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Mid West Tour

7 Days 6 Nights

 
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What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation in 4* hotels

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner on all 7 days.

  • Fully supported tour with dedicated cycling guide and vehicle support

  • Luggage transfers each day

  • Transfers to and from Dublin (one location).

  • Snacks and drinks on the road

  • Mechanical support

  • GPX files supplied

  • Braking Away Bidon and t- shirt.

What's not included

  • Flights

  • Single room occupancy (all prices are based on shared room with one other rider)

  • Alcoholic or mineral beverages

  • Bike rental

  • Travel, bicycle or personal insurance cover

  • Transport to pick up point.

Location

County Clare/Galway

Mayo

Difficulty/Terrain*

Dates

June/

July/August

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Accommodation

4* Hotels

Duration

7 days 6 nights 

(5 days cycling).

Elevation

2041m

Rates

from €1,800

Distance

348km

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Gallery

*Difficulty/Terrain - see our guide
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Rock of Cashel

 Day One 

   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

   That evening, you will be introduced to our crew and will be given a full briefing of the week ahead. The dinner is a great way to get to know each other and prepare for the week ahead.

 Day Two 

75km Elevation Gain 667m

   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.,

The Burren

The Burren

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Cliffs of Moher

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Spin to Galway

 Day Three 

69km Elevation Gain 465m

   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. 

 Day Four 

75km Elevation Gain 403m

   The next two days will bring us into the heart of Connemara. Famed for it’s wild natural beauty, Connemara is a very popular holiday region on the west coast of Ireland.
   The sea and the mountains are both inescapable with no part of Connemara being far from either. The combination of the mountains, the coastline and the bog-lands provide visitors to the area with an abundance of places to see and things to do.

   Visitors are often in awe of the curious way that the light interacts with the landscape and this, along with the Atlantic maritime climate, ensures that no scene ever remains the same.

   Our destination today is the beautiful town of Clifden. The picturesque market town is nestled between the Twelve Bens mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of Clifden Bay.
   Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the town of Clifden is loved by all who visit. Clifden is populated with friendly and welcoming people and is well known for it’s history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality.

 

   

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Galway to Clifden

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Clifden to Westport

 Day Five 

66km Elevation Gain 505m

   Our favourite day of the tour has arrived. Today we will cycle through Connemara National Park, pass by the world famous Kylemore Abbey, spin along Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only true fjord that extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls. It forms the border between Galway and Mayo and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland.

   We will be stopping in Leenane for lunch. A village made famous by the oscar nominated film 'The Field'. The majority of the film was shot in and around the village. Leenane is a place of contrasts. Situated at the head of Killary harbour, it nestles under the Maamtrasna and Maamturk mountains on the Galway-Mayo border.

   The area has been inhabited since prehistory, evinced by ancient tombs and the potato ridges climbing the mountains. Leenane is famous for the stunning and varied beauty of its location.