The city also bears the nickname “The City of the Tribes” (Irish: Cathair na dTreabh) because “fourteen tribes” of merchant families led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period. The term tribes was often a derogatory one in Cromwellian times. The merchants would have seen themselves as Irish gentry and loyal to the King. They later adopted the term as a badge of honour and pride in defiance of the town’s Cromwellian occupier
In 2007, Galway was named as one of the eight “sexiest cities” in the world. A 2008 poll ranked Galway as the 42nd best tourist destination in the world, or 14th in Europe and 2nd in Ireland (behind Dingle). It was ranked ahead of all European capitals except Edinburgh, and many traditional tourist destinations (such as Venice).
Galway has a vibrant and varied musical scene. As in most Irish cities traditional music is popular and is kept alive in pubs and by street performers. Notable bands from Galway include The Saw Doctors and The Stunning. Galway Early Music Festival presents European music from the 12th to the 18th century. It encourages not only music, but also dance and costumes. The festival involves both professional and amateur musicians.
Galway city is a major centre for traditional Irish music. Traditional and contemporary music can be heard at numerous locations around the city. Among the more notable are The King’s Head on High Street, Tigh Neachtáin and The Quays on Quay Street, Róisín Dubh and Monroe’s Tavern on Lr Dominic Street.Irish language
Galway City has a reputation among Irish cities for being associated with the Irish language, music, song and dancing traditions. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Bilingual Capital of Ireland’, although like elsewhere in the Republic of Ireland, inhabitants converse mostly in English. The city is well known for its “Irishness”, mainly because it has on its doorstep the Galway Gaeltacht. Irish theatre, television and radio production and Irish music form a component of Galway city life, with both An Taibhdhearc, the National Irish Language Theatre, in Galway city itself, while TG4 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta headquarters are in the Connemara Gaeltacht elsewhere in County Galway.
Galway – The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way drive along the Galway coast takes no less than 2 days to finish yet 2 weeks would be perfect to appropriately absorb the area.
Top Attractions on the Galway Stage of the Wild Atlantic Way
The accompanying is a rundown of the main 40 Attractions and ‘Things to See and Do’ on the Wild Atlantic Way from south to north beginning at Kinvarra with bounty all the more not specified here:
Kinvarra – Dunguaire Castle and Medieval Banquet
Galway City, Eyre Square, Spanish Arch, Latin Quarter, Lynch Memorial and Quay Street
Galway Festivals – Galway Races, Arts Festival, Tedfest Aran Islands – Fr. Ted and others
Salthill Promenade and Beach
Spiddal Village and Beach
Rossaveel and Carraroe Beach
Ship or fly to the novel Aran Islands – strolling, cycling and the sky is the limit from there
Errisbeag Mountain (300m) Walk for grand perspectives over Roundstone
Ballyconneely Beaches and Links Golf Course
Sky Road Scenic Drive
Derroura Mountain Bike Trails
Steed riding on Connemaras Beaches
Connemara National Park
Glencoaghan Horseshoe Loop Walk, Galway
Muckanaght, Benfree and Benbaun Loop Walk, Galway
Derrigimalagh Bog and Nature Reserve
The Wild Atlantic Way is Irelandsdriving course along the whole west bank of Ireland from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south. In the event that you are searching for an occasion agenda from a couple of days to a few weeks, look no further as the Wild Atlantic Way course has everything. From bluff top perspectives to extraordinary climbs and from noteworthy urban areas to picture impeccable beachfront towns and a percentage of the best surfing on the planet, the Wild Atlantic Way drive is ideal for voyagers of all ages and tastes. Back off and experience the true Ireland.
– The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest marked beachfront traveler course on the planet at give or take 2,750 km (1,700 miles) long.
– You can join the Wild Atlantic Way at any number of focuses along its length, complete it in either bearing and delight in the numerous shorter side circles and many attractions, strolls, cycles, golf, angling, surfing, swimming and spots to stay and see along the Wild Atlantic Way.
An authentic, award-winning festival celebrating 30 years. A space for walking, talking and fun in the company of a multi-disciplinary team of poets, painters and musicians in the wondrous Conamara landscape.
The Conamara Bog Week Festival 2014 is an authentic, award-winning festival celebrating 30 years. The festival aims to provide a space for walking, talking and fun in the company of a multi-disciplinary team of poets, painters and musicians in the wondrous Conamara landscape.
This ten day, fun packed festival celebrating Letterfrack, with lots of great music and buckets of fun for all the family. Active participation for all ages is a hallmark of this festival - whether it is walking, running, talking, dancing, painting or making music, there is something for everyone.
Highlights include the Family Fun Day and the Conamara Walkabout, which is an exploration of the landscape in the company of poets, musicians & scientists. Throughout the week there will be a number of talks and guided walks; and the very best of trad music with well-known players such as the Kane Sisters, Sean Tyrell, Johnny Connolly, the Hernon Family, the Devaney Brothers, Conor Keane, Josephine Marsh, Marie Walsh, Mary Bergin, Johnny O'Halloran, Gerry Whelan and Mary Staunton."
A 31K sprint course with three disciplines: trail/mountain running, kayaking and cycling. Open to racers of all levels with a free after-party!
The Connemara Adventure Challenge is a 31K sprint course with three disciplines: trail/mountain running, kayaking and cycling.
This event is open to racers of all levels and is a fantastic test of your ability. Enjoy all that Connemara has to offer with spectacular scenery and a great course, all topped off with a free after-party!
A celebration of Killary mussels with mussel cooking demonstrations and competitions, music, fun, children's activities, drama, heritage walks, a country market and lots of craic!
