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Connemara & Local Area

Oscar Wilde described it as a ‘savage beauty’ and its patchwork of brooding lakes, rugged mountains, and windswept bogs certainly gives a sense of splendid isolation.

Connemara in renowned for its rugged beauty and attracts visitors from all over the world to experience its unique charms. It stretches from Galway Bay in the south to Killary Harbour in the north and encompasses the largest Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) region in Ireland.As well as visiting Kylemore Abbey why not consider exploring some of the nearby villages, the pristine beaches and heart stopping landscape. Whether you have just one day or several, there is so much to discover.

Leenane

Leenane is a tiny and picturesque village at the mouth of the Killary Fjiord, just a few miles from Kylemore on the Westport road. It’s location is truly stunning and the village itself is a charming and welcoming with a variety of places to eat and stay. The Sheep and Wool centre in Leenane village is well worth a visit and tells the story of Leenane’s strong historic connection with the local woollen industry. Their slogan is ‘How do you turn a sheep in to a wooly jumper?, so whats not to like? The Killary Cruiser provides a comfortable and accessible way to visit Ireland’s only true Fiord and if you have little ones in tow don’t miss The Killary Sheep Farm’ or the equally charming www.joycecountrysheepdogs.ie Useful Links The Connemara Loop: www.goconneamra.com

Letterfrack

Letterfrack, 5 km beyond Kylemore, is an enchanting village on Barnaderg Bay, which was founded by the Society of Friends (the Quakers) in the 19th century as one of a series of mission settlements along the north Connemara coast. Here you have a selection of places to stay including hotels, self catering hostels and B&B’s. Letterfrack is the home of Connemara National Park which encompasses thousands of acres of Blanket Bog. The Park’s Visitor Centre is located just outside of Letterfrack village on the Clifden Road. Along with a visit to Kylemore Abbey, to climb the Diamond Hill in Letterfrack is one of the ‘have to do’ items on your trip to Connemara. The National Park is adjacent to Kylemore and as you look across the lakes from the Abbey you are gazing onto Connemara National Park. Letterfrack is home to a number of small but engaging and creative community festivals during the year organised by Connemara Environmental Education and Cultural Centre. To find out more about Bog Week, Sea Week, The Poetry Trail and Halloween Festival of light visit www.ceecc.org As part of these festivals wonderful musical performances are hosted in our Gothic church at Kylemore so watch our events page for updates. While in the village it is a good idea to pop into the ‘Connemara West’ building and visit the permanent exhibition by the renowned Furniture Design and Restoration College based in Letterfrack. A part of the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology this college has become a flagship for rural development and design innovation. The Play Trail here at Kylemore was designed and built by students of the College.

Renvyle (Tully & Tullycross)

The Renvyle Mussel Festival takes place in the village of Tullycross and the surrounding area on the May Bank Holiday Weekend, May 1st to May 3r 2015. The festival celebrates the community, food and the culture of the west of Ireland. 2015 is the tenth anniversary of this very lively and interesting festival which was awarded the accolade Food Festival of the Year by McKennas Guide in 2014. Expect celebrity chefs and food writers lots of good food, music and , drama, art and crafts and lots of fun. Find out more at www.connemaramusselfestival.com

Clifden

Clifden is generally regarded as the ‘Capital of Connemara’. Perched above an inlet of Ardbear Bay, with an almost Alpine setting and nestling on the edge of the Atlantic, with a magnificent background of mountains. It is an ideal holiday centre and base for touring the wonderful countryside of Connemara. Visit Ard Béar just outside of Clifden to see the landing site of Alcock and Brown, the first ever successful Trans Atlantic flight which crash-landed there in 19??. Nearby are the remains of the site created by Giuglio Marconi which was used to transmit the first ever TransAtlantic radio signals from this remote site to Novia Scotia in the early part of the Century. The town hosts the world famous ‘Connemara Pony Show’ every August as well as the invigorating Clifden International Arts Festival in late September. To find out more visit the Clifden Chamber of Commerce Website www.visitconnemara.com