Cycling Connemara – a secret treasure

Doolough Pass, Connemara
Doolough Pass, Connemara

Our travels around Ireland captured so many beautiful sights too numerous to mention – but one of the most striking to us was Connemara… a secret treasure.  People along the way would ask us what part of Ireland we liked best. It was a very difficult question to answer as there were so many “great places”.  Certainly one of the best, if not the best, was Doolough Pass,  It’s beauty left us astounded since no one had mentioned Connemara and Killary Harbour as places we should visit. We cycled southeast from Cleggan and arrived at the entrance to the pass about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The way the autumn light played on the mountainsides and mirrored the lakes was beautiful beyond words or the photos we took.

Connemara
Connemara

Traveling at a cyclist’s pace allowed us so much more time to appreciate and absorb the beauty of the place. Taking in the sights, sounds, and smells and noting the velvety texture of the mountainsides would not have been possible in a car. As the trees appeared at the far end of the lakes, we thought we were in another country – this area was so different from the Ireland we had previously seen. As we came to the end of the pass and entered Killary Harbor, we encountered the rippling waters of Ireland’s fjord.  Without a doubt, Doolough Pass has a natural, unspoiled beauty that no visitor to Ireland should miss.

Kittary Fjord, Connemara
Kittary Fjord, Connemara

8/21/14