Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - LONELY PLANET’S IRELAND -

Hud­dled on a boat-filled har­bour, Round­stone (Cloch na R’n) is one of Con­nemara’s gems. Colour­ful ter­race houses and invit­ing pubs over­look the dark re­cess of Ber­tragh­boy Bay – home to lob­ster trawlers and tra­di­tional cur­rachs with tarred can­vas bot­toms stretched over wicker frames. The Drive The 22km in­land route from Round­stone to Clif­den is a lit­tle longer, but the road is bet­ter (es­pe­cially the N59) and the brown, bar­ren beauty of Con­nemara is yours to be­hold. The 18km coastal route along the R341 brings you through more speck­led land­scape; to the south you’ll have glimpses of the ocean.

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