In case you were wondering
If you’re thinking about taking a cycle holiday here on Ireland’s west coast, have a look through our Frequently Asked Questions to inform yourself of what you may need, what weather to prepare for etc. If you have any other questions, please go to our Contact page and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Do I need to be a bike expert?
Not even close! Most of our guests are people who haven’t rode a bike in years! Cyclists of all abilities are welcome to take part in the tour. We are sure you’re going to love it!!
Also, for those who haven’t gone for a bike ride in a little while, we’ll go over the basics again prior to departure. You’ll be shown hand signals, road position and safe stop/start techniques.
For any problems, the support vehicle is on hand. You won’t have to lift a finger!
What fitness levels are required to take part?
At West Coast Cycle Tours we want to share this rugged and beautiful coastline with as many people as possible. Our routes are designed to cater for varying fitness levels in individuals and groups and can be adjusted as we travel.
“A great variety of different activities with the opportunities to take a break depending on level of fitness / ability”
– Annika (Germany)
Most days will involve approximately 3 hours on the bike, together with moderately intense hiking trails and walks. There will be loads of time for breaks, coffee-stops and photographing!
Also, please advise us of any special medical requirements you may have. Information on any health conditions must be sent on to us together with any information on relevant medication you may be taking.
What is the weather like in Ireland?
You can’t have a country so green without a bit of rain! The Irish weather is changeable – you can go from a morning of rain and drizzle to an afternoon and evening of glorious sunshine. That said, during the summer the temperature shouldn’t drop to below the early teens (12 deg. C) and it rarely rises to above the late twenties (28 deg C).
We would always encourage you to be prepared for a change in the weather. We provide a light windbreaker high visibility jacket, which is ideal to keep you warm and dry. These are free of charge, though you may prefer to wear your own.
What should I wear while on tour?
As we’ve covered already, Ireland’s temperature varies from between 12 deg C to 28 deg C in the summertime and we can have some very changeable weather, though it is largely mild. So, we recommend rainwear be carried at all times and good comfortable walking shoes are brought. All extra clothing/towels/footwear can be easily stored away in the support vehicle, so bring along anything you might like to change into.
What type of bike do West Coast Cycle Tours provide?
We provide our guests with top class Trek 7.2 or 7.1 Hybrid bikes. These are custom fitted with Continental ballistic-proof tyres (to prevent risk of punctures), a padded, robust and waterproof front carrier bag (one-click removable, fitted with shoulder strap), waterproof map holder, rear snap-carrier, comfortable and safe BBB helmets, rain-proof high visibility jackets, front and rear mud-guards, water bottle, hand pump, reflectors and a repair kit.
These bikes are bought from new and specially modified for our tours. We just love them!
And just in case you’re concerned, our saddles are not the ultra thin racer saddles, they are a little bit more comfortable!
How do I find West Coast Cycle Tours?
Located just off the main Lahinch Road in Kilnamona, just outside of Ennis, we are quite easy to find. Only a 20 minute drive from Shannon Airport and even less from the nearest bus/railway station in Ennis, we are the ideal base for any travelling groups.
We will be in contact via email/phone prior to your arrival and we will organize the easiest place for you to find so that your West Coast Cycle Tours Guide can pick you up. We will provide pickups from Shannon Airport and Ennis Bus & Rail Station. Other pick up points can be arranged after you have booked.
What kind of insurance cover do West Coast Cycle Tours provide?
West Coast Cycle Tours provide full public liability for guests on our tours. We DO NOT provide health insurance. We strongly advise that you purchase full health insurance, including cover for repatriation. This insurance can be purchased through your travel agent or insurance agency.
What happens if I get lost?
We’d really like to think that you won’t! We will have talked you through your routes before you set off and we will provide you with a clear and easy to read map too. However, we all get a little lost from time to time! Simply call your guide – we have your enjoyment of the tour and your safety at heart – we will always be available to help.
How can I book a tour?
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes. Deposit payments are required to confirm a booking and this payment is non-refundable. The payment is made via our booking engine and the remaining balance can be paid in cash on arrival. Alternatively, you can pay 100% of the tour cost up front if you wish.
What if I need to cancel?
If unfortunately you need to cancel, please contact us as soon as you can to let us know. On cancellation of your cycling tour, you will surrender your deposit. If you have paid the full amount then we will refund you the balance. If you have paid the full cost and must cancel within 72 hours prior to commencement date of tour then you will surrender the full cost of your tour.
“Fantastic day spent touring with Enda! Very informative, enthusiastic and most of all great fun! I’d highly recommend a trip with Enda and West Coast Cycle Tours – one of the best day trips we’ve ever done!”Sandra and Seán (Tipperary, Ireland)