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Ireland's Connemara Bike Tour

Dublin to Castles & National Parks of the Emerald Isle

From $4,699 - $4,949 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,330 for sgl. occ.)

Way out west on the Emerald Isle is a land beckoning you to explore. Bike through traditional villages and visit ancient castles that feel as lost in time as they do in the gentle mist. Follow the winding curves of the Wild Atlantic Way and climb up to the Twelve Bens mountain range. Rocky inlets jut dramatically into the sapphire blue sea. Rustic stone fences stretch across sheep-dotted green pastures. And the melodious sounds of the sea resonate in the lilt of the Gaelic language, heard widely along the coast. Ride to your heart's content. Ireland's Connemara was made for this.

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Highlights

  • Delve into Connemara, a sparsely populated land sprinkled with postcard-perfect villages, stone fences, vibrant residents and lively pubs
  • Discover a wealth of traditional Irish culture—from the haunting sounds of bodhran music to the nuanced flavors of local whiskey
  • Bike along the Wild Atlantic Way, with spectacular views of rugged cliffs, labyrinthine inlets, billowing grasslands and craggy mountains
  • Luxuriate at our magnificent abodes nestled on sprawling private estates, with the option to golf, fish or indulge at world-class spas
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Itinerary

Day 1 Bike through sparsely populated Connemara, a land peppered with small loughs (lakes) and villages | Traditions thrive here, where the lilt of Gaelic is ubiquitous | Rest your head at the glorious Ballynahinch Castle.

Days 2-3 Explore the Wild Atlantic Way, a winding route along Ireland's windswept western coast | Pedal meandering country roads, where breathtaking views of the sapphire ocean, windblown grasses and golden beaches abound | Taste mouthwatering salmon on a lively smokehouse tour | Hear the heartbeat of pub music with a stirring bodhran demonstration | Spin beneath the jagged Twelve Bens mountain range | Wander the quintessentially Irish town of Clifden | On the Aughrus Peninsula, ride amid a rock-strewn seaside landscape | Savor an oyster roast at a family-run pub.

Day 4 Visit renowned Kylemore Abbey, housed in a stunning lakeside castle | Its exquisite interior and extravagant Victorian garden are sure to impress | Pedal along a picturesque fjord, where otters, seals and dolphins play| Sip some of the area's best whiskey.

Days 5-6 Relax at the Lodge at Ashford Castle, set on an expansive royal property | Immerse yourself in an Irish postcard of stacked stone fences and emerald green pastures | Bike around idyllic Lough Corrib, looking for hawks, otters and mink | At our castle estate, opt to visit the world-class spa, golf nine holes or discover falconry on a hawk walk | Take a peaceful stroll in Cong, a quaint village with medieval abbey ruins | Set sail on a dazzling lough cruise | Enjoy one last spin past beautiful farms framed by ancient stone walls.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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  • 10 or more guests: from $4,699 pp dbl occ
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  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,899 pp dbl occ
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From $4,699 - $4,949 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,330 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway, Ireland
Ballynahinch Castle

Recess (2 nights)

Rosleague Manor, Galway, Ireland
Rosleague Manor

Letterfrack (2 nights)

The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Lodge at Ashford Castle

Cong (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Connemara

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Premiere Hotels

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Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway, Ireland

Ballynahinch Castle

Recess (2 nights)

This stunning castle hotel is nestled amid 700 enchanting acres of parkland, with the Twelve Bens mountains as its backdrop.

Rosleague Manor, Galway, Ireland

Rosleague Manor

Letterfrack (2 nights)

A luxurious manor beautifully secluded amid private woodland on the quiet shores of Ballinakill Bay.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Lodge at Ashford Castle

Cong (1 night)

Set on the magnificent Ashford Castle estate, this charming country lodge overlooks Lough Corrib and offers an unrivaled range of onsite activities. (spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 20 800 35 1300
2 18* 600 35* 1000 50 1500
3 18* 600 32* 1300 45 1800
4 17* 600 41 1500
5 20* 600 38* 1200 62 1400
6 15 300
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Connemara

The Best Leaders in Connemara

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Connemara, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Connemara that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Connemara has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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