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.

ConnemaraIreland.com, 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;

Connemara Mussel Festival

Connemara Mussel Festival

The 2017 Connemara Mussel Festival offers a feast for the senses. Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels from Killary Harbour, the festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage and is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara attracting visitors from near and far.

Leenane Mountain Walking Festival

Leenane Mountain Walking Festival 2017

Enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea as Leenane is situated on the edge of Killary Harbour and surrounded by mountains in all directions. This May will be the 8th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival which has become a major event on the events calendar for Connemara and the area. The 2017 event will take place on from the 28th April – 1st May bank Holiday.

Inishbofin Walking Festival

Inishbofin Arts Festival

Set in the stunningly scenic and historic backdrop of Inishbofin, the 2017 Inishbofin Arts Festival is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, visual art, craft, heritage, dance and fun family activities.

Connemara Adventure Challenge

Connemara Adventure Challenge

The 2017 Connemara Adventure Challenge is an adventure race which involves cycling, running and kayaking over a 32.5km course around Killary, through magnificent scenery.

Inishbofin Half Marathon

Inishbofin Half Marathon & 10K

This unique event takes place on beautiful Inishbofin Island, situated on Connemara’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way. The island is steeped in history, and is renowned for its traditional music and unspoilt sandy beaches. Inishbofin half marathon & 10k will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017.

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 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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