Ballyconneely and Roundstone Loop- 40km- 3+ hours
Taking in the sites of the Derrygimlagh and Roundstone Bogs, cyclists will see the site of the crash-landing of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in 1919 and also The Marconi transatlantic wireless station. Passing by some stunning beaches including Coral Strand and Dogs Bay, cyclists will want to stop to breath in the Atlantic sea air before arriving in the fishing village of Roundstone.
Sky Road Loop- 16km
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.
The old Galway-Clifden railway line has opened up a 6km route for cyclists and walkers to enjoy. Tucked away off the grounds of the stunning Ballynahinch Estate, the Connemara Greenway (which is hopeful to continue expanding) is ideal for those looking for an easy route away from the main roads.
Derroura Mountain Bike Trail-16km
This trail offers mountain bikers technical, rocky andf terrain which is exposed to mud, loose gravel and elevated timber boardwalks. It is a circular marked loop trail with over 13km of single track offering views both into Maam valley and of Lough Corrib and is located 7km west of Oughterard.
Errislannan Loop- 14km
One of the shorter loops to do. Passing by the Owenglen Cascade and taking the steady hill to enjoy the views of Clifden Bay. A signpost indicates where The Alcock and Brown monument is which a magnificent panoramic viewing point.
Please note: water and stones are themes of this circuit which is typical of the rocky landscape here in parts of Connemara.
Tour de Connemara
The annual Skoda Tour de Connemara takes place every May and offers its participants the choice of an 80km or 140km route through Connemara’s picturesque landscape. The event starts and ends in Clifden and welcomes cyclists through the beautiful communities of Connnemara including Ballyconneely, Roundstone, Cashel, Carna, Killkieran, Maam Valley, Leenane, Recess, Kylemore and Letterfrack.
Find out more about the event on their website https://tourdeconamara.ie/
Local Bike Hires (Clifden): All Things Connemara (095-22630 website: allthingsconnemara.ie) and Mannions Bike Hire (095-21160 website: clifdenbikehire.com).
Information from: ClifdenBikes.com, DiscoverIreland.ie
Connemara Championship Golf Links, Ballyconneely
Founded in 1973, the Connemara Championship Golf Links has been voted the Best Links Course in Connaught a number of times and offers avid golfers a course with dramatic coastal views showcasing the rugged countryside which is steeped in history and wildlife. Visitors are welcomed all year around but booking is essential.
Bearna Golf Club, Barna
With views of Galway Bay, the Burren and the Aran Island, the Bearna Golf Club is within 10km to Galway city. Surrounded by Irish bogland, the course has a number of tricky characteristics to test all experienced golfers.
Oughterard Gold Club
Located just outside Oughterard village, this 18-hole championship course lies along the tranquil Lough Corrib and is surrounded by native Irish trees, water features and sand bunkers to ensure you have a course experience to remember.
Connemara Isles Golf Club
The Connemara Isles Golf Club is located on Annaghavane Island which lies on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The 9 hole course is surrounded by the amazing views of south Connemara like Cill Chiaráin Bay and Cnoc Leitir Mór and each hole has its own unique signature which all level of golfers can enjoy.
The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding
Located in Ballyconneely, the riding centre is offers treks to all level of riders which are guided by the riding centres qualified staff. With beach, coastline and tidal treks available to guests and the stunning Twelve Bens are a backdrop, what better way to enjoy a day in Connemara on a local Connemara Pony.
Cleggan Beach Riding School
Offering both Trekking and Horse-Riding Lessons, the Cleggan Beach Riding School is open to all ages and welcomes guests of all levels. With treks ranging from 30 minutes upto 3 hours, riders can trek through the fishing village of Cleggan and watch the ferry take off to Inishbofin or even trek across to Omey Island in Claddaghduff. Treks are based on the tide so booking is essential.
Horse riding lessons and show-jumping lessons are also available to children and adults at all levels.
The Errislannan Manor Riding Centre open all year round and is just 6.5km from Clifden town. Suitable for all levels, the centre offers Pony Rides and Lessons, Therapeutic Riding, Pony Parties, walking tours and access to the Errislannan Manor Gardens which are a member of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland. https://www.errislannan-manor-riding.com/home
Moycullen Riding Centre
This family run business is located within 7 minutes to Moycullen and offers pony trekking, beach rides and lessons where you can explore the Wild Atlantic Way. The centre is open all year around and welcomes children and adults to enjoy some relaxing treks across mountains and Rusheen Bay. Packages at the centre are also available
For less experienced walkers and families, the Diamond Hill Trail in the Connemara National Park is well sign-posted and highly accessible, and those who make it to the top are rewarded with expansive panoramic vistas across Connemara.There are four trails in Connemara National Park. A Must when you visit Connemara. There is also a lovely coffee shop and great playground for the kids... Read More >>
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! Read More >>
Set between the Atlantic Ocean, 12 Ben Mountains and preserved boglands, lies the town of Clifden on the Coast of Connemara. Enhanced by spectacular scenery, championship golfing, horse-riding, walking, cycling, hill walking, beaches, fishing, scubadiving, painting, national parks, abbeys, castle ruins and over 5,000 years of living history. Read More >>
Wild Atlantic Way
Imagine driving along the absolute edge of Western Europe, Imagine exploring a 2,500km (1,553 miles) long coastline dotted with beaches, harbours, headlands and stunning viewing points, imagine stopping yourcar, feeling the salt spray in your face and the exhalation of Atlantic surf. You can do it all and more on the Wild Atlantic Way… a journey of inspiration! Read More >>
There's a wide range of fun outdoor activities in Connemara. Choose from coasteering, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing or hill walking.
Training is provided in mountain skills and navigation, lead climbing, white water kayaking. Read More >>
Connemara is surrounded by rivers and lakes that is home to world-class brown trout and the majestic Atlantic Salmon. Read More >>
Tours & Cruises
No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm. Read More >>
Two miles from Roundstone, on the road to Clifden, are two of the finest beaches in Ireland. Gurteen Beach and Dog’s Bay lie back to back forming a tombolo jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Read More >>
Connemara offers many shops to enjoy, whether you're browsing for a special gift, or looking for a souvenir, or just treating yourself... See what's near to where you're staying...
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