Self Guided Cycling Tours
We offer cycling trips from 3 to 8 days through quite rural countryside where the only sound you hear may be sheep or goats. We will pass small villages and visit some amazing places along the way.
Come as a couple, as a single or with a group of friends and be part of a tour from 4-16 people.
Villages And Countryside Of Mayo And Connemara
8 days / 7 nights - €950
This tour will take you through old villages that have not changed in hundreds of years. You will visit heritage houses and listen to storytelling. Cycle through quite valleys and see the old tradition of peat cutting and harvesting taking place.
Day1: The town of Westport
Your tour starts with a meeting in the beautiful town of Westport where you will be given a short tour of the town and its history and maybe taste a beer or two in some old pub. You will then be transferred after dinner to your accommodation in the mountains.
Day2: Erriff - Bohaun – Aughagower- Westport
About 45km of easy cycling.
The mountains of Partry and Maumtrasna unfold before you as we cycle along back roads through valleys and lakes. You will see sheep and more sheep, peat cutting and harvesting that has hasn’t changed in over a hundred years of tradition. In Aughagower you will visit a 10th century round tower and church and meet some locals as we stop for lunch. We then make our way to Westport where along the road we may get to see locals practice the very old game of road bowling dating back to the 17th century. We then have a leisurely stroll around Westport before being transferred back to your lodge.
Dinner on your own in Leenane tonight.
Day 3: Westport- Achill
About 43km of nice easy cycling.
We start today in Westport where we cycle along a designated pathway to Achill.
This was once an old railway track and we will see some ruminants of the railway with bridges and walls still intact today. There are some magnificent views as we travel along this route with the first stop in Newport town with its arched bridge and then on to the seaside Village of Mullranny. From here we head along the sea admiring the Clew Bay Island in the distance and on to our destination in Achill. We have time to relax and enjoy the scenery before our bus picks us up to return to your lodge.
Dinner tonight in Westport.
Day 4: Rivers lakes and mountains. Erriff – Ashleagh Falls – Doolough – Liscarney
About 60km cycling.
Today’s cycling starts at your lodging and takes you along the Erriff River which flows into the Killary Fjord. As we make our way along this route the mountain ranges of Maumtrasna, Partry and Devil’s Mother shadow us until we reach Ashleagh. Here we take a tour through a small village in the shape of a horseshoe. We stop in a nice pub overlooking the Fjord for lunch. We then head to Ashleagh Falls and catch a glimpse of fishermen and women trying their skill at hooking a salmon. Depending on the time of year (usually August) the salmon can be seen in their hundreds leaping up these falls as they make their way upriver to spawn. It’s an amazing sight.
We continue on along the Killary and visit the age old craft of Curragh fishing (Summer time only) these ancient crafts have being around for hundreds of years and this dying tradition of salmon fishing is a real joy to watch. We move on now and travel to Delphi one of the most beautiful places in the world. We are surrounded by mountains on all sides and further on we find Finlough and Doolough Lake. Here we visit a monument for the victims of the Great Famine of 1845 – 1852.
It is on then through Sheeffry where there are some testing hills. But we will make plenty of stops to capture the scenery and slender around us. After the hills it’s nearly all downhill as we make our way back to the lodge to relax.
Dinner tonight in Westport.
Day 5: Today is your free day.
You can relax in your lodge or go shopping. Or maybe try a hike up the mountains. Let us know in advance and we will try to organise it for you. Dinner on your own tonight in Leenane
Day 6: Fjords Beaches and Abbeys:
Today we start our cycle in Leenane, a beautiful village on the edge of the Killary fjord. We travel along the Fjord for a while and then make our way through quite back roads to a beautiful beach where we will spend some time for lunch. Its then on to Tullycross where some old thatch cottages are still in use today. We can take a tour on an Aquarium boat to view the varied marine world that this area has to offer before we head for the lovely village of Letterfrack. We will stop here for a short break and cup of tea before our final destination of Kylemore Abbey. Now a tourist destination this beautiful building and surrounding gardens was once a boarding school. Built in 1867 as a romantic gift the Abbey and Gothic church is a great place to end today’s cycle. Our pickup bus will meet us outside for transfer back to your lodge. Dinner tonight in Leenane
Day 7: Hills and Lakes.
About 65km with some tough hills.
Today’s cycle will take us along the Erriff Valley through the mountains and down to the village of Tourmakeady on the shores of Lough Mask. We will be making lots of stops along the way for photos and also to fill our water bottled from the mountain streams. The views as we descend to Lough Mask are truly spectacular and with 360 degree views. Our lunch break is in an old traditional pub on the shore of the lake. Lough mask is one of the best fishing lakes in Ireland and holds world fly fishing competitions annually. We will now leave the lake behind us but not before long another one appears in the distance. This is Lough Nafooey, the site of an ancient volcano some 490 million years ago. Mountains surround us as we make our way through the valley and over the hills. We stop to get a glimpse of another waterfall before our final ascend. All the mountain ranges of Connemara can be seen from here and they are truly amazing. Leenane is our final destination today and we relax and enjoy a well deserved drink before being transferred back to your lodge. Dinner tonight in Westport.
Day 8: Westport
Enjoy a final stroll around the town to end your tour of Mayo and Connemara before your departure.
7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 picnic lunches, 3 dinners
8 days bike rental
Lunches and dinners not noted in itinerary, insurance, entrance fees to museums, drinks and personal items.
Eaglewood lodge will be your base for the whole of the tour. Ideally located in the Partry mountains this beautiful log cabin is all you need after a day cycling. With a large river rock fireplace it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the views.