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Ireland Self-Guided Bike Tour

A journey through the untamed beauty of the west coast

Welcome to a place of contrasts, colors, wilderness, and warm hospitality on the west coast of Ireland. Take a deep breath of fresh salty air as you enjoy rolling routes immersed in a breathtaking landscape along the Wild Atlantic Way. Get under the skin of this fascinating country, exploring sites associated with Ireland's long and complex history, from pre-historic times to the recent past. You’ll uncover the natural history of the varied landscape, from green pastures to wild mountain scenery along fantastic bike routes, and through meeting people to learn about life on Europe’s western edge. A pint of Guinness by a fireside is as much a part of the true Irish experience as scaling a hill to enjoy the spectacular views of the Connemara Natural Park. Superb cycling, traditional music and hearty food will make for an unforgettable self-guided Ireland bike tour that will steal your heart away!Learn more about Self-Guided trips and if they're right for you »
From:
$2899 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Ride through stunning mountain passes and past golden sand beaches on some of Ireland’s best-loved biking routes
Visit music-filled Irish pubs, fill your bellies with the freshest seafood, and meet local people as you explore the area
Relax and enjoy overnights at two carefully-selected small hotels in charming Irish towns and villages
Discover the warm hospitality of the people as you ride off the beaten track through the rugged coastline of Connemara
Visit an oyster farm at your leisure and enjoy a one of a kind tasting with fresh-from-the-sea oysters!
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A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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2020 Departure Dates:
  • 6+ Guests    Price as advertised*
  • 4-5 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
  • 1 Guest        Call us for pricing*


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  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$3,000 per person to trip price*
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Meet your guide in bustling Westport, an utterly charming coastal inlet town, near to countless wildlife wonders including seals and humpback whales. After checking-in at your luxury hotel, walk to a local cafe for lunch where your guide will familiarize you with your itinerary for the week. Following lunch you may change into your cycling gear and your guide will fit you to your bike, ensuring the best comfort on your bike for the week. Then you'll start your self-guided Ireland bike tour with a ride through the rolling, green Mayo countryside, along a traffic-free bike path that follows the route of a transformed Victorian railway. After tracking between hills and sea, you will turn inland at quaint Newport Village and circle back to your hotel in Westport town. If you want to experience some great live music in a welcoming and friendly environment, don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the many local pubs and mingle with the locals over a pint of beer! For dinner we recommend to try a traditional Irish meal choosing from the list of our guides' favorite places in town.

Today's Ride:

Newport Greenway loop
Approximately 15 miles with 890 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Westport Plaza Hotel

Included Meals:

Lunch

This morning, savor your first hearty Irish breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a fantastic tour through a spectacular landscape little touched by human hands and a series of ever-more spectacular vistas. Heading out from your hotel by bike, you'll pedal past Croagh Patrick, a conical mountain which overlooks Clew Bay, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland and a pilgrimage site for millennia. As you ride past this iconic mountain you head into the lesser travelled parts of south County Mayo. The route takes you at the premises of Glen Keen Farm, where you have the chance to meet the farmer and watch his sheepdogs at work herding sheep. After your visit, your ride continues along Delphi valley, a wild and unspoiled valley of extraordinary beauty nested between the Sheefrey and Mwelrea Mountain ranges, with some of the region's most beautiful scenery laid out before you. Finish your ride at the hotel and take some time to relax with some spa treatments if you wish. Tonight make good use of our hand-selected recommendations by our local experts when choosing the restaurant that best suits your palate.

Today's Ride:

Sheefrey Pass loop
Approximately 44 miles with 2,560 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Croagh Patrick loop
Approximately 27 miles with 1,760 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Westport Plaza Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Say goodbye to Westport Village as you make your way south into the Connemara region, one of the most iconic Irish destinations. Your luggage will be transferred to your next hotel and you will find it already in your room upon arrival. Enjoy the luxury of travelling worry-free and focus on your ride, pedalling at your own pace through a landscape described by Oscar Wilde as a "savage beauty". As Connemara unfolds before you, you'll get a sense of why the famous writer described the region this way. Passing through Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only true fjord, you'll enjoy epic views of the surrounding mountains that rise steeply from the water’s edge. You'll ride below the hills of Maumturks, a picturesque mountain range with unrivaled views over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’d prefer a more relaxed day, take the morning to explore Westport, popping into some of the numerous craft shops and boutiques in the town, before transferring south by our pre-arranged shuttle to the shores of the fjord in Leenane, and continuing to your next hotel by bike. Whatever option you choose, make sure you stop for tea at Kylemore Abbey, an impressive Benedictine monastery beautifully set on a lake in the heart of Connemara, before finishing your ride at the Quay House in Clifden. A former Harbor Master’s house, then a Franciscan monastery, a convent, and finally a family-owned hotel, this cozy place will be your home for the next three nights.

