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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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NEW! 2018 Dates Now Available

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

Join us on a fully guided, cycling tour of the smallest of the Aran Islands, Inisheer. What better way to explore and see all the sights then on a bike with a guide who can show you some hidden gems of the Island! Inisheer is home to some spectacular landscape, like that of the limestone Burren, along with some pristine beaches, ancient sites and the Irish language.

This full day tour starts from Doolin where we catch the ferry to Inisheer and begin our tour around the island including visits to the MV Plassey shipwreck (made famous by it’s appearance on the opening credits of Father Ted!), the 14th centure O’Brien’s Castle which is the very first thing you will see on approach to the Island, and the sunken church or Teampall Chaomhain along with much, much more!

 

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Any questions? – aranislandsbiketours@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

 

Check out our further details below!

  • Price per person is €99
  • Included in the price is: a guide, bike, helmet, ferry ticket to and from the island, packed lunch and a pint
  • This tour operates from April 1st to October 31st
  • 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

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

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Join us for a fully guided, cycling tour of Inishmaan, the middle of the Aran Islands, and home to a maze of narrow winding roads, sheltered paths and trails.  Criss cross the island by bike and enjoy the rocky hillsides of the south and the deserted sandy beaches on the north shore. Wild flowers bloom everywhere and numerous examples of early settlements dot the limestone karst landscape.

Inishmaan is home to many ancient sites, including two stone forts; Dún Chonchúir (Conor’s Fort) is an ancient oval stone fort, dating to pre-Christian times and Dún Fearbhaí, which dates from the 4th century AD and is unusual in being almost rectangular. The island was also home to famous playwrite John Millington Synge, who stayed on the island every summer from 1898 to 1902.  We pay a visit to Synge’s Chair or Cathaoir Synge which was the writer’s favourite place on the island, overlooking Inishmor and the Atlantic.

It’s a full day of exploring the quiet island in the best possible way, by bike!

 

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Any questions? – aranislandsbiketours@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

 

Check out our further details below!

  • Price per person is €99
  • Included in the price is: a guide, bike, helmet, ferry ticket to and from the island, packed lunch and a pint
  • This tour operates from April 1st to October 31st
  • 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

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

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Join us for a full day of guided cycling on Inishmor, the largest of the Aran Islands! Inishmor is home to more than 50 ancient sites and monuments, and we will be taking in a good few of those!

This full day tour starts from Doolin where we catch the ferry to Inishmor and begin our tour around the island including visits to the village of Kilronan, the pristine Kilmurvey Beach, the ancient site of the 7 Churches or Na Seacht Teampall (in Irish), the Worm Hole (locally known as Poll na bPiest) and much, much more!

Get off the beaten track and explore the many tracks and trails that criss cross this stunning island!

 

Book Now!


Any questions? – aranislandsbiketours@gmail.com or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

 

Check out our further details below!

  • Price per person is €99
  • Included in the price is: a guide, bike, helmet, ferry ticket to and from the island, packed lunch and a pint
  • This tour operates from April 1st to October 31st
  • 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

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

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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:

  • Price includes use of our top of the range sit in Necky brand kayaks, paddles, lifevests, wetsuits, boots, rain jackets and not to mention a top notch guide!
  • We can put together packages for team building, stags, hens, family groups with our sister company Aran Islands 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.

 

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

  • Price includes use of our top of the range sit in Necky brand kayaks, paddles, lifevests, wetsuits, boots, rain jackets and not to mention a top notch guide!
  • 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 Aran Islands 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.**