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A Jolly Around Connemara

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Ireland  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1385 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1385 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Your route will take you both inland and along the coast, giving you the chance to soak up the region's dramatic scenery in all its diversity. This tour is typical of our 'gentle cycling' ethos, featuring relatively short distances and no big hill climbs, so there's plenty of time to explore the various cultural and natural attractions of the area. There's also some fantastic accommodation en route, including some unique hotels with fantastic restaurants serving up local seasonal food with a characteristic Irish charm you won't forget!

Extras included:
- Taxi from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Mountain Resort on arrival day. Taxi from Ballynahinch to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport on departure day See what’s included as standard
- Duration: 6 nights
- Start and Finish: Starts daily between April and October, with a transfer from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Valley and finishes with transfer back to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport from Ballynahinch
- Hotels: Luxury 4* hotels, historic manor houses and restored castles
- Activity level: Gentle cycling
- Mileage: 4 days of cycling 15 -22 miles (25 - 35 km) per day, with longer and shorter options available on most days
- Terrain: Not flat, but neither is it hilly; we call it rolling countryside
- Traffic-free: Low-traffic back-roads.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in the Delphi Valley. We will transfer you from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to your base for the fist night in the Delphi Valley near Leenane, Co. Galway, a 4* hotel in a breathtaking mountain location. Spend the afternoon soaking up the scenery, or visiting their award-winning spa. Our local host will meet you either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time) to run through your itinerary and answer any questions you have. We will also deliver your bikes and equipment to your accommodation and make sure everything is a perfect fit!

Day 2: Delphi to Lough Inagh. After a hearty breakfast, your journey begins! Pedal along Killary Fjord through the little village of Leenane, which affords fabulous views over the fjord and surrounding mountains. Hop aboard the Connemara Lady for a short cruise (included in the tour) to the mouth of the fjord. The cruise, with commentary on all major points of interest along the way, takes 1.5 hours and departs every 2 hours from just outside Leenane village. Following your cruise, climb back into your saddle and pedal through the beautiful Inagh Valley to your next hotel on the shores of Lough Inagh. This is one of Connemara's most spectacular lakes, surrounded by the majestic Maam Turks and Twelve Bens mountain ranges. It is a perfect place to enjoy some R&R or outdoor pursuits like hill walking or fly-fishing... depending on your energy levels! 19 miles (30 km).

Day 3: Lough Inagh to Renvyle. Today you cycle along the coast to the Renvyle Peninsula. Take in the splendid views of the Twelve Bens mountain range, stop and sink your toes into pristine sandy beaches, and discover the area's rich history and archaeological sites. Your base for tonight is an historic country house hotel located on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel features a private lake, beach, woodlands, gardens and even a golf course. Tennis, swimming, fly-fishing, snooker, croquet and clay pigeon shooting are also on offer. 16 miles (25 km).

Day 4: Renvyle to Inishbofin. Day four will see you taking the ferry from Cleggan pier to the island of Inishbofin! You pedal through The Connemara National Park and the thatched villages of Tullycross and Letterfrack. The Connemara National Park consists of almost 3,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bog, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. It has four walking trails, offering a chance to see the area's unique flora and fauna up close, each of which can be accessed from the Visitor Centre near Letterfrack village. This is really worth a visit if you have the time before your ferry. As the ferry lands on the enchanted island of Inishbofin head to your hotel for the night. This is located amid the magical beauty of sea, lake and mountains. An oasis of modern luxury, with a warm island welcome, awaits. 13.5 miles (22 km).

Day 5: Inishbofin to Clifden. Today your route leads to the 'Capital of Connemara', Clifden. There are various route options available, but we recommend the longer route along the beautiful Sky Road. There are some fantastic views to take in over the Atlantic and the islands, so it's well worth the effort! Your hotel for the evening is a cosy restored castle with lovely views of the sea. It's just a 6 minute walk from the bustling town of Clifden, where you can enjoy charming boutique shops and meet friendly locals in the lively pubs. 9 or 21 miles (15 km or 34 km).

Day 6: Clifden to Ballynahinch. Today begins with a pedal to Ballyconneely. Here you can visit the famous Connemara Smokehouse, which specializes in wild, organic smoked and marinated salmon using traditional production methods. From here, continue on your journey to Roundstone, a picturesque fishing village which looks out across a deep inlet of the Atlantic to the Twelve Bens peaks. The final section of the route leads to your accommodation in Ballynahinch. There is the option of a shorter route along the ‘Bog Road’ (!), a unique unspoiled area of bogscape with rare flora. Your hotel for the night is one of the finest 4* luxury castle hotels in Ireland. Set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks, it has a restaurant which is famous for using only the finest and freshest ingredients and taking advantage of the wealth of fresh fish and game available in this part of Ireland. Dinner here is a highlight of any trip to Ballynahinch. 22 miles (35 km) via Roundstone or 12.5 miles (20 km) via 'Bog Road'.

Day 7: Depart Ballynahinch. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and check out of your rooms. We will transfer you to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- Breakfast every day during the tour
- Taxi from Galway, Westport or Knock Airport to Delphi Mountain Resort on arrival day
- Taxi from Ballynahinch to Galway, Westport or Knock Airport on departure day
- The services of our friendly hosts to coordinate your travel and brief you on your route
- Emergency support provided by your host
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- A tour brochure
- Safeguarding of your payment.

Price Excludes:
- Airfares
- Entrances to attractions unless specified
- Lunches
- Dinners
- Alcoholic beverages
- Mini bars
- Meals pre and post the tour.

Note: All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.

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