Today's Ride:

Westport to Clifden
Approximately 42 miles with 1,980 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Leenane to Clifden
Approximately 22 miles with 1,220 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Quay House Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today, you will have the opportunity to ride along the tranquil country roads of Connemara, characterized by sweeping wild mountains, golden sand beaches, and rocky hillsides. Native Connemara ponies and small homesteads set the scene as you bike through quintessential Irish countryside. The route we have designed for your self-guided tour takes you to a quaint fishing village where you can enjoy a delicious lunch at our favorite restaurant overlooking the harbor. You will also have the chance to visit a coral beach and enjoy the open vistas of the classic Irish bogland. If you prefer to relax at your hotel and enjoy a quiet day, we suggest to explore Clifden. Known as the “Capital of Connemara” this town boasts a unique and picturesque setting between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Atlantic Ocean. If you have the chance, stop by a playing field to watch Gaelic football, the ancient and most-played sport in Ireland. It is a very unique sport that combines elements found in rugby, basketball, volleyball, and football.

Today's Ride:

Roundstone loop
Approximately 26 miles with 1,050 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

South Connemara loop
Approximately 63 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Quay House Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Don’t forget your camera today as you embark on one of the most scenic rides surrounded by unspoiled nature! Mountain slopes sweeping down to some of Ireland’s best salmon fishing rivers and lakes are the backdrop for today’s ride. There is a photo opportunity at every turn as the Inagh Valley road winds its way between the majestic heather-covered mountains of the Twelve Bens, and the Maamturks, separated by the valley and its picturesque lakes. Soak in the crisp air of the ocean as you pedal towards the coast. Here you’ll have the chance to meet a local oyster producer and visit their farm on the quiet shores of Clifden Bay.Don't miss the opportunity to lunch on fresh-from-the-sea oysters and learn about life on Ireland’s west coast before riding back to town. Tonight, celebrate with one last dinner of your choosing in Clifden and toast to an incredible self-guided Ireland bike tour in this understated yet incredible part of the world!

Today's Ride:

Connemara loop
Approximately 40 miles with 1,730 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Quay House Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Take this morning to sleep in and relax, savoring a long breakfast, or choose to have a final blast of Atlantic air on this beautiful local road. The aptly named Sky Road climbs above the coast out to the tip of the peninsula, where panoramic vistas await. Back in Clifden, a Trek Travel guide will meet you at the hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and say farewell before you make your way to Galway or other wonderful Irish destinations.

Today's Ride:

Sky Road loop
Approximately 10 miles with 780 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Westport Plaza Hotel

Westport, Ireland

Located in central Westport, this award-winning 4-star hotel is the perfect base to explore the wild Atlantic Coast or simply to relax surrounded by stunning countryside. The sophisticated yet welcoming atmosphere of the hotel begins with the spacious and beautifully designed rooms, offering king-sized beds and Italian marble bathrooms. You can unwind in ultimate luxury thanks to the fine-dining restaurant, a chic bar serving indulgent cocktails, and excellent spa facilities. The superb cuisine and friendly service create a genuine sense of relaxed warmth and hospitality.
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The Quay House

Clifden, Ireland

The Quay House is Clifden’s oldest building, dating from about 1820 and standing right on the harbor. It was originally the Harbor Master’s house but later became a Franciscan monastery, then a convent, and finally a hotel owned by the Foyle family. Family portraits, period furniture, cozy fires, and a warm Irish welcome make for a unique atmosphere of comfort and fun. All rooms are different and furnished with some good antiques and original paintings; several have working fireplaces. The owners Paddy and Julia Foyle will make you feel at home and will be delighted to offer you advice on fishing, golfing, riding, walking, swimming, sailing, and dining – all close by.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel self-guided bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Checkpoint ALR 5

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. The Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 is a high-quality build that will hold up for long, rugged miles on pavement, dirt, and even the most treacherous gravel roads. But what sets this model apart is the performance parts and the wealth of features like adjustable Stranglehold dropouts, massive tire clearance, and extra mounts that make it easy to customize for your kind of adventure. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day 1 lunch with the guide
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 road bike or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump, phone mount, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • All luggage transfers during your trip
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal position for comfort, with recreational or avid set-up along with saddle preference
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to navigate and get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

