Our new 7-night cycling holiday takes you through the stunning wild countryside of the Galway and Mayo regions in western Ireland, where high mountains plunge into clear blue loughs and the British Isle's only true fjord. Along the way, pass sparkling running rivers and the famous Irish bogs, while on the coast, the crisp blue Atlantic breaks on white sandy undeveloped beaches.
This is a rural, idyllic land, where not much has changed over the centuries. Tiny hamlets scatter the way, with a warm welcome afforded anywhere you stop. Connemara, or 'Inlets of the Sea', is a stunning peninsula with a haunting natural beauty. The wild and remote landscapes have captured the imagination of artists for centuries; transforming throughout the day according to the changes in light. Marvel at the abundance of sandy beaches, rusty bogs, shimmering black lakes and wild mountains, interspersed with quaint towns and villages. The wonderful mountain scenery in Connemara marches on into the south of County Mayo and everywhere you walk or cycle is laced by stone walls.
Food is fast becoming an attraction in the area, where rich local produce can be relied upon. The seafood is delicious; try the wonderful large mussels and river-caught trout and salmon; as is the exquisite lamb. Of course, Guinness is everywhere, but local craft beers, gins and whiskies are also becoming increasingly popular.
We stay in a nice mix of hotels, including a fjord-side spa hotel and a former grand fishing lodge and two friendly B&Bs, one run by a celebrity chef, all offering the traditional Irish welcome and hospitality.
|Meals||All breakfasts and 3 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Ballina train station (Pick up), transfer to first hotel (5 mins). Times at your request.|
|Tour Ends||Westport train station (Drop off), times at your request.|
|Rail Options||Nearest arrival airport, Galway airport. Then train to Ballina train station (3 hrs 30 min).|
|Rail Supplement||Inquire for details and prices.|
|Singles||Add $56 per night. Additional solo supplement is $605.|
|Other details||All transfers are based on 2 people (minimum) traveling.|
|Hotels||**** (1 night), HHHH (1 night), *** (5 nights)|