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The Burren Hike, Bike and Foodie Experience


The beautiful rugged coastline of West County Clare, on Ireland’s magnificent Wild Atlantic Way, provides an ideal location for this Hike, Bike and Foodie Experience.

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The Burren Hike, Bike and Foodie Experience

The beautiful rugged coastline of West County Clare, on Ireland’s magnificent Wild Atlantic Way, provides an ideal location for this Hike, Bike and Foodie Experience.

Stunning coastal walks, wonderful cycling routes and a fabulous collection of authentic Irish Food Producers, make this a dream trip for anyone who’s into outdoor pursuits and who also has an interest in food. 2. The Tour is based in the beautiful seaside village of Ballyvaughan, which sits on the northern edge of the fabulous Burren area of County Clare. The village has a number of traditional Irish pubs and lively restaurants in which to relax after your day in the saddle.

DURATION

5 Days / 4 Nights

PRICES FROM

€1695.00 per person.

Details

DURATION This Tour is for 5 Days and 4 Nights
TOUR DATES 2017 This wonderful Gourmet Experience is available from 1st April 2017 to 30th September 2017.
LEVEL The level of the cycling routes on this Tour, are moderate.
EQUIPMENT You have the choice of a Touring Bike or a Road Bike, or you can take one of our super cool EBikes and take in the views at a more leisurely pace.
ACCOMMODATION 3. The accommodation on this Tour is based in the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan.
MEALS 4. Breakfast is always a gastronomic experience on a Ride Wild Cycling Itinerary, and we have chosen some spectacular lunch stops throughout the route. Dinner each evening will be in the dining room of the Hotel, with the exception of the last evening when we will be dining in the award winning Wild Honey Restaurant in nearby Lisdoonvarna.
TRANSFERS All transfers listed in the Itinerary are included, including the return ferry transfer to Inis Meain. Airport transfers to and from 5. Ballyvaughan can be pre – arranged, just use the enquiry form and we’ll give you a quote.

Itinerary

DAY 1  Arrival

Today is arrival day into the beautiful County Clare village of Ballyvaughan, which will be our base for the duration of this Tour. After check – in, we will take a short spin along the coast road to ensure you are happy with the settings on the bike. Dinner this evening will be in our Hotel and an early night is recommended to prepare for the coming day on the bike!

DAY 2   

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.

DAY 3   

Today is a Bike and Hike day, and a perfect way to work off all the sumptuous food from last night! Once again we head south on the bike, passing through Lisdoonvarna and heading for the seaside towns of Lahinch and Liscannor. Once we arrive into Liscannor, we’ll have a refuelling stop in Vaughan’s bar and restaurant before we take on the Hiking part of the day. The cliff top walk along the Cliffs of Moher is one of the most spectacular to be found anywhere in Europe. The guided walk offers stunning views down to the sea below, as well as out towards the wonderful Aran Islands, where we’ll be heading to tomorrow.
The walk ends back at the Cliffs of Moher Interpretive Centre, where we will have a chance to have some lunch and a look around, before jumping back on the bike and heading north for the rest of today’s stage.

The route will take us north along the Wild Atlantic Way coastline, before making a right hand turn and heading inland as we make our way back to Ballyvaughan.

DAY 4   

After a hearty breakfast in Ballyvaughan, we’re back on the bike this morning for the first part of what will be a fun filled, busy day! We will cycle the 16km directly to the beautiful harbour town of Doolin, where we’ll enjoy a relaxing coffee before catching the ferry out to Inis Meain, the middle of the three Aran Islands. On the ferry journey, you will get some spectacular views of the Cliffs of Moher, rising in all their glory out of the Atlantic waters.

On arriving on Inis Meain, we’ll have a guided hike around the island, exploring its beauty spots and historical places of interest, and perhaps stopping to enjoy a swim along the way! We’ll stop for lunch in the wonderful Inis Meain Restaurants and Suites along the way, before catching the late afternoon ferry back to Doolin and returning to Ballyvaughan.

Dinner on this last night of the tour will be in the wonderful, award winning, Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna.

DAY 5   

After a hearty breakfast in the splendid hotel dining room in Ballyvaughan, guests will depart from County Clare fully relaxed and chilled out after an exhilarating few days in this beautiful part of Ireland. Airport transfers can be pre – arranged to all major airports in the country.

Accommodation

Gregans Castle

The hotel properties we use in the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan are all hand – picked by the team at Ride Wild, and all provide a great Irish welcome along with wonderful fresh local seafood and produce in their restaurants.

The village is located right on the shoreline which is ideal for a leisurely stroll before breakfast or after dinner.

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.
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