customers who choose to come with us want a fun tour, and appreciate
the emphases we place on explaining our heritage and culture.
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
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
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.