You will be picked up from Dublin and dropped off in Ennis where your cycle adventure begins. You'll have all day to get settled into your accommodation and explore the town of Ennis, a bustling town set on both sides of the River Fergus. Check out some of the local attractions before you start your cycle adventure such as the medieval friary ruins or the Clare Museum, where you can learn all about Irish history and culture. Ennis is the capital of Co. Clare and has many wonderful pubs and restaurants to keep you entertained in the evening.
Overnight : Ennis
Restaurant Suggestion: Town Hall Cafe
Enjoy this first day of cycling which will take you across flat green pastures to the west coast of Ireland. We have chosen quiet country back roads which rarely see much traffic so you can settle into your cycle. Arrive to Spanish Point known for surfers by its big waves. Spanish Point was named after the Spanish who died here in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during storm weather.
Distance: 27 miles / 3.5 - 4hrs
Overnight : Spanish Point
Restaurant Suggestion: Johnny Burkes
Leaving this wonderful place full of history you will reach Lahinch, a town that has been continually whipped by the Atlantic storms. Cross through a golf club to see the Dough Castle ruins, which was built in 1306 by the O’Connors. Visit the village of Liscannor, where the inventor of the submarine, JP Holland was born. Thehighlight expected by all has come and it's time to enjoy the Cliffs of Moher. These enormous cliffs over 656 ft high and are one of the icons of Ireland. They are not only famous by the impressive scenery, but also for being home to a multitude of animals. At the end of the day, arrive in Doolin, the beating heart of Co. Clare and for many people the Irish traditional music capital.
Distance: 26 miles / 3.5 - 4hrs
Restaurant Suggestion: Roadford House Restaurant, Doolin Cafe
Early in the morning head the harbour to catch the ferry to the Aran Islands- the biggest one in particular,Inishmore, where you'll bring your bike on the ferry with you. This island is famous for his strong Irish culture. The ferry arrives in Kilronan, where you’ll start your cycling tour. Following the road along the north coast of the island you get the Kilmurvey Beach and after Dun Aoghasa, the most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands. It is on Inishmore, at the edge of a 328 ft cliff. Once you have seen this amazing megalithic monument you can enjoy a cycle loop of the entire island and its abundance of wildlife before you come back to Kilronan to return to Doolin by ferry, where you’ll sleep this night again.
Distance: 17 miles / 1.5hrs
Restaurant Suggestion : McGann’s
Today's cycle is a loop route which will lead you back to our favorite village of Doolin and saves you packing and unpacking for a third day. Out of Doolin, cycle up along this amazing limestone covered coastline with the wild Atlantic at your side. There are plenty of sites and points of interest along this initial leg like Doolin Cave or the birds of pray exhibition. You can also stop for a dip at Fenore beach. Onward to black head through Ballyvaughan which is a good lunch stop and you will make your way to Poulnabrune Dolmen(4200BC). This dolmen is the burial site of a local Chieftain and a wondrous site to see. On to the world famous village of Lisdoonvarna where a matchmaking festival takes place each summer before you find yourself back to Doolin. Take a boat ride along the Cliffs of Moher or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not kayak along them!
Distance: 36 miles / 4 - 4.5 hrs
Restaurant Suggestion: O’Lockainn’s Pub
Sometimes it’s a good idea to stop to take in the local atmosphere and Doolin is just the place to do that. There are so many things to do here from horse riding, caving, hiking, kayaking or you can see a different side to the Cliffs of Moher with a boat trip along it’s base. You can also decide to just take it easy and lay back for the day. Whatever you decide, today will be yours to own. Remember, you’re in Ireland so wasting time is not time wasted!
Overnight : Doolin
Restaurant Suggestion: Fitzpatricks
Out of Doolin for the last time and on to other adventures for the day head. Cycle inland into the heart of the Burren National Park with amazing limestone mountains at every turn. Your route will take you through valley’s full of flora and fauna that can only be found in this part of the country. Many call this part of Ireland, ‘the fertile rock. It may seem like a wild rocky place, but if you look closely you’ll find the most beautiful wild flowers in all of Ireland. The locals here are friendly so don’t be afraid to say hello and get involved, you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
Distance: 29 miles / 3.5 - 4hrs
Overnight : Kinvarra
Restaurant Suggestion: Hyland’s Burren Restaurant
In the afternoon a day tour coach from Dublin will be stopping in Kinvarra to pick you up for your journey back to Dublin after this wonderful wild Atlantic two wheeled adventure.