Connemara Travel: Visit this Region for Some of Ireland's Most Breathtaking Views!
We love Connemara travel for the breathtaking beauty of this incredible region.
The literal meaning of the name Connemara is 'Inlets of the Sea. Its best feature is its filigreed coastlines fronting the Atlantic
Ocean on its western, southern and northern borders.
One visit to this lovely part of the Emerald Isle and you will understand why we are so taken with its spectacular landscapes, beautiful coastline and irresistible Irish food.
Connemara Travel: Spectacular Landscapes
Step beyond the beautiful beaches of Connemara Ireland and into its interior
to discover landscapes that only exist on the Emerald Isle.
- Lovely valleys
dotted with shimmering black lakes and rusty bogs beckon to locals and
- The mountains here are equally impressive, with the
Twelve Bens and the Maumturk Mountains being the must-see and
- Take a hike, ride a bike or gaze at these mountains from a distance,
it does not matter. Connemara travel will leave you breathless.
- These mountains are the jewels of the region,
both of which are best enjoyed at sunset when a rainbow of enchanted
colors appear to explode over the landscape.
Must-See Connemara Attractions
- Even a quick look at a map of the region reveals several
must-see attractions in the Connemara Ireland area. First-time Connemara travel buffs typically start
with Clifden (An Clochán), the region’s de-facto capital because of its
- The charming – many will also say, charmed - town is
characterized by Victorian houses and church spires coupled with a
rolling countryside, woods and beaches in the surrounding areas.
- Tourists come during the summer season so expect heavy traffic
flowing in and out of Clifden. Winter gives way to a more laidback feel
when the locals can finally enjoy their town sans the maddening crowds.
- Then there’s the Connemara National Park, a 2,000 hectare area
spanning a wide variety of landscapes. Heath, mountains and bog all
combine to make it one of the most exciting places in Ireland for
adventure, thrills and expeditions.
- Think of hiking through the forest,
enjoying picnics in the foothills, and just taking in the magnificence
of Mother Nature.
- Don’t forget the small yet enchanting villages in the region.
Seaside hamlets, fishing harbors and market towns all vie for the
visitors’ attention, and each has
something unique to offer.
- We suggest Roundstone for its gemlike
fishing harbor, Lennane on Ireland’s sole fjord, and Inishbofin on the
Connemara Food, Drink and More!
The Irish love their food and drink and it certainly shows in the
cuisine of the Connemara.
- Thanks to its proximity to the ocean
and its numerous inland bodies of water, locals and visitors to enjoy a smorgasbord of seafood delights like fresh salmon,
Galway Bay oysters, and even a mussel pie.
- Meat lovers will also love dining in one of the numerous pubs, cafes
and restaurants. Choose from meat dishes like lamb and lamb stew along
with signature brown breads and freshly-baked scones.
- Connemara travelers who want to enjoy local food as produced by locals should
visit the region's food festivals. First stop is the Leenane Food
Festival held at the Leenane Village during September each year.
producers offer everything you will need for an Irish feast including
mutton, lamb and fish as well as seaweed, cakes, and breads coupled with
fruits, vegetables, honey and jams.
- Then come back for the Connemara Mussel Festival at Tully Cross. The
festival obviously features mussels in all their glory from main dishes
to pies. Come during the May Bank Holiday weekend to partake of the
delicious seafood concoctions.
- In between these food festivals, locals and visitors prepare their
own food using only the freshest ingredients from the farmers’ markets.
- Go to Moycullen (every Friday 1PM-7PM), Roundstone Country Market (every
Sunday 11AM-4PM) and The Village Market at Keoghs yard (every Tuesday
- While you are in the area, you should learn conversational Irish,
too. Doing so is actually not compulsory as the locals can speak and
understand English but of you want to savor the Gaeltacht spirit, speak
the local language.
- You will make fast friends in this way, too, and you
can never have too many friends in Connemara.
For much more information on this lovely region in Ireland, pay a visit to the official Connemara website here.
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