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Introduction

Our 6 Day/5 Night Galway Bay Explorer mountain biking itinerary is unique in that it is the very first mountain biking tour of the Burren, Connemara and the Aran Islands.  It features 6 days of superb riding, taking in some of Ireland’s most magnificent and ancient sites. Our pioneering route covers 150km, offering a variety of explosive and awe-inspiring singletrack and cross-country trails,  perfectly suited for both the intermediate rider and beginner looking for a challenge.

Knock one off your bucket list and take the ride of your life!

Trip Highlights

  • Ride some stunning singletrack and cross-country trails through the unique and ancient landscape of the Burren Global Geopark
  • 150 km of magnificent tracks and trails in the spectacular West of Ireland
  • Ride in the heart of the Connemara on one of Ireland’s newest bike parks
  • Relax after a days ride in the hometown of traditional Irish music
  • Enjoy some local, artisan food in your daily provided lunches, including winners of the Eden Award (European-wide food initiative award, awarded to the Burren region in 2015)
  • Explore the beauty of the Aran Islands, including the prehistoric fort of Dun Aonghasa (also home to the Red Bull Cliff Diving)
  • Discover the world famous Cliffs of Moher for yourself
  • Uncover local haunts, off the beaten track

Trip Overview

START POINTDoolin, Co Clare END POINTGalway City or Doolin (choice is yours)

Day One – Arrive on the Wild Atlantic Way, Meet & Greet

Today is your arrival day!  We will get you settled into your accommodation in Doolin, home to traditional Irish music and our home for the next three nights. You will have a chance to explore the quaint village until the evening, when we will have our Meet & Greet at 830pm at our prearranged location.  Our Meet & Greet is a great way to get everyone acquainted and to also go over our routes for the next 5 days.

 

Day Two – Cliffs, Caves, & Traditional Irish Music

We start our first day of cycling at Liscannor Harbour on the shores of the wild Atlantic Ocean.  Today we head North, first to Hags Head, the southern-most tip of the world-famous Cliffs of Moher, and then on to the Cliffs of Moher themselves, to take in the sights and the Visitor Centre. Back on the bikes, it’s all downhill back into the seaside village of Doolin, and your chance to see the Cliffs of Moher from the sea with an hour long boat cruise.

Distance: 30 km + hiking  

 

Day Three – Over the Hills & Far Away in the Burren  

Today you will get to experience some of the best single and cross country tracks Ireland has to offer, with some challenging climbs and technical downhills, this is the Burren like you never expected.  It’s rocky and barren yet lush with incredibly rich soil – alpine flowers, ancient stone walls, cattle, horses, wild goats – there are surprises around every bend.  It’s a full day in the saddle and in the wilds. We finish the cycle in the quaint village of Ballyvaughan, before enjoying the coastal drive back to Doolin for the evening.

Distance: 45 km

 

Day Four – Connemara & the Aran Islands  

Our third morning we head further North and up to Connemara, where the dramatic shift of landscape will mesmerize you as we continue on past Galway city and straight into the heart of Connemara. Here we go for a spin on the Derroura Mountain Bike Trail Network, which is over 16 km in length.  After, we head straight to the ferry port at Rossaveal where we will catch our late afternoon ferry to Inishmor, the largest of the Aran Islands, and our accommodation for the night. The evening is the perfect opportunity to pick your spot in a local watering hole and relax with some Irish tunes, a bit of banter, and an opportunity to learn a bit of Irish with the Irish-speaking locals.

Distance: 25 km

 

Day Five – Inishmor – West Island, Dun Aonghasa and Ancient Site

We start our very first morning on Inishmor by exploring the West side of the Island,  home to some of the oldest, and most important sites in Ireland. Today’s cross-country ride will bring you past many megalithic tombs, church ruins, ring forts and sandy beaches.  We get to really explore each track and trail crisscrossing the Island, and discover the history of the area – a truly unforgettable experience. We finish the day back in Kilronan for a celebratory last meal together, with some great tunes and maybe a pint or two!

