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Luxury Cycling Ireland – Islands and Castles.


We take things pretty easy on this tour, so easy that you would hardly believe that you are exercising!

 

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Luxury Cycling Ireland – Islands and Castles.

We take things pretty easy on this tour, so easy that you would hardly believe that you are exercising!

On this trip, you don’t just visit Ireland, you experience Ireland. This is one of our Luxury Ireland range of tours and is just perfect for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Lots of fresh air, exercise, stunning scenery, along with top class food and accommodation – the perfect combination.

DURATION

8 Days / 7 Nights

PRICES FROM

€3,500.00 per person.

Details

DURATION 8 Luxury Days
TOUR DATES 2018 This Tour is available for private booking from 15th April to 30th September 2018
LEVEL Easy to Moderate
EQUIPMENT You have the choice of a touring bike or road bike, or you can take one of our super-cool e-bikes and take in the views at a more leisurely pace.
ACCOMMODATION Our luxury accommodation is based at the following luxury properties:

  • Ashford Castle, voted 3rd Best Hotel in the World 2015
  • Ballynahinch Castle, voted Number 1 hotel by Condé Nast Readers
  • Inis Meain, Aran Islands, Overall Winner Best Dining Experience 2013
  • Gregans Castle Hotel, Winner Best Chef in Ireland 2015
MEALS Breakfast is always a gastronomic experience at these selected properties, and at our lunch stops we serve up excellent lunches!

Evening dinner will be pre-booked at our overnight hotels. Again, the cuisine is of an extremely high standard and all dietary requirements are catered for.

TRANSFERS Daily luggage transfers. Airport transfers can be arranged in advance, with price dependent on the airport and flight times.

Itinerary

DAY 1  Arrival

Transfers and overnight in Gregans Castle, Ballyvaughan Co Clare. Check in is followed by brief bike fitting. Subject to your arrival time, guests can enjoy afternoon tea and a short 4km spin into Ballyvaughan.

DAY 2   

After breakfast we set out for the world famous Cliffs of Moher. This relatively short spin takes us across some of the spectacular landscape of the Burren. Once at the Cliffs of Moher we will have a guided tour and a chance to take in some amazing scenery. After our visit we take a short downhill spin to Doolin, to enjoy a coffee break. We will then take the ferry out under the Cliffs of Moher to get the 360 degree view of the cliffs from the Atlantic Ocean, a truly spectacular experience!

Back on dry land In Doolin it will be time for lunch, and what a treat have we in store for you from fresh seafood, amazing salads and some delicious desserts. Then we get back on the bike for what is regarded as one of the best sections of the Wild Atlantic Way from Doolin to Ballyvaughan with The Burren on your right and views across Galway Bay on your left. This stage is breathtakingly beautiful.

Post cycle, some welcome light refreshments and a well-deserved massage await you.

Evening Dinner

DAY 3   

Today we set off to the Aran Islands, and make our way to Doolin for the short ferry crossing to Inis Meain, the middle island and the least developed of the three Aran Islands. The Island measuring just 5km by 3km, is easily explored by foot and bicycle.

After lunch we take a guided walk around the Island to view the island which features many historical and cultural sites. Our walk takes us along its inspiring natural terrain including beaches, cliffs, and limestone karst inhabited by unusual wild flora and fauna. We will also take in some shopping at the world renowned Inis Meain Knitting factory.

Every evening dinner is special but this evening’s is very special!

Post-dinner we will join local people in the traditional island pub for some seriously good Guinness and traditional music.

DAY 4   

Today we take a short flight (six minutes) from Inis Meain to Connemara Airport and then it’s back on the bike for another beautiful day cycling through Connemara. Our destination is the stunning Ballynahinch Castle and our route takes along the coast road and through parts of Connemara with views of the Twelve Bens.

Today our guide will host a traditional bar-lunch of fresh seafood, chowder and home made brown bread followed by tea/coffee and cakes.

Arrive Ballynahinch to a warm welcome and light refreshments. If desired a massage can be pre-booked.

