Ireland's Connemara Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $5,249 - $5,499 /person

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6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Ireland's Connemara Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jul-Sep 2025: May-Sep

From $5,249 - $5,499 /person

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Windswept Coast & Castles on the Emerald Isle

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. Pass wildly beautiful heaths and bogs. 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 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 Sky Road, part of the Wild Atlantic Way, with spectacular views of rugged cliffs, billowing grasslands, labyrinthine inlets 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
Ireland Connemara Bike Tour map

Ireland

Start/End Dublin

Airports & Travel details*

* Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2

Description

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 • ​Explore a winding route along Ireland's windswept western coast • Cycle meandering country roads, where breathtaking views of the sapphire ocean, windblown grasses and golden beaches abound • After grabbing a bite at a pub near the beach, dip your toes in the Atlantic • Hear the heartbeat of pub music with a stirring bodhran demonstration.

Accommodations

Nights 1-2

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Recess
Premiere Hotel

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

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Day 3

Description

Pedal beneath the jagged Twelve Bens mountains • Wander the quintessentially Irish town of Clifden • Sip some of the area’s best whiskey • Relax amid the old-world charm of a local pub feel the infectious rhythm of traditional Irish music.

Accommodations

Night 3

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Clifden
*Casual Hotel

Stay in well-appointed rooms at this stylish castle hotel, a short walk from the bustling village of Clifden, where you can enjoy fantastic shopping and lively little pubs.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

Cycle around majestic Croagh Patrick, a sacred pilgrimage site • Bike through a kaleidoscope of landscapes, including craggy shores, soaring mountains, shimmering lakes and a deep fjord • Pedal into Joyce Country, a region rich in Gaelic speakers and rolling farmland • Rejuvenate at the Lodge at Ashford Castle, set on an expansive royal property • Take a peaceful stroll in Cong, a quaint village with medieval abbey ruins • Enjoy one last ride past beautiful farms framed by ancient stone walls.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Cong
Premiere Hotel

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

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Nights 1-2

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Recess

Premiere Hotel

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

Night 3

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Clifden

*Casual Hotel

Stay in well-appointed rooms at this stylish castle hotel, a short walk from the bustling village of Clifden, where you can enjoy fantastic shopping and lively little pubs.

Nights 4-5

The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Cong

Premiere Hotel

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

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Racer 2.0
Backroads Next Generation Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Ideal for avid cyclists
  • Redesigned for 2024
  • Next gen titanium frame with carbon wheels
  • Responsive, efficient and comfortable
  • Drop handlebars only
Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike
  • $650 rental fee; subject to availability
  • Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS
  • Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package
  • Built for hard-core riders
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike
  • $400 rental fee
  • Hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed Cro-Moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train
  • Custom upgraded wheelset
  • Best for riders with some tandem experience.
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