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Cycle Connemara – Clifden to Leenane Directions

Section 1

0 to 10km

From the main junction in Clifden, head north on the N59 past the church, following the sign for Westport. After 3.6km you cross a small bridge and take the immediate left on a right-hand bend, signed for Claddaghduff [5km marker].

After 6.3km the road bends right and you travel north. You pass several gravel tracks leading off to the left.

Section 2

10 – 20km

Take a left turn that dips slightly on a right-hand bend. This takes you down to the beach facing Omey Island.

Continue on up the hill and turn left by the church. Very soon, you take the first right, and then turn right when you reach a t-junction [15km marker].

At the first crossroads you reach there is a sign for Cleggan. If you go left here there is a secluded sandy beach just 700m away. It is perfect for a break. Otherwise continue straight to Cleggan. You soon reach the village and pass the pier where the ferry to Inishbofin leaves from.

Continue through Cleggan and take a left turn straight after to stay riding beside the coast. This swings left around a small beach. Continue on this scenic road.

Section 3

20 – 30km

You cycle past the length of Ballynakill Lough on your right. At the end of the lake the road turns right (where you ignore a left turn) and there is a straight section. Take the next left. Next you pass Garranbaun Lake on your left, as the Twelve Bens can be seen in the distance. Keep straight and soon after the lake you reach a t-junction with the N59. Go left, signed Kylemore Abbey [25km marker].

It is 8.75km on the N59 to Kylemore Abbey, passing through the village of Letterfrack on the way.

Section 4

30 – 40km

If you were to continue on the N59 it is 15.3km to Leenane, but we will go a different way. Return the way you came on the N59 [35km marker] for 1.9km. Take the first paved right turn, which is on a bend. Follow this road for 4.7km to Tully Cross.

Section 5

40 – 50km

Tully Cross is the first crossroads you reach and is beside a church. Take a right turn in the village by the church [45km marker].

You pass by Lettergesh Beach, with great views of Inishturk Island far out to sea. Scenes for the film The Quiet Man were filmed here. Keep on the main road as it swings right and runs the length of Lough Muck.

Section 6

50 – 62km

Then you cycle along the shore of Lough Fee. Soon it rejoins the N59. Turn left [55km marker] and it is 7.2km to Leenane on a descent to the beautiful Killary Harbour.