The Tour de Bog

walking tour de bog

It is in fact a simple route - follow the R341 through Ballyconneely, turn right at Ballinaboy onto a quieter road across the bog, and then turn right onto the R341 again at Toombeola, back to Roundstone.

So, from Roundstone (A), head west on the R341, passing Gurteen Bay and Dogs Bay (B) on the left. There are fine views if Errisbeg up to the right, and down left onto the extraordinary white strand of Dogs Bay. As you continue towards Ballyconneely, you can enjoy the coastal views on offer.

At Ballyconneely (C), there are two shops and a pub, along with a church and school. This will be your last chance to stock up on any required refreshments before retuning to Roundstone.

Then the onward route passes beside an attractive shore line session, and brings you through a crossroads (D), with signposts about the Alcock & Brown exploits. At Ballinaboy Bridge (E), where there is a significant bend in the road, turn right to leave the R341.

Going along the usually quiet road, known locally as ‘The Bog Road,’ there are great views of the Twelve Bens to the left. You will also pass some attractive lakes along this part of the route.

As you near Toombeola, you reach the R341 again (F), and turn down to the right for the final 6km back into Roundstone.

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