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Situated on the beautiful western coast of Ireland and scattered with lakes and streams, Connemara's natural landscape is both stunning and tranquil. The countryside is quiet and dramatic, with small villages scattered throughout. Reaching Connemara is easy by car, but bus services can be more limiting, so plan your arrival in advance if you are traveling from anywhere farther than Galway. Don't shortchange yourself on time, either, for there is lots to see in Connemara. Connemara is best explored by car, if that option is available, and the drive is just as stunning -- if not more stunning -- than the Ring of Kerry.
Pop into a local pub for a good meal or a strong drink and some excellent company. Many pubs often host traditional music sessions, especially during the summer months and weekends. There are usually a few small shops that sell food in the villages in Connemara, although Clifden has a larger variety of options for shopping.
Connemara hostels are not generally near any largely populated area, which is great if you are looking for an escape from the busy city life in Dublin or Galway. Diamond Hill is a popular destination for hikers, and there are a few amazing trail options if you leave from the Connemara park visitor center, in Letterfrack. The hike offers fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the rest of the park. Connemara is where you will fall in love with true Irish charm, as the people are hospitable and friendly, and the scenery is amazing.
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"This is a great hotel to stay in. We stayed one night at the end of July and it wasn't long enough. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time here." … "Nice, good Hostel - Very nice Hostel and the one and only Hostel which you should choose in Letterfrack. The other Hostel "Bard's Ban" is terrible and dirty. The Letterfrack Lodge is really good and the stuff is very friendly and help whenever you need help." … "Fantastic set up....
The Bards Den Letterfrack
"It is not a really good choice - positive -- friendly staff and free breakfast. negative -- not clean (it's dirty), not one plot in the room did work!!!, the room smelled very old and like something "wet", the door to our room didn't work well and was hard to open, the wifi didn't wotk and so we could'nt use the internet. you see, better choose another hostel." … "… foremost Activity Hostel in Connemara used extensively by...
Wild Atlantic Hostel
"… onsite restaurant, bar & grill, a cafe, bike rental, excellent adventure centre, award winning spa and much more. Be Part of the Adventure. From the hostel you can take part in any of the resorts renowned adventure activities, explore the walking trails or even rent a bicycle and go as far into the valley as your pedals can take you! Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or...
The Connemara Hostel (Sleepzone)
"Far from the bustling city life of Dublin and Cork is Sleepzone Connemara, tucked into the beautiful scenic mountains of County Galway, Ireland. The newly remodeled interior and helpful, friendly staff of this hostel make a great first impression. The dorm rooms are remodeled too (and quite roomy), each with an ensuite bathroom. In order to get to the hostel, one has limited options. It appears that most guests use cars, although many take...
Old Monastery Hostel
"Old Monastery Hostel, housed in an old monastery building, has its own charm. The Location Old Monastery is located in Letterfrack, a small village in the North Connemara. The entrance to Connemara National Park and Diamond Hill is just next door. To the sea it is about a ten-minute, very nice walk. In Letterfrack you have a supermarket, three pubs, and even a library (part of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology college located...
Lake Haven Village Apartments
"… bedrooms are rented on a nightly or weekly basis. The 1 bedroom apartments have a double bed & single bed in the bedroom. The 2 bedroom apartments have a double room & a twin room . The Studios are double ,twin or family. The en-suite bedrooms have twin or bunk beds. Located in a landmark stone cut building steeped in history only a stroll from the craft shops, pubs and restaurants that Clonbur has to offer. Full...
"Kylemore house is a Georgain building set amongst the mountains and woodland. It looks on to a large lake and has a peaceful and tranquil setting. The house itself has great character and has 6 ensuite rooms most with views of the lake. You can take a boat on the lake for your leisure. We are located beside two villages, letterfrack and Leenane.There are good restaurants in both place. There is also a hotel 300 metres from the house. We have...
Hazelbrook Farmhouse B&B
"… Co. Mayo with all the most popular attractions within easy reach. Cleggan Village boasts a number of restaurants and village bars all within walking distance of our B&B. A wide variety of activities can be enjoys while staying including hill walking, cycling, pony trekking, fishing, golfing as well as a wide range of water sports including deep sea diving. Our 24-seat comfortable mini-coach is available for hire for pick up...
"… areas, which is the perfect place to relax and ponder in the evening sunshine. Mannin Lodge gives you the chance to discover everything Connemara has to offer; stroll along some of the beach coves, admire the beauty of Connemara National Park, Mannin Bay and the Atlantic coastline. Play a round of golf at one of links courses located nearby; try your hand at watersports or some angling in the bay. Please note: Check-in from...
Ivy Rock House
"This modern Guesthouse overlooks the Sea and the Twelve Bens and is close to all amenities, Horseriding, Golf, Beaches. Hill walking, restaurants nearby. All rooms are ensuite." … "1 mile before the village of Roundstone. www.ivyrockhouse.com" … Letterdyfe, Roundstone
"Family home. Peaceful, scenic area. Beside sandy beach. Angling, horse riding, Inishbofin ferry, restaurant and pubs within walking distance. Central for many beautiful and peaceful walks. Secure storage for bicycles. Ideal base for touring Connemara." … "Take N59 from Galway to Clifden. Continue on N59 towards Westport for 3 miles. You will see signpost for Cleggan on left. Go straight through Cleggan for 1 km and you will see...
Hillside House B&B
"… ." … "GPS: N53.35438w9.70868 Hillside House Bed & Breakfast is 60km West of Galway City. Travelling via the picturesque coast road (R336) or the alternative scenic mountain route (N59). Both routes connect to R340 at Screebe T Junction. Travel west from Screebe for 15KM. Hillside House is easy to find and we are well signposted ... Look out for directional sign 300 metres after Flannery Bridge, Kylesalia ......
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