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MTB – The Lord of the Rings Burren Tour

Join us for our relaxing and mystical Lord of the Rings Burren Tour and find out why the Burren inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings!

We will meet you bright and early in Doolin, outside McDermott’s Pub where we will get you familiarized with our route for the day and also get you fitted for your bike and helmet.  We will then get you into our van to head up to our starting point, just north of Doolin, at the start of the ancient Burren Way green road.

From our starting point, we will be able to see down to the Cliffs of Moher, over to the Aran Islands and north to the Connemara and the Mayo coastline. The ancient road provides us with a quiet cycle in the Burren limestone landscape with only cattle and horses as our companions.

The beginning of our route takes us past the Faunarooska Castle, an ancient round tower dating back to 1641, which unfortunately has collapsed over time.

We follow the Burren Way trail deeper into the Burren and the karst landscape, taking in the stunning scenery surrounding us before we head down into the beautiful Caher Valley. At the entrance to the valley lies St. Patrick’s Church, which was built in 1870. Across from the church is were we can take a breather by the crystal clear Caher River and take in the surroundings.

The Caher Valley houses a vast number of ancient sites that we will get to see along the way, these include; a fulacht fiadh or cooking place just down past the bridge to the south of the road; the crude, penal chapel of Fermoyle which lies on the northern side, further on and 100 yards uphill – within it are a bullaun stone and an altar slab; and the famine village of  Caherbannagh where only the foundations and hearths are visible. Ring forts are found throughout the Valley as well.

As we leave the Caher Valley we will go through the Khyber Pass, so named by the British Military, with staggering views of the surrounding countryside and glimpses of the sea.

After a short cycle on the main road, we head back off onto the trails, this time the Black Head Loop. We cycle up and over until we reach the tip of the coastline where we have a change to get off the bikes and explore a bit by foot. This trail gives us amazing views in Galway Bay and beyond.

Then it’s back on the bikes and on to Fanore Beach, a site of special conservation, where we can take a breather on the sandy beach which is home to golden sand dunes, storm beaches of boulders, rocks rich in ancient marine fossils as well as flora, birdlife, butterflies and moths. After a bit of exploration, we pack up and get into the van and head for home.

We have one last treat in store for you on the drive home, as we take the scenic Coast Road back to Doolin – views of the sea as well as the Cliffs of Moher rising out of the waves will cap off your day with us in the Burren, giving you lasting memories to take away from your visit to Ireland.

NOTE: To book, please contact us directly – or call us on +353 (0) 85 119 5489.

Check out our further details below!

  • Free pick up/drop off from Doolin
  • Price includes a guide & use of our top of the range Lapierre Raid 729 mountain bikes, helmets,  & support vehicle
  • We can accommodate families and children (some restrictions on younger children or those with no experience)
  • We can put together packages for team building, stags, hens, family groups with our sister company North Clare Sea Kayaking, and accommodation providers and restaurants


What to Bring – visit What to Bring for a more comprehensive listing

  • Snack & drink & picnic lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate clothing (rain jacket, warm sweater, good shoes, cycling gloves etc)
  • Change of clothing (socks, shorts & t-shirt)
  • Camera
  • Small rucksack


Approx 20 km/12 miles




3.5 Hours



Start Elevation:

40 Meters

Max Elevation:

335 Meters


218 meters