Electric and Hybrid Bike Hire and Tours – Roam the highways and byways of Connemara at your leisure. Make molehills out of those mountains, cruise gently along the bog road, and strike out those quite, secluded beaches that are now within easy reach at www.bikeelectric.ie
There are a number of cycle routes on offer which include:
Route 1: Sky Road Loop 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.
Route 2: Errislannan Loop 14 Kilometres: 1+ hours This is a short loop. From Bridge Street 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.
Route 3: Cleggan Loop 33 Kilometres: 2+ hours Route 3 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.
Route 4: Ballyconneely and Roundstone Loop 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.
Route 5:The Connemara Greenway
The Connemara Greenway is a planned asphalt track that will cover a distance of approximately 52 kilometres, incorporating seven new bridges, signage and mapping along the existing Galway to Clifden railway line. This rural cycle route will be a great addition to Connemara and local businesses, Work on the first stage of the route from Clifden is expected to start in early 2014, and will continue for between 18 and 24 months.
All Things Connemara
Connemara has a wealth of artisan producers making everything from pottery, baskets, sea-weed based cosmetics to knitware and paintings. You will find them here. They also do Electric and Hybrid Bike Hire and Tours to roam the highways and byways of Connemara at your leisure. And with so much to do a little advice about what’s on and where, can make your stay a little more special. www.allthingsconnemara.ie firstname.lastname@example.org