Self-Guided Wild Atlantic Way Cycling Tour from Clifden
Welcome to cycling along the rugged Wild Atlantic Way to experience the dramatic land and seascapes of the west of Ireland. Connemara is punctuated by world famous views and sites, unique and ancient heritage and the geology and natural features of the region are in a class of their own. Biking & cycling safaris are great for those who like to get outdoors into the fresh pure Connemara air, with landscapes dominated by the Twelve Bens mountain range, boarded by Lough Corrib in the East and the Atlantic on the West.
The cycling trip starts in the town of Clifden, Connemara, situated 78 km (48 miles) from Galway. Clifden is the perfect base to explore Connemara’s rich landscape and heritage.
You will pick up your bike, equipment and map in Clifden at 10am to start an unforgettable day in Connemara (transport to starting point is not included). During this trip you will plan your route individually. The following routes are suggested:
You can enjoy a scenic ride from Clifden along the haunting bog road to Roundstone. On the ride back to Clifden you will pass Ballyconneely - take your time to admire the beautiful coasts of Connemara and make a stop at Alcock & Brown Memorial - the landing site of the very first trans Atlantic flight. (Approx. 2h 15min - 40 km; 25 miles)
Travel to Tullycross and then take the Connemara Loop to discover the beautiful Peninsula of Renvyle and the former castle of the pirate queen Grace O’Malley! (3h - 50 km; 31 miles)
Another suggestion is to hit the road and ride along the Wild Atlantic Way to the charming fishing village of Cleggan. Pass by Claddaghduff and its beautiful Omey Beach on your way back and appreciate the beautiful coastal landscapes. (1h 30min - 23 km; 14.2 miles)
From Clifden, follow the Sky Road and gaze at the stunning view and its wide range of scenery. Make a stop at Clifden Castle to explore this charming ruin. (1h - 11km; 6.8 miles)
For lunch, make a stop at Roundstone, Cleggan or Clifden depending on your itinerary to taste some delicious seafood in one of the restaurants (price of lunch not included in the package).
At 6pm you will travel back to Clifden to drop off the bike and the equipment.