Things to See & Do in Connemara
Look at the Ocean
It’s there all around you, just begging to be enjoyed—from the beach, from a chair atop the hillside, or from any of several rooms inside your beach house.
Walk, Hike, or Climb a Mountain
Whatever your pleasure or ability, there’s an uncrowded path waiting for you—along a beach, out and around Omey Island, alongside or over the hills and mountains of Connemara. The Twelve Ben Mountains, Mweelrea and the Maumturk Mountains all lie within a short drive of your beach house. Local beaches include White Strand and Glassilaun at Renvyle, Mannin Bay, Gurteen, and Dogs Bay.
Connemara National Park
Just down the road at Letterfrack lies the headquarters and entrance to the nearly 3000 hectares of woodlands, bogs, and mountains that make up the Connemara National Park.
Entrance is free. There’s a tea and coffee shop, a playground for children, fantastic audio-visual presentations in the park’s Visitor Centre, as well as a boardwalk and carved-stone path to the top of the Diamond, one of the 12 Ben Mountains.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens
Like a near-translucent alabaster and charcoal sculpture at first glimpse, this romantic and enchanting castle perches snugly along the utterly still and deep blue Lake Pollacappul and in the folds of its tree-covered mountainside.
The history and timeless beauty of this Benedictine Abbey, first built as a wedding gift in the 19th century, helps explain whit Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Gardens are one of the most visited and photographed locations in Ireland.
When you crave a bit of adrenaline or relief from absolute relaxation, bustling and vibrant Clifden Town is a quick 10-minute drive from your beach house. Music pubs, restaurants, charming boutique shops and art galleries line the streets of this friendly market town. Clifden attracts artists and musicians, craftsmen and merchants, as well as locals and international visitors to socialise, share a pint, and enjoy the electricity of life without the noise and stress of the city.
Trout & Salmon Fishing or Deep Sea Angling
With the sea beckoning from all around you and the currachs slipping by the windows, carrying our local fishermen and their nets, no one would blame anyone for getting the itch to fish these azure-blue waters. Connemara is a paradise for the trout and salmon enthusiast as well as the avid or beginning deep-sea angler. Lakes and rivers that empty into the Atlantic bays shelter massive browns, even larger (and easier to catch) coarse fish like pike, and are accessible from several of the small rural lanes that criss-cross Connemara. Several charter boats will gladly take you out for the day or a few hours of fishing around or beyond the green coastal islands.
Quiet country roads, tracks and paths offer a wonderfully fresh way to take in the seascapes, island views, and mountain vistas at a serene and sensible pace. With 2 wheels and a picnic lunch, the peninsulas, beaches—and even all of Omey Island at low tide—are yours to survey and explore at your leisure.
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We look forward to welcoming you to Connemara!