Galway Gallop 200 Permanent

Organiser: Vincent Jordan


Entry Fee: €5 by PayPal to and Cycling Ireland Licence required, no One-days allowed.

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Route Description:

Starting in Moycullen, Co. Galway, this route brings you to the outskirts of Galway City and over a small hill to the coast road. Following this to Rossaveel and Carraroe, it then passes through the townland with the longest place-name in Ireland: Muckanaghederdauhaulia. The route goes out to Kilkieran, Carna, and Moyrus before turning up to the control in Recess. The Inagh Valley is next before reaching the Killary Fjord and Leenaun. This route has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The views are stunning, unless the weather is down. 

The route is mostly good surfaces, with a few short stretches with grass down the middle and a few potholes. There can be busy traffic on the Coast Rd and on the N59 from Maam Cross to Oughterard. 

Controls in Carraroe (52km), Carna (94km), Recess (Connemara Giant – 122km), Leenaun (148.5 km). Start at any control or other point along the route by agreement with organiser.

There are small shops for food along the way but there are very few options between Carraroe and Leenaun except at controls.

If you’re out around sunset you might recognise the words of cycling champion RJ Mecredy of Connemara: “the placid waters, lapping idly at the grey-bordered inlets and grassy knolls, were transformed from the prosaic order of every day into magical schemes of colour, palest pink, azure, and purple, melting into tender, alluring greens.”

There are nominal controls along the way – but there is little benefit in going off route.

Routesheet: tbc

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Read this page for more details on riding Permanents.

See also

Long-distance cycling in Ireland