The Connemara Mussel Festival is a celebration of Killary mussels which takes place every May Bank Holiday Weekend. The festival includes mussel cooking demonstrations and competitions, music, fun, children's activities, drama, heritage walks, a country market and lots of craic.
The hub of the festival is in Tullycross Village where professional chefs will demonstrate the cooking of mussels and other local produce. The amateur and celebrity mussel cooking competitions are a major highlight as is the GMIT School of Catering students' competition. The Head Judge for the weekend is Máirín Uí Chomáin.
Other activities over the weekend include heritage walks in Connemara's majestic scenery; dramatic presentations and children's storytelling; talks on beekeeping and foraging; fly casting classes; a country market with local producers offering crafts and food; an exhibition of work by local artists with opening on Saturday night; and the Taste of Connemara Dinner, followed by a dance.
Walking festival with variety of walks for all levels, with talks, cycles and a farewell ceili. Enjoy fantastic views of mountains and sea in beautiful Connemara.
The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival sees walkers of all kinds taking on a variety of walks including, including Mweelrea, the MaamTurks and the Devils Mother.
Enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea as Leenane is situated on the edge of Killary Harbour and surrounded by mountains in all directions.
All guided walks are led by qualified and experienced guides, aided by locals with vast knowledge and information on the area. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided as well as tea/coffee and scones at various local businesses at the end of each day. All walkers are covered by Public Liability Insurance.
There are also talks, cycles and the whole weekend is finished off with a ceili!
Explore the highlands and islands of beautiful Connemara, led by renowned archaeologist Michael Gibbons who offers a unique insight into the cultural and historic heritage of the area. Suitable for all walkers.
The Connemara Four Seasons Spring Walking Festival offers walkers of all levels the opportunity to explore the beautifully rugged and wild area of Connemara, with its spectacular scenery, mountains, beaches and islands.
Walks are carefully selected by your guide, renowned archaeologist Michael Gibbons, who combines a unique insight into the area's historic and cultural heritage with challenging walks.
Appropriate walks are selected for each of the four annual events to showcase the Connemara landscape as it goes through the various seasons. See website for full details.
Situated in the centre of Roundstone village and over-looking the most picturesque working harbour in the West of Ireland, O'Dowds has been serving both locals and visitors since 1840. Wood panelled walls and open fires give it an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness. It is a relaxing place where you can enjoy a pint and a bite from the reasonably priced bar menu which includes a good range of fresh local seafood. The present owners are always on hand offering gentle advice and service and O'Dowds is renowned for serving the best seafood in Ireland.
Galway City Museum reopened on 16th April 2007 with the launch of its permanent exhibition. Among the highlights on show is a rare 17th century altar piece, the new location of the statue of Pádraic Ó'Connaire and the Galway City hooker boat, named 'Máirtín Oliver' by the general public. Other highlights include the Galway Civic Sword and Great Mace. The Civic Sword dates from the time of the Charter of King James I. The Great Mace, a massive piece of ornamental silverwork, was made in Dublin in 1710, and was presented to the town by Edward Eyre, Mayor of Galway, in 1712.
The ground floor of the Museum houses a fascinating collection of artefacts dating back to Prehistoric and Medieval times, while the first and second floors host exhibitions reflecting the history, stories and experiences of the people of Galway. The galleries host a series of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. New exhibitions include prehistoric and medieval Galway, Padraic Ó'Conaire - the man and the statue, Lamb in Connemara (paintings by Charles Lamb), dancehall days, cinema in alway, the Arts in Galway, and modern languages (craft exhibition).
Connemara Golf Club is one of the few authentic links courses in the world. Full restaurant and bar facilities available in the most comfortable surrounding. Our professionally trained staff are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Connemara.
The Connemara Marahon comprises of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and is Ireland's only on-road Ultra Marathon (39.3 miles). Taking place in March/April every year, the event regularly attracts a sell out field with representatives from over 30 Countries.
Inishbofin lies approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) off the coast of Connemara, County Galway. It is about 5.5 km (3½ mi) long and 3 km (2 mi) wide, and has around 200 inhabitants. The island is popular with artists. Inishbofin can be reached by ferry from the pier in Cleggan.
No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The 9 mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm. Our cruise ship can accommodate up to 150 passengers and has been designed to offer the maximum of comfort and safety to our guests, with uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery.
Cnoc Suain is an enchanting pre-famine hill village of thatched and slated stone cottages dating back to 1691. Situated in an Irish (Gaelic) speaking region of beautiful Connemara landscape. We offer a memorable cultural and educational experience in an atmosphere of warm hospitality, traditional home cooking and authentic stone and thatched cottages. Experience a sense of peace and tranquility.
Award winning heritage centre located 5 miles from Clifden Town, the capital of Connemara. It offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Offers fine reconstructions of early settlement in the area including a crannóg, a ring fort and a clochaun. Audio visual presentations in English, Irish, German & French. Tea room serving teas etc.
Guided walking tours in Mayo and Connemara. Transport, pack lunch, guide, 3 star hotel accommodation in Westport and 6 evening meals are all included. The tours run throughout the summer months from May until September.
Enjoy a weekend retreat dedicated to the complete rest and revival of your body, mind and soul. We will focus on removing stress, restoring balance and creating harmony with lots of great yoga, relaxation, meditation, long walks in stunning areas of Connemara, with treatments and delicious vegetarian food, whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings at Ananda Yoga Retreat. Prices from €275.
Kayakmór, sea kayaking in Galway Bay cater for all levels of kayaking from beginners to experts and tailor our trips to suit. Kayakmór offers half or full day trips at a range of stunning locations; the inlets of Galway Bay, bays and beaches of Connemara, or on the large inland lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, dotted with hundreds of Islands.
