customers who choose to come with us want a fun tour, and appreciate
the emphases we place on explaining our heritage and culture. We
are also keenly aware of the need to allow you to ride at your own
pace. You decide how much you wish to ride each day. Its important
to know that you won't delay or inconvenience anybody by riding
at your own pace. Check out the daily itinerary pages for more information.
you cycle through the west of Ireland you will encounter many varied
landscapes. We have based our cycle tour in four distinctly different
regions, the Shannon Basin, the Burren, Connemara and the Aran Islands.
The natural beauty of these regions is obvious, but there is more
to the west of Ireland than meets the eye.
Burren region was highly favored by prehistoric people as a settlement
area. This was one of the first settled areas in Ireland. Indeed
the Burren boasts one of the best preserved archaeological landscapes
in Europe. Over seventy examples of megalithic tombs exist to this
day, some of which have been excavated (Poulnabron portal tomb).
Through radiocarbon dating it has been established that this site
was used as a burial ground between 3200 BC and 3800 BC. The late
Neolithic and early Bronze age saw wedge tombs dominate the landscape
of the Burren. The abundance of these monuments indicates extensive
settlement of this region around 2300 BC.
it was a combination of this settlement and the underground rivers
that abound in this region that eventually led to the dramatic soil
erosion that gives the Burren it’s lunar like landscape (known
as karst scenery). Some of these underground rivers still run to
this day and we will show you where one such underground stream
re-emerges in Kinvarra harbor Co. Galway. This underground stream
provided Dunguaire Castle with its all important supply of fresh
water. The fresh water could only be recovered when the tide in
Kinvarra harbor was out.
boasts some of the most scenic, natural, beauty spots in Europe.
From the towering twelve pins to the village of Cong, you will encounter
an area of untamable beauty, populated by people who have made a
living for from this stubborn land and often dangerous coastline.
Connemara national park protects over 10,000 acres of rare environment
and provides one of the few strongholds of the otter left in Europe.
To the North West is Derriigimlagh Bog where count Guglielmo Marconi
set up the first transatlantic wireless telegraphy station. The
Shannon basin offers you rolling countryside with a mixture of forestry
and small farms along the banks of the
river Shannon (which is the longest river in Ireland). The first
two days of your tour will be spent in this region. You will enjoy
a network of small country roads with grass growing in the middle
that weave their way through this gentle landscape.
exploration of the Aran Islands comes on the fifth day of the tour.
This is an opportunity for a rest day for anyone who wishes to take
it easy. If you wish you can leave the bikes behind as you take
the ferry to the Islands. A strong pair of walking boots is a must
for your comfort and safety in the island. Enjoy a traditional show
on the island before returning to the mainland. No tour of the West
of Ireland could be complete without a visit to the Islands which
have given their name to the Aran sweater. The ferry trip will take
around 35 minutes each way. The ferry will take you out to the largest
of the three islands (Inis Mor). You will return to the small harbor
at Rossaveal that evening giving you ample time to explore the unique
environment of Inis Mor.