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Connemara Sands, Ballyconneely

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2 Bedrooms
Bedroom Layout
1x Double, 1xTwin
1 Baths



Our Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars

Call us on 095-22669 and ask us about our special offers on week long stays at the Connemara Sands!

Connemara Sands Apartments/Hotel are situated along the Wild Atlantic Way and is one of very few beach front complex on the West-coast of Ireland, located next to the Blue Flag Awarded, white sandy beach of Mannin Bay with stunning views across the aquamarine ocean that would rival any beach worldwide. It is the perfect place to discover Ireland for the first time, or rediscover it like never before. This is a boutique resort hotel with 8 apartments situated on the grounds with private beach access proudly presented at the heart of the the world renowned Connemara landscape with the benefits of the full use of all the Hotel facilities.

Connemara Lettings are very proud to present probably one of the most Family friendly hotel in Ireland ! When you book an apartment at the Connemara Sands one can enjoy all of the comforts the hotel has to offer including free Wifi, tennis courts, private beach access, fine dining in the Erriseask Restaurant or casual food and drinks where you can bring the kids and enjoy the atmosphere and ‘craic’. The barista serves a perfect fresh ground coffee be it espresso, cappuccino or latte. Of course they also serve afternoon tea with delicious fresh home baked scones and a variety of cakes – my Granny’s favourite !. Why not sit back and enjoy a drink or two in the Cocktail bar whilst the kids enjoy the playroom which offers, drama, arts & crafts, the cookie & cupcake kitchen, board games, face painting, storytelling, mini disco, musical games, dinner parties (some only avail during peak season) or explore the surrounding nature, did you know they have Fairies and hidden treasures on the hotel grounds? The Connemara Sands also cater for the teenagers offering a Teen-Zone with beanbag cinema, Xbox, Wii stations and board games. (Great for those rainy days !)

Why not indulge yourself and book a stimulating and indulging massage therapy treatment. (Please note that these treatments will need to be booked in advance).

Ballyconneely Village is less than 10 minutes walk from the complex with a pub, 2 shops and playground. 10km South of Clifden the capital of Connemara at the entry point to Errismore Peninsula. An ideal place from which to explore the most tranquil, unspoiled and interesting country/ sea side to be found anywhere in the country. There is so much to offer in the local vacinty including Horse Riding on the beach, swimming in the sea less than 200m from the apartments, cyclying, hiking, climbing Diamond Hill at the Connemara National Park, visit Kylemore Abbey, go sea or river fishing, visit the Aran Island or Inishbofin Island, perfect location for Golfers wishing to enjoy a round of golf at Connemara Championship Golf Links which is approx only 5 mins drive.

These apartments cater for young, old, couples, families, grandparents, golfers, girlie getaways, Book now and come and see how fabulous this place is for yourself – Highly recommend !


Each apartment sleeps 4 with 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom and 1 pullout sofa (which is only suitable for children).

There are 8 indiviually designed apartments within the complex each with views from every patio and a path direct to your own private cove. These comfortable, well-appointed holiday homes are just the perfect base from which to unwind with just a short stroll to a white sandy beach.

The ground floor has a comfortable open plan well equipped kitchen (microwave-oven-hub-coffee pod machine-dishwasher). The dining area seats up to 6 people with doors leading to the courtyard. The living area with TV and docking station and an electric fire.

Separate WC.

Upstairs :

Double bedroom with fitted wardrobe and dressing table, window overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way.

Second bedroom has twin beds (2 single beds) with a fitted wardrobe, window overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way.

Bathroom with bath and shower overhead, sink unit and WC.

Local Info


Ballyconneely village has 2 shops, a post office, pub/restaurant, and playground

For avid golfers, Ballyconneely is home to the Connemara Championship Golf Course. This Eddie Hackett designed course is set in stunning, rugged countryside. The back nine has been described as the equal of any in the world. Situated in Aillebrack, Ballyconneely overlooking the Atlantic Ocean it offers 360 degree views of the Golf Course and the unique Connemara landscape. This is a wonderful place to stop off and enjoy lunch or dinner after a round of golf or a walk on the surrounding beaches. Dun Loughin surfing beach is close by to this course.

The Point Pony trekking centre will ensure a fun family day out on one of their pony treks. A unique Connemara experience!

Take a tour of the Connemara Smoke House and watch how the salmon it traditionally prepared for smoking and enjoy a tasting of their delicious smoked salmon! Tours operate every Wednesday during the summer months at 3pm!

Why not take a trip to Derrygimlagh Hill, one of the most historical spots in Connemara for 2 very important reasons:

In the early years of the last century, Gugliemo Marconi established the first ever commercial transatlantic wireless station on Derrygimlagh

Alcock and Brown landed their first ever transatlantic flight on the very same spot in 1919.