With Shearwater Sea Kayaking you can explore the deserted islands, coral beaches and unique wildlife of Connemara under the ever-present backdrop of the Twelve Bens. Shearwater Sea Kayaking offers you sea kayaking instruction courses as well as guided and customized trips led by instructors who want to inspire and enthuse you. So come on board, you won't be disappointed!
Situated just a few miles from Galway city, in the magnificent surroundings of the Connemara countryside, this family run Equestrian Centre has developed a fine reputation for the range of horse riding facilities on offer. Our established riding centre offers Horse Riding Lessons & various Trekking Adventures to suit all levels of rider from novice to advanced, for both individuals & groups.
Roundstone Music and Craft Shop lies within the walls of an old Franciscan Monastery in the quaint fishing village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. It is a fine Craftsman's Craft shop, Music, fashion and coffee shop. Inside the music shop Bodhrans can be purchased here and they can also have Celtic designs hand painted on them or even a Family Crest. However, it is also an excellent place to relax over coffee or even use the outdoor picnic area alongside the monastery bell tower in this beautiful location right on the water. A large private car-park is also provided for our visitors.
The Cleggan Beach Riding Centre is an approved riding school and is Connemara's most renowned beach trekking centre. The centre provides a variety of trekking options including short and long treks and mountain treks. Our most popular ride is our 3 hour trek across a huge spectacular beach to Omey Island at low tide. We have 3 resident qualified instructors with over 30 years experience and a large number of well-schooled horses and ponies suitable for all ages and standards.
The Connemara Trail, run by Aille Cross Equestrian Centre is not just for riders, but for anyone who enjoys other activities in a peaceful Irish atmosphere. Connemara a vast region where you will meet a man with a very original personaiity, Willie Leahy; the very incarnation of an lrish horseman, who will be your guide during a week or more of trekking through the gaelic West. For beginners and experienced riders alike, Willie Leahy provides the suitable horse and leads you to the discovery of the Connemara / Coast Trails. Six days or more of exciting and relaxing holidays, where, after you spending four to six hours a day on horseback, you are accommodated in luxurious hotels or guesthouses while the horses graze freely in a nearby field.
Guided by this friendly centaure, you cross the wild green hills, the rust coloured bogs through which, alone an experienced man knows his way. Among castle and manor ruins and along mountain paths, there is a picnic stop. The Trails are not confined to horselovers. On demand, many activities such as river fishing and deep-sea fishing, golf, cycling, mountain climbing or walking the little deserted roads, swimming etc. can be organised. Non-riders will meet their riding Partners every evening to share their daily experience in the hotel pub
Mulberrys Italian & Seafood Restaurant offers a classic, bistro-style menu of authentic Italian pasta, prime cuts of Irish steaks and local fresh seafood. The wide-ranging à la carte offers plenty of popular dishes, with starters like chowder or vegetable tartlet, while main courses offer a choice of pasta dishes such prawn & crab ravioli, fish dishes like halibut in beurre blanc plus several steak options and plus substantial mains such as roast half duck in plum sauce. It is located in the picturesque village of barna on the coast road to Connemara. It is open daily at 5pm for dinner with an early-bird menu available between 5pm and 7pm. On Sundays Mulberrys opens at 12.30pm with a Sunday lunch menu, and stays open all day. For reservations, phone 091- 592123.
Oughterard Golf Club is a charming and challenging course set in tranquil parkland between Lough Corrib to the East and the Connemara Mountains to the North and North West. It comprises of 18 championship holes that are lined with mature native Irish trees, including Oak, Hazel and Birch and traditional Limestone walls are a main feature throughout. It is an excellent test of golf, with numerous water features, sand bunkers etc. that are strategically placed to protect the par of the course. The Golf Club is renowned for its hospitality and is an ideal venue to include on a golfing holiday in the West of Ireland.
Kylemore Abbey, known as Ireland's most romantic Castle is located in Connemara, Co. Galway and is the most visited attraction in the West of Ireland. The Abbey is situated beside an idyllic Lake and is backed by steep mountains providing a postcard perfect view. Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history including engineering initiatives, model farms, tragedy, royal visits, gambling debts, a hideaway during Ireland's troubled history as well as excellence in education.
Home to the Benedictine Nuns since 1920, much of the Kylemore estate has been restored to its former glory and is open to visitors all year. Visitors can also browse in the Craft shop and retail centre, viewing our unique Kylemore Abbey Pottery as it is produced in our Pottery Studio or relax over coffee in the Restaurant whilst sampling the freshly home-cooked delights.
Portfinn Lodge and Fjord restaurant is a family run business sinse 1978 serving locally sourced produce. Located in the heart of Connemara on Killary Fjord in Leenane, Portfinn Lodge offers quality food and accommodation at value for money prices. There are eleven comfortable rooms with En suite bathroom and either sea or mountain views. The lodge is ideally situated for the angler, both game & sea, within easy reach are the lakes of Mask, Corrib and Carra, the salmon fisheries of Delphi and Erriff and the sea angling centres of Westport and Clifden. The lodge's restaurant has panoramic views of the Killary harbour and the surrounding mountains. When in Connemara, try Portfinn.
On the edge of Europe and beside the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara Caravan and Camping Park offers a wide range of facilities and local attractions guaranteed to make your holiday one to remember. The Park is registered and approved by the Irish Tourist board and has direct access to the famed Lettergesh beach, with a mile of golden sands, and is surrounded by a wonderland of unspoiled natural beauty. Local activities include finest fresh water angling in Europe, sea fishing, golf, mountain climbing, boat trips to offshore islands, deep sea / scuba diving, wind surfing and pony trekking. Dolphins often seen from site and nearby sandy beaches. Diving Centre close by also. Campsite and Caravan Park open from 1 May - 30 Sept.
