Tours & Cruises
Inishbofin Island more info
Inis Bo Finne (Island of the White Cow) lies seven miles off Galway’s coast. The island is five miles by three. The main activities on the island today are tourism, farming and fishing. There are five villages, West Quarter, Fawnmore, Middle Quarter, Cloonamore and Knock. Several safe sandy beaches strewn with shells and with crystal clear water make swimming, snorkelling and diving a joy. For the more adventurous, the islands waters make for spectacular diving. Inishbofin is a breeding area for many species of birds. The rarest or most threatened species breeding on the island at present are the Corncrake. The Corncrake have been nesting and breeding on Inishbofin for many years. For the adventurous there are exciting mountain walks, hill climbing and excellent shore angling. Inishbofin has become an important centre for traditional Irish music and song with its own Ceilí band. Inishbofin plays host to many visiting musicians and artists. Well worth a visit. You can get a boat from Cleggan Pier.
Connemara Smokehouse more info
Booking is advisable. At the Smokehouse Tour you will watch Graham or Nicolas hand fillet and traditionally prepare the salmon, explain the salting and smoking techniques, then show the hand slicing and packing of the finished product. You will enjoy a tasting of their fantastic smoked salmon. They are sure you will then want to buy some to take home, or to eat while you are here on holiday or to send to friends and family as a gift. It is fun, educational, and delicious.
Dan O’Hara’s Homestead (photo from connemaraheritage.com website) more info
Located near Clifden overlooked by the majestic Twelve Ben mountains, Dan O’Hara’s Homestead shares the history, heritage, culture & traditions of Connemara. The centre is based around the restored prefamine cottage of Dan O’Hara who was forced to emigrate in the 1840’s when he was evicted from his home. There is a audio visual Story and reconstructions of a crannog, ringfort & clochaun. One of the highlights of the centre is the guided tour to the Hilltop View and the visit to Dan O’ Hara’s Cottage.
Killary Cruises more info
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.??Our purpose built cruise ship, which can accommodate up to 150 passengers, has been designed to offer the maximum of comfort and safety to our guests, and also to offer them uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery which makes the Killary such a unique place to visit.
Our vessel The Connemara Lady is wheelchair accessible and is very suitable for young and old alike. We also offer a no sea-sickness money back guarantee! The best way to book is online. Best rates guaranteed.
Inishbofin, Inishturk and Clare Island are among the islands you can visit off the coast of Connemara and Mayo and all three can be reached by ferry. Inishbofin is home to ancient forts and monastic ruins, while Clare Island is a walkers and divers paradise and once home to pirate queen Granuaile. Inishturk has breathtaking cliffs and numerous archaeological sites and also excellent walking and diving. Macdaras Island, 7 miles out in the Atlantic, is uninhabited – a special place. In Galway Bay, the three Aran Islands are some of Irelands most famous and a haven of traditional language and culture.