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!
Visitors can can discover the stories of this famous site and it’s past history on a 5km trail walk through an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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 will 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! 2018 dates confirmed: 6th to 8th April 2018
Clifden Traditional Music Festival – 2018
The Connemara International Marathon is one of the world’s most scenic events, set in the stunning landscape of the West of Ireland. 2018 will mark the Connemarathon’s seventeenth year. 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) – 2018
Named the The Best Food Festival of the Year 2014 by McKenna’s Guides Megabites, the 2018 Connemara Mussel Festival is now in its 13th year. The Festival brilliantly celebrates community, food and culture of the West of Ireland. With so much to choose from, everyone will find something to love about this Festival. Some of the many highlights are: Professional cooking demonstrations with some of the finest culinary experts in Ireland. Delicious Killary mussels served throughout the weekend. Walks and talks exploring the Connemara landscape. Artisan food market showcasing the best of local food and craft offerings. Kids’ entertainment: theatre, cooking, sports, art and more. Fantastic live music every night of the Festival. 2018 Dates confirmed: 4th – 6th May 2018.
Connemara Mussel Festival – 2018
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 – 2018
The very popular SKODA Tour de Conamara 2018 will be held on Saturday 26th May 2018 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 – 2018
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 on the third Thursday of August 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
Connemara plays host to the second ‘Tour De Bens’ – named after our famous mountain range – The Twelve Bens. The 2018 Tour de Bens is an 80km sportive for all levels of ability. The event run by the Twelve Bens Cycling Club will take place on Saturday 8th September 2018. The route encompasses the majestic Twelve Bens mountains, through Letterfrack, Clifden, Inagh Valley, Renvyle & the Sky Road. There will also be a shorter route of 57km available. The event always supports a local charity. What: Tour De Bens Where: Clifden & Connemara When: Saturday 8th September 2018 More details: http://tourdebens.ie/ #galway #tourdebens #loveconnemara #cycling #connemaraeventsguide #connemara
Tour de Bens – 2018
Ten days a 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 41st 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 – 2018
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