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Cycle Clare – Doolin to Galway Directions

Section 1

0 to 10km

At the crossroads in Doolin, go northeast, following the sign for Ballyvaughan and Fanore. Keep straight past the church and you will soon reach Doolin Cave. After the cave, continue in the same direction and turn right on the R477 at the next t-junction [5km marker].

Stay on this for 3.6km and you reach the N67. Turn left here and ride into Lisdoonvarna.

Go straight through the town on the N67.

Section 2

10 – 20km

After leaving the town and then passing through a crossroads, take the next left up a narrow road with a bicycle sign. There is a small stone wall beside the road and it leads towards a hill directly ahead.

This will take you into the heart of the Burren. Go uphill [15km marker] and you then cycle through a quiet valley.

Section 3

20 – 30km

Turn left when you eventually reach a t-junction. You pass between two prominent limestone hills and then go down to the main coastal road. Turn right here and you soon ride into Murroogh [25km marker].

Continue north on the R479 on the spectacular trip around the headland. On a clear day you can easily see across the bay to County Galway.

Section 4

30 – 40km

Stay on this road [35km marker] and it will take you into Ballyvaughan, which is the first village you reach.

The next two sections form a loop through the Burren which you can skip if you are pressed for time, but it is a great ride.

Turn right on the N67 in the village of Ballyvaughan. It is signed Lisdoonvarna.

Section 5

40 – 50km

Stay on this for 4km and you then properly begin the gentle climb of the Corkscrew. It is another 5km to the top and a 210m ascent in total. At the top [45km marker] you take the first left down a narrow road after the series of tight bends.

Keep left at the first turnoff and ride past a wood. When you reach a t-junction, go left to turn back northeast.

Section 6

50 – 60km

Ignore a left turn that leads uphill – keep right on the flat road. This will go down and then up a rise to bring you to a crossroads, where you turn left on the R480.

Caherconnell Stone Fort Car Park is 750m away.

Continue north the way you were going. After 500m there is a car park on the right for visitors to the iconic Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, which is only a short walk away. Continue up the hill and go down [55km marker] the other side.

After several corners, Cahermore Stone Fort is on your left at another bend, and is easy to miss. There is no car park – just a path leading from the road.

Section 7

60 – 70km

700m later, there is a sign for Ailwee cave on a turnoff to the right. It is not far.

If coming from Caherconnell Stone Fort, turn right in Ballyvaughan to stay on the N67. It is signed Kinvara. Soon after leaving the village [65km marker] there is a church and cemetery on the right with great views of the Burren behind them if you go in. After 7.2km on the main road you reach Bell Harbour.

Section 8

70 – 80km

At Bell Harbour you take the first right turn to get off the main road and take a short cut. You soon reach a t-junction where you turn left, signed Galway.

Keep on this road between two hills and then go down a hill [75km marker]. Just before the t-junction with the N67, turn right on the smaller L4507.

Take the first left turn down a narrow road after 2.5km.

Section 9

80 – 90km

When you reach a t-junction turn left and ride to a t-junction with the N67 at Kinvara.

Go straight through Kinvara. You see Dunguaire Castle on your left. Take the right turn on the R347 a few metres before you reach the castle. Keep going [85km marker] and take the third left on a right-hand bend.

When you reach a crossroads, turn left.

Section 10

90 – 100km

Keep straight and you cross the N67 at a crossroads at Ballinderreen. Go straight through. Stay on this road as it bends left and then right at a junction.

You get close to the sea and follow the main road as it bends right again at another t-junction. After several more corners [95km marker] you reach a t-junction. Go right here.

Soon you reach the N18. Turn left.

Section 11

100 – 110km

After 2km you pass through Clarinbridge and after another [105km marker] 4.8km you go through a roundabout on the edge of Oranmore. Take the first left after this as the road bends right. This road bends through Oranmore and the R338 joins it from the right. Just keep straight and you join the R338.

You are now on the R338 which curves left and goes west towards Galway.

Section 12

110 – 116km

You reach a t-junction after 4.2km. Turn left. After another 3.6km and after going through one roundabout, you reach a crossroads with College Road. Turn left. Keep right when the road forks and you are soon at Eyre Square in the centre of Galway.