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Cycling the Loughs and Lanes of Connemara

Cycling the Loughs and Lanes of Connemara


    NEW FOR 2018

Cycling the Loughs and Lanes of Connemara

  • The stunning, wild Connemara peninsula
  • Scenic routes shadowed by stunning mountains
  • Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord
  • Fresh seafood and famous Connemara lamb
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1485 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every 2 days from 19 May '18 to 18 Oct '18
  • All breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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Our new 8-night cycling holiday takes you through the stunning wild countryside of the Galway and Mayo regions in western Ireland, where high mountains plunge into clear blue loughs and the British Isle's only true fjord. Along the way, pass sparkling running rivers and the famous Irish bogs, whilst on the coast, the crisp blue Atlantic breaks on white sandy undeveloped beaches.

This is a rural, idyllic land, where not much has changed over the centuries. Tiny hamlets scatter the way, with a warm welcome afforded anywhere you stop. Connemara, or 'Inlets of the Sea', is a stunning peninsula with a haunting natural beauty. The wild and remote landscapes have captured the imagination of artists for centuries; transforming throughout the day according to the changes in light. Marvel at the abundance of sandy beaches, rusty bogs, shimmering black lakes and wild mountains, interspersed with quaint towns and villages. The wonderful mountain scenery in Connemara marches on into the south of County Mayo and everywhere you walk or cycle is laced by stone walls.

Food is fast becoming an attraction in the area, where rich local produce can be relied upon. The seafood is delicious; try the wonderful large mussels and river-caught trout and salmon; as is the exquisite lamb. Of course, Guinness is everywhere, but local craft beers, gins and whiskies are also becoming increasingly popular.

We stay in a nice mix of hotels; a *** charming town hotel, fjord-side spa hotel a former grand fishing lodge and a **** Spa hotel set in acres of it's own grounds, all offering the traditional Irish welcome and hospitality.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Westport

After checking in, time to explore the town, and perhaps a Guinness before choosing one of Westport's many restaurants for dinner. (Staying at Clew Bay Hotel, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Westport to Leenane 39km/24.5mi

Heading out of Westport you soon find yourselves on quiet country roads passing wonderful countryside. Green meadows soon turn to bogs as Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain, looms overhead. Pass the tiny hamlet of Liscarney, and fields of sheep. Cross the Owenmore River at aptly titled Owenmore Bridge, before cycling the stunning Tawnyard Lough and through Tawnyard Forest. Drop down to Leenane on the Killary Fjord to your hotel. At Leenane, relax in the village, walk along the Western Way, or cycle or take a boat ride along the fjord. (Staying at Leenane Hotel, Half Board)

Day 3 At Leenane

Relax in the village and visit the pub famous for being used in the film, The Field. Take a boat ride along the fjord or cycle to the famous Kylemore Abbey. Before dinner maybe try a seaweed bath in the hotel. (Staying at Leenane Hotel, Half Board)

Day 4 Leenane to Lough Inagh 44km/27.5mi

From Leenane you take a wonderful quiet road that meanders through the mountains, isolated countryside, passing bogs and loughs. You'll enjoy stunning views of the Big Bens (12 local peaks). Maams village is great stop-off point, a tiny hamlet on Broch river, with just the one pub! Crossing the Failmore River, you descend to Maams Cross, a crossroads that is slightly bigger than the village, before passing the entrance to Mamean (a local pilgrimage path) and arriving at Lough Inagh. (Staying at Lough Inagh Lodge, Half Board)

Day 5 At Lough Inagh

Relax in the gardens, walk along the lough, or even arrange a fishing lesson at your lodge. There is also a lovely circular cycle route down to the coast. Alternatively, cycle back to the Mamean pilgrimage path (the path itself is a 3km walk there and back). Tonight you can choose between the 4-course restaurant menu or sample the bar menu (payable locally). (Staying at Lough Inagh Lodge, Breakfast only)

Day 6 Lough Inagh to Delphi 35km/22mi

We head along a wonderful road along Lough Inagh with views of the Connemara National Park, heading back through Leenane you circle the Killary fjord before picking up the Sky Road and onto Fin Lough and your hotel. (Staying at Delphi Resort, Half Board)

