SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many routes less travelled.
7 nights stay, 6 days cycles
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous cycling experience is recommended.
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Explore the spectacular west of Ireland by bike. Discover the golden beaches, cliff lined rugged coastline and majestic mountains. Escape into the most remote region of Ireland, County Mayo, and learn about its history. Meet the locals and take time to immerse yourself in the Irish culture, visiting the world’s oldest Neolithic site, the Ceide Fields and spending the evening in an Irish home where your host will be delighted to talk to you about the local way of life. Prepare to be awestruck as you cycle along the most scenic Irish roads, through Ballycroy National Park and onto the beautiful Achill island.
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Your local guide Rachel will be waiting for you at the bus station in Ballina. She will transport you to Brigown Bed & Breakfast, your home for the night, which has stunning views overlooking the River Moy and Belleek woods. Marjorie, Rachel’s mother, will welcome you into the kitchen for tea and whatever homemade treats are in the tin. That evening you can take part in a Whiskey Appreciation Session with Rachel, to learn about the craft of Irish whiskey and taste the unique styles or you can pop down to the local for a pint. There are two award winning restaurants minutes away so you can fuel up for the week.
Wake up your taste buds with Marjorie’s delicious wholesome breakfast while overlooking the River Moy and Belleek Woods. Starting off at Brigown Bed & Breakfast, follow the path along the famous River Moy and watch the salmon jump. First stop is at the Connacht Whiskey Distillery, you have the option of experiencing a distillery tour where you learn about the craft of Irish whiskey making and of course get a taste at the end. Warm up the legs with a cycle along the Greenway through Belleek woods and exploring the monasteries of the Moy, Rosserk Friary and Moyne Abbey, you will arrive in the historic fishing town of Kilalla. After stopping off for an Irish coffee and scone at On the Way cafe, travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, passing the golden sandy beaches of Lacken strand and Dun Briste, the iconic sea stack and cliffs of Down Patrick head. Enjoy an evening of calmness and a warm Irish welcome in a family run guest house in an idyllic coastal setting. Savour a typical Irish meal in their home or take a stroll into the country town of Ballycastle to experience the Irish country pub life.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 40kms/ 24.5mi.
Following along the open coastline and cliff tops lies the Ceide Fields, a 5000 year old settlement, making it the world’s oldest Neolithic. Look back over the cliffs where the green grass drops off into the Atlantic Ocean. Be at one with nature, where the only traffic is the painted sheep wandering on the roads. Finish off in a country lodge out in the wilds of north Mayo. Put your feet up by an open turf fire and savour a drop of whiskey or enjoy the fresh air and stretch the legs with on one Ireland’s most breath taking coastal trails.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 50km /31mi.
Get ready to be awestruck with the hidden gems you are about to discover. Cycle along the meandering coastal sheep tracks, explore an area dotted with pristine blue flag beaches, where the land meets the ocean. Stock up on reserves in the bustling country village of Bellmullet before heading back into the wilderness. Take a wander into one of the many pubs, learn the craft of pulling a pint of Guinness and hearing the tales from the local farmers. The evening finishes at the tip of Mayo, next stop would be New York. It’s wild out there but the fire will be on and ‘Cead Mile Failte’ is waiting. ‘1000 welcomes’- Did I not tell you this area is Gaeltacht so the first spoken language is Irish.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 52km /32mi.
After a big Irish breakfast, you are set up for the day! This day will direct you inland where you explore the countryside and head inland to explore the region of Erris- voted as Ireland’s Best Place to Go Wild. Enjoy an evening with a pint of Guinness in your homely Bed & Breakfast that overlooks Clew Bay and Achill Island or you can relax back on the beach or take a dip in the ocean to refresh the body. Why not indulge yourself and dine in Mulranny Park Hotel, in the beautiful, postcard perfect, and ocean view restaurant.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 40km /25mi.
Fill up on a typical Irish breakfast and continue into the wilds of Mayo, passing through the spectacular Ballycroy National Park. Here you can stop off for a free heritage tour and enjoy a coffee and homemade treat in the Ginger and Wild café. It’s then back on the road to re-join the rugged coastline of Mayo where you will arrive in the small idyllic coastal village of Mulranny. Following the marked greenway from Mulranny to Achill, it’s an old railway line that is now reopened just for cyclists who want to explore. Get ready to be amazed as you experience what it is like to live on an island off an island! Touring around Achill island, discover the hidden golden beaches, stop off at the old deserted villages and discover the Irish culture. Call into one of the local bars for a traditional Irish stew and pint of Guinness and call back again later to chat with the locals while listening to traditional music and watching the locals dancing.
At the end of a breath-taking day, relax back at your friendly guest house, and over a hot whiskey, share your stories of your Wild Atlantic Way cycle with new friends.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 45km /28mi.
If you have enough energy, get up to watch the sunrise over Clare island- you will be awestruck. After breakfast, you can choose one of the many coastal cycle routes to explore more of the spectacular views where the cliffs edge falls into wild Atlantic Ocean, a cycle down to Keem beach is not to be missed. However, be careful of the friendly sheep, they do not like to stay in the fields!
After lunch, you can relax back as you have luxury private bus transfer back to Ballina. Enjoy a scenic drive through the valleys of the Nephin mountain range and Lough Conn. Your local guide will tell you all the tales of the local myths and fairies and there are a few surprises awaiting you. Arrive back at Brigown B&B for an evening by the open fire where you can share your stories and enjoy a local whiskey.
After Marjorie’s delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to Ballina bus station where you will be directly transferred to Dublin airport.