Westport Way Cycling Tour

Westport Way Tour

The Westport Way tour starts in Galway and includes 2 nights in the pleasant town of Westport, known as the adventure capital of Ireland. Westport was also one of the first towns  in Ireland to develop its own purpose build cycling Greenway. Constructed on the remains of an abandoned railway line, the greenway extends from the town of Westport to Achill island some 42km to the west.This makes is an ideal area to explore on a cycling holiday.

After Westport, the cycling goes south to Louisburgh, Delphi and Leenane. The scenery is simply breathtaking with beautiful, valleys, lakes, windy hills and forests, which I am sure you will treasure for a long time to come.

Continue along the Atlantic coast to the vibrant town of Clifden.

Highlights

  • Westport town and greenway

  • Galway city

  • The welcoming pubs and traditional music

  • Natural unspoilt beauty of mountains, lakes, bogs and coast of Connemara

  • Cong Abbey and Ashford Castle

  • Killary Fjord and Kylemore Abbey

  • The serenity of the Doo Lough valley

  • The Wild Atlantic Way

  • The famous Skye road cycle

This 6 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 50km with extra options up to about 80km most days

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. Exploring The Westport Greenway

Cycling distance up to 60km
Accommodation: B&B Westport

First day cycling. We will transfer you to Cong, home of the magnificent Ashford Castle. From Cong you will cycle through Joyce country, an area renowned for its natural beauty and onward via the Partry mountains to Westport. The cycle over the Party offers unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside and lakes.


Day 3. Exploring The Westport Greenway

Cycling distance: Up to 85km
Accommodation: B&B Westport

Spend the day exploring the Westport Greenway. The greenway passes some of Irelands most dramatic landscape and offers fantastic views of the coast and Clew bay. Return to Wesport for the night.


Day 4. Cycle From Wesport to Leenane

Distance: Up to 50 km
Accommodation: B&B Leenane

You will cycle south from Westport along the coast passing the famous Croagh Patrick mountain before continuing to Louisburgh where you will turn inland and continue through the spectacular Doo Lough valley to the town of Leenane where you will spend the night.

Cycling holiday in Connemara, cycling road in Galway

| Day 5. Cycle from Leenane along the Atlantic coast to Clifden

Cycling distance: 35km / 60km / 80km
Accommodation: B&B Cliften

Cycle from Leenane along the Atlantic coast to Clifden. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way and pristine beaches along the way. Stop for lunch in Kylemore Abby before continuing to Clifden where you will stay for the night. Clifden is full of small cafes, shops, bars and restaurants. In the evenings the pubs are alive with the sound of traditional Irish music.

Cycling holiday in Clifden in Connemara

| Day 6. Explore Clifden by bike

Cycling distance: 30km
Accommodation: B&B Galway

After breakfast, you can further explore the area around Clifden by bike, before being transferred back to Galway for the final night of the tour.

Bike rental break at a pristine beach in Ireland

Hybrid touring bikes with panniers to rent in Galway

Option 1:

Trek FX2 Adventure 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

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

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

  • Luggage Transfers

  • Easy-to-Read Road Maps

  • Transportation
    (Rossaveal to Galway)

  • From €825 per person based on 2 people sharing

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