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Sky Road is a 5.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clifden, County Galway, Ireland that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

5 km
128 m

mountain biking

road biking

scenic driving

trail running


This is a drive or bike ride, not a hike. Very few places in Ireland can match the rugged beauty and range of scenery that can be seen from the Sky Road. The Sky Road in Clifden is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire Connemara region. The circular route takes you out west from Clifden. Simply put, the scenery along the Sky Road is stunning. The route is well signposted from Clifden and easy to find. Further along the road is a gateway leading to leading to the ruins of the old D'Arcy mansion, Clifden Castle. These ruins over look the sea and can be reached by going on a ten-minute walk down a farm track, near the Sky Road. As you travel away from Clifden, the Sky Road separates into the lower and upper roads. The lower road will give you a very close up view of the landscape, but the upper road is most popular because of the views it offers over the entire area. There is a car park at the highest point of the road with plenty of room to park and take pictures.

6 months ago

Part of the walk - through a field - is now inaccessible, and another along a busy enough road.

7 months ago

It isn't really a trail - it was a walk down an asphalt road with no sidewalk or shoulder. Speed limit is 50 mph on parts and 35 on some. It wasnt that safe considering the road is a typical Ireland road where 2 cars can barely pass each other. There is one part off the road where you walk a trail through a meadow to a castle and that part was pretty. Oh and there is no loop. It is in and back unless you walk through private property.

10 months ago

an excellent opportunity to test your 10km running times. start from the square in clifden, run to the car park at the top of the sky road and back down again, a tough but very enjoyable 10km challenge with breath taking views.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A beautiful walk, with a gorgeous view of the Atlantic and of the Twelve Bens. Highly recommend as either a drive or a hike.

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