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Look Ma! Look Da!

Connemara and the west coast is Ireland at its most beautiful, remote, mythical best. Out here, the mountains dip down and level out into the lunar landscape of the bog and the diversity of nature, coupled with the constantly changing weather, breeds a character all its own. In the numerous villages and towns we’ll bike through, one can’t help but feel a true Irish welcome. With all this, who needs the leprechaun's gold?

Trip Details

Bistro Hotels
Moderate
Galway to Westport
6 Days / 5 Nights


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

Explore the heart of Connemara, biking through the rugged contours of Cashel Bay. Kids enjoy a fun round of mini-golf while parents pedal north toward the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Pins. Later, a talented young sean nós dancer teaches the kids some fancy steps, then plays a lively music session.

Everyone starts the day with a beautiful cycle route near the sea, then adults ride on to charming Clifden, Connemara’s main market town. Afternoon ride out the jawdropping cliff-top loop known as the Sky Road, while kids lunch and play, then go for a pony trek on the beach.

Adults pedal the gorgeous Connemara loop, then the generations meet up with some sheep and their talented shepherds (two and four-footed!) Ride on to the village of Leenane for lunch, then parents continue around the head of Killary Bay while kids take on a our hotel-adventure center’s boulder wall.

Kids engage in a morning of archery as the grown-ups bike a glorious ride to Louisburgh. Together, ride into the shadow of Croagh Patrick, the highest peak in the region, before rolling into Westport, a vibrant market town.

Take a morning jaunt along the Great Western Greenway, crossing rivers and traversing forests, with panoramas of the Newport Bay's islands. Walk to the Westport House gardens and adjoining Pirate Adventure Park for some history and fun.

After breakfast this morning, embark on the 90-minute drive down to Galway City to exchange goodbyes with new friends, and from where rental cars, trains for Dublin or connecting transfers to Shannon Airport are available.

Hotels

Rosleague Manor, Letterfrack

This beautiful rose-pink manor house is 200 years old, with warm and beautiful sitting rooms and a lovely restaurant with viewf of Ballynakill Bay and a cozy bar. With graciously appointed, comfortably sized rooms and a genuine sense of character, you will find yourself truly in the heart of Connemara. The hotel is hand-managed by the Foyle family, one of the most legendary in town, with a gift for hospitality. View hotel website »

Delphi Mountain Resort, Delphi

The perfect spot for active families, DMR prides itself on offering experiences, not stays. Organized on-site activities are the resort’s forte, with options galore for children of all ages. Adults will appreciate equally the Delphi Spa on the premises. 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 »

Activity Level

Moderate

We rate this trip Moderate. The terrain is generally up or down, with rare flat sections. That said, the climbs (and descents) are generally neither long nor steep. Daily distances average around 42 km (26 mi.) for adults, with a couple of challenging longer options available. The kids’ average ride is about 16.5 km (10 mi.). Please be advised that on this trip only adult hybrid bikes are available, in both men’s and women’s styles, as well as a range of children’s equipment. Electronically assisted e-bikes are also available (on a first-come, first-served basis) for an additional fee. Please call for details.

Gear

The Bikes

You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip to Ireland, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality hybrid bikes that provide a good fit to your size and weight. A range of kids equipment, from trailers to hook tandems to smaller bikes, is also provided.

What's Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, two lunches (three for kids) and four dinners, including wine
  • Services of B&R guide(s) and support van(s)
  • All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
  • 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 transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • 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

“Ireland is a must see for outdoor enthusiasts! The trip was relaxing and fun for kids and families. We had fabulous guides, and really felt a part of the culture of Ireland. The people were all so nice and the views were mystical and amazing. A very special place indeed!”

— Timothy Lindenfelser,
Ireland Family Biking 2013

Ireland Family Biking

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