Day 7 At Delphi

Relax at the lough, cycle down to one of the stunning white sand beaches to get an early start and head to Roonah Point, and take the boat across the Clare Island. Your hotel can arrange a walking guide to walk one of the local mountains. (Staying at Delphi Resort, Half Board)

Day 8 Delphi to Westport 41km/26mi

You continue on the stunning Sky Road, passing the shores of Doo and Glencullen loughs, before a lovely freewheel into Louisburgh on the coast. Then, following the coast road, you'll enjoy great views of Crough Patrick back into Westport (it's a 4km climb there and back). (Staying at Clew Bay Hotel, Breakfast only)

Day 9 Leave Westport

Leave Westport, or perhaps have a couple of extra nights in the lively town. There is beautiful greenway that runs from Achill Island.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Clew Bay Hotel, Westport

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The Clew Bay Hotel is a beautifully appointed, family-run hotel in the centre of historic Westport. With individually decorated rooms, luxurious bed toppers and amenities including tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi, the hotel combines genuine Irish hospitality with a great location. Madden's Bistro is a bustling restaurant, open for lunch and dinner and offers a broad menu using fresh local produce and only Irish ingredients. Madden's Bar is a great place to enjoy 'the craic' with traditional live entertainment on weekends, music or live sport on TV.

The hotel also offers all guests free access to the Westport Leisure Park next door. Facilities here include a 25m swimming pool, gym, spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room and a plunge pool (towels are available from the hotel reception).

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Leenane Hotel, Leenane

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Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, the family-run Leenane Hotel enjoys a spectacular, scenic location. Originally established as a coaching inn back in the 1790's, it is now managed by the 3rd generation of family hoteliers, Conor and Brian Foyle, who, along with their friendly team, pride themselves on their warm welcome and the standard of hospitality. The hotel's bedrooms are traditionally decorated with antique furnishings and 50 of the 66 rooms provide views of Killary Harbour, whilst the other 16 have mountain views.

The hotel's facilities include a cosy bar overlooking the sea, a private residents' lounge and a spacious restaurant serving good food, including regional specialities such as fresh Killary Bay Salmon and Rack of Connemara Mountain Lamb (served with vegetables from the hotel's kitchen garden). There is a spa offering massages and beauty treatments and beside the hotel are the Connemara Seaweed Baths offering respite to tired and aching muscles.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Lough Inagh Lodge, Lough Inagh

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Set in spectacular scenery, on the shores of spectacular Lough Inagh, the Lodge, built in 1880 as a fishing lodge, is surrounded by the majestic Mam Turks and the Twelve Bens mountain ranges. The old-world atmosphere and the comforts of an elegant, modern hotel, including open log fires in the library and oak-panelled bar, provide a perfect combination for relaxation.

All 13 rooms, named after famous Irish wordsmiths, are ensuite and decorated with traditional country house elegance and equipped with a comfortable seating area and TV. Wi-Fi and broadband are available in certain areas of the hotel. Guests enjoy simple, country house cooking using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients with seafood and wild game dishes the specialities.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Delphi Resort, Delphi Valley

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Once an adventure centre and hostel, Delphi Resort has evolved over the last 30 years into a **** hotel, an award-winning spa, a contemporary restaurant and a yoga and wellness studio. The luxuriously appointed bedrooms, designed by Laura Ashley, offer very comfortable accommodation with plush pillows, fluffy towels and tea and coffee making facilities. There are no TVs in the rooms, however DVD players are available on request (with a TV to play DVDs only).

The resort has two restaurants - a gourmet restaurant with scenic mountain views and a cafe offering a laid-back treasure trove of local produce and Irish crafts. The resort, as well as being set in 300 acres of woodland, has an excellent spa facility with a full range of treatments (payable locally) and a Thermal Suite (Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and relaxation room) that is complimentary for guests to use for the first 60 minutes (payable thereafter).

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe Room Loft Room Suite
19/05/2018 - 18/10/2018 £11 £22 £44

All prices shown above are valid from 18/11/2017. Room upgrades are per person per night based on two people sharing

Please contact us for extra night prices.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every 2 days from 19th May 2018 to 18th Oct 2018, for 8 nights.

Meals
All breakfasts and 5 evening meals

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers are included from Westport train station to Clew Bay Hotel at any time (5 mins) and back from Clew Bay Hotel to Westport train station at any time (5 mins).

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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