Clare West Coast & The Burren cycle vacation Ireland
It is hard to find a region in Ireland that captures some of the finest coastal scenery, inland charms, historic monuments & dramatic landscape contrasts as those found in the county of Clare. Bordered by the Shannon River to the east and south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Galway Bay to the north – Clare gives all the beauty and splendour found in all of Ireland – in one small area. Taking time to cycle & walk this region will give you the greatest insight into just what it is that makes Ireland so unique.
Day 1 - Arrival Day - today’s distance 25km / 15ml
Arrive in Ennis and check into your B&B. Collect your bicycle, Information Pack with Route Description and map from the proprietor. If you have time take the short circular cycle to Quin and Knappogue Castle returning to Ennis for your overnight.
Day 2 - Ennis to Kilrush - today’s distance 50km / 31ml
Leaving Ennis for Kilrush you cycle along the north shore of the mighty Shannon River Estuary which hosts beautiful views over North Kerry and Scattery Island. The town of Kilrush has a wonderful marina and offers the opportunity to enjoy a boat trip over to the prized Scattery Island boasting a wonderful monastic settlement dating back to St. Senan.
Day 3 - Kilrush to Spanish Point - today’s distance 40km / 25ml
Today you follow the route of the old West Clare Railway as you cycle along the coastline of this rugged Atlantic county. Threading your way through magnificent coastal scenery your destination today is the hamlet of Spanish Point.
Day 4 - Spanish Point to Doolin - today’s distance 36km / 22ml
From Spanish Point you cycle along one of the most famous routes in Ireland. A beautiful coastal road takes you to the village of Lahinch and then on to the world famous Cliffs of Moher before reaching your overnight stop in the little village of Doolin, famous for its Irish music.
Day 5 - Free Day
Today is given as a Free Day to relax and enjoy the locality – or avail of the opportunity to visit one of the wonderful Aran Islands.
Day 6 - Doolin to Gort - today’s distance 48km / 30ml
Leaving Doolin you cycle north to Black Head along the shores of Galway Bay before turning southeast through the Burren region. The area hosts the famous "moonscape" that is incredible to see & harbours some of Ireland’s most historical landmarks. Cycling on you head for the lovely market town of Gort and your stopover for the night.
Day 7 - Gort to Ennis - today’s distance 50km / 30ml
Returning to the unique landscapes of the Burren you leave Gort and cycle through Mullaghmore, Leamanch Castle, and other mystical sounding places on a network of backroads as you return to Ennis for your last overnight.
After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.
The above cycle details are a guideline and all distances may vary according to your chosen route.
Should you wish to extend your holiday - we recommend the following extra days, which are suitable for rest days: -
Day 2 Stay an extra day in Kilrush to enjoy some of the local sights - or to take a boat trip over to the famous Scattery Island.
Day 5 Stay an extra day in Doolin to give yourself a better opportunity to see more of the Aran Islands or have more time at the Cliffs of Moher.