Cycling Tour 1: Connemara Express

West Ireland Cycling know what you want when looking for Cycling Tours in Connemara. The Connemara Express Cycling Tour is a self-guided biking vacation.  It is a real treat for those with a sense of adventure and a roaming imagination. This cycling tour takes you on an inspiring journey. It begins in Galway City, where you leave to bike through the wild, haunting scenery of Connemara. You then pedal on through the rugged heart of West Ireland’s Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region. The region is rich in ancient culture, tradition, and stunning natural beauty. Be transported by the intense and shifting landscape. A  landscape that is spectacularly enhanced by the dramatic skies and changing light. Brooding mountains, elegant castles, and dark bog land are to be explored. Serene lakes, windswept shores and delicate flora are to be enjoyed. Connemara is the stuff of legends. It will be an experience that will continue to haunt your imagination long after you have returned home.

The Connemara Express can start on any day that suits you.

Only €650.00 per Person Sharing. 

Non-Sharing Individual(s): Add €120.00 per person.

Included in the Connemara Express Cycling Tour:

  • 7 Nights B&B Accommodation.
    All rooms En-suite with full Irish Breakfast.
  • Bicycle Hire.
    Including pump, lock, repair kit and spare tubes.
  • Ferry Tickets.
    For travel to the Aran Islands.
  • Luggage Transfers.
  • Easy-to-read road maps.
  • Transfer to Headford.
    For Day 2 from Galway City.
  • Transfer from Rossaveal.
    For Day 7 to Galway City.

Connemara Express Cycling Tour

Note: When you book your place on this tour, it is 10% of the Cycling Tour price. The remainder of the cost can be paid upon arrival..

Day 1: 

The Connemara Express cycling tour begins in the historic city of Galway, the ”City of the Tribes”. On your first day you get to sample some of the atmosphere that has made Galway a mecca for musicians, artists, actors, young people and tourists alike.  The cobbled pedestrian streets that run right through the heart of Galway City are lined with bohemian cafes, traditional pubs and craft shops.

Explore the banks of the River Corrib and the many picturesque canals that pass through the city by bicycle. Of course Galway City’s real appeal is its vibrant music scene and at night is the best time to enjoy its many bars and traditional pubs as the streets come to life with activity.

Day 2: (20km Cycle)

In the morning, you will be picked up at your accommodations by a member of the West Ireland Cycling team and taken to our shop where you will be fitted out with your bicycle(s) and briefed on your tour before being transferred to Maam Cross in Connemara. From here you will cycle through Maam Valley and into Maam, a lovely wooded town land beside some great fishing lakes. The ancient woods give the place a magical feel, overshadowed by the Maamturk Mountains with their numerous pre-historic and early historic sites. Your journey continues along the banks of Lough Corrib and into Cornamona and from here you will make your way into the village of Conghome to the beautiful Ashford Castle. Now, this is what you call a castle, turrets, towers, drawbridge, and battlements: Ashford has them all. The structure dates from the thirteenth century, when it was built for the De Burgo (Burke) family. Later it became a country residence of the Guinness clan. A hotel since 1939, President Ronald Reagan and Pierce Brosnan are just a few high-profile guests of Ashford.Cong is an ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery of Connemara. It has many attractions, not least of which is the impressive Cong Abbey although most people visit Cong because of its association with the famous 1952 John Ford film, The Quiet Man.

Day 3: (60km Cycle)

Heading westwards, your route takes you through Joyce Country. This area is renowned for its spectacular natural beauty. Visitors to Joyce Country generally agree that it is one of the most beautiful, tranquil areas in the West of Ireland.

The road has you cycling through a valley between the Maamturk and Partry Mountains. You will cycle from Cong to Clonbur. And from Clonbur, you will bike to Finny and around Lough Na Fooey. Finally, you will ride your bike into the charming village of Leenane, situated at the mouth of Killary Harbour. Killary Harbour is home to Ireland’s only Fjord,  It is a picturesque location with Mweelrea Mountain (819m) looming high over its northern shore. It is a popular stop-off point for travelers and locals alike. There are several short cycles from Leenane, including one to Rosroe Quay and another to Aasleagh Falls.

