Mid West Tour
Rock of Cashel
This is where your adventure begins. We have two pick up points for our Mid West Tour. One in Dublin Carlton Airport hotel and the second at Shannon Airport.
Dublin pick up point - We will meet you at the hotel and after a short briefing and introduction, we head south west.
As the journey is a little over 3 hours, we will be stopping off for lunch in Tipperary and visit the World famous Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster and reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
After lunch, it's a straight run to Ennis, County Clare where your hotel equipped with health spa awaits you.
Shannon Airport - Our crew will meet you at the airport at a pre determined time and drive you directly to your hotel in Ennis to join up with your fellow guests. Journey time 45 mins.
We host a dinner on the first and last night of each tour. The dinner is a great way to get to know each other a little bit and also run through the schedule for week ahead.
Our first day of cycling. We drive for 45 minutes to the town of Kilkee. It's from here we start our journey along the Wild Atlantic Way through a landscape like no other. At times you will feel you are cycling on another planet, Welcome to The Burren.
What first hits you is the silence. It’s a silence as layered as the undulating landscape itself, filled with the riches of Irish history; of aeons of stories, told and untold.
All around you is pale grey stone ribboned with crags and crevices; miniature cliffs spread like mosaics as far as the horizon; and a microcosm of Ireland’s wildlife thrives.
Unsurprisingly, the Burren has been the source and site of symbolism and settlement since time immemorial. Perhaps most famous is Poulnabrone, a gravity-defying portal dolmen that’s perched here for over 5,800 years, guarding the remains of 22 people buried over the course of six centuries.
Last stop, The Cliffs Of Moher where the sea spray fills the air with the invigorating freshness of the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s hard not to feel as though you’re braving the ocean from the prow of a magnificent ship. To make the most of the magic, nothing quite beats a wind-whipped trek across the cliff top to finish off your first day with with Braking Away Irish Cycling Tours.,
Ring Of Kerry
Cliffs of Moher
Spin to Galway
Day three and we continue our journey along the Wild Atlantic Way and head for Galway. Today we will be spinning along a scenic coastline and passing through the towns of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna on the way.
Doolin is the home of traditional Irish music and boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. Lisdoonvarna is famous for its music and festivals. One festival above all has made this town famous around the world. The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking festival is held each year and is one of Europe’s largest singles match-making festival of romance.
After lunch we will stop off at the the Ailwee Caves. One of the oldest caves in Ireland, the tour consists of a 30-minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor.
Once back in the outside world, next stop is Galway. The city is wild and bohemian, and at the same time full of culture, artistry, exceptional food and music. Ireland’s great traditions of hospitality have their place in the city too, with turf fires and traditional music featuring in many of the city’s pubs.
Ring of Kerry
Galway to Clifden
Clifden to Westport
Great Western Greenway
After a well overdue lie in, it's finally time to pack the bikes away, put on something that does not contain lycra and head for the hills. But this time on four wheels. Both support vehicles will return to Dublin, however if you have alternative arrangements. Please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.
All we ask is that you keep in touch. While our tour is over, we like to remain as a group. It's only a short trip of three hours to Dublin and we stop off in the city centre and the Carlton Airport Hotel.
It's never easy saying goodbye to our clients but we will have a page set up for you all to keep in contact and share your photos on. And hopefully we will see you again on our tours. You are always welcome back.