Things to See & Do in Connemara
Connemara National Park
Connemara National Park boasts nearly 3000 hectares of mountains, bog, heath, grasslands and woodlands, including several peaks of the Twelve Bens. The Visitor Centre in Letterfrack offers audio-visual presentations of the park’s history, plants, and animals. Boardwalk paths make exploring Diamond Hill and the panoramas from the summit very easy.
Lying at the foot of Druchruach Mountain and on the shores of Lough Pollacappul, Kylemore is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in Ireland. Kylemore Castle was built in 1867-1871 by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife Margaret, after the couple’s visit to Connemara on their honeymoon.
Hiking & Walking
Hills and mountains, bogs and beaches, Connemara offers nearly unlimited variations of walks, hikes, and treks to suit every ability. Boardwalk paths and carved stones provide a relatively easy ascent of Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park. Gentle rambles along the beaches in Renvyle require nothing more than good walking shoes. The more challenging peaks of the Twelve Bens, Mweelrea and Maumturk Mountains offer half-day and day-long loop walks and traverses, including the Galway section of the Western Way from Oughterard to Leenane . Cloverfox in Letterfrack provides a friendly and accommodating base camp for exploring the hills and mountains, beaches and bogs of western Connemara. The Connemara Walking Club , founded in 2009, is based at Cloverfox, and we can offer a multitude of tailor-made walks and detailed maps—with your route highlighted—both along established trails and cross-country.
The nearby Scuba Dive West Dive Centre at Killary Harbour has become a well-renowned destination for beginner and expert divers alike, offering professional diving instruction, a full range of Padi courses, and dive safaris around the islands and shipwrecks off the Connemara coast. Cloverfox in Letterfrack maintains a near symbiotic relationship with the dive centre, offering special hostel accommodation rates for dive students, and has become the unofficial Divers’ Hub for socialising and enjoying lively music after a day beneath the waves.
Western Connemara was made for cyclists. Twisting country roads through the mountain valleys or along the coast deliver a new breathtaking vista around each bend. The bicycle’s slower pace adds a soundtrack and host of inviting scents to the incredible visual detail that cannot be had speeding along in an automobile. Stay at Cloverfox and enjoy free cycling. See Homepage or Special Offers.
You can see them beckoning from the shores of Ballinakill Harbour or from a beach on the Renvyle Peninsula . Inishbofin , Inishturk, High Island, Clare Island—each with histories extending back several millennia, including the adventures of the pirate queen, Granuaile (Grace O’Malley, in English). Several boats provide day trips or ferry service to these jewels scattered in our western waters.
< h2>Fishing & Angling
From wild Atlantic salmon, brown trout as long as your arm (check The Quiet Man), to blue sharks, rays, cod and Pollock, Connemara offers waters richly varied in species that can be caught. Whether a quiet inland brook, a reed-lined mountain lake, or the wide-open adventure of the deep sea, you’ll find the perfect place to land the big one. Should you need it, Cloverfox would be happy to help in arranging a booking or obtaining the proper licence.
The White Strand at Renvyle, Glassilaun, Lettergesh. The beaches around Renvyle Peninsula, with vast expanses of pristine white sands and green islands just off the coast, attract filmmakers and photographers year after year. Quiet and uncrowded, the sand and pebbles give way to shallow waters bathed by the Gulf Stream and tinted as azure and turquoise as when they left the Caribbean.
Diamonds Equestrian Centre has something to offer both the novice and the accomplished rider. They provide qualified, experienced staff, well schooled horses and ponies, and provide a wide range of treks. For more information, please contact Diamonds Equestrian Centre.