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Drive around the Connemara Loop

Explore all that Connemara has to offer on a scenic drive


Start: Peacockes Hotel
End: Peacockes Hotel


1. Peacockes to Leenane (22 minutes, 21 km)

Leenane is a place of contrasts. Situated at the head of Killary harbour, a 16km Fjord, it nestles under the Maamtrasna and Maamturk mountains on the Galway-Mayo border. The area has been inhabited since prehistory, evinced by ancient tombs and the potato ridges climbing the mountains. Leenane is famous for the stunning and varied beauty of its location.

Things to do:
Killary Sheep Farm (13 minutes from Leenane town, 8.7km)
Killary Fjord Boat Tours (3 minutes from Leenane town, 2.7km)

2. Leenane to Kylemore Abbey (18 minutes, 15.6km)

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden Originally built as a Castle in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Learn of tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives and royal visits. It became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education.

3. Kylemore Abbey to Connemara National Park (7 minutes, 5km)

Free Entry!  Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. A number of walking trails beginning at the Visitor Centre offer walkers a variety of scenic routes and nature trails through the park.

4. Connemara National Park to The Sky Road (17 minutes, 13.2km)
      Sky Road Loop (" style="color: #41748d;" target="_blank">20 minutes, 20km)

The Sky Road is a 20km (12 mile) jaw-droppingly scenic loop route near Clifden in the wonderful Connemara, Co Galway. Part of the Wild Atlantic Way scenic drive along Irelands west coast, the Sky Road peninsula juts out into the Atlantic against the backdrop of the 12 Bens Mountain Range.

5. Sky Road to Clifden

Clifden is the largest town in Connemara. The picturesque market town is nestled between the Twelve Bens mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of Clifden Bay.
Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the town of Clifden is loved by all who visit. Clifden is populated with friendly and welcoming people and is well known for it’s history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality.

6. Clifden to Peacockes (30 minutes, 34.4km)