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16km 1+ hour This route offers miles and miles of single track in the most spectacular setting imaginable with outstanding views of mountains, lakes and forests all combined with big climbs and big descents. It is a circular way marked loop of around 16km with a little over 13km on single track. Parts of the trail are technical, steep and rocky and you need to know how to handle a bike over all kinds of terrain including exposed rock slabs, boulders, mud, roots, loose gravel and even elevated timber boardwalks. Please ensure that your bike is in good working order and always carry spare warm clothing, water and food. Always wear a helmet and be prepared for any eventuality. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to get back. Always ride within your abilities and take care. Courtesy of Coillte
8km 30min On this fabulous route you will get a chance to explore the island and visit all of its main attractions along with breathtaking views of the sea, the lake, the neighbouring island of Inishmaan, the legendary Cliffs of Moher and the 12 Bens. You will see the ruins of a10th century sunken church, the Plassey shipwreck, O’ Brien’s castle and much more! This route suits all levels of fitness and brings you back to the centre of the village where you can enjoy a cuppa or pint before ambling the last 300m back to the trailhead at the pier. Bikes are available for hire from Rothaí Inis Oírr situated just at the pier!
55km – 4 hours This full day cycle around Inishmore Islands is extremely popular, interesting and stunningly scenic. Inishmore is the largest of the Aran Islands off the west coast of co. Galway, Ireland. This route is a moderate full day (55 km) cycling route around the entire island stopping at all the best sights including the ancient stone fort of Dun Aonghasa, the strange natural rock formation and blow hole known as ‘Poll na Péiste’ (the Serpents Lair), scenic viewing points, beaches, headlands and old churches. Straight off the ferry, you can rent a bike for this stunning cycle route around the entire island and depending on time available you can judge how many places you can visit and explore.
This route gives cyclists the opportunity to explore the unique barren but beautiful landscape that is typically associate with Connemara. The route begins in Carrore where the cyclist can visit the legendary Coral Strand. Further north lie the South Connemara Islands, which are a series of archipelagos, islets and rocks to the west of the Carraroe Peninsula in West Galway. These islands lie off the main tourist trail and as a result are still unspoiled and relatively unexplored.The local wildlife is spectacular with large numbers of seals, some of which are inquisitive, and otters, which quite definitely are not. Birds include Common, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull, and large numbers of Red Breasted Merganser. Courtesy of Ireland Byways
41km 2 hours Travel around this stunning peninsula on the edge of the Atlantic with the most spectacular sea views. Carna and Cill Chiaráin are the two main villages and it is a Gaeltacht area and 80% of its inhabitants are native speaker. Fascinating area to explore with many islands, historic remains and fine sandy beaches. Cyclists follow the coast road and then cross the peninsula taking in the magnificent views of Cnoc Mordáin, the best of the south Connemara summits. The slightly pinkish granite of the ridge has been shaped by the passage of abrasive laden ice into roche moutonée.
24km 1.5hours The route begins in Oughterard and follows the Lough Corrib shoreline for some ten kilometres north west toward Maum. It is the second largest lake in Ireland at 176 km². In places it is 47 metres deep. Wildlife in and about Lough Corrib includes hawks, otters, mink, stoat, frogs, and bats.A few kilometres beyond Doon Rock the trail enters a forestry plantation and for the first time the sensation of remoteness will be experienced. The R336 brings the hiker over the pass and down toward Maum. The trail turns west 300 metres south of Maum Bridge. Courtesy of Westernway.ie
40 Kilometres: 3 hours On this route cyclists can take in the lovely natural wilderness of Derrygimlagh 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. Courtesy of Failte Ireland
33 Kilometres: 2+ hours This route is a longer trip 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 but beautiful island on foot when the tide is out. Near the charming fishing village of Cleggan visitors can climb to the top of Cleggan Head where they can admire the views of the village below as well as Inishbofin, Inishturk, Clare Island and the imposing Twelve Bens mountain range. There is an option to catch the ferry at the pier in Cleggan to the island of Inishbofin. From Cleggan a mountain road climbs more gradually through a forested area before a speedy descent back down to the town. Courtesy of Failte Ireland.
14 Kilometres: 1+ hours This is a short loop. From Bridge Street in Clifden cyclists can pause to view the Owenglen Cascade where salmon can be seen leaping upstream before continuing on up a steady hill while enjoying fine views of Clifden Bay. A signpost indicating the Alcock & Brown monument is the signal to turn. The monument offers a magnificent panoramic vantage point. Water and stone are the themes of this circuit; the rocky landscape is typical of Connemara. Courtesy of Failte Ireland
16 Kilometres: 1+ 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. Courtesy of Failte Ireland