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All TIOs in the West provide lists of suggested cycling tours. The only guided bus tours in the region, which take in the main sights of Connemara (€20), start from Galway and Westport and run only between June and September. Book at the bus station or tourist office. Lally Tours runs a day tour through Connemara and County Mayo. O'Neachtain Day Tours operates full-day tours of Connemara, also €20. The Galway Tour Company offers a Connemara tour that takes in Clifden, Kylemore Abbey, and Cong, the famed location of the classic movie The Quiet Man. Tickets can be purchased from the Galway tourist information office or on the tour bus. Michael Gibbons Walking Ireland in Clifden organizes everything from daylong mountain treks to weeklong holidays. Also based in Clifden, Connemara Safari Walking Holidays offers five- and seven-day residential walking holidays starting in either Clifden or Westport. They specialize in "island hopping" and remote-island hikes. Croagh Patrick Walking Holidays runs weeklong walking holidays between April and September, based in B&B accommodations near Westport; contact Gerry Greensmyth. Connemara Adventure Tours offers a range of self-guided or customized tours for walkers, cyclists, golfers, and horseback riders. Groups of 8 to 16 people participate in three-, four-, or seven-day programs, staying in a comfortable B&B near Westport, or traveling to a new destination each night with luggage transfer. Walk Clare Island, climb Diamond Hill, or gallop along a sandy beach on Clew Bay. Clew Bay Bike Hire organizes cycling breaks and guided day-long cycle tours in the Westport area, as well as speedboat rides, sea kayaking, wake boarding, bungee jumps, and other adventure activities. Their most popular product however is day hire of electric bicycles that take the hard work out of cycling. They also offer a free drop-off and pick-up service via minibus and cycle trailer, invaluable if the weather takes a turn.

Tours

Clew Bay Bike Hire and Outdoor Adventures (Distillery Rd., Westport, Co. Mayo. 098/37675. www.clewbayoutdoors.ie.)

Connemara Adventure Tours (Killary Adventure Centre, Leenane, Co. Galway. 095/42276. www.connemaraadventuretours.com.)

Croagh Patrick Walking Holidays (Belclare, Westport, Co. Mayo. 098/26090. www.walkingguideireland.com.)

Galway City TIO (Forster Pl., Center, Galway City, Co. Galway. 091/537–700. discoverireland.ie/places-to-go/Galway.)

Galway Tour Company (091/566–566. www.galwaytourcompany.com.)

Lally Tours (091/562–905. www.lallytours.com.)

Michael Gibbons Walking Ireland (Market St., Clifden, Co. Galway. 095/21379. www.walkingireland.com.)

O'Neachtain Day Tours (091/553–188. www.ontours.biz.)

Connemara Safari Walking Holidays (Sky Rd., Clifden, Co. Galway. 095/21071. www.walkingconnemara.com.)

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