Distance: 25 km + hiking  

 

Day Six – Inishmor – East Island, Galway City

Today is our last day on tour, so it’s up and about after breakfast to get in our final ride, taking in the East side of the Island,  before getting the ferry back to the mainland.  The tranquility of the quiet countryside coupled with restless sea, make for a memorable- if not spiritual – ride. Hand-built limestone walls frame the lush green fields, with ancient crosses and ruins springing up from the ground at nearly every turn, Inishmor is a place you will not forget. Finally we have to say our goodbyes to the Island and it’s friendly people and head back to the mainland. At our dropping off points, we wave farewell and  hope you can now put a big fat check mark beside that box on your bucket list! And most of all, we hope  you had the ride of your life!

Distance: 25 km

 

Trip Pricing

The trip price is €1995 per person sharing, based upon a group size of up to 8 clients. This includes the following:

  • 5 nights accommodation in locally-owned guest houses and small hotels (B&B)
  • Bike rental of a hard-tail Lapierre Mountain Bike with helmet
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting in Doolin, Co Clare and finishing in Galway City or Doolin, Co Clare
  • Return ferry tickets to Inishmor, the largest of the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher Ferry Cruise
  • Gourmet, artisan lunch featuring local and Irish producers, as well as snacks daily, may include energy bars, nuts/seeds etc.
  • A support vehicle & trailer throughout
  • The services of qualified and experienced mountain bike guide
  • All group safety and bike maintenance equipment.

Optional Extras:

  • Shuttle service from Galway City or Limerick City
  • A variety of Sea Kayaking Tours with our sister company North Clare Sea Kayaking.

These will be at an additional cost.

 

Download the full itinerary – Galway Bay Explorer Itinerary – or Email us for trip itinerary or for other date options.

 

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 2017 Dates

September

Sun Sept 10 to Fri Sept 15

Sun Sept 24 to Fri Sept 29

October

Sun Oct 8 to Fri Oct 13

Sun Oct 22 to Fri Oct 27

November

Sun Nov 12 to Fri Nov 17

Sun Nov 26 to Fri Dec 1

 

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April

Sun April 1st to Fri April 6

Sun April 22 to Fri April 27

May

Sun May 6 to Fri May 11

September

Sun Sept 9 to Fri Sept 14  FULL

Sun Sept 23 to Fri Sept 28

October

Sun Oct 4 to Fri Oct 12

Sun Oct 21 to Fri Oct 26

November

Sun Nov 4 to Fri Nov 9

Sun Nov 18 to Fri Nov 23

 

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Distance:

Approx 160 km/100 miles

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Difficulty:

All Levels

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Time:

5 to 6 hr/Day

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All Weather:

All Weather

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Join us for our relaxing and mystical Lord of the Rings Burren Tour and find out why the Burren inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings!

We will meet you bright and early in Doolin, outside McDermott’s Pub where we will get you familiarized with our route for the day and also get you fitted for your bike and helmet.  We will then get you into our van to head up to our starting point, just north of Doolin, at the start of the ancient Burren Way green road.

From our starting point, we will be able to see down to the Cliffs of Moher, over to the Aran Islands and north to the Connemara and the Mayo coastline. The ancient road provides us with a quiet cycle in the Burren limestone landscape with only cattle and horses as our companions.

The beginning of our route takes us past the Faunarooska Castle, an ancient round tower dating back to 1641, which unfortunately has collapsed over time.

We follow the Burren Way trail deeper into the Burren and the karst landscape, taking in the stunning scenery surrounding us before we head down into the beautiful Caher Valley. At the entrance to the valley lies St. Patrick’s Church, which was built in 1870. Across from the church is were we can take a breather by the crystal clear Caher River and take in the surroundings.

Next along our route is Pol na Gollum (Hole of Gollum), the longest cave in Ireland at over 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) in length and the third deepest cave in the Republic.  It is believed that the Burren landscape and in particular Poll an Gollum inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write the Lord of the Rings. The entrance to Pol na Gollum is a hole a hundred feet deep and about a hundred feet across, at the bottom of which is the actual cave entrance. It is so big that a mature ash tree grows in the hole, and the tree canopy is well below ground level.  The cave is also home to the Rock Dove, whose guttural call is similar to that of Gollum’s in the famous books. See short video of the cave here.

