Holidays to Connemara, Ireland

In the northwest of County Galway, you’ll find Connemara a region boasting fairy-tale landscapes, majestic castles and quirky attractions aplenty. The first thing you’ll notice through, will be the scenery. It is, as Oscar Wilde once said, a place of “savage beauty”. Here the mountains are a splendid green, ponies frolic and old stone walls lace the landscape.

While the countryside might be the main appeal, the region is dotted with charming villages and towns too, each with their own character and heritage. In these parts, traditional music booms from the pubs, the language is Gaeltacht and the fish is smoked as it has been for centuries. Head to Connemara Smokehouse and Visitor Centre to learn more about the craft of smoking and get your hands on some tasty treats.

If it’s romance you’re after, head to Kylemore Abbey which is nestled on the shores of Pollacapall Lough. Looking like something straight out of a fairy-tale, the ground floor of this 19th-century structure is open to visitors, but the pièce de résistance is the decadent Victorian walled gardens. For full-on castle exploration head to Aughnanure Castle an excellently preserved fortress from the 1500s. It was one home to the Fighting O'Flaherty's, who lived in the region for centuries after successfully defending it from the Normans.

A different type of history is available at The Station House Museum, located in a former train shed. A small but perfectly formed museum, it has a range of displays on Clifden’s history including information on the Galway to Clifden Connemara Railway and Guglielmo Marconi's transatlantic wireless station at Derrigimlagh. If that latter is of particular interest, head to Derrigimlagh Discovery Point where you’ll be able to listen to recordings from the 1907 station built by Guglielmo Marconi.

Nature lovers will enjoy a trip out to Connemara National Park, where they’ll find almost 3000 hectares of scenic woodland, heath, mountains and bog. Take a stroll or book onto a guided nature walk from the visitor centre. For a lesson in history and nature, take a boat trip out to Inchagoill, the largest island on the nearby Lough Corriba packed full of ancient sites. 

Highlights

  • Explore a fairy-tale landscape of mountains, lakes and bogs

  • Sample smoked fish and visit a smokehouse to learn more

  • Wander the Victorian walled gardens at Kylemore Abbey

  • Visit Aughnanure Castle and see where the Fighting O'Flaherty's lived

  • Learn more at Derrigimlagh Discovery Point

  • Enjoy a guided tour through Connemara National Park

Connemara trip ideas

Here are some trip ideas to Connemara. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 020 3510 5777

Map of Connemara