The Avoca store in Connemara, on Ireland's dramatic Atlantic coast is situated right on the shores of Ballinakil Bay on the main Clifden - Westport road at Letterfrack. A must-see for visitors to Connemara, the shop combines the very best of Irish crafts, gifts, clothes and soft furnishings, all with a view out across a magnificent rugged coastline and rolling hills of Connemara National Park.
It is the ideal place to pick up gifts or something special for yourself. There's something for everyone from womenswear to outdoor gear to delicious food from the Avoca Pantry range, perfect for that beach or mountainside picnic on the Twelve Pins.
There is also a large selection of scarves, rugs and throws in fine mohairs, lambswool and cashmere in many cases woven at the family Mill in Avoca Village, Co Wicklow.
Working for many years with talented Irish craftspeople, the store provides an exciting selection of exclusive gifts and accessories including glass, leather, pottery, silk, ironwork, jewellery, organic farming produce, perfumes and candles. Avoca is an Irish family-run business that spans one of the world's oldest surviving manufacturing companies and Ireland's most exciting stores. The beautifully bright and airy café is also worth a visit to rest tired legs after a morning of sightseeing.
Glengowla Mines offers a fun day out for all the family! Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore! Delve into the depths of the mines where you can explore the caverns of marble studded with lead and silver. Follow the veins of copper pyrite which will lead you to the 'miners gold' - Galena. Marvel at the rare and beautiful crystals of quartz and fluorite. Learn of the working conditions the miners worked under before the mines closed in 1865. A firm favourite with adults and children alike is to pan for gold and gems at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find! Come join us on a unique underground tour of Connemara's only show mine. Glengowla is also home to a working farm where you can meet 'Bob' the sheep dog, say hello to the Connemara Ponies and help save some turf.
Located on the busy hub of Quay Street with a beautiful view overlooking Galway Bay, Jurys Inn Galway is perfectly situated in the heart of this historic city centre.
With the Spanish Arch (1584) and Medieval City Wall (dating back to the 13th Century) just a two minute walk from our Galway hotel and Eyre Square Shopping Centre and Galway train station within a ten minute walk from Jurys Inn, we are perfectly placed for guests wanting transport links, retail therapy and historic city attractions!
For those seeking to immerse themselves in Galway's bustling cultural hub, Shop Street is bursting with shops, nightlife, and restaurants and is just a 5 minute jaunt from Jurys Inn.
Galway Hotel Features
Jurys Inn Galway offers 130 stylish rooms from the standard double to our superior range, all perfectly designed to provide our guests ultimate comfort away from home.
Our Galway hotel rooms are spacious and can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children under twelve. Curl up on one of our large soft beds or relax in a hot bubble bath in the en-suite bathroom, complete with complimentary toiletries. Our hotel rooms also include well-lit work areas, multi-channel flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
Whether you are visiting our hotel as a business or pleasure guest, Jurys Inn in Galway offers all the amenities needed for a relaxing stay.
Wheelchair Friendly Rooms
Jurys Inn provides a number of wheelchair accessible bedrooms. These rooms have been designed to the highest specifications to make your stay with Jurys Inn Galway as easy and pleasurable as possible.
These bedrooms include wide doorways, floor space to manoeuvre, lowered beds and accessible bathrooms with railings and emergency cords.
Food and Drink
Jurys Inn Galway offers a stylish on-site bar for those wishing to relax with a beverage after exploring the city centre or a long day of business. Peruse our bar menu for a range of delicious meals from horseshoe gammon to classic burgers.
For a more extensive two or three course meal, our in-house contemporary restaurant offers a range of dishes from mouth-watering fillets of sea bass to succulent steaks. For our younger guests we provide a kids menu.
Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate from our all-day coffee bar where you can sit with a newspaper, curl up with a good book, or surf the web with Jurys Inn's hotel-wide Wi-Fi.
Buttermilk Lodge is a warm and friendly home away from home. Purpose-built for modern comfort on a quiet and sheltered hillside, we're just a 400 metre (5 minute) walk to Clifden Town, the capital of Connemara. You can park your car in our paved car park and walk to town.
Clifden has numerous pubs, (live music on most nights and every night from 6.30pm in summer time !) excellent restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries and other attractions. Connemara, with its mountains, beaches and spectacular coastline, is an area of outstanding beauty that draws people to return again and again.
Buttermilk Lodge is registered with Fáilte Ireland as a 3-Star Guesthouse (similar in standards to a 3 Star Hotel). We have been listed in several guides (see our Guest Comments) and have received numerous awards.
Our guesthouse offers:
All the comforts of home: Hotel Standards at B&B prices!
A smoke-free home
Excellent freshly cooked breakfasts ( an extensive menu) and home baking
Complimentary tea, coffee and homemade cake on arrival
A computer for guests' use with high speed internet access and printer
WiFi broadband internet throughout the house
Ample parking and just a 5 minute walk to town
Guest lounge with real turf fire, accessible to guests at all times, with complimentary tea & coffee facilities, original art, books, games, etc.
Early breakfasts, packed lunches and laundry service all available
Open February 14 to October 31, 2014
Reasonable rates with special offers for 2 nights or more
Make Buttermilk Lodge your base while visiting Clifden or exploring Connemara. You'll know you've found us when you see the old milk churns on the pillars!
Call +353 (0)95 21951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our online booking form to book your holiday today.
