Kylemore Abbey/Inagh Valley
At it’s shortest, using the Bog Road to get to Clifden, this is 46 miles/74km, but it is very do-able, because it has no hills and therefore allows for a number of pleasant diversions from the main route. Go from Roundstone towards Toombeola and take the Bog Road to Ballinaboy and from there to Clifden. From Clifden, you then follow the road north towards Cleggan and Letterfrack following around the north side of Connemara National Park. This part of the road to Letterfrack is narrow and winding but very enjoyable. The real beauty of the cycle is after Letterfrack, past Kylemore Abbey and then turning down into the Inagh Valley. This joins the main Galway/Clifden Road for a few miles before the road to Roundstone is reached on the left.
Excursions that can be taken off this cycle are as follows:
Diamond Mountain is a short sharp hill climb commenced through the Connemara National Park, adjacent to Letterfrack. At the summit, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of The Twelve Bens, and the surrounding area.
Kylemore Abbey has a very fine market garden attached as well as a very good café/restaurant, which comes very recommendable for lunch. The abbey itself is also worth a visit.
For those looking for spectacular sea scenery should take a left turn at Letterfrack for Tullycross. Once there, take a right turn back through Gowlaun which affords spectacular views. To the north west, Inisturk, Caher Island and Clare Island will all be visible in the distance, and a clear sunny day! Passing back alongside Lough Fee to join the Clifden/Leenane Road, at which point, turn right and travel 2.5miles/4km to reach the top of the Inagh Valley and then as outlined above. This adds approximately 10miles/16km to the entire journey but makes it extremely worthwhile. Lough Inagh Lodge halfway down the Inagh Valley is worth a stop for refreshments.