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Ireland Bike Tour

The Land of Saints and 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.

Bistro Hotels: This trip uses 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.

Trip Details

Bistro Hotels
Enthusiast
Galway to Castlebar
6 Days / 5 Nights


Price per person from: $4,495
Single supplement: $500
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Day by Day

Head into the heart of Connemara and bike north toward the Maumturk Mountains, Joyce Country, and the Twelve Pins. After lunch, pedal on to meet a sheep farmer and try your hand at peat cutting.

Soak in the beauty of Killary Fjord and the Rinvyle peninsula before heading to a mollusk farm to learn about the cultivation and harvest of oysters and mussels with a local expert.

Bike to Louisburgh in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, the region's highest peak, and later roll into the vibrant market town of Westport.

Ride along stunning Clew Bay, stopping in at a local cheese artisan and charming Newport en route to a cozy pub lunch.

Pedal to Foxford, site of a historic wool mill, perhaps indulging in a breathtaking century ride through the Ox Mountains en route. Relax by the pool or treat yourself to the spa, and get ready for a live music ceilidh tonight

After breakfast this morning we’ll bring you to Castlebar, where rental cars, trains for Dublin or connecting transfers to Shannon Airport are available.

Hotels

Delphi Lodge, Delphi

Focused around an 1830s country house, Delphi Lodge sits mid spectacular natural beauty. Delphi prides itself on being an experience more than a hotel, and truly the options to be active beyond biking are legion. Try your hand at snooker or horseback riding, or grab some tackle to engage in its legendarily good fishing. View hotel website »

Westport Plaza Hotel, Westport

This comfortably chic four-star property boasts a warm Irish welcome and spacious, understated rooms. With a spa, bistro and popular bar which draws the locals, it’s located steps from the heart of lively Westport town. View hotel website »

Mount Falcon Resort, Ballina

This luxurious four-star retreat sits on the banks of the River Moy among the woodlands of County Mayo, one of Ireland’s best-preserved forest areas. The hotel boasts a heated indoor pool and Elemis spa among its amenities. If golf is your thing, twelve courses lie within a 19-mile radius. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Enthusiast

The terrain is generally up or down, with rare flat sections until the fi nal two days. That said, the climbs (and descents) are generally neither long nor steep. Daily distances average around 50 km (31 mi.), with a couple of challenging longer options available. Please be advised that on this trip only hybrid bikes are available, in both men’s and women’s styles.

Gear

The Bikes

You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality, local bikes that provide a good fit to your size and weight.

What's Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners, including wine
  • Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
  • All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • Use of a hybrid bike fitted to your personal specifications, and equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
  • Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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Accolades

"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,
Ireland Bistro Biking 2013

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