Best of the West
Enjoy the very best the west of Ireland has to offer with our combined "Bike and Hike" tour. Breathe in the salty sea air as you cycle through some of the most spectacular scenery on the "Wild Atlantic Way". Fill your lungs with the delicate floral perfumes of the Irish wildflowers as you cycle along a network of quiet bóithríns (country lanes). Then receive a foot massage from Mother Nature as you walk along one of the many secluded soft sandy beaches. Enjoy a total sense of freedom as you walk through a landscape steeped in 6,000 years of history.
Hiking to special places over the horizon, to experience amazing beauty that is the very soul of Ireland.
You will be based on the Wild Atlantic Way in the vibrant towns and villages of Ballina, Mulranny, and Achill Island.
Upcoming Tour Dates
All on hold pending COVID19 update
Price per person
Collection day 1 - Westport Train Station
A medium level of fitness required
“I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland.”
Day 1 - Westport & Mulranny, Clew Bay
Your guide will meet you at Westport train station and whisk you away to the 4 star Mulranny Park Hotel where we will have a briefing on our trip. You are steps away from the sand and sea of the Mulranny beach where you may wish to take a stroll before our first evening together, enjoying a delicious meal in the hotel's award winning restaurant - the perfect opportunity to get to know each other.
Day 2 - Wild Heather on Nephin Beg Mountains
Day 3 - Cycle the Great Western Greenway
This morning we will cycle along the Great Western Greenway. Starting at Platform 1 outside the old railway station, we will cycle along a tree clad trail that follows the old railway line towards Achill, Ireland's largest offshore island.
Our base for the next 2 nights is a cosy guesthouse on the sandy shores of Keel Bay, the perfect spot to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 4 - Deserted Village of Achill Island
Day 5 - Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park
Leaving the island behind, we will drive north on the Wild Atlantic Way. Our journey hugs the coast of Bellacragher Bay (Bay of the Plunderer) alongside mountains that have shielded Erris from the rest of the world for thousands of years. We will take a walk on the shoreline where pirates once roamed and stop at Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park cafe to enjoy a home cooked lunch with magnificent views. We then continue north to the vibrant town of Ballina situated on the banks of the River Moy, our base for the final leg of our adventure.
Day 6 - Queen Maeve's Knocknarea
Today we venture to the ancient landscape of county Sligo as we drive along the coastline, you will notice a hill dominating the skyline - this is the "hill of the kings" aka Knocknarea. We will hike to the summit where the giant rocky cairn of Queen Meabh's tomb stands proudly. This ancient burial site is thought to conceal a neolithic passage tomb. The panoramic views here will take your breath away and prepare us for our farewell meal "fit for a king" back in Ballina.
Day 7 - Ballina Salmon Capital of Ireland
On our final morning we will enjoy a leisurely walk through the magical woodlands of Belleek beside the fairytale castle on the banks of the River Moy.