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Driving route from dublin

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Driving route from dublin

Was planning the Kerry ring route but we are only in Ireland from 9th -12th sept and we are at galway races on the 11th so on the advice of some of the members of the forum I have changed my route. Found this route on the internet which looks good.

Thoughts welcome and any advice on things to do , places to see on our way to galway would be appreciated.

Day 1: Dublin to galway

Day 2: Starting in Galway City head west on the R336 towards Spiddal and beyond. There are fine views across Galway Bay to the Burren in north Clare on your left. The road turns northwards away from the sea at Rossaveal and suddenly the distant Maumturk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges appear on the horizon. Stay on the R336 until you reach Maam Cross. Like any crossroads this one provides you with a number of options, but unlike most, all options are good here. The route I am going to follow assumes you intend staying in Clifden or Ballynahinch Castle. Take a right at Maam Cross and follow the N59 all the way to Clifden. The scenery is wild and fresh all the way with mountains on the right, low hills on the left and almost as many lakes along the way as there are fields. Ballynahinch Castle is located about 10 km off theN59 on the R341 (signposted for Roundstone). Driving time from Galway to Clifden via this route is 2 to 3 hours.

Day 3: Start the day with the Sky Road drive which is a mini loop starting in Clifden. This is perhaps the most impressive coastal drive in the country and while stunningly beautiful, it can at times feels like you might be driving just a little too close to the sky for comfort.Probably should not be attempted with too much or too little coffee on board. Back in Clifden continue on the N59 signposted for Westport passing Kylemore Abbey and Letterfrack on the way to the tiny village of Leenane which is situated at the head of Ireland’s only fjord,Killary Harbour. From here you can continue on the R336 back to Maam Cross or double back to the R334 and drive through Lough Inagh Valley with the Maumturks on one side and the Twelve Bens on the other. This is the superior drive in my opinion and well worth the extra few miles. There isn’t a house to be seen along the whole route, the only sign of life being the splendidly located Lough Inagh Lodge right in the centre of the valley by the lake. Either route will bring you back onto the N59. Take a left and it is straight all the way back to Galway City.

Day4: Back to Dublin for around 5pm

Edited: 25 August 2013, 21:36
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1. Re: Driving route from dublin

Come off the motorway - follow the alternative route on the brown signs and take a more leisurely trip to the west. The deviations weave off and onto the "M" road avoiding tolled sections and passing places like http://tyrrellspass.com/ . Clonmacnoise heritageireland.ie/en/… monastic site is not too far. There is a castle in Athlone http://www.athlone.ie/athlone-castle and another in Athenry www.heritageireland.ie/en/west/athenrycastle/

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