Ireland: County Clare
Between the Shannon River and Galway Bay
September 16 – 25, 2019
$4,200 (double occupancy); $500 single supplement
Pickup and drop-off at the Shannon airport
Cradled between the ocean and the River Shannon, this route through western Ireland unveils the county’s outstanding natural beauty. On this trip, you will explore the County Clare and end with a visit to the attractive market town of Ennis.
You’ll ride from Kilkee in the Spanish Point (where the Spanish Armada washed ashore in 1588) to Lisdoonvarna (known for its lively music scene) to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. These awe-inspiring ocean views will bring us to the edge of the Burren.
This rich historical region is brimming with siteseeing opportunity. Monuments dating back 5000 years, such as the Poulnabrone Dolmen, the epic Cliffs of Moher, Spanish Point, and quaint towns like Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan and Ennis.
Bicycling in this country is a delight; the ocean is never far away. It might rain or be windy, but the sun always shines in the pub!
Moderate riding, averaging 30 to 35 miles per day with a few rougher roads.
Trip price includes 6 dinners and all breakfasts, accommodations in 4-star hotels in Kilkee, Spanish Point, Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughn and Ennis.
Arrival and Departure
Pick up and drop-off at the Shannon airport.
Day by Day
Kilkee (2 nights): Cycle to the cliffs south of Kilkee for magnificent ocean views.
Spanish Point (2 nights): Learn about the history, walk the beach, enjoy our lovely hotel.
Lisdoonvarna (1 night): Enjoy the local Irish music in one of the many pubs in Lisdoonvarna, visit the Cliffs of Moher.
Ballyvaughn (2 nights): Cycle along the ocean and the Galway Bay, ride into the Burren to see the Poulnabrone dolmen.
Ennis (2 nights): Ride inland to a changing scenery, enjoy lively Ennis with a great central hotel; go shopping or enjoy live music.