Active Body Peaceful Mind

Location?  Connemara, Ireland

Duration?  5 to 7 days

In Short:

Prepare to be amazed!  Pedaling between impressive glacial valleys, rugged coastline or crystalline lakes.  Housed in the family castles of Ireland’s historic families, you’ll find that luxury and class take on a whole new meaning.  We’ll even break all your preconceptions about the island’s culinary traditions:  Ireland is in a full upheaval over 0km food, and the chef’s are battling to take advantage of their amazing ingredients!  An all-around amazing experience, full of history, culture, and charm!    

 

 

When to go?

January    February    March  April   May   June   July   August   September     October    November    December

Activities

Day 1: Galway, Kilkieran, Cashel House, Ballynahinch Castle

Discover firsthand the beauty of Ireland’s coast!  After a quick stroll to discover Galway, we’ll head for the Connemara coast to start our ride.  We’ll meander along the barren coast a few steps from the ocean, and nowhere will you feel so close to the elements!  We’ll enjoy warm tea and scones at the Cashel House, then finish our ride to the superb Ballynahinch Castle.

Day 2: Galway,Roundstone, Dog’s Bay Beach, Ballyconneely, Clifden

Today we’ll get to appreciate the versatility of Ireland.  We’ll cycle on the bog, then around the wild coast to the surprising Dog’s Bay beach; white sand and turquoise waters.  With a ray of sunshine, it feels surprisingly like the Caribbean!  After a stroll on the beach we’ll head to lunch at the Smokehouse, where we’ll see how fish is smoked and prepared!  We’ll traverse one of the smallest and most beautiful roads in Ireland to get back to our Castle Hotel to end the day.

Day 3: Lough Inah, Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, Tully

On our third day we head inland into the hills of the Connemara National Park.  We’ll cycle deep inside the glacial valleys that make this land so special!  Between huge soaring mountains, we’ll ride towards the incredible Kylemore Abbey for a tour!

Day 4: Ballynakill Lough, Cleggan, Claddaghduff, Sky Road, Clifden

We’re back on the coast, this time heading south along tiny sinuous roads, with the ocean to our right.  We’ll pass an endless number of small cottages, stone bridges, and of course Connemara ponies!  After a beautiful ride on the aptly named sky road, we’ll head into the charming town of Clifden for a pint or well deserved hot toddy!

Day 5: Roseleague Manor, Letterfrack, Killary Fjord, Leenaun, Lough Nafooey

Our last day of riding is a majestic rehash of the week’s highlights: impressively tall mountains, glacial valleys, loughs and bogs, coasts and beaches!  We’ll cycle into the majestic Killary Fjord, then witness an amazing Sheepdog demonstration!  To crown-off the tour, our ride from Lough Nafooey to Ashford Castle is one of Ireland’s most picturesque!

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Connemara

Splendid Natural Beauty

Luxurious Castle Hotels

Amazing Restaurants

Life, in balance with nature

Connemara will surprise you!

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