There’s no end of sea fishing opportunities in Connemara, especially in Ballyconneely so you can test your angling prowess! And with plentiful fish stocks it’s no wonder anglers flock here all year round. Popular spots for anglers include the harbour at Erislannan Point, the sheltered bay at Candoolin (close to the cottage) and Mannin Bay. Mannin Bay in particular has good innings for the small boat angler. Plaice is the most popular catch in this area while nearby Ballyconneely Bay has great potential for catching tope, ray, dogfish and Pollack.

Ballyconneely Beaches:

Ballyconneely peninsula is virtually ringed by beaches – from the Coral Strand at Derrygimlagh, west and north to Knock, Mannin, Dun Loughan and Truska, and east and south from Keeraunmore, Aillebrack, and Ballyconneely Bay to Calla, Dolan and MurveyRoundstone:

The village of Roundstone lies on the western arm of Bertraghboy bay in Connemara, Co. Galway, 48 miles (77km) north-west of Galway city. This Connemara village is beautifully set on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in Ireland overlooking the Atlantic at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain.

What about afternoon lunch in this pretty fishing village and afterwards let the kids enjoy some time on the Monkey Bars in the Village playground? The village has an ample amount of excellent bars and restaurants. It has a traditional craft centre; selling locally produced handmade pottery, jewellery and instruments! Be sure to check out Yvonne Kings Studio and the Stable Gallery which features contemporary art. Your one stop shop for unique gifts to bring home!

Roundstone is teeming with festivals and events during the summer months, such as the local regatta and the pony show; all of which are great family days out! Looking to experience some traditional Irish music? Irish nights take place in the upper community hall, every Wednesday at 8:30pm, all ages welcome! Starting the beginning of June; there will be a local market in the village with stalls selling fresh local produce and crafts. Well worth a visit.

There are also fishing trips suitable for all the family! Catch and cook your own dinner!! Don’t have great sea legs? Take a trip down to the pier. Local fishermen are well known for selling their fresh catch at the end of the day!

Roundstone Beaches:

Gurteen is the larger of the two and the closer to Roundstone. The water is crystal clear and it is very safe for swimming and other water based activities. It is naturally protected by the headland which it faces to the South and it is a popular destination for holiday makers in the summertime.

Dog’s Bay (or Port na Fadoige in Irish meaning Bay of Plovers) faces due west. It is famous for its mineral sands which are made of millions of microscopic shells. It is a stunning beach with its bright white sands and crystal blue water. Since 1991 the dunes separating Gurteen Beach from Dog’s Bay have been the focus of intensive efforts to plant Mar ram Grass to stem coastal erosion. Visitors are requested to respect the signs restricting access to the dunes. The wild headland which stretches out into the Atlantic between the two beaches is an area of great beauty and is a fantastic walk where you will be surrounded by water on three sides.


At only 10minutes from the Hotel nestled between the scenic splendour of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic Ocean, lies Connemara Golf Links. From the testing dog leg opening hole through to the breath-taking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the “equal to any in the world” Connemara is an enduring monument to its designer Eddie Hackett. Special green fees for hotel residents available at the reception.


Try surfing and learn how to ride your first waves in the ideal settings only 15min from the hotel, all the equipment is provided, all you need is a towel and swimming togs. Top class surf coaches will teach you everything you need to know to get you up, surfing and looking like a pro within a matter of a few hours. The groups have very small numbers (between 6-8) meaning you get the most out of your time. Session times change every day as they are dependent on the tide, the activity is 2.5hrs long.


Coasteering is a fairly new adventure sport that has become extremely popular throughout Europe. And it’s amazing! Coasteering is a mixture of adventure swimming, climbing, scrambling, jumping, and traversing the coastline. You will be jumping from a height suitable to you, swimming through sea caves, and exploring areas of the coast that you would never normally see. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment including wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and safety equipment. All you need to bring is a towel, swimming togs/shorts, a second pair of old shorts to go over your wetsuit, an old pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet and a sense of adventure.

Rock climbing/abseiling

Experience the thrill of climbing and abseiling on real rock, in Roundstone only 10mins from the hotel. Rock climbing is one of the safest and most thrilling outdoor activities there is. You can choose different levels of climbs depending on how much of challenge you would like, even if you’re a complete beginner there is something here for you. After your climb you can experience abseiling back down to the ground, the feeling of conquering your fear and stepping over the edge is one not to be missed. All the equipment is provided and all you need to bring are runners and suitable clothing for the outdoors.

Guided trekking

Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Connemara mountains and either let the guide lead you leaving you to take in the surroundings, or demystify the art of navigation by learning how to use a map and compass. The Twelve Bens, The Maam Turks and The Mweelrea mountains in Connemara, Co Galway are all dominant topographical features in Ireland with some of the most stunning views in the country and ‘a must do’ when visiting the area. Maps and compasses are provided and we recommend you bring the following equipment; Suitable walking shoes, waterproofs, packed lunch (available from the hotel) plenty of liquid and a day sack. Hill walking days will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm. Guides will decide the best route for your group depending on experience, weather and desires.

