Easy RIder Classics - Ireland Biking

Best of the West

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Our Celtic fortnight begins in County Clare and Connemara, where country lanes and coastal roads link friendly villages and famous landscapes from the Cliffs of Moher to the Burren. We’ll spend two nights on Inishmore in the Aran Islands, where donkey carts are still the norm and Irish the everyday language. Then it’s on to Kerry and four days of cycling through some of Ireland’s most famous scenery, including the Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park.
  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
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  • What's Included
  • Scenic rural cycling through County Clare, Connemara, and County Kerry
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher, Poulnabrone Dolmen, and Dun Aengus ring fort
  • Guided hike through the Burren with a local naturalist
  • Kerry’s most famous scenery: Lakes of Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
  • Evening of storytelling with a well-known Irish shenachie
  • Two nights each in Doolin and Dingle, famous for their pubs and music seisiuns
  • Two-night stay on Inishmore in the Aran Islands
  • Shop for all things Irish, from bodhráns to hand-knit sweaters

Day 1: Morning transfer from Shannon Airport to the lively market town of Ennis. Free afternoon to explore town and visit the Cathedral and Franciscan Friary. Our warm-up ride loops to the 15th-century ruins of Quin Abbey. Welcome dinner at a stylish bistro. (0, 6, or 17 mi.)

Day 2: History abounds on our route bordering the Burren National Park, with stops at Dysert O’Dea Castle, Poulnabrone Dolmen, and the Kilfenora Cathedral. After lunch, follow the coast to the Cliffs of Moher and on to Doolin, for a two-night stay with ocean views. This evening, folklorist Eddie Lenihan will regale us with tales of old Ireland. (33, 40, or 48 mi.)

Day 3: A scenic coastal route leads to the fishing village of Ballyvaughan for lunch overlooking the harbor. Learn about the unique flora and geology of the Burren on an afternoon hike with a local naturalist. Return to Doolin by van or via a challenging route over Corkscrew Hill. After dinner, we’ll relax with a pint and tunes at McGann’s or O’Connor’s, famed for their traditional music seisiuns. (22 or 42 mi.)

Day 4: Ferry to Inishmore, largest of the Aran Islands, for a two-night stay. Take in the views from the 2500-year-old cliff-top fortress of Dun Duchathair (the “Black Fort”). Pedal past quiet beaches en route to a warm welcome and home-cooked feast at Kilmurvey House, a gracious Georgian manor and long-time Easy Rider favorite. (7-18 mi.)

Day 5: Free day to explore the island by bike or on foot. Visit Dun Aengus ring fort, monastic “beehive” huts, and the ruins of The Seven Churches, or take a coastal hike to the wave-carved “Wormhole.” Enjoy a festive ceilidh this evening. (0-20 mi.)

Day 6: Morning ferry to Rosaveel, County Galway. Take in the views of heather-covered mountains and the Connemara coast as we cross the Cashel bog to Clifden. Two-night stay on the waterfront at stylish Quay House, originally built as the Harbour Master’s residence. (31 or 41 mi.)

Day 7: Free day for shopping, sightseeing, and biking the aptly-named “Sky Road,” with bird’s-eye views of Clifden and Killary Harbor against the backdrop of the Twelve Bens. Long option traces tiny coastal lanes to the picturesque harbor in Cleggan. (0, 12, 21, or 35 mi.)

Day 8: Today’s ride into County Mayo is an Easy Rider favorite, with spectacular vistas of Killary Fjord and the Maumturk Mountains. After lunch, pedal past a lush glacial valley and the shores of Lough Nafooey en route to Cong, famed as the setting for the film The Quiet Man. (48 mi.)

Day 9: Transfer south to County Kerry for a two-night stay in Killarney. The afternoon is free to explore town, visit stately Muckross House and its woodland gardens, or cycle a loop through Killarney National Park with views of the famous Lakes of Killarney. (0, 15, or 26 mi.)

Day 10: A spectacular gradual climb through the Gap of Dunloe is surrounded by MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. Our loop continues past glacial ponds and cascading streams in the Black Valley to Moll’s Gap, with a downhill sail back to Killarney. (35 or 48 mi.)

Day 11: Trace the south coast of the Dingle Peninsula past a reputed “fairy fort,” and visit the impressive beach at Inch. A challenging option leads to the ruins of Mynard Castle. Two-night stay in Dingle at a four-star guesthouse overlooking the harbor. (43 or 50 mi.)

Day 12: Cycle the Slea Head Drive, with views of the now-abandoned Blasket Islands. Stops at an Iron Age fort, the Blasket Heritage Center, and Gallarus Oratory, where monks spreading the word of St. Patrick once sojourned. We’ll top off our farewell dinner celebration with pints and traditional tunes at O’Flaherty’s Pub. (29, 35, or 46 mi.)

Day 13: Transfer to Shannon Airport for early afternoon flights.

“If there’s a better tour of Ireland, ordinary human beings don’t deserve it. I haven’t had such a good time in decades.”
-P.M., Massachusetts

“I enjoyed every glorious, picturesque mile. The blend of cycling, pub crawling, and time for sightseeing was a perfect mix. The best part? I was so relaxed I never knew what day it was!”
– B.B, Massachusetts

"I loved having native Irish guides who were historians, storytellers, expert cyclists, and well-traveled themselves."
– A.B., New York

"Keep every stop on this tour; each day was a special gift."
- G.F., British Columbia

  • 12 nights accommodations in 3- and 4-star country inns and traditional B&Bs (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 9 dinners, 2 picnic lunches, and all breakfasts
  • Use of a top-quality 24- speed Trek hybrid bicycle
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
  • Daily choice of mileage options; total mileage of 257-435 miles
  • Two experienced Irish guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • Guided Burren walk, storytelling evening
  • Ferry trip to the Aran Islands
  • Transfers to and from Shannon Airport and selected hotels at specified times
  • Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
  • Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
  • Easy Rider cycling jersey and water bottle
  • Airfare is not included

Price: US$4995 for
13 day/12 night guided bike tour.
Single supplement: $950.

2019 Dates
Available as a custom tour for groups of 10+ only. Contact us a minimum of 120 days in advance.

Arrive/Depart
Shannon Airport

Activity Level: 2, 3, 4. Moderate to hilly terrain.