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!
Main Street, Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
You cannot miss the vivid pink façade of Connemara Blue, a family-run artisan glass shop in the heart of Clifden. Once inside, the senses are bombarded with an arresting array of colour, in all shapes and sizes of kiln-formed glass. Ranging from decorations to tableware to large pieces of locally-inspired wall art, everything in this beautiful stone building is crafted by hand in the studio, visible from the shop. There is something for everyone and for a range of budgets. And if you’re looking for something bespoke for your home or office, the Connemara Blue Team offers a comprehensive design and commission service. Come and have a chat with us; and bring your dog if you have one – doggies make the world go round.
The Pink House, Market Square, Clifden, County Galway, H71 Y033
The Woodfield Hotel is located in the heart of Clifden town, the capital of Connemara. Along with beautiful bar & restaurant, this boutique hotel boasts magnificent sea-views of the Atlantic Ocean and the natural rugged beauty of the Connemara landscape.The Woodfield Hotel opened it’s doors in June 2021 in the scenic town of Clifden. With spacious and bright bedrooms which have unbeatable views alongside our comfortable Bar & Restaurant, we offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, using the finest locally sourced produce which can be enjoyed whilst overlooking Clifden Bay. Relax in the sun, while enjoying the landscaped gardens and Connemara landscape. The Woodfield offers a warm and inviting welcome to all its guests and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
1 market street, clifden, county galway, ireland
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Hulk Street, Clifden
By the Sea Holidays offer a wide selection of self catering properties along the coast of Ireland. Our aim is to give you the customer a whole holiday experience and to make the process as easy as possible for you. We have properties to suit every budget, from small sea side cottages to larger luxury accommodation. The By the Sea Holidays team will be on hand to give you the added personal touch to your holiday and offer advice and guidance on places to see and things to do in the different localities along the coast of Ireland.
Tullybeg, Renvyle, Connemara, Co. Galway
Here at The Treatment Rooms at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel we have created a place where you can come to relax, unwind and leave the stress of everyday life behind you. Come and indulge yourself with a wide variation of treatments including Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Facials, Body Treatments, Manicures, Pedicures, CND Shellac Nails, HD BROWS, Spray Tan, Waxing, YUMI Lashes, Yumi Brow Lamination and Eyelash Extensions. Whatever your treatment, the therapeutic benefits from ELEMIS will help soothe and restore you.
Abbeyglen Caste Hotel, Sky Road, Clifden, County Galway
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
A festival of pony filled activities in Mid 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 – 2021
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
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