The Caher Valley houses a vast number of ancient sites that we will get to see along the way, these include; a fulacht fiadh or cooking place just down past the bridge to the south of the road; the crude, penal chapel of Fermoyle which lies on the northern side, further on and 100 yards uphill – within it are a bullaun stone and an altar slab; and the famine village of  Caherbannagh where only the foundations and hearths are visible. Ring forts are found throughout the Valley as well.

As we leave the Caher Valley we will go through the Khyber Pass, so named by the British Military, with staggering views of the surrounding countryside and glimpses of the sea.

After a short cycle on the main road, we head back off onto the trails, this time the Black Head Loop. We cycle up and over until we reach the tip of the coastline where we have a change to get off the bikes and explore a bit by foot. This trail gives us amazing views in Galway Bay and beyond.

Then it’s back on the bikes and on to Fanore Beach, a site of special conservation, where we can take a breather on the sandy beach which is home to golden sand dunes, storm beaches of boulders, rocks rich in ancient marine fossils as well as flora, birdlife, butterflies and moths. After a bit of exploration, we pack up and get into the van and head for home.

 

NOTE: If the specific tour you are looking to book appears unavailable, please contact us directly – burrenwaymountainbiketours@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

 

Check out our further details below!

  • Free pick up/drop off from Doolin
  • Price includes a guide & use of our top of the range Lapierre Raid 729 mountain bikes, helmets,  & support vehicle
  • We can accommodate families and children (some restrictions on younger children or those with no experience)
  • We can put together packages for team building, stags, hens, family groups with our sister company North Clare Sea Kayaking, and accommodation providers and restaurants

 

What to Bring – visit What to Bring for a more comprehensive listing

  • Snack & drink & picnic lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate clothing (rain jacket, warm sweater, good shoes, cycling gloves etc)
  • Change of clothing (socks, shorts & t-shirt)
  • Camera
  • Small rucksack

Distance:

Approx 20 km/12 miles

Difficulty:

Easy

Time:

3.5 Hours

Price

Adult €59/Child (10-16) €49

Start Elevation:

40 Meters

Max Elevation:

335 Meters

Gain:

218 meters


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Discover the Burren – Over the Hills & Far Away – style!

 

We will meet you bright and early in Doolin, outside McDermott’s Pub where we will get you familiarized with our route for the day and also get you fitted for your bike and helmet.  We will then get you into our van to head up to our starting point, just north of Doolin, at the start of the ancient Burren Way green road.

From our starting point, we will be able to see down to the Cliffs of Moher, over to the Aran Islands and north to the Connemara and the Mayo coastline. The ancient road provides us with a quiet cycle in the Burren limestone landscape with only cattle and horses as our companions.

Our route takes us past the Faunarooska Castle, an ancient round tower dating back to 1641, which unfortunately has collapsed over time.

Next we head down  into the limestone mountains on a challenging, ancient track and into the beautiful Caher Valley. At the entrance to the valley lies St. Patrick’s Church, which was built in 1870. Across from the church is were we can take a breather by the crystal clear Caher River and take in the surroundings.

The Caher Valley houses a vast number of ancient sites that we will get to see along the way, these include; a fulacht fiadh or cooking place just down past the bridge to the south of the road; the crude, penal chapel of Fermoyle which lies on the northern side, further on and 100 yards uphill – within it are a bullaun stone and an altar slab; and the famine village of  Caherbannagh where only the foundations and hearths are visible. Ring forts are found throughout the Valley as well.

As we leave the Caher Valley we will go through the Khyber Pass, so named by the British Military, with staggering views of the surrounding countryside and glimpses of the sea.

Next we continue up further north and onto Blackhead’s green road, where you will be in awe at one the most staggeringly beautiful and unique landscapes in Ireland. The trail is like a green carpet in the middle of rocky terrain, during the summer season unique arctic orchids can be found along the way, and rarely do we see another soul. It’s a great way to finish up the tour before heading to Fanore Beach where we can take a breather on the sandy beach before getting into the van and heading for home. We have one last treat in store for you on the drive home, as we take the scenic Coast Road back to Doolin – views of the sea as well as the Cliffs of Moher rising out of the waves will cap off your day with us in the Burren.

As one of our past clients put it: “If you want to see things from a different view, do this trip!”

