This bicycling circle was specially designed with honeymoon couples in mind, mixing a variety of accommodations, but offering a last night in a splendid and romantic castle or manor house hotel. It is, however, also ideal for anyone wanting a unique cycling tour, which offers a chance to explore Connemara and stay in a variety of guesthouses, hotels, and as a treat a night in a castle hotel. Starting any day of the week, this is truly independent programme. All luggage transport is provided. Several choices are there to decide from and you will take a route both inland and along the coastal region of Connemara, Ireland. We provide well chosen pre-booked accommodation as well as luxurious Cannondale bikes and any equipment that is needed. Detailed route notes and maps and the assurance of an emergency break-down service combine to make this a most wonderful active honeymoon.
Day 1 Arrive in Westport, a charming, bustling market town. (we can help arranging transport). Stay the next two nights in hotel, dinner tonight is included. Your bicycle will be waiting for you and will give you advice and adjust everything for you. Day 2 You have various options available to you – walk Croagh Patrick, cycle north to Newport, or perhaps even visit Clare Island (cycle to Roonagh Quay). Return to Westport for your second night (dinner tonight is not included). This is a town where it is not difficult to find a pub playing traditional Irish music. Day 3 Leave Westport to cycle to Killary Lodge. The shortest distance is 25miles but there are longer options available. We will welcome you with us for two nights and both dinners are included. Day 4 Perhaps you would like to take part in some of the adventure activities that are available in Killary, or you may wish to cycle into the Maam Valley, or around the Renvyle Peninsula. Alternatively there is a wonderful walk along Killary Harbour. Day 5 Cycle to Clifden (often labelled the metropole of Connemara) There are various options available, the shortest being 23 miles, with a longer one (passing Cleggan and Aughrusbeg) with 40miles. Stay the next two nights in guesthouse, dinner tonight in restaurant. Stay the night in a wonderful manor house hotel. Day 6 Chance to relax, take a game of Golf on the famed Connemara Golf Course, try your hand at deep-sea fishing, or alternatively cycle around the Sky Road, offering you wonderful views over the Atlantic and the islands lying in it (13miles). Choose your own dinner in one of the many restaurants. Day 7 Cycle via Roundstone, a scenic fishing village, famous through the work of many well known painters attracted by its picturesque harbour and wonderful outlook across a deep inlet of the Atlantic to the everchanging peaks of the Twelve Bens to Ballynahinch. Stay the next night in Ballynahinch Castle (or if Ballynahinch not available Zetland House Hotel in Cashel), dinner included. We will collect our bicycles and gear from there. Day 8 Breakfast and departure. Duration: 8 days (7 nights) Tour Dates 2003: any day you wish to start (April – Oct) Level: gentle, some occasional hill Bicycle: Cannondale Hybrid bicycle Accommodation: hotels and guesthouses and castle stays Meals: 5 x dinners, 7 x Irish breakfasts Transfers: all luggage transfers Miscellaneous: route notes and maps