Cycle Galway - Toombeola Junction

Cycle Galway to Clifden Route

Distance: 91km
Climbing: 275m

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As you cycle Galway to Clifden you pass Salthill Beach and through several small villages. You pass Rossaveal, from where several boats a day leave for the magnificent Aran Islands – well worth a day or two’s visit.

As you ride on you get closer to Connemara, enter more and more remote territory and get to enjoy quieter and quieter roads. The Twelve Bens loom into view to the north.

Cycle Galway – this is a great option to avoid the busy N59 road to Clifden and experience this amazingly barren landscape in the best way.

Clifden is a very popular tourist town and the perfect base for exploring the region. You can keep going on the Clifden to Leenane route.


You can get a shuttle bus from Galway to Rossaveal, where the ferry to the Aran Islands leaves from.

Pearse Cottage was used as a summer home by Patrick Pearse.

Cycle Galway to Clifden Useful Info

The first half of this route is on the R336, which gets less busy the further from Galway that you get, but still requires care by the cyclist. Unfortunately the other option is the busier N59. If you are concerned about traffic, make an early start.

Galway is on the Dublin – Galway rail line, with many trains each day. Irish Rail has more information.

Galway has excellent bus connections to Dublin, Athlone, Lisdoonvarna, Doolin, Limerick, Shannon, Cork, Ennis, Clifden, Castlebar, Westport, Ballina, Sligo, Derry, Ireland West Airport (Knock), Donegal, Letterkenny, Enniskillen and Belfast. See Bus Eireann for details.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann

Irish Rail

Doolin Ferries’ timetable

Clifden to Leenane



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