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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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