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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. Places near Connemara are Leenane, Letterfrack, Clifden and many others. Whether you have just one day or several, there is so much to discover.

Get directions here for how to get to the heart of Connemara.

Renvyle (Tully & Tullycross)

Connemara Festival or by it’s real name – 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 3rd. The festival celebrates the community, food and the culture of the west of Ireland.  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

There is an abundance of beautiful beaches and magnificent scenery including archaological site Grainne Mhaol Castle. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious meal in Tullycross village while soaking up the local entertainment and music. During the Summer months, you can attend a Seisiun in Renvyle Teach Ceol where guests can experience an Irish trad session or watch a play hosted by Curlew Theatre Company. A wide variety of accommodation exists from small and cosy B&B’s to the historic Renvyle House Hotel where many famed Irish poets and artists stayed over the years.

Please find useful links at the bottom of the page of things to do  and accommodation providers in the Renvyle peninsula.

 

 

Leenane

Leenane Connemara 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 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. 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.goconnemara.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. Letterfrack is home to the 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 lake from the Abbey you are gazing into Connemara National Park.

Letterfrack is home to a number of small but engaging and creative community festivals during the year organised by the 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.

Clifden

Clifden Connemara 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 transatlantic flight which crash-landed there in 1919. Nearby are the remains of the site created by Giuglio Marconi which was used to transmit the first ever transtlantic 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.connemarachamber.ie

 

 

Accommodation near Kylemore Abbey

Accomodation in Renvyle

Renvyle House Hotel  www.renvyle.com

Maol Reidh Hotel   www.maolreidh.com

Sea Breeze Bed and Breakfast  www.seabreezeconnemara.com

Sunnymeade Bed and Breakfast  www.sunnymeade.net

For more information on accomodation providers in Renvyle, please visit Connemara Coastal Cottages at www.cc-cottages.com

Accomodation near Leenane

Leenane Hotel  www.leenanehotel.com

Kylemore Pass Hotel  www.kylemore-pass-hotel-connemara.com

Delphi Lodge  www.delphilodge.ie

Portfinn Lodge  www.hotelinconnemara.com

The Convent BnB  www.theconvent.ie

Sleepzone Hostel  www.sleepzone.ie

Accomodation in Letterfrack

Rosleague Manor Hotel  www.rosleague.com

Connemara National Park Hostel  www.connemaranationalpark.com

Mountain Side Bed and Breakfast  www.mountainsidebandb.com

Cloverfox Hostel  www.cloverfox.com

To find more information on accomodation providers in Letterfrack, visit www.cc-cottages.com

Accomodation in Clifden

Abbeyglen Hotel  www.abbeyglen.ie

Foyles Hotel  www.foyleshotel.com

Alcock and Brown Hotel  www.alcockandbrownhotel.com

Station House Hotel  www.clifdenstationhouse.com

Ardagh Hotel Clifden  www.ardaghhotel.com

 

Activities near Kylemore Abbey

Activities in Renvyle

Diamonds Horse Riding Centre www.diamonds-of-renvyle.com

Curlew Threatre Company www.curlewtheatre.com

Scuba Dive West  www.scubadivewest.com

Activities in Clifden

Alcock and Brown Landing Site  https://visitgalway.ie/alcock-brown-memorial-landing-site

The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking  www.thepointponytrekkingcentre.com

Clifden Bike Tours  www.allthingsconnemara.ie

Stand-Up Paddleboarding  www.realadventures.ie/connemara

Activities in Letterfrack

Connemara National Park  www.connemaranationalpark.ie

Letterfrack Sea Safari Boat Tours  www.letterfrackseasafari.com/boat_tours.html

Connemara Tourist Information and Bike Hire

Connemara Wild Escapes  www.connemarawildescapes.ie

DK Connemara Oyster Tours  www.dkconnemaraoysters.com

Activities in Leenane

Sheep and wool centre  www.sheepandwoolcentre.com

Killary Sheep Farm   www.killarysheepfarm.com

Killary Adventure Centre  www.killaryadventure.com/en/home-1

Killary Fjord Boat Tours  www.killaryfjord.com