So come on, what’s stopping you?

NOTE: If the specific tour you are looking to book appears unavailable, please contact us directly – burrenwaymountainbiketours@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

Check out our further details below!

  • Free pick up/drop off from Doolin
  • Price includes a guide & use of our top of the range Lapierre Raid 729 mountain bikes, helmets,  & support vehicle
  • We can accommodate families and children (some restrictions on younger children or those with no experience)
  • We can put together packages for team building, stags, hens, family groups with our sister company North Clare Sea Kayaking, and accommodation providers and restaurants

 

What to Bring – visit What to Bring for a more comprehensive listing

  • Snack & drink & picnic lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate clothing (rain jacket, warm sweater, good shoes, cycling gloves etc)
  • Change of clothing (socks, shorts & t-shirt)
  • Camera
  • Small rucksack

 

Distance:

Approx 22 km/13 miles

Difficulty:

Beginner to Intermediate

Time:

4.5  Hours

Price:

€69

Start Elevation:

25 Meters

Max Elevation:

329 Meters

Gain:

680 meters

Climbs on Route:

2 (level 5)

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Puffins, Cliffs & Submarines – The Cliffs of Moher MTB Tour

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Join us on our Puffins, Cliffs & Subamrines tour, and visit the world famous Cliffs of Moher as well as the legendary Hag’s Head and finish your day with a cycle in to Liscannor village, home to John Holland, the inventor of the submarine.

We will meet you bright and early in Doolin, where we will get you fitted for your bike, your helmet.  Once you take a few laps around and are comfortable on your bike, we head through the village and up towards the start of the Cliffs – taking in Doonagore Castle and the views from the hill – overlooking Crab Island, the Aran Islands and over to County Galway and Mayo to the North.

Up and up we climb, cycling along a quiet back road before heading onwards to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher. Here we park the bikes, and have a chance to visit the world famous views as well as the award winning Visitor’s Centre. Stroll up to O’Brien’s Tower and look down the 214 metre drop to the sea and watch the puffins, gannets, razorbills, guillemots and the occasional peregrine falcons, swoop and ride the updrafts from the cliffs faces below.

Back on the bikes, we head south towards Hag’s Head. Here we turn off the main road and venture past quarries that still extract the world renowned Liscannor Stone, which can be found on the streets, patios and buildings all around the world!

Once we reach the Napoleonic tower at Hag’s Head, we stop for lunch and to discover the folklore surrounding the naming of Hag’s Head and the beautiful scenery that can be seen from this amazing point.

After lunch, we venture downhill towards Cancregga Bay – a horseshoe shaped cliff where surfers are often seen riding waves below. We continue on toward Clahane, a well known beauty and swimming spot along the coastline close to Liscannor.

Take a spin into the village of Liscannor, home to John Holland, the world famous inventor of the submarine!

A great way to visit some famous sites, see some famous puffins, and take in the stunning Cliffs of Moher!

 

NOTE: If the specific tour you are looking to book appears unavailable, please contact us directly – burrenwaymountainbiketours@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

 

Check out our further details below!

  • Free pick up/drop off from Doolin as well as entry to the Cliffs of Moher
  • Price includes a guide & use of our top of the range Lapierre Raid 729 mountain bikes, helmets
  • We can accommodate families and children (some restrictions on younger children or those with no experience)
  • We can put together packages for team building, stags, hens, family groups with our sister company North Clare Sea Kayaking, and accommodation providers and restaurants

 

What to Bring – visit What to Bring for a more comprehensive listing

  • Snack & drink and picnic lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate clothing (rain jacket, warm sweater, good shoes etc)
  • Change of clothing (socks, shorts & t-shirt)
  • Camera
  • Small rucksack
Distance:

Approx 28 km

Difficulty:

Beginner to Intermediate

Time:

4 Hours

Price:

Adult €79/Child (10-16) €49

Start Elevation:

22 Meters

Max Elevation:

185 Meters

Gain:

169 meters

Climbs on Route:

4

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Our Cliffs and Caves tour of Liscannor Bay does just that, explores the cliffs and caves along this spectacular stretch of coastline! We delve into sea caves, and around sea stacks, while paddling alongside the growing hills that eventually become the Cliffs of Moher. (PLEASE NOTE: due to obvious safety reasons, we DO NOT paddle to the base of the Cliffs of Moher. This tour leaves Liscannor Pier and heads North towards the start of the Cliffs only.)

