Cycle Connemara - passing Lough Muck

Cycle Connemara – Clifden to Leenane

Distance: 62km
Climbing: 387m

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Cycle Connemara – it was made for it, with big mountains and low passes. Hit Omey Island at low tide, detour to Inishbofin Island or visit Kylemore Abbey.

Connemara by bike is a great experience and this trip leaves plenty of time for exploring. It packs a lot of attractions into a short ride. After heading north from Clifden and going along quiet roads on the coast, you pass the beautiful Kylemore Abbey and then enjoy the descent down into Killary Harbour.

Cycle Connemara for one of the best rides in Ireland.


Omey Island is a small island accessible at low tide.

Sellema Beach is a quiet beach just off the main route.

Inishbofin Island can be reached by ferry. Two hundred people live there and it is popular with artists.

Clifden TV Mast road is a lovely 5.8km road to a dead-end at the top of a small hill with magnificent views.

Connemara National Park is a magnet for hikers, and you pass by the entrance.

Kylemore Abbey has an outstanding location and wonderful gardens.

Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only fjord (by its common definition).

Cycle Connemara Useful Info

This route uses three sections of the N59, and while traffic is often quite light, due to its remoteness, it is still suitable for experienced road cyclists.

There are several ferry sailings a day to Inishbofin. Ferry times and pricesĀ are at There is accommodation on the island.

Bus Eireann has several buses a day to and from Galway.

Useful Links

Inishbofin ferry times and prices

Bus Eireann



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