Guided kayaking/snorkelling tours

The kayak tours in Mannin bay, Connemara, Co Galway is host to some remarkable scenery, sea life, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water ideal for snorkeling. We will take you out to some spectacular locations, here we will provide you with snorkeling gear so you can have a look for yourself at the beauty of the underwater world. If you’re lucky you may get to see the seals or dolphins swimming below. Mannin bay is along the Wild Atlantic way and has been chosen by Failte Ireland as a location for the BlueWay snorkel and water-sports trail. Cleggan is also a very popular choice amongst our visitors, here you can experience kayaking into sea caves, through sea arches, visit the local salmon farms and see various wild life. More challenging 4 hours trips (including stops) along the way also available. We will provide you with all the necessary equipment, all you need to bring are your swimming togs, a towel, a pair of trainers you don’t mind getting wet and lunch (available at the hotel) when booking a full day trip.

Horse riding

Errislannan Manor, home of Stephanie Brooks, is on the west coast of Ireland four miles south of Clifden. Sheltered by a surrounding wood the Manor overlooks a trout lake and is bounded by Connemara’s moors and mountains. It houses the Errislannan Manor Connemara Pony Stud and Riding Centre and is the home of the Connemara Branch of the Irish Pony Club. It is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society Connemara Gardens. Riding and trekking on Connemara ponies takes place by the hour each morning from Monday to Friday inclusive. Suitable footwear should be worn -i.e.; shoes or boots with a smooth sole and small heel. We do have a selection of boots for loan. German & French spoken, longer treks can be arranged as well as riding lessons for adults & children and pony craft courses.

Sailing camps-private courses

Clifden Boat Club instructors have a tremendous zest for the sport and enjoy nothing more than seeing a beginner get to grips with the skills of sailing. All the programmes are relaxed, friendly and affordable and they pride themselves on the success rate of their students and provide certified courses to the most advanced levels. So if you have never sailed before or wish to develop your skills, now is the ideal opportunity. All equipment (even lunch) is provided, just bring your own wetsuit/towel.

Boating/fishing tours

Whether you’re a fan of deep-sea angling or it’s your first time, you can look forward to an adventure on the open sea with the opportunity to catch a selection of fish including pollock, ray, mackerel, wrasse, turbot, conger, flounder, plaice, dogfish and even shark! Simply book a trip aboard the Celtic Queen on a daily or hourly rate with John Ryan, a skipper who has over 30 years’ experience. The Celtic Queen is one of Ireland’s largest and best equipped sea angling boat, fully insured and approved, fitted with all the most modern safety, navigational and fish handling equipment. You can even cook your catch on-board! Don’t worry if you don’t have a fishing rod, the gear is for hire on the boat. Sea angling charter trips, sightseeing and evening trips available. Departs from Clifden harbour daily.


Private Powerboat Trips: Martin O’Malley is a local fisherman and member of the Coast Guard with extensive knowledge of the Connemara Coast and wildlife. On his comfortable 115Hp rib he can take up to 5 people for trips to different islands, tours around Slynehead and archaeological sites, discover the local coastline flora and fauna observing the local seal colony, foraging seaweed and onshore shellfish, fishing and checking lobsterpots (bring a lobster home to the hotel and our chef will be happy to prepare it for you) Powerboat courses: Level 1 & 2 powerboat certificate. This is an excellent course for those looking for a comprehensive and practical step by step guide to all that is power boating, right in front of the hotel!
The course lasts two days and all the crucial aspects of the sport are covered to include: The type of skills you will be learning are launch and recovery, boat preparation, basic boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard, high speed manoeuvres, introduction to navigation and a lot more.


For an up-close and personal experience with nature you can rent our mountain bikes from the reception. Take your partner or family and cycle around the stunning Connemara landscape. The Skyroad loop, Errislannan peninsula or Roundstone via bog road are just a few of the options. We’ll be happy to advise a route for your abilities, and provide you with a packed lunch for a picnic, including helmets and high visibility vests.





The electricity is inclusive in the rental rate.

Linen & towels are also inclusive in the rental rate.

Check-in time is after 4pm

Check-out time is 10am on day of departure..

Connemara Sands is happy to welcome your pet, however we would ask that your pet would not be permitted on furniture or on beds. If additional cleaning is required we may have to deduct this from your damage deposit.

Wifi Dongle’s can be hired out locally from Keane’s Computer Service Clifden +35385 7779018 / Please quote Connemara Lettings and your booking number to received a discounted rate.

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Along the Wild Atlantic Way

Ample Parking

babysitting on request

Close to Golf Club

Fabulous Views

Fabulous walks

Family Friendly

Highchairs & Travel Cots

Restaurant & Bar Food

Walking distance to shop

White sandy beach on your doorstep

Xbox & Wii


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