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Need help with Connemara driving itinerary

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Need help with Connemara driving itinerary

We will be in Ireland next month (in May) for 7 days for our first visit to the country. We will have a rental car. Towards the end of our Ireland vacation, we are spending 2 nights in Galway. We are allocating a full day for driving to the Connemara region from Galway, starting early in the morning (say by 8:30 am), and returning to Galway by evening. An ambitious driving itinerary is given below :

1. Drive from Galway to Spiddal, Costello, Screeb, and on to Carna and Mace Head.

2. Drive on to Roundstone, Ballyconneely, Dog's Bay and on to Clifden.

3. Drive on Sky Road and have lunch at Clifden

4. Drive to Letterfrack; go to Visitor's Centre, Kylemore Abbey, and on to Leenane

5. Drive to Monnenmore; detour to Cong, and then back to Moneenmore

6. Drive to Maam Cross, and back to Galway via Oughterard, maybe stopping at Brigit's Garden.

I have a feeling that the above is probably too much to fit into one day. Need advice on which portions to cut out, and what to add if anything. Thanks in advance for your help.

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1. Re: Need help with Connemara driving itinerary

Not sure why anyone would drive to Mace Head (that place has come up a couple of times recently for some reason??)

Monnenmore??

I would stick with the N59 to Clifden http://goo.gl/Ek8bpw then the short version of the Sky Rd. Round to Kylemore and back to Galway via Cong and Headford.. It can be done in a full day depending on what of the many points you stop for http://goo.gl/maps/L5ihu

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2. Re: Need help with Connemara driving itinerary

Like Tony ive no idea what or where Monnenmore is. As for the itinerary id make changes too, go out the n59 turn onto the r344 which takes you up to Kylemore and passes by Lough Inagh etc, continue through Leenane etc to Clifden, Sky Road, down to Roundstone, Dogs Bay and back to the n59 to Galway or go north for Cong.

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3. Re: Need help with Connemara driving itinerary

Thanks a lot for the suggestions. This is exactly what I was looking for. Will change my itinerary accordingly.

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4. Re: Need help with Connemara driving itinerary

Also if you fancy trying some local artisan smoked salmon take a trip out to the Connemara smokehouse ballyconeely outside Clifden and off road to roundstone!

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