For more than twenty years we have welcomed guests to relax and experience an old-style Irish welcome at our 160-year old hostel building. Feel free to call or mail to see the experience we have to offer.
To book a room please call us on +353 87 2349543, e-mail us on email@example.com or DM us on Twitter @oldmonastery.
You can also read testimonials and see pics from friends who've stayed here or like and follow our page on facebook
For a more objective view on our experience you can also check Hostelz and The Backbacker's Ultimate Guide
Built to guest house specification, this hostel has 3 large kitchens & 11 en-suite rooms. Rest assured, your stay here will be one of the best you'll have in Ireland. But don't take our word for it, check out the guestbook.
The ensuite room's range from double/triple/dorm to family rooms according to the customer needs. There are also another 5 double rooms that are not ensuite. There are 3 large well-equipped kitchens, 3 dining areas, a barbecue balcony and 2 sitting/TV/reading rooms. A laundry room and the Internet are also available.
Number 8 in the Top Ten Hostels in Ireland (Hostelworld.com Awards 2011)!
The Connemara Hostel is spectacularly situated in the heart of Connemara overlooking The Killary – Ireland's only fjord, which runs 16km from the village of Leenane to where it opens onto the Atlantic Ocean. In his famous book of 1,000 'Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die' Steve Davey included Killary Harbour in the Top 40 - and we agree!
Built in the late 1800s the former hunting lodge has now been converted into one of the most comfortable hostels anywhere in Europe. It has over 100 beds in 21 en suite rooms – both private and dormitory.
The Connemara Hostel has some fantastic facilities including residents' lounge, free internet and Wi-Fi access, TV room, self-catering kitchen, outdoor terrace, its own tennis court and access to a range of organised outdoor adventure pursuits on its doorstep. The hostel also has a libaray with travel books, and books of Irish interest.
The Connemara Hostel offers camping facilities for €12 per pitch and first person. €7/person in same tent thereafter. Shower and lounging facilities available. Free internet included. No reservation necessary - just come along with your tent!
It is possible to walk to the village of Leenane (6km, along the fjord) - see www.leenanevillage.com
For secure online reservations at The Connemara Hostel go to Book Now; for a greater variety of options go to the Accommodation Enquiry form; or for more general queries complete our Contact Us form.
Seafood Bar Restaurant and Hostel with Walking Breaks at Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey
The Bards Den in Letterfrack - Hostel • Bar • RestaurantAffordable accommodation, great food and drink at reasonable prices, a traditional Irish pub Book Nowthat has inspired many an impromptu session—plus direct access to the hiking and walking trails of Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and a short drive to Scuba Dive West at Killary Harbour. Food, Drink and Accommodation to suit every BUDGET. We offer FREE WiFi in the Bar, Restaurant and Hostel. You'll find it all right here at The Bards Den! Explore Kylemore Abbey, the Renvyle Peninsula and Connemara National Park from The Bards Den! If the Search Engines are showing no rooms, use the "BOOK NOW" button for latest availability.
Diamond Hill in Letterfrack, Connemara We are one of the oldest hostels in Connemara and offer 12 comfortable and cosy en-suite rooms with modern facilities that can accommodate nearly any sleeping arrangement on any budget. Continental breakfast is included and full Irish breakfast available, plus we offer free WiFi and free walking & hiking maps to our guests. You can make your reservation securely on www.bardsden.com .
Our fully-licensed and award-winning restaurant serves fantastic seafood, traditional pub fare, and a full range of wines and drinks at a fair price. We prepare dishes to order—using Connemara Lamb, Prime Irish Beef, and Fresh Seafood delivered daily—to guarantee the freshest of home-cooked food at a reasonable price.Pets Welcome
Open fires, cosy snugs and the perfect pint served in our traditional pub attract hill-walkers and scuba-divers year-round, as well as Irish musicians and the sean nós singers and dancers that Letterfrack is renowned for. To book an unforgettable stay at The Bards Den in Letterfrack, ring us on +353 (0)95 41042, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our secure online booking form. We look forward to welcoming you to The Den!
The Hotel has 34 ensuite bedrooms in total with twenty providing views of Killary Harbour. Each room is uniquely styled with antique furnishings in keeping with the Hotel's character.
We also have single rooms with views available but as these are in limited numbers we advise early booking to avoid disappointment and to have the single supplement charge waived.
Children up to age 5 years receive free hotel accommodation
Children from 5 to 12 years receive a 50% reduction on hotel rates
Over 12 years, priced the same as adult hotel rates
Peacockes Hotel is nestled in the shadows of mount Leckavrea and surrounded by beautiful lakes making it the ideal Accommodation in Connemara.
Peacockes Hotel is situated in Maam Cross, at the Cross road leading to the four quarters of Connemara - described as Europes last great wilderness.
Peacockes Hotel is the perfect base for visitors to the area, outdoor enthusiast who want to explore or those who want to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Connemara. It is a great place to stay, eat or drink. Sit back and enjoy the comfortable surroundings and efficient service, which provide a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
The surrounding area of Co. Galway offers an abundance of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Guests can partake in enjoyable activities including cycling, golf, angling, walking, horse riding, hiking or just savouring the beautiful Connemara scenery. Trips to the Aran Islands and Inishbofin Island are not too far away and both are an experience one must partake at least once.With a central location amongst all Connemara has to offer, Peacocke's is the perfect County Galway hotel from which to enjoy the beauty of this rugged part of Ireland.
Connemara is an area of exceptional natural beauty located in the West of Ireland and bound by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, south and north. It is home to the Twelve Bens mountain range, beautiful lakes and vast bog lands.
