Having cycled all over Ireland, we have found the western coast region including the Burren, Aran Islands and Connemara to have the most spectacular scenery, with a tremendous abundance of historical monuments, a rich and unique culture, warm and inviting people, and surprisingly few tourists. The hotels and food are a highlight with genuine hospitality. This is one of our favourite tours!

Location

Ennis

Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

Day 1

Doolin

Doolin, County Clare, Ireland

Day 2+3

Aran Islands

Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland

Day 4

Inishmore

Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland

Day 5

Cashel Bay

R342, Co. Galway, Ireland

Day 6+7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Luggage transfers (we enlist your help to take your baggage onto and off the ferry)
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020
Any start date between April 1 and October 31. We recommend to start this tour on a Thursday to see the open air market in Ennis held every Friday.
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights with at least 6 of days cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Ennis / Cashel

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate: 20-40+ miles daily

TERRAIN

Mostly level with some rolling hills

COST

Classic Accommodation: US$1695
Single supplement: US$520

Luxe Accommodation: US$2295
Single supplement: US$575

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There Your tour begins from Ennis, which is close to Shannon airport. There are frequent buses that leave from the airport to Ennis, and take approximately 45 minutes. If you prefer to fly into Dublin, there are train connections to Galway (approximately 4 hours travel time); from Galway buses depart frequently for Ennis and take approximately 1 hour. Our recommendation would be to fly into Shannon and leave time after the trip for visiting Galway. After your trip You can transfer to Galway from Clifden easily by bus; Bus Eireann has departures at 9:00 arriving at 11:05. If you are continuing on to Shannon airport there is a departure from Galway at 12:05 which arrives at Shannon airport at 1:50. For info and booking www.buseireann.ie. We will provide you more information with your confirmation package.  

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Day 1

Ennis
Arrival day: Ennis. You’ll start our tour from Ennis, a pleasant village in County Clare with an 11th century Friary at its center. You will want to arrive in time to visit the museum in town, which gives a good introduction to the region.

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Day 2

Doolin
You begin cycling from Ennis north to county Clare through the region known as the Burren, where megalithic tombs, stone forts and castles are in abundance.
Ride Distance: 49 km, elevation gain 469 m or 60 km, gain 606 m.* 

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Day 3

Doolin
You’ll cycle the coastal road to Ballyvaughan; we recommend enjoying lunch at a traditional café in this village. Options for the return are either along the Burren Way or via Lisdoonvarna. The famed Cliffs of Moher are a short ride from Doolin also, which you can see late afternoon or early next day before you cross to the Aran Islands.
Ride Distance: 69 km, elevation gain 692 m or 56 km, gain 560 m.* 

4

Day 4

Aran Island
Inishmore. Ferry to Aran Islands. No visit to this part of Ireland would be complete without a visit to Inishmore, where horse-drawn carriages transport luggage and everyone (including the locals) ride bikes.
Ride Distance: 8 km, or 20 km, with Cliffs of Moher option.* 

5

Day 5

Inishmore
Enjoy a full day on Inishmore with a chance to visit Dun Aengus; this stone fort is one of the finest example of Iron age building in Europe. Spend a typical Irish evening in the pubs in Kilronan.
Ride Distance: 12 km or 27 km, elevation gain 133 m.* 

6

Day 6

Cashel Bay
After a short ferry ride to Rosaveel, you will continue past monastic remains in lush countryside on rural roads to Cashel.
Ride Distance: 43 km, or 64 km, elevation gain up to 309m.*

7

Day 7

Cashel Bay
Your ride continues to Clifden, under the dramatic Twelve Bens mountains. Along the way, you will visit Roundstone, where the bodhraninstruments are still made by hand and a loop ride along Skye Road, arguably one of the the most scenic routes in Ireland.
Ride Distance: 72 up to 107 km, elevation gain up to 813 m.*

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Day 8

Linger before departure.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Classic

Irish accommodation in Ennis
Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis

This 4-star hotel boasts an excellent location just steps from restaurants and sites in Ennis. The rooms are comfortable and welcome warm.


Atlantic View House, Doolin

A very charming, yet modest family run hotel with views of the Cliffs of Moher.The proximity to the ferries and to town is a bonus.


Kilmurvey House, Aran Islands

This venerable inn with just 12 rooms has been hosting guests for generations. Teresa and Bertie Joyce are truly special hosts who go out of their way to welcome guests.


The Zetland country house, Cashel

This 4 star hotel stands on the edge of Cashel Bay in Connemara and is set amid a landscape of mountains, lakes and a sea-coast brimming with white sandy beaches. Truly an oasis of tranquility and warm hospitality, a superb hotel to finish your stay in Ireland.


Luxe

Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

This ivy covered former manor house, dating back to the 18th century, offers luxury hotel accommodation in the center of Ennis. With modern amenities and an attentive staff, this is the finest hotel in Ennis.


Sheedy's Country House Hotel, Lisdoonvarna

Built in the 1700s, Sheedy's offers an idyllic escape with beautiful gardens and award winning cuisine. Lisdoonvarna is an interesting town with natural spa (next to the hotel). The hotel, a member of Ireland’s Manor House Hotels, has been recommended by Fodors, New York Times and others.


Kilmurvey House, Aran Islands *Classic Inn

This venerable inn with just 12 rooms has been hosting guests for generations. Teresa and Bertie Joyce are truly special hosts who go out of their way to welcome guests


Ballynahinch Castle, Recess

Built in the late 18th century, and boasting over 300 acres of park, this luxurious castle-hotel is one of Ireland’s finest. Comfort without ostentation is the hallmark here- the restaurant is excellent also.



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Tour Reviews

December 5, 2018

“Can’t believe how beautiful Ireland is. Beautiful routes and we lucked out on the weather.”

September 23, 2008

“The cycling, weather, acommodations, and food were all better than expected.”

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