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Ireland

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

DURATION

7 Days

PRICE

$4,248

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

30-65 miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included)

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts and lunches. Two dinners on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Perhaps the Wild Atlantic Way’s least-visited region, the coastal regions of Sligo, Mayo and Donegal are as wild and dramatic as they are laid-back! Explore the mysteries and mythologies connected with Ireland’s northwest as you discover this little-known but wonderful region. Bike through windswept coastal bog lands, enjoy clifftop views and spin through gentle green pastureland as you uncover the interesting and diverse terrain that makes up this region. Your hotels are uniquely Irish. From converted coastguard stations to village inns and country manors to castles- classic Irish hospitality and a grand welcome await each evening.

Day 01

Achill Island

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

The Bervie

Distance

25 miles (40 km)

Elevation

+853 ft

Arrive in Dublin where you’ll meet your guide and transfer westwards to Mayo. After lunch and a bike fit, we hit the road westwards, heading across to the far western island of Achill. The route starts on a traffic-free stretch, following the path of a long-abandoned railway past gushing waterfalls and ancient churches, over beautiful bridges between mountains and sea. Later your first taste of the Atlantic proper as we follow a coastal route along the island’s southern shores into our cozy hotel, a converted coastguard station set on a glorious white-sand beach.

Day 02

Ballycroy National Park

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

The Talbot Hotel

Distance

48 miles (78 km)

Elevation

+1,181 ft

Ballycroy is Ireland’s greatest wilderness. It comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness. This is one of the last intact active blanket bog systems in the world. Today’s route is through the heart of this fascinating eco-system where the challenge is not so much in the terrain but in the ever-changing winds that make biking in this area fun and unpredictable. Staying in the heart of the bustling seaside town of Belmullet, this is a great opportunity to find some real Irish pubs and great traditional music this evening.

Day 03

North Mayo Loop

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

The Talbot Hotel

Distance

62 miles (100 km)

Elevation

+1,230 ft

Mayo is a myriad of different vistas and landscapes. Today’s loop of the northern part of the county takes in them all; from the windswept coastline of Downpatrick Head where some of Europe’s tallest sea-cliffs make for a dramatic backdrop, to the rolling green hills of the area’s interior. Stop at one of the world’s most fascinating neolithic sites for tea and scones. On today’s route, you’ll enjoy the short, sharp climbs and exciting descents that characterize riding in these parts. Finishing up at a rural pub, end the day with a great pint of Guinness before a short transfer back to town in time for dinner.

Day 04

West Sligo Coast & Ox Mountains

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Temple House

Distance

40 miles (64km)

Elevation

+1,017 ft

This morning we’ll transfer to a seaside town where you have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Irish remedy – a steaming bath of freshly harvested seaweed is a perfect soother of sore muscles. Starting at the pier, we’ll follow the coast to the foothills of the Ox mountains. Here we’ll climb through open pasture land as the landscape grows ever wilder, stopping for a picnic at the ruins of a haunted hunting lodge. Visit a local craft brewery before a long descent into an incredible country manor where we’ll play Downton Abbey for the night, starting with dinner around the house’s huge oak dining table.

Day 05

Poetic Sligo

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Temple House

Distance

62 miles (100 km)

Elevation

+1,919 ft

Sligo was immortalized in the poetry of William Butler Yeats, who described the area as the “land of heart’s desire”. Today’s looped route takes in some of his favorite haunts and includes some local favorite bike routes. Following the shores of Lough Gill, a beautiful lakeside ride gives way to gorgeous ocean views as we lunch in the bohemian seaside town of Strandhill where surfers from the world over gather to take on some of the Atlantic’s mightiest waves in the shadow of the prehistoric hilltop grave of mysterious Queen Maeve. Sligo town is one of Ireland’s bastions of traditional music and has some of the country’s liveliest pubs and a great food scene to discover this evening.

Day 06

Benbulben & Donegal

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Distance

53 miles (86 km)

Elevation

+2,034 ft

The skyline in these parts in dominated by the dramatic cliffs of Ben Bulben mountain and today’s biking begins in the shadow of this eerie rock. Starting at the childhood home of one of Ireland’s most famous revolutionaries and one of the first women ever elected to political office, we follow a network of valleys and glens, passing by tranquil lakes and through green pasture lands before briefly crossing the border into Northern Ireland and back out again. Hear stories of cross-border smuggling and tales of the region’s dramatic recent history before finally rolling into our castle hotel for the evening for a celebratory final dinner.

Day 07

The Bluestack Mountains

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Distance

16 miles (26 km)

Elevation

+1,259 ft

Some might opt to enjoy a well-earned massage at the castle’s award-winning spa this morning. But for those who want to see a little bit more of the local landscape we will take a short spin through the granite hills of the Bluestack Mountains, where we’ll encounter some gravel roads as well as rewarding views. After lunch and a chance to shower, we hit the road back to Dublin where your adventure will end.

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