Cycling & Cruise tour, Connemara, 2 Days Self Guided from Dublin
Our two day cycle tour to Connemara transports you to see one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders – ‘Kylemore Abbey and Victorian walled garden’ at the very western and wild side of Ireland. We show you the most breathtaking sights and scenery Connemara has on offer. With the wild Atlantic on one side of you during the day and wild endless mountains on the other, you will feel so elated driving and cycling through this amazing place. One of only two places in Ireland where sheep have the right of way over cars on the road! In the morning and evening, you have to be careful driving as they tend to sleep on the main roads! Connemara is one of the most beautiful and mysterious regions in Ireland. Its craggy mountains, loughs (lakes) and wild landscape will stay with you forever.
You will have the afternoon of your first day and the morning of your second day to cycle the fjord and explore all its nooks and crannies. Having spent the night and had breakfast at Portfinn Lodge you will leave your bike behind to visit the Sheep and Wool Museum in Leenane. From there you will rejoin your tour bus and complete your Connemara tour. We have the very best tour guides in the business with charming accents who will tell you tales of old and interesting Irish facts all day long! They will guarantee you will not want to get off the bus at the end of your magical day trip with us. Ah sure we may even join you for pint of the black stuff after the tour is over!
Join us on this fun filled journey to experience the very best that Connemara has to offer. Breathe the fresh air of the Atlantic and explore the many different shapes and rock formations that are surrounded in mystery and history. Can you draw up the courage of a lion to walk across one of Ireland’s amazing bogs or maybe a leisurely stroll along the beautiful sweeping beach looking out on Killary Fjord is more your idea of heaven.
Price includes: (per person sharing)
- One night Bed & Breakfast
- Kylemore Abbey (photo stop)
- Killary Harbour
- Killary Cruise
- Entry into Leenane Sheep & Wool Museum
- Bike Hire
- Full information pack supplied upon booking
- Single supplement: 20€ additional
- Available 17th March to October
- Own transport required to meeting point Suffolk Street, Dublin
- Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please see our website www.connemarawildescapes.ie for more information and details.
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Depart from the old stone church on Suffolk St Dublin 2. We will make our way west out of Dublin City heading for Galway as our adventure begins.
Arrive in Galway for a short stop for a coffee before hitting the coast road. If we have any passengers to pick up from Galway we will be departing Galway city at 9:30 am.
We then take the very scenic road from Galway towards Oughterard, the gateway to Connemara and passing through quaint villages on the way with views unmatched anywhere else in Ireland. Connemara is unique in the fact that it has no official boundaries to let you know that you are in Connemara. You just know you’re there! Not far into our journey you will get to stop at the famous bridge that was used in the Quiet Man film with John Wayne. Take a picture with your guide as they all think they are John Wayne!
We will stop at Maam Cross where you will see for the first time one of numerous lakes that makes Connemara so famous. This is a Gaeltacht region where the locals speak Irish so you may have to learn a few words on your journey if you want a cup of tea! Not all of Connemara is a Gaeltacht region but some pockets keep Irish alive as their first language. It is a beautiful language and music to the ears. Someone said once that listening to Irish spoken was the most relaxing thing in the world. I would have to agree. While driving we will have the Maumturk Mountains to our right side before seeing the magnificent Glencoaghan horseshoe part of the Twelve Bens Mountain range, one of Ireland’s famous hiking routes. We will arrive in the lovely village of Recess where we will break for a short while.
We now make our way through the wonderful Inagh Valley, famous for the phone advertisement of losing reception. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Connemara where we will stop to take in the breath-taking views with some photos. Our next stop is at Kylemore Abbey (photo stop), one of the most distinct buildings in Ireland. It was a female only boarding school for years but now is mainly used by nuns for retreat and for tourists to visit. It is nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul and is regarded as one of the most romantic places in Ireland. Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift, the abbey is again steeped in history, including tragedy and Royal visits.
After we depart from this majestic setting, we will make our way to ‘Killary Fjord’, Ireland’s only fjord. Marvel at all the mussel beds in the fjord as you look at Mweelrea, the highest mountain on the west coast of Ireland. You will not be disappointed with this natural wonder of the world. On the 90 minute cruise you can listen to a history of the area, enjoy a light lunch or an Irish Coffee in the cafe/bar, or simply go out on deck and watch the mountains, the sea and the sky. If you are lucky, a pod of dolphins may come to join us for a time!
After your cruise/farm visit a bicycle will be delivered and waiting for you to roam around Killary and further afield if you are feeling energetic. Perhaps cycle to Little Killary or across to the Mayo side of the fjord to see Aasleagh Falls or Bundorragha and the famous Delphi fishery. The bicycle is yours until 1.30 pm the following day when it will be collected from Portfinn Lodge.
Your lodging for the night is Portfinn Lodge in Leenane town overlooking the fjord. You can dine at the lodge or take a short trip to the other eateries and pubs in the village “centre”.
Breakfast is at Portfinn Lodge and then you are free to explore your majestic surroundings for the morning. Remember to leave your bike back to the Lodge and then be ready to meet the bus at 2pm outside the Sheep and Wool Museum, please be there 10 minutes before the time.
Continuing your Connemara tour, you will hop on the bus again through the little village of Leenane where the enigmatic movie “The Field” was filmed. This story of The Bull McCabe really instils in you how land is in every Irish person’s mindset. We will be driving in a circular route that will take in a picture stop of the Sheeffry Hills before making our way back to Maam and then onto Galway City.
Spend an hour walking & sightseeing around Galway city before departing back for Dublin. Visit the main shopping district. Walk down to the busy harbour and see the Spanish Arch. Galway is a bohemian and happy city with a very young population. Home to the Claddagh Ring and 14 families, there is amazing history in this city. This was the last place Christopher Columbus visited before making his way over to the West Indies.
Arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about your fun filled day!