Today we begin this itinerary with a day on the bike. We’ll depart from Ballyvaughan heading south through some wonderful scenic areas of the Burren region. This area is renowned for its amazing flora and fauna, and in summer time the smell from all the wild flowers as we cycle along is absolutely stunning. The route today is 81 km of relatively flat terrain and we will make a stop in the picturesque village of Lisdoonvarna at the Burren Smokehouse. The smokehouse is an award – winning family business, that produce a fabulous array of smoked fish that we will get to sample, and we’ll also have time for a coffee before taking to the road again.
Today’s route loops around the area known as the Burren National Park, and as we leave behind Lisdoonvarna we’ll be heading for the Atlantic coastline. The coastal scenery on this stretch of the route is spectacular, and as we head towards our lunch stop just past the village of Ballyvaughan, you will have some wonderful views across Galway Bay towards Connemara. What a treat we have for you today at our lunch stop! Linnane’s Lobster Bar in the tiny harbour village of New Quay is renowned for its wonderful fresh seafood, and we really think you’ve deserved it after the morning on the bike.
After lunch, we’ll again keep the coastline on our left for the next 17km, before the route takes us inland through some really rural and rugged countryside. We have a couple of climbs on this section of the route but the peace and quiet in this rural setting has to be experienced and the time will fly as we make our way back to Ballyvaughan. Just before we return, we’ll make a stop at the famous Aillwee Caves, where there is also a local cheese producer who’s product we’ll get an opportunity to taste.
This evening we have a real treat in store for you, a wonderful tasting menu served up by Chef David Hurley, the man behind the award winning kitchen at Ballyvaughane. This really is food to take your breath away but it will have been well earned after a day on the bike.