Rusheen Bay Windsurfing
Providing a range of activities for adults and children, Rusheen Bay Windsurfing is located just 5km from Galway city. Offering activities like Stand-Up paddle boarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking and even an on-the-water gym, there really is something for everyone to try.
Located in Lettergesh, Renvyle, Scubadive West offers PADI courses and experiences to divers of all levels. Adventure day trips, shore diving aswell as island dives are all available here and promise to be a day filled with some of the best underwater features out there.
Offering beautiful coastline and backdrops while you enjoy a range of activities, Real Adventures are great for groups of friends, family adventure of even just for the two of you to enjoy. From rock climbing to surfing, hill walking to sunset kayaking, why not explore Connemara in all its glory in the great outdoors.
Killary Adventure Centre
With over 20 water and land-based activities to choose from, the Killary Adventure Centre can be found overlooking the Killary Fjord in Leenane. The award-winning centre offers activities including Turf Challenges, the Killary High Ropes Challenge, Gorge Walking and Wakeboarding to name but a few and is a great way for all ages to explore and enjoy the great outdoors.
Delphi Adventure Centre
The Delphi Adventure Centre is where you can enjoy a range of both water and land-based activities in the wilds of Connemara and Mayo. Surfing, Ziplining, Archery and Raft building are just some of the activities available here for the kids and the adults to enjoy.
The Galway Gaeltacht
From Galway city, start your route by travelling through the wonderfully colourful Salthill and head towards the Coast Road (R336) where you will drive through the Gaeltacht areas of Barna, Furbo and Spiddal (An Spideal). This area of Galway is one of Irelands largest native speaking regions so on your journey, you will see the homes of Irish media Raidio na Gaeltachta and TG4 or if you are looking for the island experience, you can grab the ferry to any of the Aran Islands from the docks at Rossaveal. From Rossaveal you can continue along the R336 towards Screebe and onto Maam Cross or take a left at the village of Costello along the R343 which will take you to Carraroe. Carraroe is home to the beautiful Blue Flag beach the Coral Strand and what makes this beach so special is that the beach is not composed of sand but of coral like formations of lime.
Back onto the R336, from Screebe you can take a left towards the village of Rosmuc where you will find the historical Pearse’s Cottage, the summer cottage built by leader of the 1916 rebellion against British rule, Patrick Pearse. Continuing along this route, you will drive through the south Connemara villages of Kilkerrin, Carna and Cashel before re-routing back onto the N59 at Recess or to Clifden via the Roundstone Bog and Ballyconneely Loop.
Please note the Galway Gaeltacht is a longer route to Clifden but is certainly well worth the drive. With its vast areas of unspoilt countryside portraying the wild and rugged landscape, let this journey show you the Connemara we are lucky to call home.
The Sky Road drive in Clifden is a popular route and has been described as ‘the most impressive coastal drive in the country’. Leaving Clifden town, pass by the beautiful Abbeyglen Castle Hotel and within 400m, take a look back and you will see the skyline of Clifden town with the majestic 12 Bens providing your backdrop.
Continuing along the road, you will pass by the ruins of Clifden Castle where the D’Arcy family lived until the 1850s when they sold the estate to the Eyre family. Access to the sea can be reached via a farm track and is within a ten-minute walk from the castle ruins.
The Sky Road separate into a Low Road and High Road and although the roads do meet up again a little further, the High Road is definitely worth the trek.
Taking you to heights of over 500ft, passing by the ruins of the old coastguard station, you will reach the Sky Road peninsula carpark where you will see the stunning views of the surrounding rugged coastline and the islands of both Inishturk and Turbot-it truly will take your breath away!
Once you have digested this stunning scenery, continue for another 3km to meet up with the Low road where you can either turn off to enjoy the local beach, Eyrephort which lies on the edge of the Atlantic ocean or continue along the road to drive by Streamstown Bay, the Connemara Marble quarry and eventually join up with the N59 main Clifden/Westport Road.
Roundstone Bog and Ballyconneely Loop
From Galway, continue along the N59 and before you take the turn left onto R341, on your righthand side you will see Derryclare Lough and the popular viewpoint of Pines Island.
