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?
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.