Guide to Connemara – A Rugged Beauty on the West Coast of Ireland
Famed for it’s wild natural beauty, Connemara is a very popular holiday region on the west coast of Ireland.
The sea and the mountains are both inescapable with no part of Connemara being far from either. The combination of the mountains, the coastline and the bog-lands provide visitors to the area with an abundance of places to see and things to do. Visitors are often in awe of the curious way that the light interacts with the landscape and this, along with the Atlantic maritime climate ensures that no scene ever remains the same.
Some highlights of this hugely popular holiday region include Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Connemara’s Wild Atlantic Way, its blanket bogs, the Twelve Bens (Beanna Beola) mountain range, the traditional sailing boats, Connemara ponies, to name just a few. Connemara’s natural boundaries have helped to preserve many Irish traditions including traditional Irish music, song and dance which has survived and thrived here. The Irish language (Gaeilge) is still spoken daily in large parts of the area and Connemara has one of the last pockets of native Irish speakers in Ireland. There are many pilgrimages, festivals and events throughout the year in Connemara to celebrate what’s culturally unique to the area. Come to Connemara to sample the incomparable beauty!
Beautiful second floor apartment located in multi-unit apartment block, this newly renovated listing boasts modern design, the very best in amenities and super comfy furnishings throughout. Located literally in the centre of Clifden town, you’ll be surprised how peaceful it is, given its terrific location. Clifden, known as the capital of Connemara, is known as one of the most picturesque and vibrant tourist towns in the country. Clifden is set in between the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Bens. It is a bustling market town surrounded by magnificent scenery and full of an array of shops, pubs, restaurants, and cafes. It is a popular destination spot with lots to do such as championship golfing, cycling, hill walking, fishing, pony trekking, boat trips, visit our national park and castle ruins. It is simply a must visit destination on the renowned Wild Atlantic Way, Legendary Irish poet Oscar Wilde put it best when he famously described Connemara as a “Savage Beauty”. From its beautiful scenery, amazing beaches, incredible tourist attractions and amazing pub and restaurant scene, Clifden is the perfect place to unwind, let loose and enjoy all that the West of Ireland has to offer! You are a […]
A spacious cottage located in a peaceful location on the tidal island of Omey, adjacent to the wide expanse of white sandy beach at Omey Strand. Access on to the island by car is possible when the tide is out. The property owner will advise on tide times. When the tide is closed, you will have time to explore Omey Island, its coastline, flora and fauna, its wildlife, and its beaches. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, the cottage and island are near to many activities and attractions, and the local towns and villages of Claddaghduff, Cleggan and Clifden, will provide you with all you need for your self-catering stay. The property offers wonderful views of the ocean from almost every room, as well as views of the surrounding countryside. Ideal for families, friends, and groups. Local activities include pony trekking, kayaking, coasteering, hill walking, boat tours, golf, and many more. Enjoy a day trip by ferry to Inishbofin, which departs from the pier in nearby Cleggan village. Climb Diamond Hill at Connemara National Park and drive the Connemara Loop. There are many places to experience along the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara and a self-catering stay on Omey Island […]
Claddaghduff, County Galway
This is a refurbished traditional cottage with large garden, located just a five-minute walk into Clifden town. The cottage is situated in a quiet and private location while still being just a short stroll to Clifden’s Main Street. Clifden is a bustling market town in beautiful Connemara and offers a perfect base when exploring the region, while still being located close to all services, shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, you are a just a short drive from lots of beautiful sandy beaches where you can swim, walk, or enjoy kayaking, surfing, coasteering or paddle boarding. There are many walking routes in the area which offer fabulous scenic views at every turn. This property is ideal for families, couples, or small groups of friends. Short breaks are available all year round. Local activities include fishing, hill walking, hiking, cycling, pony trekking, golf, boat trips, and much more. Facilities: 3 Bedrooms – Sleeps 6. This traditional cottage has been lovingly modernised, offering all you need for your self-catering stay. All accommodation is on the ground floor. The accommodation consists of entrance hall, living room, kitchen/dining combined, three bedrooms and bathroom. Access to the front door is […]
Westport Road, Clifden
2 Bedrooms – Sleeps 4. Short breaks welcome. Wi-Fi included. Located in Tully Village. Tully beach is just 5 minutes’ walk from the apartment. Lettergesh beach, Glassilaun beach and the White Strand are all within a short drive. Renvyle castle is also close by and well worth viewing from the nearby Wild Atlantic Way viewing point. This cottage is ideal for couples, friends and families looking for a relaxing Connemara getaway. The well-known Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, boat tours, kayaking, coasteering, hill-walking, pony trekking and many more activities and attractions are all within a short drive. Enjoy some local seafood in the nearby bars and restaurants and in the many little villages dotted along the Connemara coastline. Visit Omey Island, or perhaps take a day trip to Inishbofin Island – the ferry departs from Cleggan village daily. Nearby Tullycross and Letterfrack villages offer many bar and restaurant options, catering for every taste and budget. Tully village and Letterfrack village have local shops which will provide you with all you need for your self-catering stay. Clifden town is a twenty-minute drive and it also offers a host of shops and services. The larger town of Westport and Galway city can […]
Renvyle, County Galway
