Cycling

Wild touring or extreme mountain biking the trails are many and varied consisting of various degrees of difficulty. . . . .

Cycling, mountain biking and touring in wild scenic Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

Cycling the boreens (small roads) and bye-ways of Connemara, along the Wild Atlantic Way, on the West coast of Ireland!

Cycling around Connemara is a thrill a minute! Riders have been cycling Connemara for decades – the recent inclusion of mountain biking and electric bikes has broadened appeal for many more potential cyclists, all of whom can now enjoy cycling the craggy mountains and rugged coastline with the wind in their helmet!

Choose from 1 day cycling/mountain biking excursions to multiple day packages. BOOK HERE.

Join us on our bicycling tours or extreme biking adventures with like minded people in search of wildness, beauty, “cráic” (fun) and the great outdoors! Welcome to the wonderful wild biking & cycling world that is West of Ireland, punctuated by crafted courses, historical sites, wild rugged landscapes, the geology and natural features of the region, and are in a class of its own.

Our package deals include elements of transport, accommodation, the biking & cycling itself, of which there are varying degrees of difficulty to suit all tastes, guided and unguided with specially selected attractions. Designed to maximize enjoyment and minimize the hassle factor! Connemara Wild Escapes offers a range of activities: biking & cycling. For clarity’s sake our definitions are as follows:
• Mountain biking – Connemara’s fantastic landscape has been identified as a future mountain bike Mecca. Currently in the development stage, trails are being designed and built to compete with the best in the world! Ranging from Easy (Green) to Extreme (Orange) these trails will provide huge enjoyment to riders of all abilities.
• Wild Cycling – For people who want to roam Connemara and camp out in its wild remote spots. Cyclists of all abilities will find an amazing breadth of options on a network of country roads. Cycle lanes are in their infancy, but are improving all the time.
• Touring cyclists – For the less wild at heart touring cyclists can spend each day cycling from point to point while their luggage is brought to their next destination for them. No worries only yourself and your day bag with packed lunch to carry.
Biking & cycling safaris are great for those who like to get outdoors, into the fresh pure Connemara air: dominated by the Twelve Bens, boarded by Lough Corrib in the East and the Atlantic on the West. So whether you want to see the hills and bogs up close and personal, cycle to Clifden or around the Connemarian coast, Connemara Wild Escapes can make it happen for you. For mountain bikers the trails of Derroura and Derryclare Forests will get the adrenalin pumping. With 35kms of trails to explore and master, the trails have been graded to suit all riders. Check out our grading for each trail: whatever level of challenge you are looking for; there will be a selection of safaris to choose from. From weekenders to annual family safaris, archaeological/historical interest to just enjoying the great outdoors; beaches to islands to loughs to lower altitude mountains, Connemara has it all, and so could you!

Each and every one of our “trails” has a degree of difficulty rating ranging from: Easy (green), Moderate (blue), and Difficult (red) to Severe (black) and ultimately Extreme (orange). Forest roads are indicated in purple/white.

Anyone can get out on a bike and enjoy the many beginner friendly trails and country lanes of Connemara. But if you want to rise to greater challenges and to progress safely and knowledgeably to the tougher trails and routes, then skills tuition is the best way forward. On a skills course you will learn essential techniques such as how to tackle objects, ride breams, negotiate drop-offs, and the best way to ride various types of terrain. Courses can mean the difference between safe, fun riding and grazed knees and “eating dirt”! Courses range from Introductory, Intermediate and Expert, choose one which best suits your needs. If you want to maintain your individuality contact us to put together a bespoke package to make your holiday even better!

On two wheels you’ll enjoy the freedom to explore Connemara’s scenic and atmospheric landscape. Whether it is a day of mountain biking with your friends or a week of cycle touring with family you will find a wealth of routes along dramatic coastlines of ocean and loughs, picturesque rivers and vast expanses of bog land. In Connemara’s towns and villages there is a fantastic range of things to do from candle making to enjoy an evening by the fire listening to live Irish music.

For those accompanying the intrepid cyclist who doesn’t like cycling there are a range of alternative activity packages to choose from: leisure, walking, angling and adventure. Whether you are on your own or want to organize a group get together Connemara Wild Escapes will organize it for you, phone us on +353863771025 or email info@connemarawildescapes.ie. Package trips not for you? Contact us to arrange your own bespoke activity tour – info@connemarawildescapes.ie .

Connemara Wild Escapes has dozens of activities for you to experience and enjoy and if you still cannot find what you are looking for – type the activity word or phrase into our search facility. Still no luck, drop us an email and we’ll look for you – info@connemarawildescapes.ie