This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Connemara.
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.
Written by local enthusiast for Connemara hostelsEmily Schreiber