Our tour starts in Liscannor at the pier, with spectacular panoramic views of Lahinch and the south coastline of Clare. As we hug the rugged coast, there is excellent opportunity to see many different species of seabirds, particularly in the bird sanctuary.

As we paddle onwards, unique caves appear – some with enormous cathedral-like ceilings, others with narrow passages. Sometimes we even catch a view of shy sea otters fishing inside the dark caves!

This is a great tour for those looking for something a bit different, and perhaps a bit of adventure!

**Please note: this tour is extremely weather dependent and often cannot be run. This tour requires little to no swell, little to no wind and a close to full tide, in most cases we will be able to offer an alternative tour.

NOTE: If the specific tour you are looking to book appears unavailable, please contact us directly – northclarekayaking@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

 

The nitty-gritty stuff:

  • Free pick up/drop off from Doolin (when available)
  • Price includes use of our top of the range sit in Necky brand kayaks, paddles, lifevests, wetsuits, boots, rain jackets
  • We can put together packages for team building, stags, hens, family groups with our sister company Burren Way Mountain Bike Tours, and accommodation providers and restaurants

 

What to Bring:

  • Snack & drink
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming togs & towel
  • Waterproof camera

 

Half Day:

2.5 – 3 Hours

Restriction:

Must be over 13 Years of age

Difficulty:

All Levels

Weather:

Weather Dependent



*7 Days notice is required for cancellation or the deposit will be forfeit.
*We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule tours due to poor weather conditions, in this case deposits will either be refunded or used towards a rescheduled tour.
*We also reserve the right to have children paddling in a tandem with an adult if we deem it the safest option.


 


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“Magical. Exciting. Invigorating. Stunning – An absolute blast” – are just some of the fantastic comments from our delighted visitors once they paddle our Wild Burren tour with us.

By far our most popular tour – we spend our time on the water around the quaint village of Ballyvaughan, with clear views into Galway City, and in the shadow of the limestone mountains of the Burren – this tour is an unforgettable experience!

As we explore the rugged coastline, including small inlets and tidal islands, we are often greeted by friendly seals and magnificent sea birds, as well as the underwater beauty that the crystal clear water affords us.

Delve into Irish history as we paddle to the ruins of Gleninagh Castle and it’s nearby Holywell. Here we might take a break from the kayaks to wander the ancient grounds or we might stop on a nearby sandy beach that becomes an island on a high tide.

This is a tour not to be missed! Whether experienced paddler or not, this tour is perfect for all levels and ages!

AND if you are looking for a longer adventure, why not try our Full Day Expedition? This tour takes in the half day trip and then continues on past Ballyvaughan, heading North towards Bellharbour. Along this route, we can see a round tower dating back to Napoleonic times and the half ruined Muckinish Castle.

NOTE: If the specific tour you are looking to book appears unavailable, please contact us directly northclarekayaking@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

NOTE: If you are looking to book a tour less than 48 hours in advance of the day you have chosen, please email us northclarekayaking@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489 to book directly.

 

If this hasn’t hooked you yet, check out our further details below!

  • Free pick up/drop off from Doolin (when available)
  • Price includes use of our top of the range sit in Necky brand kayaks, paddles, lifevests, wetsuits, boots, rain jackets
  • We can accommodate families and children as young as 6 in our 3 tandem kayaks
  • We can put together packages for team building, stags, hens, family groups with our sister company Burren Way Mountain Bike Tours, and accommodation providers and restaurants

 

What to Bring:

  • Snack & drink
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming togs & towel/shorts & t-shirts
  • Waterproof camera

 

 

Half Day:

2.5 – 3 Hours

Full Day:

5.5 – 6 Hours

Difficulty:

All Levels

Weather:

Weather Dependent



*7 Days notice is required for cancellation or the deposit will be forfeit.
**We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule tours due to poor weather conditions, in this case deposits will either be refunded or used towards a rescheduled tour.**