GEAR

  • Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 road bike or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump and phone mount
  • A bike lock, a flat pack, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast and one lunch, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
29.5 miles
TOTAL MILES:
177 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,498 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
8,990 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is varied with sustained ascents and somewhat challenging climbs, if you opt for the more difficult routes. Our Ireland self-guided bike tour is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip for riders who want to take the afternoon off or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Hiking
  • Golfing options in Westport and Clifden
  • Boat ride excursions in Leenane to Killay Fjord
  • Sheep-dog demonstration and historical walk on a farm
  • Visit an oyster farm with tasting
  • Microbrewery visit and tasting at Mescan Brewery
  • Seaweed foraging in Roundstone
  • Visit of Kylemore Abbey

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Dublin airport (DUB)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Westport train station

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Dublin airport (DUB)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Clifden bus stop

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Dublin airport (DUB) and then take a train to Westport. Make sure you book the intercity train from Dublin, which is direct without any changes, and takes approximately three hours. Train schedules can be found at www.irishrail.ie.

Your guide will meet you at Westport train station at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip and will take you to your first trip hotel in Westport where you can leave your bags. Together you will walk to a local cafe for lunch and your guide will give you a brief orientation of the week ahead. After lunch you may change into your cycling gear and your guide will fit you to your Trek bike, ensuring you find your optimal position for comfort for the week. After a safety talk, you can set off on your self-guided Ireland bike tour.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, The Westport Plaza (+353 98 51166), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Dublin to the trip hotel will cost approximately $400.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

A Trek Travel guide will meet you at 11:00 AM at the Quay House Hotel to take your bike and equipment before your departure. We recommend spending some time in Galway and then fly out of Dublin (DUB) or Shannon airport (SNN). There are no international flights into or out of Galway.

There is a daily bus from Clifden to Galway. The bus stop is situated just 800 mt from the hotel. It costs about $20 and can be booked online at www.buseireann.ie/ or paid with cash or credit card to the bus driver. American Express is not accepted, so cash or pre-booking are the best options. There are no trains from Clifden to Galway.

If you prefer to transfer by private shuttle to Galway the service will cost approximately $180 and will take around one and a half hours. We suggest you contact our local driver ahead of time to arrange the transfer. Our Trip Consultant can provide you with our recommended local contact information.

From Galway to Dublin there are frequent direct trains. The trip takes approximately two and a half hours and costs about $25. Train schedules and tickets can be found at www.irishrail.ie.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Summer temperatures range from the 50s to 70s. Always remember that rain is possible at any time of the year–daily Irish weather is very unpredictable! It’s a good idea to bring a light rain jacket, as well as layers. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Dublin, Ireland

While there is an endless amount of things to see in Ireland as a whole, Dublin is a destination that can't be missed! Dublin is a relatively small and accessible city, small enough and safe enough to get around on foot, while the Luas tram system and the suburban rail system, the DART, provide excellent transport links throughout the city. There are countless things to see, but here is a list of suggestions that you may enjoy in one of the friendliest capital cities in the world: spend a few days in downtown Dublin listening to live music in the thriving Temple Bar district; visit Trinity College’s Old Library, which houses the famous Book of Kells; view Ireland’s visual history at the National Photographic Archives; enjoy distillery tours, such as the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery. Dublin's entertainments are legendary, from the boozy delights of Temple Bar to more cultured nights at the theater to dining in one of the city's fine eateries including five one-star Michelin restaurants and one two-star eatery. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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After: Galway, Ireland

Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city center. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colorful shop facades, and busy café and bar culture. A visit to Galway City Museum or the National Aquarium will happily fill a rainy afternoon. On sunny days, your options are endless. The clean beaches in Salthill draw crowds of swimmers and the city streets come to life with buskers and street performers. The unspoilt Burren region across Galway Bay in Clare is worth a visit. The weathered limestone landscape holds traces of the past with megalithic tombs, ringforts, cairns, holy wells, souterrains and stone walls scattered throughout the area to explore. You’ll find plenty to do at night in Galway, whether it's drama, traditional music, late night clubs, or simply soaking up the vibe on the bustling city streets! The Town Hall Theater is the best option for seeing a visiting production company’s latest dramatic performance.

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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