This unspoiled area of Ireland is the perfect retreat, whether for quiet walks or peaceful fishing, or the more adventurous getaway for mountain climbing, cycling or horse riding.
Maam Cross is accessed from Dublin via the N6 to the N59, or from Shannon via the N18 to the N59. Follow all signs for Clifden once entering Galway City.
Óstán Chuan Chárna/Carna Bay Hotel is owned and managed by the Cloherty Family. The hotel is situated in the heart of the West Connemara Gaeltacht and is surrounded by some of the finest scenery in Ireland, and is an ideal base for touring the Connemara Region.
Carna Bay Hotel is a proud member of Irish Country Hotels.
Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, Connemara National Park, Aran & Inishbofin Islands, Killary Cruise are some of the many Connemara attractions that are only a short drive away.
Carna Bay Hotel is a Pet Friendly Hotel and the local area and beaches are ideal for keeping those loved ones entertained!
Our Friendly staff most of whom are native Irish speakers will ensure your stay with us is a memorable one.
Ta Óstán Chuan Chárna suite I gcroi lar Gaeltacht Chonamara ait an é Gaelige an chead teanga. Tá clú agus cáil ar cheantair Charna ar a gcuid cultuire, oidhreacht, ceol tradisunta, amhranaiocht agus damhsa ar an sean nos. Chomh maith le sin ta radharcana agus tránna alainn ar fud an cheantair.
Currarevagh House is a gracious early Victorian Country House Hotel, set in 180 acres of private parkland and woodland bordering on Lough Corrib. We offer an oasis of privacy for guests in an idyllic, undisturbed natural environment, providing exceptional personal service with a high standard of accommodation and old fashioned, traditional character. A genuine warm welcome from the owners.
The Drawing RoomCurrarevagh (pronounced "Curra – reeva") still retains the atmosphere of a bygone age where the emphasis is on hospitality and service. It is run along the lines of a private country house rather than as an impersonal hotel and while extremely comfortable it is not pretentious. The tranquil informality lends itself to those seeking a relaxing few days, enjoying our house and grounds or exploring the beauty of Lough Corrib, Connemara, Galway and beyond.
Our 12 bedrooms are individually styled and offer undisturbed views of either Lough Corrib or the mountains to the North. Guests have exclusive use of three comfortable sitting rooms to relax beside open turf fires, enjoy the breathtaking view, browse our many bookshelves or quietly snooze to the sound of... nothing.
Delphi Mountain Resort is a stunning four star Hotel with award winning spa and exceptional adventure centre with an impressive range of outdoor activities. Set in the scenically spectacular Delphi Valley it provides breathtaking scenery combined with the unique, natural and unforgettable experience of the resort.
Built for the Harbour Master nearly 200 years ago, The Quay House has been sensitively restored and now offers guest accommodation in fourteen bedrooms (all different) with full bathrooms - all but two overlook the Harbour.
Family portraits, period furniture, cosy fires and a warm Irish welcome make for a unique atmosphere of comfort and fun.
The owners, Paddy and Julia Foyle, are always on hand for advice on fishing, golfing, riding, walking, swimming, sailing, dining, etc - all close by.
The Quay House is Clifden's oldest building, dating from C1820. It was originally the Harbour Master's house but later became a Franciscan monastery, then a convent and finally a hotel owned by the Pye family. Now providing Town House Accommodation in Clifen, it is run by the Foyle family, whose forebears have been entertaining guests in Connemara for nearly a century.
The Quay House stands right on the harbour, just 7 minutes walk from Clifden town centre. All rooms are individually furnished with some good antiques and original paintings; several have working fireplaces. All have large bathrooms with tubs and showers and there are also two ground floor rooms for wheelchair users.
Few castle hotels in Ireland offer hotel rooms with aspects to match Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara. The hotel accommodation comprises of 40 guest rooms, of which nearly half are classic rooms situated in the older part of the Connemara castle, and two riverside wings of superior rooms and luxury rooms and suites.
All the hotel rooms in the castle are finished to an exceptionally high standard and all superior and luxury rooms have stunning views across river and woodland as do the classic riverside rooms. Some of the classic rooms have views of the mountains.
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A delightful 1830s country house and fishing lodge in one of the most spectacular settings in Connemara Ireland. It offers charming accommodation, glorious scenery, great food and total tranquillity. Located in a wild and unspoilt valley of extraordinary beauty, the 1000-acre Delphi estate is one of Ireland's hidden treasures. The historic lodge, famous as a holiday hideaway, is surrounded by the tallest mountains in Connemara and overlooks the lakes and rivers of the Delphi valley famous for their salmon and seatrout fishing.
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This beautiful lodge has 12 large comfortable bedrooms one of which is a large family suite and three which can be either twin or triple rooms. A large dining room, a snooker room and three old world reception rooms with log fires all combine to ensure that our guests have a warm, relaxing and friendly experience throughout their stay. Although many guests come for a week, we also welcome shorter stays and nightly rates are available. To enjoy the 'Delphi Experience', however, we recommend a stay of at least two nights. The lodge is also available for exclusive use for small weddings and private houseparties for groups of between twenty four to forty for a minimum of two nights. We are also ideally suited to hosting smaller family gatherings, shooting parties, walking groups and corporate events.
The Clifden Station House Hotel Connemara is a modern hotel set around the old Clifden Railway Station in Galway. More than 70 years ago the last Steam Train departed from Clifden to Galway. Today the Railway Station, its Station House Platform and Engine House have been magnificently restored and transformed into The Clifden Station House Hotel and Courtyard. Clifden Station House Hotel Connemara combines old brick and native oak, with quintessential Irish hospitality and all the facilities of a new International standard hotel.
