Travel back in time on this jaw-dropping adventure through the heart of rural Ireland. Over six spectacular days of riding you’ll experience the very best of what this unique landscape has to offer, starting in the thriving market town of Ennis and finishing in picturesque Atlantic inlet of Westport.
Marvel at the country’s most visited tourist attraction – the imposing Cliffs of Moher and the bustling seaside towns of Lahinch and Doolin, before making your way north through the Burren National Park along the Wild Atlantic Way to the City of the Tribes, Galway where you will spend two nights soaking up the atmosphere after experiencing two of the most beautiful routes through Connemara National Park on days four and five. The tour concludes in Co. Mayo via Kylemore Abbey, Killary Fjord and finally Westport, where a pint of Guinness awaits to toast the end of an amazing adventure!
This is a flexible itinerary offering riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.
Arrival in Shannon
Warm-up ride, Ennis-Ennis, 29 km, 157 m
Ennis to Doolin, 55 km, 528 m
Doolin to Galway, 81 km, 570 m
Galway Loop, 96 km, 712 m
Galway to Clifden, 119 km, 701 m
Clifden to Westport, 99 km, 841 m
Transfer to Dublin, departure.
Yes! The Tour of Ireland’s Rugged West Coast is for anyone who enjoys cycling and would like to indulge in Irish culture. Riders are welcome to take climbs at their own pace and will enjoy the full backup of an Eat Sleep Cycle support vehicle and team.
The support vehicle will never be from the group should you wish to take a break, making this tour accessible for Level 2 (Intermediate) riders. For Level 1 (Leisure) riders consider an electric bike or talk to us about the shorter rides available. We are experienced at adjusting rides to suit different rider levels within a group. Please give us a call if you have any doubts or questions.
We can customise the ride itinerary for groups of 6 or more riders and make this a custom camp.
Rides are fully supported by our team of guides and vehicles.
The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water. On longer days the team will serve a roadside lunch – a time efficient pit stop with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fruit & veg to keep you energized and feeling healthy all week.
Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of Cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Leaders know the region well and speak the local language.
Mechanical support will be close by at all times.
Enjoy meals and ride nutrition tailored especially for cyclists.
Start the day with a breakfast buffet at the hotel to prepare for a spectacular day in the saddle. Stay fuelled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle. Cafe & lunch stops are at your own expense and will be at local cafes along the way.
Dinner is included on three of the six nights. Choose from our recommended restaurants over the course of the week or explore the area and see where your taste buds take you!
Stay in the best accommodation in the region, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep ahead of the next day’s ride.
There are 6 nights accommodation included in the tour, in 3* or 4* hotels (or equivalent comfort level!).
Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.
Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike. All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes.
RIDLEY ENDURANCE BIKE
RIDLEY CLIMBING BIKE
ORBEA ELECTRIC ROAD BIKE
Meeting Point: The meet point for the tour is Shannon Airport at 10am on Day 1 of the tour.
Choose to fly in to Shannon Airport or Dublin Airport.
Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3*/4* Hotels and guesthouses.
Food: Breakfast & 3 nights’ dinner included
Bike Hire: Optional (from €127)
Transfers: Return group transfer to Shannon Airport
Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.
Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.
Absolutely brilliant service, Edward, Peter and Gethin were absolutely superb... The bikes were top class and just a totally professional outfit.. Thanks Brian.Claire Mcgonigle
I loved traveling with ESC and would book another trip with them - for sure! The emphasis was about having fun and achieving our goals as a group. The guides were safe, easy to get to know and encouraging throughout the rides. The support was amazing! We had plenty of food, snacks and drinks along the ride and Lee and his team were totally accommodating to riders of all levels. The hotels were great and meals excellent. Really - nothing negative to say except that they are not located in the USA so I can’t use their company more frequently. I guess I have to get back to Europe! Thanks Lee and Team. What a trip!!C.S
I just finished a bespoke trip with the crew from ESC. It was the most amazing cycling I've ever done in my life. The trip with worth every penny. Everything from the routes, support, and hotels were planned with such thought and care. Looking forward to many more trips with ESC!Jennifer Oh
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