6. Explore the Burren heartland

Cycling distance: 35 km +

Accommodation: B&B Ballyvaughan
From Ballyvaughan, you will cycle to a number of ancient historic sights, some dating from as far back as 3,000BC. Enjoy some treats at a local chocolate factory and return to Ballyvaughan via the coast road. Sample the traditional nightlife in the village at a famous whiskey bar.

A cycling holiday to the Aran Islands

| Day 7. Cycle to Kinvara via Corcomroe Abbey

Cycling distance: 35 km +

Accommodation: B&B Galway
Moving north from Ballyvaughan, you will cycle to Kinvara via Corcomroe Abbey, an 800 year old mosaic ruins and national monument. Visit the Flaggy shore on the way and sample some of the finest seafood on the Atlantic coast. In Kinvara you will be collected and returned to Galway where the cycling ends.

*The cycling distance can be increased on request. 

Hybrid touring bikes with panniers to rent in Galway

Option 1:

Trek FX2 Hybrid Touring Bike – Included in tour price

The FX2 is strong, stable, fun and perfectly suited for Irish roads. Customised for West Ireland Cycling with puncture resistant tyres, mudguards and rear rack. Also available with ladies specific frame. Bike lock, helmet, repair kit, pump and spare tube is also included.

Touring bike for rent in Galway

Upgrade Option 1:

Upgrade Options: Trek 520 Adventure Touring Bike + €120*

The 520 is the classic steel touring bike. One of the longest-running touring bikes in the world. If you are a committed touring cyclist looking for the best in comfort and durability, this is the bike for you.

* Upgrade fee is payable directly to our office on the day of collection
E-bike to hire in Galway

Upgrade Option 2:

Upgrade option: Kalkhoff or Trek Electric Bikes + €140*

We use the best quality E-bikes on the market. These bikes are pedal assist meaning they travel a lot further when you push the pedal compared to a regular bike. Comfortable, strong and stable bikes combined with a quiet powerful Bosch motor and a fully integrated high-capacity battery ensure many miles of care-free cycling. On a full charge they re good for 100km+.

* Upgrade fee is payable directly to our office on the day of collection

Stay comfortably in our carefully hand-picked accommodations

The accommodation included on the tour are B&Bs or small guesthouses. They are clean, comfortable, family run businesses and come very highly rated on Trip Advisor and Booking.com and are well set-up to cater for cycling holiday guests.

The hosts are very knowledgeable about the local area and will be happy to assist you in any way needed.

We have been using the same venues for many years and our previous guests are very happy with them. Each room with have its own private bathroom and shower too. Breakfast is included in the package. All of the venues are located in the centre, or very close to the centre of a small village or town with local bars, cafes and restaurants all within easy walking distance.

Love it too much? Add extra days or shorten your cycling holiday in Ireland

We are lucky in the west of ireland to have thousands of km of unspoilt coastal and scenic cycling to enjoy.

We understand that 7 days may not be the ideal amount of time for everyone.

If you would like a longer or shorter version of the tour, please just email john@westirelandcycling.com and we will design a custom tour to suit your schedule.

Fantastic Cycling Holiday

West Ireland Cycling provided the bikes (excellent), panniers, custom guidebook, transfers at the start and end of the trip, and comfortable accommodations each night. Our guide book included cycling routes and maps along with optional extensions, points of interest, and dining recommendations. We especially loved the alternative, car-free routes in and out of Cong, as well as the incredible bog road.

We highly recommend experiencing Ireland by bike and letting West Ireland Cycling plan your trip. Gorgeous country, excellent roads (many nearly car-free), patient drivers and lovely people made our trip better than we’d imagined. Thanks, John and everyone at West Ireland Cycling!

Anne, USA, July 2018.

Can’t wait to go back

We were looking for a self-guided trip in Ireland and came across West Ireland Cycling. From beginning to end, John did an amazing job at putting together a 6 night trip. I couldn’t decide between the Conamarra or Burren trip, so he put a trip together that included both! The Trek touring bikes were in great shape. The roads we cycled on were spectacular- along the water, bogs and mountains- full of green, sheep, cows and limestone. The seafood was superb- fresh as can be. I will dream of the oysters when I get home. It was great not to carry luggage and to stay in a warm B and B each night. I would highly recommend this company.

Steven, Switzerland, Sept 2018.

Experience of a life-time

My mom and I spent 7 days cycling with West Ireland Cycling in May. It was absolutely amazing. It was obvious that John and his team had put a ton of effort into the tour to make everything run extremely smoothly.

John provided us with high quality bicycles and maps with very detailed instructions. It’d be impossible to get lost or turned around. The instructions included great cafes, restaurants, lunch spots, and notable sites. There was flexibility within the routes and being able to go at our own pace was great. Every evening we’d arrive at another adorable, clean b&b with our luggage and a comfy bed waiting.

I can’t recommend this particular tour highly enough. John and team went above and beyond several times throughout the trip to make this one of our most memorable vacations. The price is well worth it considering the quality of care, bicycles, and accomodations you get in return. Do it!

Kathy, Canada, June 2018.

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Prices

€825 per person based on 2 people sharing. April, May, June, September, October

€865 per person. July and August

€200 single supplement.

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Included In Tour

  • 7 Nights Accommodation
    (Includes private en-suite & full Irish breakfast)

  • Trek Touring Bicycle
    (Including pump, lock, tubes and repair kit)

  • Ferry Tickets

  • Luggage Transfers

  • Easy-to-Read Road Maps

  • Transportation
    (Galway to Kinvara / Kinvara to Galway)

  • From €825 per person based on 2 people sharing

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