Letterfrack is a vibrant and beautiful West of Ireland village. Lying at the head of beautiful Ballynakill Bay, it is overlooked by the majestic Diamond Mountain, and by the outrageously huge Connemara National Park.
Letterfrack is renowned for its live traditional Irish music. The well-known traditional music lover, Leo Hallisey, organizes “Bog Week” and “Sea Week”, two immensely popular festival events. They bring large numbers of traditional musicians together in Letterfrack for music, hill-walking, and a programme of discussions on environmental matters. Candlelit music sessions and poetry readings are held in Letterfrack’s National School every Friday evening throughout the summer period. There is also live traditional music every Sunday throughout the year in the local pub, “The Bards Den”.
Letterfrack offers a wide choice of places to eat and drink. Among these are its three cozy pubs, and the delightfully elegant Rosleague Manor Hotel. The village boasts has a popular restaurant just off the village green, and a tea shop at the Connemara National Park. The main entrance to the Connemara National Park is located in the village, and it is the starting point for an array of very fine walks. Perhaps the most popular of these is the extraordinary raised pathway which leads all the way to the top of the Diamond Mountain. But Letterfrack is not all about hiking and taking lunch. The National College of Furniture Design is based in Letterfrack, and it holds a most impressive exhibition of bespoke furniture design during the summer months.
Getting up close and personal with nature is easy in Letterfrack. It’s extensive Connemara National Park makes it a paradise for bird watchers and plant lovers alike. And enthusiasts of geology, too, are not left out. Letterfrack’s unique rock formations have been fascinating geologists for centuries.
Getting to Letterfrack
By bus, car, bicycle, or foot. Citylink and Bus Eireann both provide a daily bus service from Galway City to Letterfrack. Alternatively follow the N59 west from Galway to Glendollagh Lough, and then the R344 northwards to Letterfrack.
Where to stay
Letterfrack has a great range of comfortable accommodation options from small hotels, guesthouses, hostels, B&B's and campsites nearby.
Letterfrack is surrounded by beautiful coastal destinations. Don't miss Renvyle and Killary if you are travelling north, and Inishboffin, and Cleggan, if you are travelling south.
Things to do in Letterfrack.
Pop into Avoca Handweavers at Letterfrack and try out their wonderful homemade soup and brown bread, just what you need to ready yourself for the day.
The walkway to Diamond Hill is a must. Dig out your walking shoes and make your way to its summit to enjoy stunning views of the park, the bay, and the famous Twelve Pins mountains.
Shop at Avoca. Known locally as The Possibly Shop after a particularly admiring international travel writer called it “possibly the most interesting shop in the West”, it remains a must-see for the Connemara visitor.
Treat yourself to lunch in wonderful Rosleague Manor. Resting on the quiet shores of Ballinakill Bay, and beautifully secluded within 30 acres of its own private woodland, Rosleague Manor in Connemara is one of Ireland’s finest regency hotels.