Anyone who loves relaxing, shopping, wining and dining will feel instantly at home at the Clifden Station House Connemara Hotel. This amazing West of Ireland hotel is located in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway. Make it the centre of your holiday experience, for a short or long stay, come and explore the many wonders of Connemara in Co. Galway. The Clifden Station House Hotel Connemara also holds a fine reputation for hosting spectacular Connemara weddings.
This amazing Connemara hotel is located in the centre of Clifden Town, leave your car and walk around the streets to find a great selection of Shops, Boutiques, Cafes and Restaurants.Take the opportunity to visit Galway theatres in Connemara.
As one of the finest hotels in Connemara, choose between our amazing home from home accommodation at our self catering apartments in Clifden, Connemara, Galway and our hotel accommodation in Clifden, Connemara for a great Family Hotel Break.
Welcome to Roundstone House Hotel and Vaughan's bar and restaurant. Our hotel is a small family run boutique hotel tucked away in one of Ireland's most beautiful and rustic regions; Connemara. Located in the heart of the scenic fishing village of Roundstone, the hotel is surrounded by spectacular views of Roundstone Bay and Inishnee Island, with the backdrop of the majestic Twelve Ben's Mountain range.
The hotel, run by the Vaughan Family – Maureen, Siobhan and Diarmuid, has been in existence for the past 100 years and continues to thrive. The hotel is renowned for it's welcoming atmosphere and "home from home" experience the minute you step inside the door. It has all the character and ambiance of a small hotel from open turf fires to the smell of Maureen's freshly baked brown bread, wafting from the kitchen.
Roundstone House is perfectly situated to welcome all ages of visitors from every corner of the globe. We charm our guests with excellent freshly cooked food, seafood being our speciality in our relaxed atmosphere. For this reason we have numerous returning guests. It is the perfect place to come to get away from it all, be wined and dined to your hearts delight.
Set between the Atlantic Ocean, the Twelve Ben Mountains and preserved bog lands lies the town of Clifden on the rugged coast of Connemara. Situated in the breath-taking Ardbear peninsular, 2 km from Clifden town is Faul House B & B.
Faul House is one of the longest running farmhouses in Connemara and is part of a 40 acre Connemara sheep farm. The farms Connemara Ponies are reared and sold off the farm as are its 100 ewes, which lamb in spring, a magical time to be our guest.
A 3 minute leisurely stroll along the lane, amidst wild gorse, flowers and hedgerows will take you to the sea. Alternatively you can walk through our farm into the idyllic setting of the old farmhouse, home to Michael’s grandfather, then on to the sea.
So with great views and landscapes, your stay at Faul House’s Bed and Breakfast accommodation will be enjoyed.
An Award winning B&B situated in the heart of Connemara in the beautiful scenic village of Moyard. The Twelve Bens Mountain Range, a series of Lakes and sea - breathtaking beauty all of which can be seen from every room.
Cornerstones is a modern built house with all the amenities to make your stay a comfortable and an enjoyable one. On arrival you will receive a warm welcome with tea/coffee and fresh homemade baking from the kitchen. Our bedrooms are individually decorated with its own unique style and character.
Visit Kylemore Abbey where history is held time locked. Here you can find craft shops, restaurant, restored Gothic church and the restored Victorian Gardens as well as visiting the Abbey itself. Or follow the trail to the summit of Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park.
Our house is a long established, family run B & B. Your hosts Patrick and Barbara Madden both have a good local knowledge of the Connemara area and beyond. Our house is situated in a stunning elevated location between Mordán Mountain and Kilkieran Bay. Guests enjoy panoramic mountain and sea views in a rugged rural setting.
Hillside House is an ideal touring base for Connemara and the West. Top attractions like the Aran Islands, Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are within an hours' drive. Local walks including Mordán Mountain are on your doorstep at Hillside House.
Hillside House is located in the Conamara Gaeltacht – An Ghaeltacht is an area where the Irish language is spoken and your hosts are native Irish speakers. Cuirfear fáilte chroiúil romhat agus seirbhís trí Ghaeilge más maith leat.
A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU AT HILLSIDE HOUSE ... Our house is a place of rest, tranquility and traditional Irish hospitality. Patrick and Barbara look forward to welcoming you and making your stay in their home a fond memory of Connemara.
A beautifully maintained Georgian House built in 1785 by Lord Ardelaun. This house is much of landmark as is has been a home from home for its numerous guests for the past 220 years.
Located on the shore of Kylemore Lake on 20 acres of mature woodland Kylemore house has developed from a hunting and fishing lodge into a bed & breakfast. Your hosts Janet and Nancy can guarantee a peaceful and comfortable stay and Nancys cooked breakfast which she has become famous for the world over. Born and breed in the house they provide the traditional Irish hospitality that Ireland has become known for.
he Quiet Man Bridge is located 5 miles past Oughterard, on the N59 heading west, which was the setting for the 1950 film "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
Much of the movie was filmed in the Cong area.
The bridge is set in a bit to the left but is visible from the road and is clearly signposted.
The Sky Road is an exhilarating 11km/7ml circular drive west of Clifden. Leave Clifden passing the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel (on your left). About 400 m beyond this hotel look back towards Clifden. The 12 Bens provide a wonderful backdrop to the town and along with the two church spires, they give Clifden its distinctive skyline.
Further along the road is a gateway leading to leading to the ruins of the old D'Arcy mansion, Clifden Castle. These ruins over look the sea and can be reached by going on a ten-minute walk down a farm track, near the Sky Road. Once a Gothic Mansion, the D'Arcy's lived here until 1850 when the estate was sold to the Eyre Family who lived here at intervals until the castle fell into ruin in the early 20th century.
