Tour Overview

Clare is the music centre of Ireland and on this tour you are sure to have your feet tapping to traditional tunes nearly every night of the week. The Burren region is also an amazing limestone moonscape, famous around the world for its wonderful variety of botany. The area is rich in ancient and early Christian historical sites and offers some beautiful coastal cycling overlooking Galway Bay. Finally Clare is home to the Cliffs of Moher among the highest marine based cliffs in Europe and one of the best known images of Ireland.

  • The wonderful town of Ennis - steeped in Irish culture and traditional music
  • The internationally renowned unique karst limestone habitat of The Burren
  • The world renowned Cliffs of Moher
  • Excellent coastal cycling overlooking the splendor of Turlough Lake
  • Clare's history of traditional Irish music
  • Tour Dates 2020
    • May 23
    • July 7
    • Augus 22

What's included

    Accommodation is based on a twin sharing basis. Due to the isolated nature of some of our locations, we cannot guarantee the availability of single room accommodation. A limited number of single rooms are available at a supplement of €215 for the week.
  • Special Features of Your Cycling Tour In Ireland
  • 7 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation with private bathroom facilities
  • 7 full Irish breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • 21 speed touring bike with a pannier bag
  • Maps and necessary equipment
  • Experienced guide driving support van
  • Luggage Transfers

Tour highlights

  • Burren
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Doolin
  • Aillwee Cave and the Burren Birds of Prey Centre

Overnights for this tour

  • Ennis for 1 Night
  • Spanish Point for 1 Night
  • Doolin for 1 Nights
  • Ballyvaughan for 1 Nights
  • Kinvarra for 1 Nights
  • Ennis for 1 Night

Accomodation options

  • Accommodation
    Accommodation is based on a twin sharing basis in family run hotels and guesthouses with breakfast included. All rooms provide private bathroom facilities. Due to the isolated nature of some of our locations we cannot guarantee the availability of single room accommodation. For people travelling alone we will twin share them with another single person. In exceptional cases we may be able to provide a single room at a supplement of €215.00 for the week.

Day 1 - Saturday: Arrival in Ennis

You meet up with the guide at 6.30pm in the West County Hotel (065 6828421). Located on the N18 Limerick to Galway road, the West County Hotel in Ennis is on the left hand side as you enter Ennis from Limerick/Shannon. Watch out for sign posts. You can check in anytime after 2pm. If you arrive earlier you can leave your bags in the left luggage room at the Hotel Reception and then go for a stroll around the town. After an introductory talk, an evening meal is organised in the hotel.

Day 2 - Sunday: Ennis to Spanish Point 30 ml/48 km

Having being fitted out with your bicycle we head out towards West Clare, cycling along quiet country roads through rolling green fields to the coast, where we stay the night at Spanish Point named after those Spanish Ships from the Armada which sank here in 1588. We spend the night in a Hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 3 - Monday: Spanish Point to Doolin 29 ml/46 km

Cycling along quiet roads we eventually come to the popular holiday town of Lahinch where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the Cliffs of Moher rising a spectacular 660ft up from the Atlantic waves below. You can stroll along the cliff face and watch the birds gliding in the updraft. After visiting the cliffs we head to the village of Doolin. That night we have a pub meal and enjoy the wealth of traditional music for which the village is famous.

Day 4 - Tuesday: Doolin to Ballyvaughan 31 ml/50 km

In the morning we begin to see the first hints of the limestone landscape of the Burren and visit the monastic site at Kilfenora and its stone high crosses. Kilfenora is also home to the Burren Heritage Centre that gives you an excellent insight into the formation and history of the Burren. Later we stop off for lunch at the matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna. The afternoon's cycle is a beautiful run where the road hugs the coastline with Galway Bay and the Aran Islands on your left and the limestone cliffs of the Burren on your right. We stop for two nights in a comfortable hotel in the seaside village of Ballyvaughan

Day 5 - Wednesday: Rest Day in Ballyvaughan

In the morning we begin to see the first hints of the limestone landscape of the Burren and visit the monastic site at Kilfenora and its stone high crosses. Kilfenora is also home to the Burren Heritage Centre that gives you an excellent insight into the formation and history of the Burren. Later we stop off for lunch at the matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna. The afternoon's cycle is a beautiful run where the road hugs the coastline with Galway Bay and the Aran Islands on your left and the limestone cliffs of the Burren on your right. We stop for two nights in a comfortable hotel in the seaside village of Ballyvaughan

Day 6 - Ballyvaughan to Kinvarra 24 ml/38 km

The cycle heads straight into the heart of the Burren where we visit the localities most famous historical sight, the Poulnabrone Dolmen a small ancient burial site dating back to 2500BC. Veering off the beaten track we stop at the village of Carran for lunch in an old police barracks. In the afternoon we cycle through quiet backroads to visit the Burren Perfumery that makes a wide variety of perfumes using the local flora and has a wonderful slide show illustrating the beautiful and unique botany of this region. You then descend through a limestone lunar landscape to the pretty seaside village of Kinvarra where we spend the night.

Day 7 - Friday: Kinvarra to Ennis 31 ml/49 km

For the last day we head back into the Burren through limestone moonscape, passing Lough Buny and the impressive Mullaghmore before stopping for lunch in Corafin. In the afternoon we visit a 16th Century Tower House and an even older monastic sight. This is also the site of the famous battle of Dysert O’Dea where the Irish Chieftains defeated the Normans and kept them out of Clare for another 200 years. We then cycle back into Ennis for a final farewell night on the town together.

Day 8 - Saturday: Departure Day

After breakfast you are free to head your separate ways.

Route map

Tour Prices

Tour Pricing

Accomodation Type Price
Low Season €885
High Season (July & August) €890
Single Supplement €395

Notes

  • Distances
    The average cycling distance is an easy 30m (45km) with longer routes being available most days. The tours are suitable for adults of all ages, but a certain level of fitness is required and taking in a few practice rides is strongly recommended. The tours are not suited for children under 13 years of age. The Ring of Kerry, the Highlands of Donegal and the Antrim tours have more hills than the other routes and are more suited to the keener cyclist.

  • Meals
    Your guide will recommend a lunch stop each day where a snack lunch will cost between €8 and €12. A group evening meal is organised by the guide each night which costs between €18 and €25. One evening meal during the tour is included in the tour price.

  • Your Bicycle
    We supply 18-21 speed hybrid touring models for your tour. Each booking must give your name and approximate height. Repair equipment, helmets and pannier bags are available on request.

  • Starting Times
    Each of the tours start with a meeting group at 6:30pm on the Saturday evening in a central hotel close to the local train station and bus station. This is only a meeting point, typically the group will be staying in nearby guesthouses. The guide is able to return to the meeting place at 9:30pm again that evening and the following morning for those arriving late. After an introductory talk the guide will organise an evening meal and direct you to your first nights accommodation.

  • Insurance
    There is an additional charge of €35 for insurance cover. We insist that riders avail of our insurance policy or else have alternative cover in place

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