Connemara, from the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.
Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland.
This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
Clifden, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan town on the very edge of Europe. It has a population of 2,609 but the hinterland which it serves as the administrative and economic capital to has almost 10,000 inhabitants. The town known as the “Capital of Connemara” boasts a thriving tourism industry as its unique and picturesque setting between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Atlantic Ocean.
Agriculture and fishing continues to play an important role in Connemara, and although Clifden doesn’t have a commercial fishing port it is an important centre for agricultural activity in Connemara. Trading in cattle, sheep and Connemara ponies continues throughout the year in Clifden. In fact the “Olympics” of Connemara Pony shows takes place in Clifden with breeders and enthusiasts travelling from around the globe to the famous agricultural show each August.
The Sky Road, famous for the views it affords, the road takes you up among the hills overlooking Clifden Bay and its offshore islands, Inishturk and Turbot. At the summit of Monument Hill you will find a stone memorial to the town’s founder, John D’Arcy (1785-1839). This is a good vantage point to photograph the town of Clifden, with its two spires and perfect Twelve Bens backdrop.
Ballyconneely. This peninsula, jutting into the Atlantic between Clifden to the north and Roundstone to the south, contains some of the most tranquil, unspoilt and interesting countryside to be found anywhere in the country. Its name translates from the Irish as Conneelys Village, and is based on the old civil parish of Ballindoon which in turn was named from the old fort or cashel on Doon Hill.
The peninsula is virtually ringed by beaches – from the Coral Strand at Derrygimla, west and north to Knock, Mannin, Dunloughan and Truska, and east and south from Keeraunmore, Aillebrack, and Ballyconneely Bay to Calla, Dolan and Murvey. As well as being ideal for bathing, some of those beaches provide excellent bases for shore fishermen.
Ballyconneely has been to the fore front in many historic projects and events. As early as 1854 the first Salmon farming operation in either Britain or Ireland was carried out on the Dohulla Fishery. More famously, on Sunday June 14th 1919, the first transatlantic flight ended in the Derrygimla Bog, about two miles from Ballyconneely Village. Capt. John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown had flown their twin-engined Vickers Vimy plane from Newfoundland, Canada, in just over sixteen hours. They landed virtually within yards of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station, set up by Guiglielmo Marconi, the Italian pioneer of wireless telegraphy in 1905, and from where the first transatlantic wireless message was sent to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia in 1907.
Roundstone, is one of the oldest resorts in Connemara. The village was built in the 1820s by Scottish engineer Alexander Nimmo.
In Roundstone you will find a busy little harbour, where local fishermen prepare and return with the day’s catches of lobster, crayfish, crab and mackerel, plus a variety of other fish.
Roundstone is situated in the heart of Connemara, and is one of the oldest fishing villages on the west coast, and is an area of much natural beauty, as well as being the birth place and inspiration for much of Ireland’s artistic creations. It has also been described many times as a “botanist’s delight” as many wild flowers, rare to this country, are fo…
Roundstone enjoys an unparalleled view of the Twelve Bens and is bordered by the vast Atlantic ocean.
Dogs Bay and Gurteen Beach, set back and filled with the clearest Atlantic water can be enjoyed in this area (2 miles from Roundstone). Not only can the beaches be enjoyed from the swimmers and other aquatic water sports point of view, but to those that are interested, the sand is pure white as it is not formed of quartz grain but of shells exclusively.
Browse around and have a good look and see what we have to offer, you will be most pleasantly surprised.
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Other Venues in the area that may be of interest to you.
- Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens