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Starting off in Maam cross head south on the R336 in the direction of Screebe taking in views of the rugged rocky connemara landscape and lakes. Head west on the R340 to Pearses Cottage, Pearse was Irish nationalist leader, poet, and educator. Visit the newly built cultural centre which will give you an insight to local culture and heritage Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh

Head southwest on R340 to Carna travelling around the peninsula of Iorras Aithneach and taking in views of the bay in Kilkieran. Carna has many white sand beaches with clear water, it’s worth taking time out to explore

Head north on R340 and then turn off to R342 for Cashel and enjoy the magnificent views of the Twelve Bens. Head west on the R342 and take the turn for R341 for Roundstone at the T-junction.Roundstone is a picturesque quaint harbour village with some lovely bars and restaurants. Dogs Bay is a spectacular beach located just a stone’s throw from Roundstone

Head West on the R341 to Ballyconneely, a popular destination for holiday makers with beaches with crystal clear water and an internationally renowned links golf course.

Head north on R341 to Clifden. You’ll be passing a discover point at Derrygimlagh. Continue on to Clifden where you can hire a bike, walk the Inishnee loop and explore the town.

Take the N59 to Recess passing through the wonderful lakelands and passing Ballynahinch Castle, a luxury castle hotel. In Recess you can visit Joyce’s Craft Shop, visit the Connemara Giant or walk the Maumean pilgrimage trail. Continue along the N59 passing through more of the stunning lake lands until you come to back to Maam Cross.

120 km 2.5hours

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