Kilkee to Milltown Malbay (42 km, Elevation 335 m)
This route section starts in the popular seaside resort of Kilkee offering one of the best and safest bathing places on the western coast. On one side of Kilkee Bay you find the Pollock Holes, incredibly beautiful natural swimming pools surrounded by a reef with ever-changing waves, on the opposite side is Georges Head, another spectacular vantage point looking out across Bishops Island and the Loophead Peninsula. In between is the stunning expanse of golden sand that stretches out to create the famous horseshoe-shaped beach. Kilkee cliff walk
From Kilkee the route meanders along predominantly quiet local roads to Doonbeg village. Around Doonbeg there are many activities on offer – from boating and angling in the sea and rivers to bird or dolphin-watching in the clear waters. The challenging Trump International Doonbeg Links golf course is also a treat for golfing visitors.
This route section ends at Milltown Malbay, a town best known for its traditional Irish music and the famous annual Willie Clancy Music Festival.
Route Section : Distance 42 km, Elevation 335 m
Road surface is generally moderate / well rideable on asphalted roads however some sections are showing signs of degradation and care needs to be exercised.
Milltown Malbay to Doolin (30 km, Elevation 790m)
This route section starts at Milltown Malbay, a town best known for its traditional Irish music and the famous annual Willie Clancy Music Festival. The popular beaches of White Strand and Spanish Point are located close to the town.
From Milltown Malbay the route continues north to the town of Lahinch nestled at the head of Liscannor Bay beside a 2km long beach of golden sands. The shape of the resort creates Atlantic breakers that attract surfing and canoeing enthusiasts from all over the world and Lahinch has earned a reputation as a top ‘surf centre’ – with surf schools, social life and great atmosphere to boot.
From Lahinch the route heads inland meandering along quiet local roads and eventually emerging at the coast once again. From here cyclists have the option of making a short detour to the Cliffs of Moher or continue along past Doonagore Castle and on into the lively town of Doolin.
Route Section : Distance 30 km, Elevation 390 m
Lahinch and Doolin are very popular destinations in County Clare so expect high traffic volumes here particularly in summer. Road surface is generally moderate / well rideable on asphalted roads however some sections are showing signs of degradation and care needs to be exercised.