Irish Heartlands & Atlantic Way Traffic Free Cycle Tour

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Book now for 2023, starting April 2nd - 6 night / 7 day tour  - 

Want to discover the beauty of Ireland on an East to West traffic free Cycle tour? 

We’ve selected The Royal Canal Greenway and The great Western Greenway trail  to explore Irelands hidden heartlands and Wild Atlantic way in full.  This is mostly a traffic free route starting in cosmopolitan Maynooth in the East of  the country, it follows the 200 year old canal through friendly Enfield and lively Mullingar to charming Cloondara  in Longford in the heart of Ireland, taking in cafés, picnic spots and attractions along the way.  Cycle through pretty waterside villages, working locks and historic landmarks.  Day 4  will involve a bus  or car Journey  to the picturesque town of Westport  in the  West of Ireland and the start of your Western  Greenway Cycle.  The Great Western Greenway route in County Mayo is a 45 km (27 miles) long trail that begins in Westport and ends on Achill Island, passing through the great towns of Newport and Mulranny along the coast of the picturesque and unique Clew Bay. It follows the old coastal railway line which was constructed in the 1890s and closed in 1937. This is one of Ireland's best traffic free cycle  routes and it offers you world class views across Clew bay with the famous Croagh Patrick mountain (764m) in the background.

Tour will include Digital Route maps, bed and breakfast, luggage transfer, Bikes,Helmets and locks,  24/7 phone support for the duration of your stay, full advice for arrival and departure travel arrangements. 

See full Itinerary heading  for details

We've selected high quality hotels and guesthouses to suit your budget. 

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU NEED TO AMEND THE DURATION OF THIS TOUR

Airport Transfer to Maynooth - From Dublin Airport  - 40mts /    From Shannon  Airport - 2hrs 20mts /  From Knock Airport - 2hrs 10mts / Belfast International Airport - 2hrs 10mts.

Please contact us for prices and information  on Airport transfer.

 Accommodation in the West  of Ireland can book out very quickly, so its advisable  to book early

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in the historic town of Maynooth. 

Discover the ancient east with your first stop at the historic and vibrant town of Maynooth. A university town in north County Kildare,  St Patrick's College and Maynooth castle are notable attractions.


Day 2 -Maynooth – Mullingar /  60km 

Depart Maynooth and take the  Royal Canal traffic free route and stop for lunch  at 34km at the Hill of the Down, continue on for a further 26km to your overnight stop off in Mullingar. If time permits a visit to Belvedere house is highly recommended,  just a 25 minute cycle outside Mullingar town. This is a magnificent 160 acre lakeside estate with a fully restored Georgian Villa.


 Day 3 Mullingar - Cloondara  /  Tarmonbarry 60km - 

Depart Mullingar following signs for the Royal Canal greenway to Cloondara. The second  part  of the greenway trail  traverses through  the lovely villages of Abbeyshrule and Kenagh Village  -  stop  off for Coffee in 2Mugs Coffee  in Mosstown Harbour.  Cycle on  for a further 14km to the picturesque Richmond harbour and the end of the Royal Canal trail in Cloondara. Stay at this beautifull harbour or 2kms away at the beautifull village  of Tarmonbarry located  on the banks of Irelands longest River the Shannon.


DAY 4  - Tarmonbarry  to Westport - Car or bus journey  (120km  - 1hr 35mts travel time)

Depart Cloondara and Tarmonbarry for a bus or car drive through Irelands Hidden Heartlands to  one of Irelands best tourist towns Westport. Recently voted the best place in Ireland to live - it offers plenty for visitors to experience and enjoy, such as Westport House and a beautiful sheltered harbour. This delightfully laid out town boasts elegant Georgian streetscapes with stunning views of Croagh Patrick.


Day 5 - Cycle  44 kms from Westport to Achill Sound

Collect your bike in the local Bike hire shop  and join the Greenway for the start of your 44km cycle to Achill Island. The first stop at 12 km is the picturesque town of Newport. Continue on for  a further 18km for your recommended  lunch stop in Mulranny.  After lunch cycle the final 14km  and experience the full beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way . Stop in  Achill sound for your 2 night stay. 


Day 6   - Achill Island  -  ( This part of the tour is optional as cycling is done on normal roads. You have the choice to cycle back to Westport and continue the traffic free tour)

Achill is Irelands largest offshore island and joined to the mainland by a bridge at Achill Sound. Half of the island is a Gaeltacht region.  The island has some of the highest and most spectacular sheer cliff faces in Europe. Achill is dotted with small villages and is famous for its magnificent sandy blue flag beaches.  Cycling along the  quiet lanes and trails is the  perfect way to explore the full beauty of this Island delight.

ACHILL CYCLE LOOPS

Achill Cycle hub offers 3  marked on road cycle routes ranging in distance from 12km to 44km.  Each cycle route offers breath taking views off the west coast off Mayo and Achill Island . Numerous picnic stops are dotted along the route as well as a number of local public  houses and restaurants.


There are buses and taxis that leave for Westport  (half hour journey) where  you can catch trains and buses to most of the major Airports.

Please contact us if you would like to extend your stay and we can accommodate you. Alternatively we can arrange taxi transfer or information for bus and rail if your plan is to depart.

Accommodation

Please contact us for more information on hotels, B&Bs and guest houses.

Pricing

From €1100 Per person

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