A little further along, the road separates to the left you can take the low road by the sea, but it is recommended to continue along the high road where the road climbs to a height of over 500ft. Along the high road you will pass the ruins of the old coastguard station on your left). As the road rises there are breathtaking views of the islands (Inishturk and Turbot), and the surrounding coastline. At the summit of the Sky Road peninsula there is a car park. Leaving the car park the road descends for a further 21/2 km where it meets the low road. Nearby are lovely beaches.
Continuing along for another 2kms there is a road off to the left, which is about 2km long and ends at Eyrephort the edge of the Atlantic.
Returning to the Sky Road again, you continue for a further 3km along the edge of Streamstown Bay, where there is a green Connemara Marble quarry. Eventually you will join up with the Clifden/Westport N59 Road.
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The Twelve Bens or Twelve Pins (Irish Na Beanna Beola) is a mountain range in Connemara in the west of Ireland. Dedicated hill climbers can hike all twelve in a single day.
The twelve Bens are a group of small mountains that are the dominant feature of the Connemara countryside. They are easily accessible from the N59 or from the villages of Letterfrack or Recess.
While they are not particularly high, 730 metres is the highest peak, they provide excellent walking and climbing opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.
They are very safe and you do not have to be an experienced climber to enjoy the wonderful scenery that you will be rewarded with.
As with all Hill walking it is recommended to take precautions with safety and respect the lands upon which you are travelling through.
The Connemara Loop is situated in breathtaking North West Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.Follow the Loop and be taken on a journey through an ever changing landscape of majestic mountains, spectacular beaches, the wild Atlantic, mist covered lakes, pre-historic bogs and shady glens.
Clifden (Irish: An Clochán, meaning "stepping stones":14) is a town on the coast of County Galway, Ireland and being Connemara's largest town, it is often referred to as "the Capital of Connemara". It is located on the Owenglen River where it flows into Clifden Bay. The town is linked to Galway city by the N59 and is a popular tourist destination for those touring Connemara.
Kylemore Abbey (Irish: Mainistir na Coille Móire) is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. The current Mother Abbess of the Benedictine Community is Mary Margaret Funk.
Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London, whose family was in textile manufacturing from Manchester, England. He moved to Ireland, when he and his wife, Margaret, purchased the land around the Abbey and became a politician, and was also an MP for County Galway from 1871 to 1885. The castle was designed by James Franklin Fuller, initially together with Ussher Roberts. Construction first began in 1867, and took one hundred men four years to complete. The castle covered approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) with over 70 rooms and the principal wall was two to three feet thick. The facade measured 142 feet (43 m) in length and is made of granite brought from Dalkey by sea to Letterfrack and limestone from Ballinasloe. There were 33 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 sitting rooms, ballroom, billiard room, library, study, school room, smoking room, gun room and various offices and domestic staff residences for the butler, cook, housekeeper and other servants. Several other building including a Gothic cathedral and family mausoleum containing the bodies of Margaret Henry, Mitchell Henry and a great grand nephew.
The Abbey remained in Henry's estate after he returned to England, and the castle was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1909, they resided there several years, before being forced to sell the house and grounds due to gambling debts. In 1920 the Irish Benedictine Nuns purchased the Abbey castle and lands after they were forced to flee Ypres, Belgium during World War I. Previously the nuns, who had been based in Ypres for several hundred years, had been bombed out of their Abbey during World War I. The nuns continued to offer education to Catholic girls, and opened an international boarding school and established a day school for local girls. They were forced to close the school in June 2010.
Walled Victorian Gardens, Kylemore Abbey
The Estate includes large walled Victorian Gardens, which have been open since the 70s, to public tours and 'nature' walks. The Benedictine community have restored the Abbey's gardens and Cathedral with donations and local artisans, in order to be a self-sustaining estate.
Connemara National Park (Irish: Páirc Naisiúnta Chonamara) is one of six National Parks in the Republic of Ireland that are managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is located in the west of Ireland within County Galway.
Connemara National Park was founded and opened to the public in 1980. It features 2,957 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests. The entrance is situated on the Clifden side of Letterfrack. There are many remnants of human civilization within the park. There is a 19th century graveyard as well as 4,000 year old megalithic court tombs. Much of the land was once part of the Kylemore Abbey estate.
Western blanket bog and heathland are the most common vegetation of Connemara National Park. The boglands are situated in the wet low lying environments whereas the blanket bog exists within the drier mountain atmosphere. Purple moorgrass is the most bountiful plant, creating colorful landscapes throughout the country side. Carnivorous plants play an important role in the park's ecosystem, the most common being sundew and butterworts trap. Bogs hold very little nutrients so many plants obtain their energy from the digestion of insects. Other common plants include lousewort, bog cotton, milkwort, bog asphodel, orchids and bog myrtle, with a variety of lichens and mosses.
Connemara National Park is noted for its diversity of bird life. Common song birds include Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, European Stonechats, Common Chaffinches, European Robins and Eurasian Wrens. Native birds of prey include the Common Kestrel and Eurasian Sparrowhawk with the Merlin and Peregrine Falcon being seen less frequently. Woodcock, Common Snipe, Common Starling, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing Fieldfare and Mountain goat migrate to Connemara during the winter.
Mammals are often difficult to find, but are present nonetheless. Fieldmice are common in the woodlands, whereas rabbits, foxes, stoats, shrews, and bats at night, are often sighted in the boglands. Red deer once roamed Connemara but were extirpated from the area approximately 150 years ago. An attempt was made to reintroduce red deer to Connemara and a herd was established within the Park. Nowadays, the largest mammal in the Park is the Connemara pony.