Connemara is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. It’s craggy Twelve Bens mountain peaks, expansive sandy beaches and laced network of lakes exemplify the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of The West of Ireland., contains a wealth of tourist information for planning a visit to Connemara. The website is organized by regions. Each regional section contains a Map, Food & Drink, Accommodation and Self Catering pages featuring links directly to tourist provider web sites.

Our events calendar shows festivals and events throughout the year. Upcoming events are highlighted below;

Clifden Arts Festival

Clifden Arts Festival

Clifden Community Arts Week, celebrating its 39th anniversary in 2016, features a wholesome feast of culture with a mix of poetry, music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

Inishbofin Set Dancing and Trad Weekend

Inishbofin Set Dancing & Trad Weekend

This annual festival is emerging as the perfect way to wrap up the end of summer and embrace the winter. The weekend will run from Friday to Sunday evening and will see a wealth of entertainment through song and dance.

Bia Bo Finne Food Festival

Bia Bofinne – A Taste of Inishbofin

Held over the first weekend of October, ‘Bia Bofinne – A Taste of Inishbofin’ celebrates all things local, with a focus on traditional food, arts and crafts from this exceptionally beautiful part of the country.

The Great Fjord Swim

The Great Fjord Swim

The 2016 Great Fjord Swim is an open-water swimming event which takes place in the deep green waters of Killary Fjord surrounded by the mountains of Mayo and Connemara.


Connemara Green Festival

Connemara Green Festival 7-9 October 2016. The Connemara Green Festival is an exciting new festival in its 2nd year which celebrates Mother Nature, aims to raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara and raise funds for biodiversity projects.

There are numerous outdoor activities to choose from in Connemara such as Bike Rental, Horse Riding, and Water Sports & Activities. Some of these can be combined by local Activity Tour Operators. More leisurely things to do in Connemara are Educational Tours, Farm Visits and local sightseeing attractions.

Connemara is a golfer’s dream. The golf courses are accessible to visiting golfers. Choose from the Connemara Championship Golf Links in Ballyconneely or other nearby golf courses. There are no courses here which are exclusively for “members only”.

Make your trip to Connemara the ultimate escape and treat yourself to a few hours pampering or a whole day of relaxation in one of the areas spas.

Connemara is in the extreme western part of County Galway. The boundaries of Connemara are;

  • North – Killary Harbour
  • South – Atlantic Ocean
  • East – Kilkieran Bay
  • West – Atlantic Ocean

Since Connemara is a not an administrative entity like a town or county you may not find it on all printed maps. The following link shows a Map of Connemara.

You can get to Connemara very easily, from Galway City. The N59 is well signposted for Clifden, regarded as the ‘Capital of Connemara’. You will pass through breathtaking scenery all along the route, experiencing dramatic contrasts of lakes, sky, land and bog.

Bus Éireann and Citylink offer daily public transport from Galway City to Clifden. There is a limited summer schedule from Westport to Clifden with Bus Éireann. There are Tour Companies offering day trips from Galway City to Connemara. Further information can be found in our Connemara Bus Tours section.

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