Connemara is situated in the very west of Europe lying to the north of Galway City. This beautiful region’s charm lies in its unspoilt landscape and vast open areas. Small rural homes and hand-built walls dotted across the greenery will transport you to a time long ago.
Connemara is a land of rugged natural beauty, sprawling grasslands with many picturesque lakes rise and fall throughout the region. It’s an unspoilt environment that features towering mountain ranges and golden strands of beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the year there’s an ever-evolving view as the flowers blossom and new-born lambs prance across the land in the springtime while the autumn months cloth the area in seasonal shades.
Where to Stay
There are many villages and small towns dotted throughout Connemara full of friendly locals who still converse in the native Irish tongue. As such there’s plentiful accommodation ranging from hotels to B&BS and self-catering cottages.
What to see
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden: This 19th-century castle was originally built as a romantic gift and to be true its romantic atmosphere has never faded. There’s plenty to see and do here including the breathtaking castle, a Neo-Gothic Church, woodland walks, restaurants, pottery studio and a craft shop.
Connemara National Park: The Park is located on 2900 hectares of Connemara beauty boasting mountains, bogs, grasslands and woodlands. There’s audiovisual presentations and exhibitions on site as well as a children’s playground making it perfect for a family day out.
Connemara Heritage & History Centre: Located nearby to the town of Clifden at the base of some of the scenic mountain ranges in Connemara, this locally ran historical centre provides an insight into the history, culture and traditions of Connemara. The centre features tours of traditional Irish cottages, reconstructions of ancient dwellings and forts, as well as audio-visual presentations.
Inisbofin Island: Inisbofin Island lies 7 miles off the coast of the mainland, this island has been inhabited for thousands of years and as such, there’s a vast amount of history to be uncovered here. Highlights include a Cromwellian 16th-century barracks, beautiful sandy beaches, great fishing, and a wide range of bars and restaurants that feature traditional Irish music. To get to the island you’ll need to take a short ferry trip from Cleggan Village but this is well worth the time to visit one of Connemara’s top experiences.
The Sky Road: If you’ve rented a car then the Sky Road is an absolute must, this drive brings you high above Clifden Bay providing some of the best views of this beautiful region. The Sky Road is 8 miles long and will bring you in a loop back to Clifden.
The Connemara Loop: This driving route brings you throughout the North West of Connemara uncovering hidden gems all along the way. The route will bring you to villages, valleys, mountainsides, and beautiful beaches. This is one of the most scenic drives in all of the West and will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.
For more information on this great drive including a map click here