Local Loops

Satisfy your thirst for discovery and adventure on one of Connemara’s Cycle Loops. Cruise gently along the bog road, discover secluded beaches and simply breathe the fresh sea air. Starting in the delightful market town of Clifden, this is the perfect way to explore one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most scenic areas. Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Twelve Bens and with the tranquil coastline at your side, you might even catch a glimpse of the wild seals and leaping dolphins out at sea.

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20 Kilometres: 1.5+ hours

Overlooking Clifden Bay to the South and Streamstown Bay to the North, this route rises more than 150 m above sea level and has spectacular views of the Atlantic, the islands of Inishturk, Turbot and Clifden town. You will also see the ruin of Clifden Castle, former home of John D’Arcy who founded the town at the start of the 19th century. The terrain is relatively flat towards the end of the peninsula. Cyclists follow the coastline of the tranquil Streamstown Bay back towards the main road.

A spectacularly scenic cycle loop

When overlooking Clifden Bay, this rise to more than 150m above sea level has spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean and many of its Islands including: Inish Turbot, Turk, Ard Mór and beyond.
You will also see the old ruins of Clifden Castle, former home of John Darcy who founded the town at the start of the 19th century. This cycle brings you to secluded beaches and up close and personal with flora and fauna, wildlife and animals including the famed Connemara ponies, harbour and grey seals and not to mention the odd black faced sheep and maybe even a donkey.

Sky_Road_Loop

44 Kilometres: 3+ hours

On this route cyclists can take in the lovely natural wilderness of Derrigimlagh and Roundstone bogs. They will see the site of the crash-landing of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock & Brown in 1919, as well as the old Marconi transatlantic wireless station. Further on towards Ballyconneely, Coral Strand makes a lovely photo stop. At Roundstone, one of the oldest fishing villages in Ireland, cyclists can experience the local fishermen’s’ catch of the day direct from its busy harbour. Nearby cyclists can also visit the stunning beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay with their pristine white sands and azure waters. On the coast road there are fine views and generally gentle gradients.

Self guided tour

Around every corner of every bend you can find the the most magical vista or featured fora, making the day out, special and yours. On a self guided tour you travel at your pace and time, to stop at the most amazing beaches, perhaps take a picnic looking out at the most alluring views and take in a deep breath of Connemara fresh air to rejuvenate the soul.

18 Kilometres: 1.5+ hours

The Errislannan Loop, located just south of Clifden, is a peaceful route with lots of water and stone as it winds around the Errislannan Peninsula amidst the rugged Connemara terrain. Ascending steadily uphill, it offers splendid views of Clifden Bay and showcases landmarks such as the Owenglen meeting the ocean and the awe-inspiring Alcock & Brown memorial, which provides a sweeping panoramic outlook over the Roundstone bogs and lakes. 

The Errislannan loop connects to the wonderful Derrigimlagh Site which is a unique historical and natural site. It holds significant cultural and environmental importance. Once a thriving hub of Marconi transatlantic wireless telegraphy, it now preserves remnants of the early 20th-century communication technology. The site also witnessed the crash landing of Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919, marked by a commemorative sculpture. Derrigimlagh boasts diverse flora and fauna, including rare bird species, amidst its blanket bogs and heathlands. Visitors can explore its rich heritage through walking trails, interpretive panels, and immersive experiences, making it a fascinating destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.



Claddaghduff loop

33 Kilometers: 3 to 6 hours

This route travels north to the rocky Connemara coast around Cleggan, following the fringes of Streamstown Bay. The route passes Omey Island and cyclists can opt to visit this small island on foot when the tide is out. Near the fishing village of Cleggan, visitors can climb Cleggan Head with spectacular views of Inishbofin, Inishturk, Clare Island and the Twelve Bens. From Cleggan, a mountain road climbs gradually through a forested area before a speedy descent back down to the town.

Sky Road Loop

16 Kilometers: 1 to 2 hours

When overlooking Clifden Bay, this rise to more than 150m above sea level has spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean and many of its Islands including: Inish Turbot, Turk, Ard Mór and beyond.
You will also see the old ruins of Clifden Castle, former home of John Darcy who founded the town at the start of the 19th century. This cycle brings you to secluded beaches and up close and personal with flora and fauna, wildlife and animals including the famed Connemara ponies, harbour and grey seals and not to mention the odd black faced sheep and maybe even a donkey.

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