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North West Coastal Tour

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Clifden, Galway,

This tour explores the coastal areas between Clifden and Leenane - quiet regions of extraordinary sea views.

You leave Clifden by taking the scenic Sky Road route, passing the now derelict castle of John D'Arcy, founder of Clifden, and continue the circuit of the peninsula, with Clifden Bay to the south and Streamstown Bay to the north. At the western end, fine views of Inishturk and Turbot Islands lie before you.

Join the main road north from Clifden at the head of Streamstown Bay and then take the left turn for the village of Claddaghduff. If the tide is out here, you can drive across the strand keeping inside the painted wooden poles, to Omey Island. Beforehand, however, enquire locally about the state of the tides, and if they and time permit, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll on the island. From here, spectacular views of the more distant Friar and High Islands are obtained.

Continuing the journey through Claddaghduff and around the coast road to the village of Celggan, great views of the islkands of Inishark and Inishbofin are obtained while to the right, the foothills of the Twelve Bens are already to be seen. You can break the journey for the day and take the ferry to Inishbofin, an island of lovely views and ancient sites.

Alternatively, you can continue the journey from Cleggan by land for 12km to Letterfrack village where you can visit Connemara National Park Centre open from mid-May to end Sept., and/or Ocean's Alive Visitor centre at Derryinver.

Afterwards, you can continue northwards by turning left in Letterfrack, and left again for Renvyle. Tully mountain rises to the left. The village of Tullycross lies 3km north of Letterfrack.