Easter in Connemara
Let our family look after yours this Easter
Easter is a great time to take a short break with the evening being to stretch out that extra little bit as each day passes. Escape to Peacockes Hotel and try out some of the fun-filled outdoor activities and attractions that Connemara has to offer.
Below is just a taste of what you can occupy your time with in our wonderful part of the world
Brigit’s Garden, Roscahil, Co. Galway
Winner of the Georgina Campbell Family Friendly Destination of the Year Award 2017 Distance from Peacockes: 25 mins approx, 25.5km
Contact Information: +353 91 550905
Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows. In addition to the Celtic Gardens visitors can enjoy the nature trail, an ancient ring fort (fairy fort), thatched roundhouse and crannog, and the calendar sundial, the largest in Ireland. Brigit’s Garden is very family-friendly with a kids’ discovery trail, a natural playground and lots of opportunity to explore.
Killary Fjord Boat Tour, Leenane, Co. Galway
Distance from Peacockes: 25 mins approx, 24km
Contact Information: +353 (0)91 566 736
Take a 90 minute trip on a luxury boat for uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery on Killary fjord. The inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland and because of its sheltered nature, the waters are always calm. No seasickness – guaranteed! Spacious inside and out. Café, bar and toilets on board. Pushchair and wheelchair accessible. A highly enjoyable trip for all ages and interests.
Glengowla Mines, Oughterard, Co. Galway
Distance from Peacockes: Less than 15 minutes, 14km
Contact Information: 091 552 021, 087 252 9850
Let the team at Glengowla Mines lead you on a journey of discovery of how lead and silver were mined from the roots of the Connemara Mountains in the 1800’s. The constant dripping of water, the ‘miners breath’ and if you are brave enough - a moment of darkness will set the scene!
Delve into the depths of Glengowla mines where you can explore the caverns of marble studded with lead and silver. Marvel at the rare and beautiful crystals of quartz and fluorite. Learn of the working conditions the miners worked under before the mines closed in 1865. Gold Panning at Glengowla A firm favourite with adults and children alike is to pan for gold and gems at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find!
Seismology at Glengowla
Not only will you enjoy guided tours of the mines, Glengowla is also home to a seismograph which is part of Ireland’s National Seismic Network. See how the seismograph works and how the impact of earthquakes can shake the earth world wide! Working Farm Experiences at Glengowla Glengowla is also working farm where you can visit the Connemara Ponies, meet the Bob the sheep dog, pet the lambs and for advanced group bookings sheep dog herding demonstrations and turf cutting demonstrations are available.
Also take the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the farm along the old Connemara railway line and discover some of the local flora and fauna. Make a day of it and bring your own picnic!
Connemara National Park, Letterfrack, Co Galway
Distance from Peacockes: 40 minutes, 39km
Contact Information: +353 76 100 2528 / +353 95 41054
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. There is a lovely playground, and number of walking trails beginning at the Visitor Centre offer walkers a variety of scenic routes and nature trails through the park suitable for children. Stunning vistas from the 400-metre high Diamond Hill include the distant islands of Inishbofin, Inishturk and Inishshark, and the turreted Kylemore Abbey. The park is also home to Connemara ponies, red deer and an enormous variety of birdlife, including skylarks, stonechats and peregrine falcons. Other remnants of times past include ruined houses, a disused lime kiln, old sheep pens, an ice house, ancient walls and Tobar Mweelin, a well which was formerly used to supply water to Kylemore Castle. The Visitor Centre features include exhibitions, the ‘Man and the landscape’ multi-lingual audio visual show and tea room (seasonal). Entrance to the Visitor Centre is free of charge. A summer programme of guided walks and special events for younger visitors are also available at the Visitor Centre. Connemara is one of six such national parks in Ireland.
Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Shanafaraghaun, Clonbur, Co Galway
Distance from Peacockes: 25 minutes, 21km
Contact Information: +353 94 9548853
Joyce Country Sheepdogs is part of a family run farm located in Connemara on the West of Ireland. Joyce Country Sheepdogs offers you the opportunity to visit a working hill sheep farm and watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep. Border Collie sheepdogs and puppies are also available to buy. Joe Joyce is the third generation of his family to farm sheep in the Joyce Country area. The farm is nestled between the Maumturk and Partry Mountains. Joe is delighted to share his love of sheep farming and dog handling with visitors, young and old alike. Joyce Country Sheepdogs is highly recommended on Trip Advisor and they have had hundreds of happy visitors including some of Hollywood's elite. Included in the farm visit are sheepdog demonstrations, a talk on hill sheep farming and a visit to the puppies (when available). There is also an opportunity to view sheep shearing demonstrations and don't forget to stop off to meet the donkeys.