The R341 will take you through the Connemara Bog Complex which is home to a great diversity of life. The roue heads south towards Roundstone and Inishnee island, Toombeola and past the Ballynahinch Estate. On approaching the popular fishing village of Roundstone, you will see the island of Inishnee which is also accessible by car and the wonderful beaches including Dogs Bay and Gurteen.
Following the R341, the next village is Ballyconneely. Here you will find more of Connemaras top beaches like the Coral Strand, Mannin Bay and Dun Loughin, aswell as the Connemara Smoke House and the Connemara Golf Club. Continuing through the village towards Clifden, you will reach the Balliinaboy Bridge where when you turn right, you will arrive along another unspoilt highlight of Connemara which is known as the narrow and winding Bog Road. The Bog Road is roughly a 20km route and can take you back to Roundstone or back onto the N59 via Ballynahinch.
The Inagh Valley
Take a right off the N59 after Recess village where the roads runs along the Inagh Valley. Known for its look left-look right route, the Inagh Valley offers the dramatic views of mountain, forest and bogland with its reflections for all passengers of the route to enjoy in the Lough Inagh Lake. The vista is ever changing from dawn to dust and throughout the year, passers by will get to see life along the route in the form of local sheep and their young. Stop along the lakeside and watch the fishermen out on the lake try for their catch of the day or take out your walking boots and head up towards Maumean.
The Inagh Valley is one of the routes along the Connemarathon and offers competitors a wonderful vision to run along.
The Aughrus Peninsula
Take the N59 north from Clifden and turn left onto Claddagh. Following the route which overlooks Streamstown Bay until you reach Claddaghduff village where on your left you will see Omey Island. Access to the historic island, where Saint Feichin had a settlement, is based on tidal times so remember to always check these before attempting access.
Continuing past the village of Claddaghduff, the road will take you right around the stunning Aughrus Peninsula where you will pass by wonderful coastal beaches like Sellerna and Rossadillisk and drive straight into the wonderful harbour village of Cleggan where you can stop of for some pony trekking, day trips to Inishbofin Island or even set up for the evening and enjoy some local caught fresh seafood.
Renvyle to Leenane
The Renvyle Peninsula offers panoramic sea and mountain views and starts after you leave the Quaker village of Letterfrack. The Letter peninsula is a slightly longer route to Tullycross and begins after a left turn at Derryinver bridge. The route is beautifully rugged and brings you towards the end of the peninsula where the ruins of Renvyle Castle and loops back towards the village of Tully where on a clear day, you can see Croagh Patrick.
From Tullycross take a left at the local church along the coast road to Little Killary and continue along Lough Fee until you reach the N59 Westport road. Take a left towards Leenane village where you will drive through the only fjord in Ireland-the Killary Fjord. Unspoilt mountain and water views of the Killary, Twelve Bens and Mweelrea guide you right into the heart of Leenane village where the movie The Field was shot in the late 1980s.
Take the N59 toward Maam Cross and Oughterard. You will find side roads that head right leading to Lough Corrib. Lough Corrib is the second largest lake on the island of Ireland.Take the left at Maam Cross Village if coming from Clifden through Maam Valley until you reach Maam Bridge. On your way make sure to keep an eye out for The Quiet Man Bridge. Take in the beautiful scenery on the R345 which takes you to Cornamona, Clonbur which leads you to Cong. The R345 will take you Leenane which is on the southern shore of Killary Harbour.
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Wild Atlantic Way
Imagine driving along the absolute edge of Western Europe, Imagine exploring a 2,500km (1,553 miles) long coastline dotted with beaches, harbours, headlands and stunning viewing points, imagine stopping yourcar, feeling the salt spray in your face and the exhalation of Atlantic surf. You can do it all and more on the Wild Atlantic Way… a journey of inspiration! Read More >>
There's a wide range of fun outdoor activities in Connemara. Choose from coasteering, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing or hill walking.
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Tours & Cruises
No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm. Read More >>
Two miles from Roundstone, on the road to Clifden, are two of the finest beaches in Ireland. Gurteen Beach and Dog’s Bay lie back to back forming a tombolo jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Read More >>
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