Day 4: (35km Cycle)

Just when your cycling tour was going well, we have to tell you that it gets better. The route today is a favorite of many cycling holiday makers. It takes you through the Sheeffry Hills. You will cycle along the Westerly to Louisburgh, Then you will keep cycling around to Delphi and back to Leenane. It is simply breathtaking with its beautiful valleys, lakes, windy hills and forests.

We’re sure you will treasure this cycle trip for a long time to come.

For the more adventurous person, you have the option to climb Croagh Patrick. Croagh Patrick, nicknamed “The Reek”, is a mountain over 750 metres (2,500 ft) tall. It is an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo. It is the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin. On “Reek Sunday”, the last Sunday in July every year, over 15,000 pilgrims climb it. Are you going to?

Day 5: (45km Cycle)

Cycling westward you will journey along the edge of Killary Harbour towards Tully Cross. At nearby Glassillaun Beach there is a breathtaking expanse of pure white sand. There are also other beautiful beaches at Lettergesh and Gurteen.

From Tully Cross, you will bike along the quiet roads into Letterfrack. Letterfrack village is very near the picture-postcard Kylemore Abbey. It lies just outside Connemara National Park. This park covers 2000 hectares of bog, mountain and heath with unique flora and fauna.

Continuing along the road towards Clifden, it is recommended that you take a detour along the Sky Road. This route affords the cyclist panoramic views of rugged, stunningly beautiful coastal scenery.

Your day ends in Clifden, the ‘capital’ of Connemara. Clifden is situated at the head of a narrow bay where the River Owenglin meets the sea. It is a popular stop-off for tourists and there are many fine bars and restaurants to choose from.

Day 6: (50km Cycle)

In the morning, you will leave Clifden and pedal along a route known locally as the Bog Road. You will cycle through bogland dotted with hundreds of tiny lakes. In summertime, when heather and other wild flowers are in bloom, the dark brown landscape comes to life with beautiful color. The peaks of the Twelve Pins mountain range dominate the horizon to the north.

This road is eerily beautiful and many locals claim it is haunted. Whether you believe it to be or not, is up to you! Your biking journey continues along this wonderfully remote road to Cashel and into Carna where you will spend the night.

Alternative Route (40km Cycle)

Our alternative route has you along the coast road to Ballyconneely and on to Dog’s Bay. Dog’s Bay is a beautiful beach with soft white sand that curls around the edge of the green / blue Atlantic Ocean. You will cycle by wet blanket bog to the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone. Roundstone is regarded by many as one of the most idyllic villages in Connemara. Your journey continues along a wonderfully remote road to Cashel.  From Cashel, you will cycle into Carna where you shall spend the night.

Day 7: (35km Cycle)

You will be picked up in the morning and taken by one of our guides to Rossaveal. You will board a ferry and take a relaxing ferry ride to Inis Mór. Inis Mór is the largest of the Aran Islands. The Island is an extension of the limestone landscape seen in The Burren. The quiet roads on the island are ideal for cycling. The small fields with their wild flowers and the maze of oddly-shaped stone walls are a joy to explore.

On Inis Mór you can also visit Dún Aengus. Dún Angus is one of Ireland’s most spectacular pre-historic sites. The stone fort, which attracts visitors from around the world, is situated on the edge of a 300ft cliff. The cliff falls sheer to the Atlantic Ocean below. There are also a number of secluded beaches that are ideal for swimming.

In the evening, you will take the return ferry back to Rossaveal.  Here, a member of the West Ireland Cycling team will transfer you to Galway City. You will spend your last night in Galway City.

And here ends the Connemara Express. I’m sure you’ll agree, it was one of the most enjoyable cycling tours in Connemara!

Connemara Express Cycling Tour


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