Arrival day: Ennis. You’ll start our tour from Ennis, a pleasant village in County Clare with an 11th century Friary at its center. You will want to arrive in time to visit the museum in town, which gives a good introduction to the region.
Doolin. You begin cycling from Ennis north to county Clare through the region known as the Burren, where megalithic tombs, stone forts and castles are in abundance.
Distance: 49 km, elevation gain 470 m or 60 km, gain 623 m.*
Doolin. You’ll cycle the coastal road to Ballyvaughan; we recommend enjoying lunch at a traditional café in this village. Options for the return are either along the Burren Way or via Lisdoonvarna. The famed Cliffs of Moher are a short ride from Doolin also, which you can see late afternoon or early next day before you cross to the Aran Islands.
Distance: 69 km, elevation gain 692 m or 56 km, gain 560 m.*
Aran Island. Inishmore. Ferry to Aran Islands. No visit to this part of Ireland would be complete without a visit to Inishmore, where horse-drawn carriages transport luggage and everyone (including the locals) ride bikes.
Distance: 12 km, or 29 km, with Cliffs of Moher option.*
Inishimore. Enjoy a full day on Inismore with a chance to visit Dun Aengus; this stone fort is one of the finest example of Iron age building in Europe. Spend a typical Irish evening in the pubs in Kilronan.
Distance: 13 km or 23 km, elevation gain 53 m.*
Cashel. After a short ferry ride to Rosaveel, you will continue past monastic remains in lush countryside on rural roads to Cashel.
Distance: 37 km, or 62 km.*
Cashel. Your ride continues to Clifden, under the dramatic Twelve Bens mountains. Along the way, you will visit Roundstone, where the bodhran instruments are still made by hand and a loop ride along Skye Road, arguably one of the the most scenic routes in Ireland.
Distance: 58 km, 72 km or 102 km.*
Linger before departure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
"Many thanks to Eve Cabanel for setting up a great trip, and for being incredibly helpful with all my questions and backup information. Your personal help was invaluable. It was a good trip and I am glad I went. The route descriptions were quite accurate, and the restaurant recommendations accurate and good to boot. Again thank you for your help throughout this trip."
- A. Rosen