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A forty minuet drive from the connemara national park in the direction of cong is the old road or as it’s known locally the “sean bother” . It’s the old road from clombur to cong and it’s great for biking . Good surface very few cars and stunning views over lough corrib . The road starts by turning off the main road about 2 k before you get to clombur or 100 meters before the new road and it ends in the grounds of ashford castle . Along the way we enjoyed fantastic views of lough corrib . Got very close to a family of swans And had a stroll in the woods just before ashford castle . In total it’s around 20 k there and back but you can break it up as we did with a snack in cong . There are a good few options . Ashford castle is open to the public for lunch but it’s very expensive .
I’ve previously eat in the hungry monk which is very good. This time we tried the crows nest bar and bistro which has a large menu . It’s a great day out the drive there and back is very scenic we also took in a bike ride ,the swans ,a walk in the woods ,the castle and cong village , a great day out.

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Welcome to Mike's Connemara Blog. Here you will find valuable information to make the most of your time in Connemara. Mike is a well traveled Connemara native who for the past 15 years has taken pride in helping people find the best Connemara has to offer. Walks, Hikes, The best tourist attractions, secret picnic spots, events, festivals, bars,  restaurants and accommodation are just some of the categories he covers. It's all impartial advice but bear in mind Mike also runs The Connemara National Park Lodge and Restaurant 🙂  
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