Leenane

Leenane / Leenaun (An Lionan)

Leenane is situated near the head of Killary Harbour. It stands at the west end of the Partry mountains and is dominated by the Devil’s Mother (650m) about which many legends have been woven. The highest peak in Connacht, Mweelrea (‘The Bald King’) towers over the water which is now used for mussel-farming on rafts.

The village of Leenane is an angling resort and an excellent centre for the mountain climber. The Joyce Country, an area extending east from Leenane, to Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, takes its name from the Joyces who settled there in the thirteenth century and whose name is still common in the district.

This beautiful village is an ideal centre for exploring an area of magnificent scenery.

Some 5 km west, on the scenic coast road to Louisburgh, is the beautiful Aasleagh waterfall, on the Erriff River, famous for its salmon and sea trout and recently acquired on behalf of the State by the Central Fisheries Board.

Leenane is a convenient centre for walking and cycling tours of this beautiful region.

A film adaptation of John B. Keane’s famous play ‘The Field’, directed by Jim Sheridan, was made in Leenane in the early 1990s. The film and play were based on a true story of a battle for land in Kerry between a local man and an outsider which ended in murder. In Leenane you can visit the pubs and shops that were used as sets in the film.

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Connemara Seaweed Baths

Connemara Seaweed Baths

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a hot bath of Atlantic Seawater infused with hand harvested seaweed and enjoy Ireland's oldest spa treatment at Connemara Seaweed Baths in Leenane, County Galway. Situated on the shores of Killary Harbour – ...

Delphi Fishery

Delphi Fishery

Delphi Fishery is located in Connemara, County Galway offers top quality salmon fishing in beautiful mountainous surroundings. There is a wide variety of fly fishing on an exceptionally pretty river, and two spectacular lakes. The Delphi system includes the Bundorragha ...

Killary Fjord Boat Tours

Killary Fjord Boat Tours

Killary Cruises welcomes you to the unspoiled splendour of the Killary, Ireland’s only Fjord The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always ...

Killary Sheep Farm

Killary Sheep Farm

Welcome to Killary Sheep Farm in Connemara. A traditional working mountain farm with approx 200 ewes and lambs roaming freely in the mountain overlooking Killary Fjord, on the Wild Atlantic Way. On our farm we run mainly blackhead horny sheep ...

The Erriff Fishery

The Erriff Fishery

The Erriff Fishery is one of the premier salmon fisheries in Ireland. It is located in Leenane, County Galway and comprises the Erriff River and two small loughs, Tawnyard and Derrintin. The River Erriff is renowned as a salmon fishery, ...

The Sheep And Wool Centre

The Sheep And Wool Centre

The Sheep and wool museum offers an insight into the importance of sheep and wool in Connemara's past. Learn the history of sheep farming, local woollen industry and the process of how sheep’s fleece is made into cloth through technology, ...

The Spa at Delphi Adventure Resort

The Spa at Delphi Adventure Resort

Plan your escape to Delphi’s award-winning spa, where you can inhale… exhale… and feel the stresses of everyday life drift away. Treatments start at just 25 minutes long, and packages offer up to 3 full days of pampering. Treat yourself ...