Sky Road Tours and Activities
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Even though it’s only seven miles long, Clifden’s Sky Road feels like a journey through all of Connemara and time. When driving this winding, rural road, views look down on the town of Clifden and its two iconic spires—which is a view you’re sure to see on any postcard of Western Ireland or Connemara. Behind the town are the 12 Bens hills, standing brown, rugged, and proud, and as the drive loops around away from town, views stretch out to the offshore islands and the open Atlantic Sea. Aside from the sweeping landscape views, ancient castles and historic mansions are around every bend in the road. At the 19th century Clifden Castle—built in a Gothic style—visitors can walk the dirt road that leads right up to the castle. Another stroll is up Memorial Hill and offers famous view of Clifden, and by turning uphill at the fork in the road, the drive climbs past the old Coast Guard station to 500 feet above sea level. There is a small parking lot near the road’s summit, where whitewashed cottages appear as flecks on the misty, wave battered coast. The Sky Road has often been called one of Ireland’s most scenic drives, and seeing as it’s just a short loop from Clifden, is an Irish road trip that any Connemara visitor with a car can enjoy.
The Sky Road is most often driven in a clockwise direction from Clifden, eventually meeting up with the Clifden/Westport N59 Road after Eyrephort and Streamstown Bay. The Sky Road is also popular with cyclists, and on sunny days can almost become crowded with locals, photographers, and sightseers.
Address: Sky Road, Clifden Co. Galway, Ireland
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Sky Road
Go on a self-guided adventure around Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way from Clifden with this tour that includes bike and helmet rental, as well as maps to help you stay on the right path. Take off from Clifden, and choose from a variety of biking routes to see what you’d like to most. You could see the landing site of the first trans-Atlantic flight, the former castle of the pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, the charming fishing village of Cleggan, or Clifden Castle.
Taking safety measures
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Frequently Asked Questions
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