Evening Dinner

DAY 5   

Let’s Enjoy Connemara. This morning we will take the coast road from Ballynahinch Castle in the direction of the beautiful coastal village of Roundstone. Even though we haven’t been on the bike for very long, it might just be time for some photos and maybe a little coffee!

From Roundstone we continue along the coast road passing Gurteen Bay and Dogs Bay and on to Ballyconneely. Along the route we will pass the stunning Coral Strand with its beautiful white sand, before stopping off for lunch in Clifden.

With well over half our cycling done for the day we will have plenty of time to enjoy the pretty town of Clifden, with its traditional crafts and music, interesting shops and busy market.

Our post- lunch cycle back to Ballynahinch Castle takes us over the lovely Bog Road with views of the Twelve Bens. Here in on this remote road we are immersed in the serene sights, sounds and smells of beautiful, mysterious Connemara.

  • Ballynahinch Castle, Light refreshments on arrival.
  • Evening Dinner
  • Evening at Leisure: Option to transfer to tiny Roundstone, perched on the ocean’s edge, to enjoy some traditional entertainment in the lively bars.

DAY 6

We climb back on the bike today for another stunning cycle through Connemara that includes the amazing, aptly named Sky Road, Connemara Loop and my personal favourite, the back road from Tully Cross to Leenane, Finny and Cong.

Back at Ballynahinch Castle we will enjoy some light refreshments on arrival, followed by a wonderful evening dinner.

Evening at leisure. Option to transfer to tiny Roundstone, perched on the ocean’s edge, to enjoy some traditional entertainment in the lively bars.

DAY 7   

We could be accused of saving the best till last but we assure you it’s not the case!
Today we take on some new road following the coast road along Killary harbour, the lakes at Delphi, Doo Lough, Lough Mask and Lough Corrib and Aaslegh Falls.
Lunch will be a little secret with lots of goodness from the lakes and mountains of Connemara.
Arrive Ashford Castle, enjoy a celebration drink and a post-cycle body massage.
Evening Dinner in Ashford Castle, evening in Cong Village for some traditional Irish music.

DAY 8

Morning at leisure to explore the magnificent grounds of Ashford Castle, one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland. Depending on your onward travel plans, you could enjoy their famous champagne afternoon tea in the hotel lounge. A real treat!

Return Transfers to Airport.

Helicopter Transfers can be arranged subject to availability and supplement charge

Accommodation

Ashford Castle

The magnificent five star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. With 83 spectacular rooms, suites and a Lakeside Cottage, a wealth of activities and plenty of thoughtful touches, guests will enjoy acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale.

Gregans Castle

Set in landscaped gardens, this elegant, 18th-century manor house hotel is 5.3 km from Ballyvaughan, and 5.6 km from Aillwee Cave.

Country-chic rooms with WiFi access are furnished with original artwork, antiques and armchairs. All have garden, bay or mountain views, while some have 4-poster beds, sofas and private courtyards. Suites add private sitting rooms, sound systems and stone fireplaces. Tea and coffee making amenities are available on request, and there are no TVs!

Inis Meain Restaurant and Suites

Inis Meain Restaurant and Suites were created by Marie – Therese and Ruairi de Blacam with the aim of enabling guests to best experience their unique island location. Every detail is inspired by the island, and the unique way of living that is necessary in such a remote location of natural beauty.

Ballynahinch Castle

Among rugged landscape and forest on a scenic 450-acre estate, this luxury castle hotel dating to 1756 overlooks a salmon fishery on the Owenmore River.

Country-chic rooms in the original castle or river view wings are elegantly appointed. All offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, as well as an evening turndown service. Upgraded rooms provide sitting areas and dressing rooms, and some add iPod docks and 4-poster pillow-top mattresses. Suites have plush living areas.

Terms & Conditions

  • To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment.
  • The balance payment is due 90 days before the tour starts.
  • If your tour start date is within 90 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.
  • All online payments are handled by Stripe – the world’s safest credit card processing system.

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