Connemara is located in County Galway on the West Coast of Ireland on the edge of Europe. Salthill Hotel is your perfect Hotel to discover Connemara, located just under an hour's drive away. Getting to Connemara is pretty simple. From Galway City simply take the N59 to Clifden town and you’ll drive right through the heart of Connemara countryside. There are also regular bus services running from Galway City to Clifden, Connemara.
'Connemara is a savage beauty', as Oscar Wilde once said. The name Connemara is Irish for ‘Inlets of the Sea’ They say the true beauty of Ireland can be experienced in Connemara. It’s located in the north west corner of County Galway and is an area of desolate beauty, picturesque scenery and some impressive attractions, which combine to make Connemara a place close to the hearts of Irish people and visitors alike. The population of Connemara is 32,000. There are between 20,000-24,000 native Irish speakers in the region making it the largest Irish-speaking Gaeltacht. Lonely Planet described Connemara as ‘endlessly inspiring, with a rich trove of sublime pockets awaiting discovery and exploration’.
Things To See And Do In Connemara
Connemara never fails to disappoint with its rugged, unspoilt picturesque landscape. There is no shortage of things to do and see in Connemara. From the lakes and bogs of the Gaelic speaking South Connemara, to the mountainous landscape of North and West Connemara, the diversity and the people who populate it offers much to the visitor. Here is a selection of some of the many attractions Connemara has to offer.
Kylemore Abbey And Garden
No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to the magnificent Kylemore Abbey & Garden., the most photographed of all Connemara’s attractions. Kylemore Abbey & Garden has a picturesque lakeside setting, surrounded by woodlands at the foot of the Twelve Pins Mountains. The Abbey (which looks more like a charming fairy tale castle) is said to be one of the most admired buildings in Ireland, with its very impressive neo-gothic style exterior standing out against the backdrop of wild and beautiful Connemara.
Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Kylemore Abbey & Garden is the home of the Benedictine Order of Nuns in Ireland who have lived here since 1920.
Kylemore Abbey and the estate are open to visitors all year and the main areas to be visited are; the Abbey, the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardens, the Craft Shop, Pottery studio, Restaurant and Tea Rooms as well as the Lake and Woodland walks.
Connemara National Park
Connemara National park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. Visitors can see Connemara ponies run wild and assorted wildlife roam the gentle landscape.
The Visitor Centre is open daily from March to October and the Park grounds are open all year round. Admission is free. Don’t forget to bring appropriate footwear and rainwear.
Connemara Heritage And History Centre
The Connemara Heritage & History Centre is situated at Lettershea in Clifden. Surrounded by the Roundstone Bog and views of the Twelve Ben Mountains , the centre contains a reconstructed Bronze Age "crannog" (fortified lake dwelling), an authentic megalithic tomb, and a dolmen, all dating from prehistoric times.
The centre is based around the restored pre famine cottage of Dan O' Hara who was forced to emigrate in the 1840's when he was evicted from his home.
Guided tours are both entertaining & educational and offer demonstrations of traditional farming activities such as turf cutting, sheep herding, soda bread making on the open fire.
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