Doo Lough Valley
Doo Lough Valley
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AussiesBallarat
Ballarat, Australia779 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Having driven the 15km Sky Road loop out of Clifden, we chose to return to Galway by continuing on the N59, via Letterfrack, skirting a large lake, until we reached the turn off onto the R344. This slightly rougher, but perfectly drivable single-car-width road (for much of the time) skirted Lough Inagh on the right, with tall mountainous peaks on the left, and fluffy sheep roaming freely on both sides and on the road itself, not fazed by cars at all. Eventually we rejoined the N59 after a drive across breathtakingly beautiful countryside, showing scenic Ireland at its best. Just don't be in a hurry.
Written February 8, 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,875 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
A winding stunning drive with the Mamturk Mountains on one side, the 12 Bens on the other and a couple of sparkling lakes including Lough Inagh. Its a stunning drive, it really is. Very few places to pull in for a picture but still well worth doing.
Easy to spot the Lough Inagh Drive signpost near Recess off the main Clifden to Oughterard road, the drive will lead eventually to Kylemore.
Written July 26, 2021
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Fussy Mayo Man
Dublin, Ireland65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Wonderful in any weather but if you are lucky enough to get sunny day the lough sparkles like it is full of diamonds.
Written August 11, 2020
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Ronan
44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Something is very wrong when you are struck by sudden, searing anger towards people you have always considered heroes. The beauty of the Doo Lough area is without challenge, no matter the weather. Yet some people travel here specifically to recall those 600 distraught souls who endured torment and horror in this stunningly beautiful area in 1849; to pay tribute to their distress and their deaths. With every respect, why do Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the 1990's Dunnes Stores Strikers feature so dramatically on this Co Mayo Great Famine Memorial? These otherwise excellent people should appear no more and no less prominently than any other pilgrim or visitor to this weather-beaten, tragic monument. The Doo Lough Valley Memorial concerns those 600 people. Please do not dilute their pain.
Written June 13, 2019
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Tgrsc
Ireland62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
My favourite place in Ireland ,stunning view peace and quite beautiful in all weather conditions . pleas don’t come
Written August 13, 2018
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Thewest72
Westport, Ireland50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
As a local this is one of the my most beautiful drives anywhere. I think the neighbouring counties Galway and Mayo each have a side of the Lough in parts, i may be wrong as i always assumed Doo Lough was in Co. Mayo.
To appreciate the 'Wow' factor views i would start from the Louisburgh side straight through town, across the bridge and the first turning left towards Leenane which in itself has some fantastic views of Clew Bay on the way out from Westport. As the road meanders through the ever increasing amazing views it suddenly opens up to a view of the valley that you will have to see for yourselves!!!!!
I have memories from my childhood of playing down by the Lough's edge and i now enjoying giving my children hopefully the same memories!!
If a person comes away form Doo Lough, no matter what weather you visit it in and says it didn't impress them is quite frankly souless!!!
Written July 2, 2018
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mmg22153
Springfield, VA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Quite beautiful with rolling mountains, lakes and rivers. The mist came in and covered the tops of the mountains making a spectacular sight. We saw a Celtic cross along the side of the road. It is a memorial recognizing the hundreds of people who died during the Famine Walk of 1849. The tragedy of this walk through rugged territory being seen with our own eyes brings the tragedy to life. Beauty and tragedy together. We saw three horses standing along the road side behind a wire fence. Sheep are on the road from time to time with their colored coats. On our trip out to the valley we slowly drove behind a huge cow who let us know he was the boss of the road. Quite fun!!
Written December 17, 2017
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Linerguy
United States994 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
One of the highlights of our trip, the Doo Lough Valley is a remarkable drive. I agree that it's best driven North to South, but I would also suggest taking the road up to the Sheeffry Pass, turn around and come back down, and continuing on.

We actually stayed circling around the lake, passing Aasleagh Falls and then stopping at The Carraig Bar for lunch. Then we got on the Connemara Loop (another lovely drive).

One of the best views is from the Famine Memorial at the North entrance to the valley....just spectacular. We arrived at the perfect time...the combination of clouds, sunshine and rain made for some incredible photos.

Don't miss this.
Written September 27, 2017
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linda_morris
New Albany, IN53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
We passed through the Doo Lough Valley on our way back from seeing the coffin ship in Louisburgh. It appears unexpectedly and takes your breath away. Pictures cannot do justice to how stunningly beautiful this spot is. It has a tragic history that involves the famine and it is sad to think something bad came out of such a beautiful place. This is our 3rd trip to Ireland and this rates as one of my favorite drives.
Written July 18, 2017
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Ian3591
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We did a lot of spectactular drives throughout Scotland and Ireland, and this particular one is definitely on the podium. Follow the R335 out of Westport - in parts it becomes quite bleak and remote, but after the small village of Derryheigh the landscape begins to change. The Doolough Valley Famine Memorial is small but very poignant, and at that point you see the first amazing vista of the valley. The road then skirts the eastern edge of the massive lake of Doo Lough - just a beautiful part of the world. At Clog you can then turn right onto N59, around the perimeter of Killary Fjoord and on to Clifden.
Written November 8, 2019
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