Cycle Clare – Doolin to Galway
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This unforgettable ride sees you cycle Clare’s greatest landscapes – ride along the amazing coastal road by Black Head, with fantastic views over Galway Bay. You then venture in to the heart of the Burren to tackle Corkscrew Hill and visit the iconic Poulnabrone Dolmen.
The Burren is one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe and as well as its beauty, is home to a number of tourist attractions.
Dungaire Castle is the highlight of the flat and easy run in to Galway City. Get there early to make a night of it.
This is a great route if you want to cycle Clare and see the best of the Burren. You can combine it with the Limerick to Doolin ride to see more of the region.
You can get a ferry to the Aran Islands from Doolin.
Doolin Cave’s biggest attraction is the Great Stalactite.
Lisdoonvarna is famous for it’s matchmaking festival every September and for the song of the same name by singer Christy Moore.
Corkscrew Hill is a famous winding road between Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna.
Caherconnell Stone Fort is a well-preserved Celtic ringfort, thought to have been inhabited for 800 years until 1200AD.
Poulnabrone Dolmen is an icon of Irish tourism – a tomb thought to date back to the Neolithic period.
Cahermore Stone Fort is hidden beside the road on the descent to Ballyvaughan.
Ailwee Cave, besides having a show cave, also has a Birds of Prey exhibition with flying displays.
Dunguaire Castle sits in a beautiful location on the edge of Galway Bay.
Cycle Clare – Doolin to Galway Useful Info
Much of this route from Ballyvaughan to Galway runs on the N67, which has a shoulder only in parts. It is the only reasonable short route to Galway and is suitable for experienced cyclists. Part of the first half of the route is on backroads.
The loop into the Burren from Ballyvaughan can be affected by tourist traffic. But if you want to ride the most scenic roads as you cycle Clare, some tourist traffic is inevitable.
There are buses from Limerick to Ennis, Lisdoonvarna and Doolin. There are also buses from Galway to Doolin. Bus Eireann has details.
Irish Rail has many trains every day from Galway to Dublin.
There are several ferries a day from Doolin to the Aran Islands. Doolin Ferries has the details. They also run boat trips to the Cliffs of Moher.