1 Bedrooms – sleeps 2-3. Located on the famous “Sky Road Drive, on Connemara’s Wild Atlantic Way. Close to Clifden town and offering wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and views of Kingstown Bay, this is an ideal property for couples looking for a peaceful getaway. Located a short drive from nearby amenities, attractions, towns and villages, it is an ideal property to base yourself while exploring the Connemara region. It is worth exploring the immediate area also, to experience the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and breath-taking seascapes. Visit beautiful Eyrephort Beach, just a short distance away, and see the views of the offshore Islands of Inisturk and Inisturbot. Walk or cycle the Sky Road for elevated views of the Atlantic shoreline or stop off and see the ruins of Clifden castle. Enjoy some fishing from off the rocks beside the apartment, or along the rugged coastline nearby. The bustling market town of Clifden is just a short drive away and has ample shops, bars and restaurants, everything you might need for your self-catering holiday. Traditional music, song and dance are very popular in many of the local pubs. Further afield but just a short drive away, you […]
Sky Road, Clifden
3 Bedrooms – sleeps 6. This is a beautifully decorated three storey townhouse, located in the heart of Clifden town. Three large balconies to the rear of the property offer wonderful views of Clifden harbour. Explore the Connemara region by day and have all the local bars and restaurants on your doorstep for the evenings. Walk, cycle, or drive the Sky Road loop to experience awe inspiring coastal views. Visit the ruins of Clifden Castle or enjoy one of the many local walking routes such as the Clifden greenway, the Beach Road walk, or the Derrigimlagh Looped walk at the Wild Atlantic Way discovery point, to name but a few. You are just a short drive from lots of beautiful sandy beaches such as Omey Beach near Claddaghduff, the Coral Strand at Ballyconneely, or Gurteen & Dogs Bay beaches at Roundstone. Watersports available locally include kayaking, surfing, coasteering or paddle boarding. Local activities include fishing, hill walking, hiking, cycling, pony trekking, golf, boat trips, and much more. Short breaks are available all year round. Facilities: 3 Bedrooms – Sleeps 6. The property is spread over 4 floors and offers the perfect social gathering space for a group of 6 adults. […]
Market Street, Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
Annual Events in Connemara
Experience a beautiful town being taken over by the best of Irish music, song and dance! The annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival, known locally as Trad Fest, takes place from in April in Clifden, Connemara. Trad Fest highlights include: CD Launches Tune Composition Competition Music Sessions, Concerts Workshops Outdoor Gig Performances 5K Run/Walk Street Entertainment Busking competition. Musicians travel from all over the country for the festival. As always at the Trad Fest, most events are free and we encourage everyone to come along and experience what should be a great weekend of music, song and dance – there is something to suit everyone! 2022 dates to be announced.
Clifden Traditional Music Festival
A full weekend of walks and events for walkers of all abilities. A chance to experience hills and trails that aren’t normally accessible to the general public. 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 & scones at various local businesses at the end of each day. All walkers are covered by Public Liability Insurance.
The Leenane Walking Festival
One week each year the Clifden Arts Festival transforms the capital of Connemara into a captivating conglomeration of culture. Come experience this very special time in Clifden, the jewel of Connemara. The festival celebrates its 44th year and offers a wealth of artistic options, including: Music Theatre Poetry Book launches Art Exhibitions Lectures Comedy Street Performances Creative Workshops Parades and so much more! See official website for details: https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/ ________________________________________ Image credit: Clifden Arts Festival
Clifden Arts Festival – 2021
The Connemara International Marathon is one of the world’s most scenic events, set in the stunning landscape of the West of Ireland. Runners and walkers travel from all over the world to take part in the Connemarathon. It’s well worth it – all participants get to experience some of Ireland’s most breath-taking scenery along the way. The event is comprised of: Half marathon Full marathon Ultra (39.3 mile) marathon International participants enjoy a warm Irish welcome along with the sense of comradeship on the route and the unmistakable buzz of the day. No other sporting event gives people such a taste of the stunning Irish Wild Atlantic Way Please see http://www.connemarathon.com/ for more information. _____________________________________________ Image credit: Connemarathon
Connemara International Marathon (Connemarathon) – 2022
The very popular SKODA Tour de Conamara 2020 will be held on Saturday 28th May 2022 starting and finishing in Clifden, Connemara. The event offers participants the choice of stunning 140km or 80km routes and will travel through magnificent coastal, lakeland, valley and mountainous vistas. More info @ http://tourdeconamara.ie Register early as this event reaches capacity very quickly. The Tour de Conamara is not a closed road event. You must adhere to the normal rules of the road. Feed Stations will be located along the routes. First Aid will be available on the day. A ‘No Helmet No Cycle’ policy will be strictly enforced. The events operates a ‘Leave No Trace’ litter policy. Please bring home your litter. Punctures: Please ensure you can change a puncture and bring spare tubes. It may be some time before support can arrive to a spot where a cyclist may have picked up a puncture so please ensure you can change your own wheel or cycle with someone that will assist you to avoid long delays that will impact on your enjoyment of the day. Connemara welcomes cyclists and their friends and family. A wide range of music and entertainment options will be hosted in the area on the […]
SKODA Tour de Conamara Cycling Event – 2022
A festival of pony filled activities in August annually! From parades, to musical evenings, to discussion and talks with the highlight of the week being the Connemara Pony Show on Thursday. This is a world famous event attracting visitors from all over the world. With a history dating back to 1924, there are over 400 ponies on show. It is the largest display of Connemara Ponies anywhere in the world.Visitors are treated to the spectacle of seeing the ponies demonstrate their prowess in trials and competitions under the watchful eye of experienced judges and a win is always a source of great pride for the pony’s dedicated owner.The Connemara Pony is a distinctive breed with excellent qualities: strong, intelligent and very hard working, perfect for the wild unforgiving landscape of Connemara, the Galway region that gave them their name. Their genial disposition makes them excellent pets while their powerful build makes them good jumpers and great show ponies. Every year the Connemara Pony Breeders hold their annual show in the Showgrounds in Clifden, attracting thousands from all over Ireland, Europe and beyond. Date and duration of festival noted here are provisional until confirmed.
Connemara Pony Show Festival – 2022
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