A 7 day self guided cycling holiday in Connemara and the Aran Islands

Connemara, on Irelands west coast has a dramatic and breathtaking landscape. It is a place of contrast, wilderness and warm welcomes. Let us take you through towns and villages, each with their own distinct character and local culture. A truly unforgettable cycling holiday.

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Cycling holiday Connemara, a view of Galway Bay

Sample the atmosphere that has made Galway a mecca for musicians, artists, actors and tourists alike. Its cobbled pedestrianised streets are lined with bohemian cafes, traditional pubs and craft shops. Take a stroll along the bank of the River Corrib and its canals that feed through the city. Galway City’s real appeal is the vibrant music scene, with buskers on street corners during the day, and bars filled with traditional Irish music at night.


After being transported out of the hustle and bustle of the city, cycle through the Maam Valley starting from Maam Cross. Cycle along the edge of Lough Corrib, going through Maam village and Cornamona until you get to Cong. Cong is home to Cong Abbey and the beautiful Ashford Castle and Gardens. Cong is also famous for Director, John Ford’s 1951 film, The Quiet Man.


Cycling holiday on a country lane in Connemara

Wander through Joyce Country and enjoy its spectacular, yet tranquil and natural beauty. Take a route right through the Maamturk and Partry mountains. It will take you through Clonbur, Finny and around Lough Nafooey. You will finish in the charming village of Leenane, situated at the mouth of Ireland’s only Fjord. By now you will begin to realize why it’s called the Wild Atlantic Way.

Course through the Sheffrey hills, over to Louisburgh and down by Delphi.  The scenery is absolutely breath-taking. If you’re the adventurous type, you might want to climb Croagh Patrick.

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Cycling holiday visit to Clifden town in Connemara

Cycle Westward from Killary Harbor towards Tully Cross. Find those hidden gems that include Lettergesh and Gurteen. You may like to explore Connemara National Park in Letterfrack. Such a route should not end in Clifden without taking a spin out to see the views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Sky Road.

Where River Owenglin meets the Atlantic, you will find Clifden, often called “the Capital of Connemara”. South of Clifden is Derrygimlagh Bog. In summertime, when heather and other wild flowers are in bloom, the usually dark boggy landscape comes to life in a wonder of colour.


Also, South of Clifden is Ballyconneely and the picturesque, Dog’s Bay with its turquoise blue waters and sparkling white sandy beaches. From here you can cycle a remote road through Cashel down into Carna. Carna is right in the heart of the Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) region of Connemara. It is believed that some Spanish Armada sailors whose ship ran aground settled in Carna.

Aran Islands

Cycling holidays on the Aran Islands

Rest easy! From Carna, you will be driven to Rossaveal harbour to catch a ferry to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. The islands are an extension of the limestone landscape found in The Burren. Its quiet roads are ideal for cycling as you meander around the maze of oddly shaped stone walls.

One of the most impressive aspects of Inis Mór is Dún Aengus. It is a spectacular pre-historic stone fort that hangs on the edge of a 300 foot cliff, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

After touring Inis Mór, you will enjoy a refreshing ferry journey back to Rossaveal. From there, you will be transported back to Galway City.

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Included In Tour

  • Personal meet and greet service

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

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

  • Ferry Tickets

  • Luggage Transfers

  • Detailed route map, local historic information, recommendation for places to visit, eat and drink

  • Transportation
    (Galway to Maam Cross / Rossaveal to Galway)

Connemara Express

Day One

Day 1. Explore and stay in Galway City

Accom: B&B with private en-suite.

Day Two

Day 2. Maam Cross to Cong

Distance Options: 35km, 65km or 85km. Accomm: Farmhouse B&B with private en-suite.

Day Three

Day 3. Cong to Leenane

Distance Options:  35km, 40km or 60km Accomm: B&B with private en-suite.

Day Four

Day 4. Roundtrip – Leenane Loop

Distance: 35 km to 80 km Accomm: B&B with private en-suite.

Day Five

Day 5. Leenane to Clifden via Tully Cross

Distance Options: 45km, 65km or 80km Accomm: B&B with private en-suite.

Day Six

Day 6. Clifden to Carna (option to cycle via Ballyconneely)

Distance Options: 35km or 50km Accomm: B&B with private en-suite.

Day Seven

Day 7. A Ferry trip to the Aran Islands

Distance: 0-30 km Accomm: B&B with private en-suite

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