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You can hire a bike in Connemara’s largest town, Clifden, and set out on one of the area’s
cycle routes which brings you through the townland of Derrigimlagh on quiet country
roads. Your journey will take you by the blanket bog, a stunning mosaic of tiny lakes and
peat, where you can stop and view two sites of international historical significance.
First, you’ll pass the scattered remnants of the world’s first permanent transatlantic radio
station. It was built more than a century ago by Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi
and transmitted the first transatlantic radio signal in 1907. At its peak, the station employed
several hundred people who helped transmit news across the ocean. It burned
to the ground during the Irish War of Independence, but you can still view the vast site
where many foundations of the buildings and workers’ houses remain.
Nearby you’ll also come across a white memorial in the shape of an aeroplane wing,
which pays tribute to John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown. In 1919, Alcock and
Brown were the first pilots to fly non-stop across the Atlantic, before they crash-landed
(safely) in Derrigimlagh Bog.
Rugged, enduring, and beautiful – the Connemara Pony is the perfect reflection of its native land.
Explore this specially illustrated map for highlights of particularly striking locations on the route. Read on for our recommendations around these beautiful areas, along with captivating videos from local people telling you more...
Dave and Deb of The Planet D spent some time in Ireland this year exploring the route. Here are their choices for top scenic spots on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.