• Discover Connemara

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Connemara National Park | Clifden | Oughterard | Roundstone | Inishboffin | The Twelve Bens | Carraroe | Aran Islands | Inishshark | Westport | Maam Cross | Maam | Leenane | Killary | Lettergesh | Tully Cross | Tully | Renvyle | Pearses Cottage | Connemara SmokehouseGlengowla minesAughenure CastleKirk Castle | Adventure | The Western Way | Sli Connemara | Connemarathon | Golf | 


 

Connemara remains one of the wildest and most rugged parts of the Ireland. Even Irish people are surprised at its beauty when they pay a visit. Connemara is wild, wet, and windy but incredibly beautiful, with misty mountains, deep lakes and rivers, waterfalls and forests. It’s completely unspoilt.

 


 

Connemara National Park


Covering almost 3000 hectares of land, Connemara NP has been open since 1980. Four of the 12 Bens lie in the NP, as well as beautiful woodlands and grasslands.

 

Connemara National Park

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Clifden

 

Referred to as the capital of Connemara, Clifden is situated on Clifden Bay. It is a lively town with many restaurants and pubs to choose from. Come here to August for the Connemara Pony Show, a colourful spectacle. Be sure to take the 11km Sky Road. Drive along the bay, it’s quite spectacular. Clifden is the site of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in 1919.

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Oughterard

 

Oughterard is known as the gateway to Connemara, you will arrive here from Galway. It’s a big enough town, and very picturesque.

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Roundstone (Cloch na Ron)

 

Come to see the currach races or the Galway Hookers, or partake in some surfing, or sailing of your own.

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Inishboffin – Inis Bo Finn – Island of the white cow


The legend goes that two fishermen lit a fire on the shore in order to break a curse which placed the island under a contstant shroud of fog. When the fog cleared, they saw an old woman chasing a white cow. When she hit the cow with her stick she turned to stone. The woman and the cow are said to appear to warn of impending disaster.

 

Go from Cleggan Harbour. Inishboffin is a small island, but there’s plenty to do here and it’s well worth a look. You can go sailing, fishing, swimming on one of the beautiful beaches, or enjoy a quiet pint in one of the hotels or the pub.

 

Cromwell's Barracks

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The Twelve Bens (Na Beanna Beola)


To the north east of Roundstone you will see the small mountain range of the 12 Bens. They are very pretty and as they are not too tall, make for great hill walking. And the views from the top of these mountains is exceptional.

 

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Carraroe


Carraroe is on a peninsula between Great Mans Bay (Cuan an Fhir Mhoir) and Casla Bay (Cuan Casla). Come here to see the coral beach, Tra an Doilin, swim or watch the boat races, the Galway Hookers or Baid Mhora and the leathbhaid. These boats once brought turf to the Aran Islands and Clare, now they race.

 

Carraroe, along with Spiddal, Lettermore, Carna and Rosmuc are Irish speaking parts of Connemara.

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Aran Islands


You can fly from Inverin with Aer Arran or take the ferry from Ros a’ Mhil. The islands are Inishmor, Inish Meain and Insiheer. Gaelic is spoken here.

 

The Plassey

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Inishshark


Visit the deserted village on Inishshark. And Insihturk is worth a visit also. Visit Grace O’ Malleys old stomping ground on Clare Island.

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Westport

 

Westport is a beautiful small town in the west of Ireland. One of the most visited places in Westport is Westport House, built in the ruins of Grainne Mhaol’s Castle. The world famous Croagh Patrick is near the town.

 

It’s a legendary town for stags and hens and you’re sure to have a good time. Lots of hotels and B&Bs and apartments to rent, great pubs, sessions.

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Maam Cross


Peacocks in Maam Cross is a great place to get a drink and a bite to eat before you head off on your tour of Connemara. The location couldn’t be better, it’s surrounded by lakes and mountains and gives you a glimpse of what lies ahead.  In October there is a large fair which is a good day out.

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Maam


Famous for being a film location for the Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara, Maam itself is stunning, surrounded by trees and mountains. There are some walking trails, and an angling centre.

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Leenane

 

Leenane sits on the Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord. Leenane is a very old style village. There’s a cultural centre in the town which showcases the local history.

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Killary


Across the fjord from Leenane sits Killary. There is plenty to do here as there is an adventure centre (with a bungee jump) based here. You can also get a cruise out onto the fjord from here.

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Lettergesh


Come here to see the fabulous beaches, go scuba diving or relax and go fishing.

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Tully Cross


Tully Cross is a small but lively village, with thatched cottages, shops, hotels, and pubs. Look for the Ogham Stone, a stone with ancient script and more.

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Tully

 

There's a beautiful beach, a Teach Ceoil, walks and horseriding.

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Renvyle


O’ Flaherty Castle, home of Grace O’ Malley, the Pirate Queen, beautiful beaches, fishing, golf, scuba diving, horse riding, the white strand beach, watch the sunset on Renvyle Point.

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Pearses Cottage (Teach an Phiarsaigh), Rosmuc

 

Patrick Pearse (1879-1916) was the leader of the 1916 Rising and used this cottage in Connemara as his Summer residence. It now houses an exhibition on his life.

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Connemara Smokehouse


A rare traditional smokehouse, where salmon is smoked and marinated.

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Glengowla mines


19th century silver and lead mines where you can get a tour underground.

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Aughnanure Castle


Stronghold of the ferocious O’ Flahertys, a powerful Irish Clan that ruled the area around Lough Corrib. The tower house has a secret room under the Lord’s chamber.

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Kirk Castle

 

The castle of the hen, an old fortress built on an island in Lough Corrib, very impressive.

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Adventure


Connemara is rapidly and deservedly gaining a reputation for adventure sports. Killary Adventure Centre, Delphi, and Petersburg are leading the way in organised adventure days out and weekends.

 

www.delphiadventureholidays.ie

 

www.killaryadventure.com

 

www.petersburg.ie

 

THere are a huge amount of adventure sports you can try here such as canoeing, sailing, caving, orienteering, bungee jumping, climbing, zip rope and diving.

 

Horseriding – www.connemara-trails.com

 

Cruise the fjord at Killary. Deep sea fishing at an Spideal and Cleggan. Dive centre at Renvyle.

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The Western Way


Oughterard, western edge of Lough Corrib, Maamturks, Inagh Valley and around to Killary Harbour. 

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Sli Chonamara

 

Galway city – An Spideal – An Cheathru Rua – Ros Muc – Carna – Letterfrack – Leenane – Clonbur

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Connemarathon


The connemarathon takes place in April around a very scenic area of Connemara.

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Golf

 

Connemara Championship Links(www.connemaragolflinks.com) near Clifden. 27 hole golf course nestled between the twelve bens and the Atlantic.

 

18 holes – Oughterard Golf Club (www.oughterardgolfclub.com) – parkland golf course.

 

9 holes – Connemara Isles Golf Club at Aneach Feain in Leitir Mor, which has stunning views and is always a challenge (www.connemaraislesgolfclub.com)

 

Connemara Isles Golf Club

 

Renvyle Golf Club – on the grounds of Renvyle House Hotel between a lake (lough Rusheenduff and the Atlantic)

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