Language: English and Gaelic
Size: 27,136 square miles (70,283 square kilometers) – about the size of Indiana
Border countries: United Kingdom
National tourist office: www.discoverireland.ie
At a glance
Ireland has a long and storied history, and the rich culture embraces both the triumphs and struggles of this ancient land. From the earliest Celtic inhabitants to invasions, religious struggles, and seven centuries of Anglo-Irish conflict, the Irish spirit remains alive today in this land of spectacular landscapes and friendly people.
Ireland's lush landscapes provide the backdrop for charming villages, sprawling acres of grazing animals, and ancient and medieval ruins. The endless green hills unfold across the island to dramatic coastal cliffs. The glens and rivers offer a mystical feel to the storied countryside, while Ireland’s thriving cities offer the best of modern amenities and old European character. Visitors are often welcomed in pubs and taverns to enjoy hearty fare, a good pint, and, with any luck, a bit of traditional Irish music.
Why cyclists love it
Ireland bike tours make the most of the spectacular scenery on this lush, green island. The views of the Irish countryside from your bike saddle are among the best available for a European bicycle tour. Cycle alongside Ireland's rocky shores and make stops in charming fishing villages along the way. Accommodations on Ireland cycling tours often include friendly inns and bed and breakfasts, while seafood restaurants are abundant along the trail. There’s no better way to experience the breathtaking landscapes and legendary hospitality of its people than on a cycling holiday in Ireland.
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The Connemara region of Ireland crosses several counties of western Ireland and features the best of the lovely country, from beaches and coves by the sea to mountain ranges stretching along the horizon.
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This tour is specifically designed for independent travelers, who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend relaxing lazy days along the way for in-depth explorations of the various cultural and natural attractions of the wonderful Connemara region. Connemara - the western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches. It is also a land of great contrast from mountain to sea.
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This circle offers families with children (above the age of 8 years) independent cycling in fantastic settings, the opportunity to discover the many untouched places at their own pace and leisure. Starting any day of the week, this is a truly independent program. The average mileage is around 20 km for the children to enjoy their holiday as well as the parents.
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This is wonderful tour for independent travelers, who wish for a cycling tour in Ireland with longer distances each day. The tour is for the more advanced and avid cyclists wanting to enjoy the Irish country side on least traveled road. Destinations visited include landscapes of immense beauty like Delphi Valley, Lough Corrib, the Renvyle Peninsula, but also charming towns like Westport, and Cong.
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