Activities

Walking

Western Way

This route starts at Oughterard and follows the shore of Lough Corrib to Maam. From Maam it finds a low level way through the great quartzite ranges of the Maum Turks and Twelve Bens, before descending to the deep, narrow valley of Killary Harbour and junction with the Western Way (Mayo) near Leenane.
Route Details: Oughertard, Maam, Maumeen, Inagh, Toorenacoona, Leenane. - Total Distance: 50km / 31 miles.

Oughterard to Leenane

This route starts at Oughterard and follows the shore of Lough Corrib to Maam. From Maam it finds a low level way through the great quartzite ranges of the Maumturks and Twelve Bens, before descending to the deep, narrow valley of Killary Harbour and junction with the Western Way (Mayo) near Leenane.
Route Details: Oughertard, Maam, Maumeen, Inagh, Toorenacoona, Leenane. - Distance: 50km / 31 miles.

Oughterard to Maam

Western Way takes you along the banks of one of Ireland longest lake, Lough Corrib, a world- renowned fishing Lough for freshwater trout and salmon. It is said that Lough Corrib has an island for every day of the year, so as we stroll along you will have a chance to count them. This section of the Western Way is on a narrow country road that leads to into a plantation of Silver Birch and conifers.


Over the Owenree River and onto an area of open moorland, it is this wilderness area that will give you your first great sense of remoteness. Wild flowers like, Sundew, Butterwort, Bog Asphodel and many more wild species grow in abundance here. The trail eventually leads us onto an old bog road that is only used today by the local people, mainly for the harvesting of peat and to take the sheep to and from the mountains.

Distance: 14Km, Ascent: 80Mtrs 225Ft

Maam to Lough Inagh

Maam was a location for the 1952 film "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The remains of the Quiet Mans Cottage are to be found here. Heading towards Maumeen and following an ancient pilgrim's trail that takes you into the Maumturk Mountains. Today it is a place of pilgrimage and the site of a small church, a holy well and a statue of St. Patrick. As you advance further west into the Maumturks the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding countryside of Connemara starts to unfold before our eyes as we look out over the impressive peaks of the Twelve Bens, Galway Bay , Lough Inagh and much more. The trail takes us down into the Inagh Valley in Connemara .
Distance: 15Km, Ascent: 340Mtrs

Kylemore to Leenane

Into the Inagh Valley, following an old Coach Road Northwest along a broad flat valley that is flanked by two great mountain ranges, the Twelve Bens and the Maumturks. Dotted along this section or the trail is the remains of some old ruined farm dwellings, the outline of the small fields and cultivated ridges, a stark reminder of the Great Famine of 1845 to 1849. Leaving the valley behind out trail takes us through a conifer plantation, out onto open moorland on the north western slopes on the Maumturks. From here we will have some extensive views across Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, definitely a spot for the enthusiastic photographer. Our walk finishes in the quaint village of Leenane.
Distance: 14Km. Ascent: 150 Mtrs

Golfing

Connemara Golf Club

Connemara Golf Club ; 27 Hole Links Course, located ten miles from Clifden. Galway's premier links course. Nestled between the mountains and the sea in the West of Ireland, the Connemara Championship Golf Links is an exhilarating golfing experience.

Connemara Isles Golf Club

Annaghavane Island, Lettermore, County Galway

Scenic 9 hole course located near Carraroe. This unique island course has some of the most beautifully scenic golf holes in the country.

Renvyle Golf Course 

A challenging 9 Hole, with brilliant Connemara scenery, located on the grounds of Renvlye House - Green Fees €15 per day.
Bearna Golf and Country Club ; Corbally, Barna, County Galway
Tel: +353 (0)91 592677
Located approx. 8km from Galway City and 3km north of Barna village, this golf course is set in typical rugged Connemara countryside with fairways constructed between rocks and heather. The inspired creativity of its designer R.J. Browne in the siting of tees and sand-based greens in the celebrated beauty of West of Ireland's Connemara landscape has produced a course of glamorously proportioned holes. Water comes into play at thirteen of the eighteen holes, each one boasting unique features which together test the golfer's total repertoire of skills. Caddy hire available. Dress code is neat & casual. Full canteen facilities available with full bar menu and restaurant.

Fishing

The well-known Carna Loughs are a group of lakes in the Carna-Kilkieran district of south Connemara. They all hold brown trout and occasional sea trout. The sea trout run from mid-June and fishing lasts from then until the end of September or early October, depending on the weather. Carna Anglers' Association control the fishing on Lough Keeraun, Lough Truskan, Lough Sheedagh and Lough Skannive.

A1 TopSail ; The Anchorage, Letterard, Cashel, County Galway

Tel: +353 (0)86 8236406 Email: a1topsail@tinyworld.co.uk

Charter a boat and experience the holiday of a lifetime. No strangers to the skippered charter scene, your skipper Matt Connelly and cook Jeanette Connolly will ensure you enjoy your sailing experience even if you've never sailed before in your life! Whether its peace and tranquility you want or fun you can take time out to watch "The Sun Go Down on Galway Bay" and still enjoy a walk or visit the local hostelries around Connemara's islands and shores.

Féile Curach na hÁirde Móire ; Carna, County Galway

Tel: +353 (0)95 32544

Féile Mhic Dara ; Carna, County Galway
Tel: +353 (0)95 32758

Féile na mBád Cill Chiaráin ; Kilkieran, County Galway
Tel: Michael Coyne Jnr. +353 (0)87 2989291.

 

 

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