Recess is a townland comprising of a number of small rural communities. Sheep and Cattle farming is one of the main livelihoods in the area, Recess is an ideal location as it has easy access to the capital of Connemara, Clifden and Galway City via the N59. Recess Village is 13 miles from Clifden and 37 miles to Galway City. Bus Eireann and City Link Buses leave daily from Recess Village throughout the day.
Recess Village is a small charming village containing a craft shop, grocer/petrol station and a pub. Here you will also find the Connemara Marble quarry; items produced here, can be purchased in Joyce’s Craft shop. Across the road you will find the “Connemara Giant” statue in the car park. A favoured photo op for all visitors
Joyce’s Craft Shop and Art Gallery is a must visit if you are passing the village where you will find a wide range of knit wear, rare books, antiques, handmade jewellery and original gifts. Afterwards, why not pop into Paddy Feisti’s and enjoy a hearty hot lunch!
Have a car why not take a trip through the Inagh Valley where you will be captivated by all the beautiful lake and mountain scenery. Lough Inagh Lodge is a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner and take in all the stunning scenery. Once you pass through the valley, you can take a left towards Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara National Park or a right which will bring you towards the village of Leenane and then on to Westport town, a truly lovely place to take a day trip! Or why not take a trip to the Ballinahinch Estate and have a ramble around its lovely grounds and a bite to eat in the lodge. From here you can drive towards Roundstone, Ballyconneely and then to Clifden town making the journey a loop along the N59 back to Recess.
Don’t forget to stop at Derryclare Lough and take a snap of one of the most photographed areas in Connemara!
Glengowla Mines, Oughterard – Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore!
Aughnanure Castle – Located 2 miles outside Oughterard town, Tours are given around this impressive 16th-century castle which is flanked by two branches of the Drimmeen River.
Derroura Mountain Bike Trail- Take a cycle along the 16Km trail which offers you some incredible mountain biking in some of the most spectacular scenery in Connemara
Corrib Princess Cruises: There are several choices of cruises departing Oughterard on a daily basis
Connemara Candles is a workshop and shop located just outside Oughterard town. You will often see the candles being made when you visit.
Fishing on the Corrib: Lough Corrib is the second largest lake in Ireland and is reputed to have 365 Islands. It is a vast lake of 44,000 acres and stretches some thirty-five miles in length from Maam in Connemara to Galway city where the river drains via the Corrib River through Galway City into Galway Bay. Lough Corrib is one of the best game fisheries in the world and it is a wonderful place to experience game angling. It is home to a variety of fresh water fish including brown trout, pike, perch, and roach, and it also attracts salmon and eels from the Atlantic Ocean. The deepest part of Lough Corrib is 152 ft/47 meters, but its average depth is approximately 40ft/12meters. Fishing methods on the lake and its rivers include spinning, trolling, dapping and dry fly fishing and the season runs from March to September. The Lake Corrib is a wild brown trout fishery. Anglers flock from all over the world to fish on this great lake and especially during the famous mayfly fishing in early summer.
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