Failté Romhat! The Burren and Connemara are regions steeped in history, with glacial-era geography and thousands of years of human endurance and evolution recorded in the very landscape. Rugged mountains level out into the lunar landscapes of karst and bog, ultimately running right into the Atlantic. This diversity of nature, coupled with the constantly changing weather, Neolithic ruins and pastoral lifestyle breeds a character all its own, and this week will be full of such encounters. In the numerous villages and towns you’ll bike through, and in the real life castles you’ll lay your head to rest at night, one can’t help but feel the true Irish welcome.
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You’ll be met by your guide at Shannon Airport and then transfer north to The Burren. You’ll have lunch at a legendary lobster bar before starting your ride along the Flaggy Shore – a seaside location that has inspired the works of Yeats and Heaney.
Today you'll catch the ferry to Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran islands. We'll hop off our bikes to sample some fresh-made cheeses at a friend’s goat farm before lunch. Later on, you’ll catch the ferry to Rossaveel in the heart of Gaeltacht, Gaelic country.
Cycle along the dramatic Atlantic shores into the town of Clifdenthis afternoon, the unofficial capital of Connemara. You will stop there for lunch and a wander before returning to Ballynahinch Castle. Tonight, you'll be joined by a traditional storyteller for cocktails by the fire.
Pedal past the 12 Bens Mountains to Ireland's only fjord, Killary. Here you'll meet our pal Tom, a shepherd who will take you through a herding demonstration. Lunch will be a seafood feast with shellfish farmers Kate and Simon Kennedy.
After breakfast, we'll set out on two wheels towards County Clare, the home of your next and final hotel - the mind-blowing Ashford Castle. After a light lunch on the castle grounds or in nearby Cong, you’ll head to Ireland’s oldest school of falconry for a chance to fly one of these majestic birds.
We’d suggest a later departure today, giving you more time to enjoy some morning activities on the Ashford Estate. There are loads of options including archery, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting and horseback riding available. Afterwards you’ll be transferred to the airport where you’ll board your outbound flight.VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.