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Connemara Day Tours
They say when you visit Connemara you “experience the real beauty of Ireland”. It’s located in the north west corner of County Galway and is an area of desolate beauty, incredible scenery and some interesting attractions, which combine to make Connemara a really beautiful place and a place close to the hearts of Irish people and visitors alike.

The distinct region of Connemara can be found in the north west corner of County Galway. Connemara is considered to be the land west of Lough Corrib. On the north side of Connemara is Killary Harbour, the south side Galway Bay and the west side the Atlantic Ocean.

Getting to Connemara is pretty simple. Just take the N59 from Galway city to Clifden town and you’ll drive right through the heart of Connemara countryside. Another popular route to take is the coastal route or the R336 from Galway city. This route is also known as the Connemara Loop – a 45km breathtaking drive of ever-changing landscape and scenery.

Probably the best way to explore Connemara is by car. With a car you can stop where and when you want and really get off the beaten track. You’ll know you’re in Connemara when you enter a vast beautiful bogland, but as you drive along you’ll notice how the landscape becomes a mixture of rivers, lakes, woodlands, rich meadowlands, rugged hills, dramatic mountains and as you near the coast you’ll stumble across a stunning unpolluted coastline of sandy beaches and blue waters.

You really get the feel that Mother Nature is ‘at home’ in Connemara and with such a beautiful unspoilt landscape, it’s no wonder that it’s a playground for outdoor activities. What better way to admire the scenery and take in the fresh country air than enjoying some horse riding, cycling or hiking in the Twelve Bens mountains of Connemara. Or how about some fishing, golfing, or watersports?

Main Attractions

Connemara is also peppered with some very interesting attractions like the Alcock & Brown Memorial, Kylemore Abbey & Walled Victorian Gardens, Connemara History & Heritage Centre in Clifden, Glengowla Mines in Oughterard, Dan O Hara’s Homestead and the 40,000 acre Connemara National Park. Below are some of the main attractions in Connemara.


 Brigit’s Garden

Brigits Garden Located off the N59 road at, Pollagh, Roscahill, Connemara, Co. Galway (tel. 091-55-005), is a serene and off-the-beaten-track 11-acre garden reflecting Celtic festivals, with wildflower meadows, nature trails, woodlands and meadows and Ogham trees. There is also a thatched round house, ring fort and stone chamber, as well as a unique calendar sundial, at 50 feet in diameter, said to be the largest of its kind in Ireland. It’s a lovely respite from the bustle of Galway a 20-minute drive away. Facilities include a small shop and café, with seating indoors and outside amid the gardens.

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 Connemara Heritage & History Centre

Connemara Heritage Centre The Connemara Heritage & History Centre is situated at Lettershea in  Clifden and is surrounded by the Roundstone Bog and views of the Twelve Ben Mountains. Blending ancient history with pre-famine days, this eight-acre site contains a reconstructed Bronze Age "crannog" (fortified lake dwelling), an authentic megalithic tomb, and a dolmen, all dating from prehistoric times. Adjacent is a pre-famine 1840's farm, open for walk -round tours. Visitors are invited to watch traditional farming methods and to lend a hand in cutting turf, tilling the land, digging potatoes - or take a tractor ride/guided tour up into the hills. .

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 Connemara National Park

The Burren Connemara National Park at Letterfrack, is the West of Ireland's only national park, encircling a kaleidoscope of Connemara's most spectacular scenery in a 4,942-acre setting. With very little man-made development, it is a blend of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands, rivers, waterfalls, and nature trails. Connemara ponies run wild and assorted wildlife roam the gentle landscape. A visitor center offers an exhibition on the Connemara landscape and an audio-visual show about the park. 

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 Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens

Kylemore Abbey Kylemore Abbey & Garden has a glorious setting on Kylemore Lake, which undoubtedly has made it the most-photographed of all of Connemara's many attractions. Happily for visitors, the setting presents many things to do and see — both indoors and outdoors. Walk around this idyllic estate, wandering off on lakeside and mountain trails or exploring the walled Victorian gardens. Or spend time in the Gothic chapel, considered to be "a mini-cathedral"; or go to the visitor centre to see an audio-visual on the abbey. Browse in the a craft shop, look in on the working pottery, or enjoy a snack in the self-service restaurant. The centerpiece of the estate — the much-photographed abbey, is a castellated mansion, dating back to 1864, currently a girls school run by the Benedictine nuns (but due to close in the near future as a school). The adjacent Kylemore Garden, singled out as a winner of a Europa Nosta Award in 2002, is a six-acre Victorian walled garden in a serene lakeside setting. It was originally laid out in 1867, and took three years to complete, transforming a wilderness of rock and bog into a feast of flowers and plants set in geometrically designed borders and beds, along with hundreds of thousands of trees. Unfortunately, the garden fell into disuse for over 100 years until its recent restoration. The garden is divided into two sections, a formal flower garden for leisurely strolls and the kitchen garden containing fruit, vegetables and flowers for use in cooking.

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Connemara Attractions

 Sheep & Wool Centre

Sheep Wool Centre Leenane After you spend several hours watching the sheep roaming on Connemara hillsides, this little museum puts it all in perspective. It presents displays on the 20 different kinds of sheep that are indigenous to this area, as well as hands-on exhibits on the local wool industry, including carding, spinning, weaving, and using natural dyes. Daily demonstrations of sheep-shearing are given outdoors in the summer months. It is also worth noting that this village, Leenane was the set of the famous Irish film ‘The Field’ which was directed by Jim Sheridan in the 1990′s.

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 Ceardlann Spiddal Craft Centre

Spiddal Crafts Centre Ceardlann An Spideil, Spiddal is a hillside cluster of cottages where many craftspeople ply their trades — from pottery and woodturning, to floral art, weaving, knitting, screen painting, and jewelry designing. Watch the men and women work — and enjoy great views of Galway Bay at the same time.

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The main town in the Connemara region is Clifden. It’s the quintessential Irish town with lots of quirky shops, restaurants and traditional Irish pubs. Clifden is a great base from which to explore the beauty and heritage of Connemara.

Connemara is the perfect destination if you want to relax and unwind and get away from the stresses of modern day living. It’s a place that will give you a true glimpse of rural Irish life and living. Connemara is a Gaeltacht area, which means it is Irish-speaking. The natives hold Irish culture, heritage and traditions very close to their heart so it’s definitely worth a visit if you want to experience all things Irish.

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