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The Connemara region is one of the most remarkable places to visit in Ireland. This otherwordly place is located in Co. Galway – a stunning county famed for its scenic beauty and a place renowned for relaxation and a place to connect with nature.

To make it easy for anyone who wants to visit this heavenly part of Ireland, we have created a list of some the must see places to visit and the best things to do in Connemara.

Lough Inagh Connemara Co. Galway

What is the best time to visit Connemara?

The best time to visit Connemara is any time! Connemara hosts many tourists during the Summer months, which means that prices for accommodation are generally at their highest. If you are working on a tight budget, you should consider visiting at other times of the year as accommodation prices tend to be cheaper.

How many days is enough in Connemara?

The scenery of Connemara is truly stunning, and there really is so much to see. But, if you’re tight for time, two or three days will be enough to enjoy the spectacular atmosphere and immerse yourself in the region’s beauty. Basing yourself with a holiday rental in Connemara will make it easier to enjoy all the things that there is to do.

5 Amazing things to do when you’re in Connemara

Connemara is a sight to behold at anytime. There is so much to do and see in this incredible place, and here are some of our favourites.

Visit and explore Connemara National Park

No matter what you do in Connemara, make sure to visit the fantastic Connemara National Park. The Park has 2,000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heathlands, grasslands and woodlands, and has stunning views, all year round.

There is also an information centre where Exhibitions, Nature Trails and Audio Visual Shows on the Flora, Fauna and history of Connemara take place. And in the Summer there is a programme of Walks, Talks and Special Events for younger visitors.

Surrounding the park are majestic mountains that belong to the Twelve Bens mountain ranges, which have hill walking and climbing opportunities for enthusiasts.

It’s not just scenery that Connemara National Park is famous for, it is also filled with sites of historical significance, including a Megalithic Tomb, ruins of houses and an early 18th century graveyard.

There are also 4 walking trails in the Park, ranging from 0.5km to 3.7km.

Enjoy Connemara’s Beaches

Renvyle beach in connemara
Renvyle Beach, Connemara

In Connemara you’re never too far away from the Atlantic Ocean, and when visiting you should definitely explore it’s beaches. Along the coast of Connemara there are many beautiful beaches that are just perfect for swimming, strolling and exploring. Renvyle and Omney Strand are two of our favourites.

A visit to Kylemore Abbey

Another must see in Connemara is the majestic Kylemore Abbey, located just 1 hour drive from Galway City.

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara Ireland

Kylemore Abbey is beneath a green mountain showing the mercurial Pollacapall Lough; this historical home has a classic and romantic history that disappointingly ended tragically.

The history of Kylemore Abbey is rich and steeped in romance, tragedy and courage. Since 1920 it has been a Benedicitne Abbey, occupied by nuns

In 1920, it became a Benedictine Abbey for a group of nuns, and the order still lives here, opening up the castle and grounds to thousands of visitors each year.

During a tour of Kylemore Abbey you can view inside the castle, explore the largest walled garden in Ireland, and even sample some of the home cooked treats created by the nuns using locally grown produce.

The Aran Islands

If you have the time you really should add visiting Aran Islands to your to-do list when planning to visit Connemara.

Three islands make up the Aran Islands – Inis Mor, Inis Mean and Inis Oirr. The Aran Islands have an unusually high number of ancient Celtic and Christian sites of significance, including the impressive Bronze Age fort of Dun Aonghusa, which is perched high on a cliffs edge.

Locals in the Aran Islands speak both English and Gaelige – a great chance to speak a cupla focail!

There are many ways to get to the Aran Islands, from Galway City and Doolin in Co. Clare. You can find out more information on the Aran Islands website here.

Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle and the Sky Road Connemara

Clifden Castle is beautiful manor house located just outside Clifden, and can be easily accessed via the Sky road.

Built in 1818 in the Gothic Revival style, the castle passed through many owners before being left to fall into disrepair in 1935.

Connemara ponies in Connemara

Where can I stay in Connemara?

When you’re visiting Connemara there is so much to see and do, and basing yourself there means you can enjoy every moment.

We have several self catering rentals in Connemara, and our Reservations Team will be happy to match you with the perfect one for your stay- here are just some of them!

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