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Connemara For All Seasons

As you travel west from Galway you pass through a town called Oughterard. As you leave this town heading west the landscape changes, lakes and bogland open up around you and the 12 bens mountains appear in the distance. Even the light changes. If you are a regular visitor to Connemara this is where you get the “Almost there” feeling.  Roughly bounded by Lough Corrib in the East, the Killary Harbour in the North, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other two sides, Connemara is a rugged place carved out by the working of sea and the many streams and rivers to create a landscape of unrivalled beauty and wildness.

Connemara has so much to offer the visitor whatever their tastes, the amazing walks, the stunning variety of the landscape, the many beaches that never really get crowded, and lakes, rivers and sea marks to provide even the most demanding of anglers with a lifetime of fishing, not to mention the numerous pubs where traditional music is a regular thing and the restaurants which have an outstanding cuisine based on fresh local ingredients including local lamb and fish.

The Towns and Villages of Connemara
Each town and village has its own character from the bustling and busy town of Clifden to the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of Cashel.
To make it easier for you to choose here is a quick summary of the main areas in Connemara where we have cottages available.

Paddies 2002 imageClifden: Centrally located with a Variety of Restaurants, Pubs and Shops, Traditional Music and Craic, Sailing, Trout, Salmon and Sea Fishing, Hill Walking.
Highlights: The Connemara Pony Show and the Clifden Arts Festival, there is also a great St Patricks Day Parade, and the Connemara Pony Sales are a great day out, some of the most well known pony events in Ireland. Read More

  Pony Trekking, Traditional Music, Beaches, Fishing, Seaside Walks, Ancient Sites, Ferries to the Islands of Inishbofin and Inishturk, Pubs, Restaurants.
Highlights: Highlight of the year is the annual Cleggan Festival of the Sea. Read More

Roundstone HarbourRoundstone: Beaches, Pubs and Restaurants, Fishing Harbour, Hill Walks, Traditional musical instrument work shop.
Highlights: Traditional sailing boat regatta, MacDarra Island Festival, Pony Show, Dog Show. O'Dowds pub Chowder. Read More

Claddaghduff: Sea and Island Views,Omey Strand, Beaches, Coastal Walks, Pony Show, Archaeological ruins,Notable Artists, Writers and Poets. Some of the best brown trout fishing in Connemara. Pleasure boating, sailing and a nice Pub. A wonderful part of Ireland. Highlights:  Pony Racing on Omey Strand and the Claddaghduff Pony Show. Read More

Moyard: Central Position, Secluded Beaches, Great scenic walks, Ballinakill Bay, Trout angling.Highlights: Connemara Bog Week, Letterfrack Sea Week.Read More

Renvyle, Derryinver, Tullycross, Lettergesh, Salruck: Beaches, Sea and Shore Angling, salmon and brown trout angling, Cycling, Hill Walking, Swimming, Wildlife, Scuba Diving, Activity centres, Coastal Cruising, Museum, Adventure Centre, Pony Trekking, Traditional Irish Music and Dance, National Park. Pubs and restaurants.
Highlights: Teach Ceol music sessions in summer, Fantastic beaches,Scenic walks, Fishing. Read More

Ballyconneely: Beaches, seaside walks, golf, surfing, pony trekking and fishing.
Highlight of the year is Ballyconneely Pony Show which is in July. Read More

Veldons sign imageLetterfrack & Kylemore: Music and Pubs, Salmon fishing, Garden visits, Crafts and Pottery, Restaurants, Country store, Ocean and Country Museum, Outdoor activities. Highlights: Festivals, Connemara Sea Week, Bog Week and many more.Read More

Maam,Carna, Cashel and Rosmuc: Beaches, Great walks, Totally unspoilt country side, Gaelic Speaking area, Closer to Galway City. Highlights: Wild and Unspoilt, Ireland as it used to be. Read More

Leenane: Mountain Walking, Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes, Sea and Game Angling,Outdoor and Adventure Activites, Heritage Centre and Sea Cruises.
Highlights: Leenane Autumn festival, Sheep festival. Read More

Map of the main Connemara Beaches
One of the greatest natural amenities of Connemara is its wonderful beaches. There are literally miles of Connemara beaches, varying from little hidden coves to endless white strands and from surfing to sandcastles. Here is are some of the best, but by no means all, we cant give all the secrets away!
Experienced beach bums in Connemara take a look at the tide times and the wind direction to find the most sheltered beach for the day . Because there are so many you can always find one that is out of the wind and facing the Sun with the best swimming in the area! Click on the markers on the map below to find the names of the main beaches.