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Westport 250 Experience


2017 sees the wonderful County Mayo town of Westport celebrate its 250th Anniversary, and the team at RideWild are delighted to offer you our Westport 250 Experience Tour.

 

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Westport 250 Experience

2017 sees the wonderful County Mayo town of Westport celebrate its 250th Anniversary, and the team at RideWild are delighted to offer you our Westport 250 Experience Tour.

The cycling terrain around the town of Westport has a little bit of everything, stunning coastal routes, rural and rugged inland routes, and some challenging mountainous landscape that we’ve put together in three days of great cycling, totalling 250km. Fabulous cycling during the day and the evenings free to explore and enjoy the year – long celebrations of 250 years of one of Ireland’s favourite towns.

DURATION

5 Days / 4 Nights

PRICES FROM

€899.00 per person.

Details

DURATION This Tour is for 5 Days and 4 Nights
TOUR DATES 2017 This Tour starts on Sundays, from 2nd April to 24th September
LEVEL The level of each of the three stages is Moderate;
EQUIPMENT Ride Wild will provide a Touring/Road Bike for the duration of the Tour. E – Bikes can also be provided at a supplement of €45.00 per day.
ACCOMMODATION On this Tour we have a number of accommodation options, details of which can be found in the Accommodation section below.
MEALS A hearty, healthy cyclist’s breakfast is included each day, along with lunch at our selected lunch stop along the route. Evening meals are included as follows;

  • Plaza Hotel Westport – 2 evening meals included
  • Killadangan House – 2 evening meals included
  • The Helm (self – contained apartments) – 2 evening meals included in the Helm Bar and Restaurant
TRANSFERS All transfers associated with the Cycling are included on this Tour. Any extra transfers can be arranged by request on the Booking Form, price dependent on numbers and distance.

Itinerary

DAY 1  Arrival

Today is arrival day into the beautiful town of Westport in County Mayo. If you are availing of one of our quality road bikes, today will be a bike fitting day, and we’ll take a short spin out the coast road to make sure you’re comfortable with the settings.

DAY 2   

Today’s first stage of our Westport 250 Experience Tour, takes us on a wonderful scenic route out towards Aghagower, and after some initial climbing we’ll begin a downhill descent which offers some stunning views of Lough Mask, one of the largest lakes in Ireland.

Our lunch stop today is in a traditional Irish pub right on the lake shore, where they serve some beautiful seafood dishes, and some wonderful desserts to refuel the body for the rest of the day in the saddle.

After our lunch stop, it’s back on the road for what is a stunning section of today’s route. We continue along the shores of Lough Mask towards Finney and the spectacular Lough Nafooey. After we pass the Lough we’ll make a right turn into the small village of Leenane, on the shores of Killary Harbour and make a stop for a well – earned coffee and enjoy the scenery.

After coffee, it’s back on the back on the bike for the last leg of today’s stage and a spin back to Westport. After a well – earned shower and change, the evening is your own to explore and enjoy the bars and restaurants of one of the best towns in Ireland.

DAY 3   

Today’s second stage of our Westport 250 Experience Tour, takes us out of the town on the Leenane road, heading south through the townlands of Knappagh and Liscarney. The first section is relatively flat, but at Liscarney we’ll take a right turn and tackle the steep ascent to Tawnycrower. The scenery back down to the lakes in the valley is amazing and we’ll descend into Delphi, and our selected lunch stop for today.

After lunch, we’ll depart from Delphi and take a right turn heading for the small village of Louisburgh. This is rural, rugged cycling at its best, where traffic congestion usually means there are a number of sheep on the road!

After a coffee, and perhaps some cake in Louisburgh, we’ll take the coast road all the way back into Westport. You’ll have wonderful Clew Bay on your left and the spectacular Croagh Patrick on your right and this is truly a fabulous spin. After today’s route, why not enjoy a few well – earned pints of Guinness in one of Ireland’s most famous bars, Matt Molloy’s. Matt is a member of the world famous Irish traditional music band The Chieftains, and his bar is a haven for traditional Irish music players!

DAY 4   

Day 3 takes us on a northerly route out of Westport, heading towards the picturesque seaside town of Newport. After Newport, we’ll take a left hand turn and follow the beautiful coast road towards Mulranney and our selected lunch stop for today.

After lunch, we are going to do a stunning loop out along the coast towards Achill Island and Achill Sound, which will bring us back to Mulranney and the return spin through Newport and back into Westport.

Our Westport 250 Experience Tour is run in conjunction with the Westport 250 festival, celebrating 250 years of this wonderful town. All year round, there are numerous events taking place in the town to celebrate this milestone, so be sure to tie in your dates with one of these events.

DAY 5   

Today is departure day, so after a well – earned lie in and a leisurely breakfast, guests will depart from Westport. Transfers can be arranged to take you to your next destination in Ireland, or to any of our airports. Price dependent on numbers and destination.

Accommodation

There are 3 options for accommodation on this Tour, all come highly recommended and have all proven popular with our cyclists on this Tour.

Killadangan House is a lovingly restored period house, overlooking majestic Clew Bay on the outskirts of Westport Town. The intimate nature of this property makes it ideal for smaller groups who would take over the whole house for the duration of the Tour. Ideally for our Cyclists, this house comes with its own sauna room, and offers wonderful food to keep the body well fuelled.

The Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of Westport Town, a short stroll from all the wonderful shops, cafes, bars and restaurants that make Westport such a great destination. The Hotel also has its own swimming pool and leisure facilities, and always a great friendly welcome.

Situated on the Quay, on the outskirts of Westport Town, The Helm is an award winning Bar and Restaurant, which also has wonderful fully equipped apartments on – site. Our cyclists always get a great welcome here, the food is excellent and there are regular traditional Irish music sessions at night.

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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