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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Ride the land of saints & scholars
This region of Ireland is steeped in history, with thousands of years of endurance and evolution recorded in the very landscape. The mountains dip down and level out into the lunar landscape of the bog, pocked with small lakes and golden ponds, and all of this runs right in to the Atlantic. The diversity of nature, coupled with the constantly changing weather, breeds a character all its own, and this week will be full of such encounters. In the numerous villages and towns we’ll bike through, one can’t help but feel the true Irish welcome.
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Day by Day
Begin the first ride through dramatic, remote landscapes towards a rustic and elegant lunch. Head into the heart of Connemara, towards the mountain ranges through wild, treeless, open bogland. Tonight enjoy classic Irish specialties at our fairy-tale castle.
The next morning, visit a bodhran-making shop before continuing on a beautifully rolling route along the coast into the town of Clifden. This afternoon we'll enjoy spectacular views during our ride along the Sky Road. Tonight, join our friend and historian John for a pint and introduction to Connemara history.
After a typical Irish breakfast we head down the Inagh Valley between the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. Pedal to meet a sheep farmer and try your hand at peat cutting. After lunch, learn about the cultivation and harvest of oysters and mussels as we zip across Killary Fjord on a Zodiac!
Bike to Louisburgh in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, the region's highest peak, and later roll into the vibrant market town of Westport. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel, gourmet fare around their convivial wooden table.
Cycle out to the lovely, wild remoteness known as Joyce Country.Dramatic sweeping views abound as we ride past Loughs Na Fooey and Corrib. We’ll stop in a cozy pub for some chowder or soup and good brown soda bread, then it’s just a wee bit further to our spectacular castle home for the evening.
After breakfast this morning we’ll transfer you just over an hour back to Galway in time for the Dublin train.
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
Surrounded by 350 acres of beautiful wooded grounds, Ballynahinch Castle offers all the attractions of a large private estate. Its rooms are tastefully and individually furnished in casual country elegance, and its superb restaurant offers fresh local produce. View hotel website »
Delphi Lodge, Delphi
An intimate 1830s country house, Delphi Lodge sits mid spectacular natural beauty. Delphi prides itself on being an experience more than a hotel, with a warm and convivial feel. Try your hand at snooker, or book a ghillie ahead of time and grab some tackle to engage in its legendarily good fishing. View hotel website »
Ashford Castle, Cong
Set amidst 350 acres of private woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib, the 12thC Ashford Castle was purchased by the Guinness family in 1852. The leading hotel’s beautiful grounds, 9-hole golf course, and falconry and horseback riding schools are surpassed only by the opulent interiors and colourful rooms. View hotel website »
I have never seen so many shades of green and trying to count them all eventually proved impossible. We did try to capture all the beauty Ireland has to offer and again this proved to be impossible but we brought home the memories of this amazing country.— Linda Moudry
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The terrain is generally rolling, with rare flat sections. That said, the climbs (and descents) are generally neither long nor steep. Daily distances average around 41 km (25.5 mi.), with several challenging longer options available.
“I bike about once a week at home.”
Gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort. Layover days accommodate varying preferences.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation (suite upgrade available, call for details)
- All breakfasts, three lunches and five dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guides and support van
- All special events and private tours
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- Downloadable GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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