Mid West Tour
7 Days 6 Nights
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
GPX files supplied
Braking Away Bidon and t- shirt.
What's not included
Single room occupancy (all prices are based on shared room with one other rider)
Alcoholic or mineral beverages
Travel, bicycle or personal insurance cover
Transport to pick up point.
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.
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.
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.,
Spin to Galway
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.
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.
Galway to Clifden
Clifden to Westport
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.
After lunch, it's a stunning cycle to the town of Westport. Bustling, vibrant, colourful and cultural, Westport rivals any Riviera town. It has a wild and rugged beach-laden coastline that is the envy of mainland Europe, the Clew Bay islands are more numerous than any exotic archipelago, and the seas are home to countless wildlife wonders, from basking sharks to humpback whales.
Our Hotel for tonight is situated 20km from Westport, The Breaffy House Resort. Guests are welcome to jump on board the support vehicle or cycle to their accommodation.
Our final day of cycling and we have a nice easy spin organised for you. We will be cycling Ireland's' second longest off road cycle path, The Great Western Green Way. The Greenway traverses Ireland’s Atlantic coast between Westport town and Achill Island and visits the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny (Mallaranny). It passes by some of the West of Ireland’s most dramatic mountains and offers magnificent views of Clew Bay and its many islands.
The Greenway itself is 42km in distance. This world class Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail, which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937.
We will then drive you back to the hotel where you will have the afternoon free to explore Westport town before we have a celebratory drink over dinner.
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.