Today is the final day of this memorable Tour. We leave Delphi Lodge after breakfast, and head towards the village of Leenane. We’ll make a quick stop, catch a coffee and soak up the wonderful scenery of Killary Harbour. We now head out into wildly rugged landscape, where the most common sight you will see will be the famous Connemara sheep! A traffic jam in this part of rural Ireland usually means a large quantity of sheep on the road!
We’ll pass the beautiful shoreline of Lough Nafooey, and on towards our lunch stop for the day in the village of Finney. After lunch we’ll cycle along the southern shoreline of Lough Corrib, a beautiful limestone lake of 20,500 acres, and head into the wonderful village of Cong. Cong was made famous in the 1950’s by the famous Hollywood film, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.
Today, the village is equally famous as the home of the finest five star property in Ireland, and our base for this evening, the wonderful Ashford Castle. This multiple award winning property offers a truly private retreat in the breathtaking surrounds of Lough Corrib, and the Hotel’s fine woodland estate. This is five-star luxury all the way, and a fabulous way to end this spectacular Tour of Connemara and County Mayo.
Ashford Castle has a number of fantastic dining options for you to enjoy, from the formal, fine dining George V Dining Room, to the The Dungeon Restaurant. And without doubt, the hotel boasts one of the best wine cellars in Europe, so this is a chance to spoil yourself with a vintage red, after your exertions in the saddle.