Ireland Vacation!

We’ve returned from our Ireland vacation. It was awesome. I’ll need several posts to cover everything we saw and did, but I’ll start with describing our route and logistical arrangements.

We arranged our self-guided cycling tour through a company called Irish Cycling Safaris. They now have tours in several countries through out Europe, but the company started in Ireland and they have the most routes there. I’d highly recommend doing this kind of tour to anyone considering a first cycling tour in Europe. They offer both guided group tours and self-guided tours. The self-guided tour was nice because we could spend as long as we wanted anywhere along our daily routes, and we weren’t constantly in a big pack of tourists.

The self guided tours include the bike rental, all accommodations (mostly in bed and breakfasts), and transport of our luggage from each lodging to the next.  The last feature, perhaps, offered the greatest convenience  as it allowed most of our clothes to stay dry most of the time, in addition to eliminating the need to carry all of our gear and clothes on the bikes.

We chose their route that went along the coast of County Clare, which is in the western part of Ireland. The route went approximately like this (starting in Ennis and going clockwise):

However, we ended in Galway and did not return to Ennis at the end.

We also considered going to the Cork/Kerry area, as that is my family’s ancestral homeland, but we chose Clare because it brought us close to the Aran Islands, which we wanted to visit, and it seemed to offer the greatest opportunities for hearing music in pubs. Additional things I wanted to see were the Cliffs of Moher (which are just south of Doolin on the map above), and ancient forts and tombs (which are scattered all over the country, but there are plenty of them in Clare, especially in the region called ‘The Burren’).

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One Comment on “Ireland Vacation!”

  1. Susan Says:

    Oh man that sounds like such a great vacation!

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