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The Best Things to Do (and See) in Connemara Right Now

Nestled in the emerald embrace of Ireland’s west coast, Connemara beckons with a siren song of windswept cliffs, glittering lakes, and ancient legends whispered on the breeze.

Craving a taste of this wild beauty, but short on time?

Don’t worry.

Our Connemara tour from Galway condenses the region’s magic into a single, action-packed day.

With our expert guides leading the way, you’ll uncover hidden gems, soak up the local culture, and create memories to last a lifetime.

Join us on a journey of exploration and wonder, where every moment is a new discovery and every corner reveals a new treasure.

Discover the best things to do and see in Connemara with us!

Authentic Villages of Connemara

Discover the authentic villages of Connemara, where traditional Irish culture thrives. Barna, Furbo, and Spiddal are known for their unique charm and strong ties to the Irish language. While we won’t be entering the cities, you’ll pass by these villages, each offering a unique glimpse into the heart and soul of Connemara.

Barna, a vibrant seaside village, welcomes you with the rhythmic clatter of lobster pots and the aroma of freshly caught seafood.

Furbo, nestled between verdant hills and the mighty Atlantic, beckons with a different kind of magic, where the wild spirit of Connemara truly sings.

Spiddal, wander through artisan studios brimming with handcrafted treasures, each piece imbued with the spirit and skill passed down through generations.

Clifden, the capital of Connemara + Sky Road

Clifden, known as the capital of Connemara, offers a charming blend of history, culture, and natural beauty you just have to see.

Visit the iconic Clifden Castle, a picturesque ruin surrounded by stunning landscapes. Explore the vibrant Clifden Market, where local artisans showcase their crafts and produce. Clifden is also known for its lively music scene, so be sure to catch a traditional Irish music session in one of the local pubs.

While in Clifden, don’t miss a leisurely stroll along the iconic Sky Road. This winding coastal path isn’t just for the eyes; it’s a full-sensory experience. Breathe in the salty air, feel the spray tickle your face, and capture memories that will stay with you forever.

Screeb Waterfall

Located just a few kilometers from Peacock’s Maam Cross, you’ll find the charming Screeb Waterfall. While not a large waterfall, its beauty is undeniable. The pathway to the waterfall is easy to navigate, offering a pleasant stroll. On a sunny day, the views are simply spectacular. The river, especially when in full flow, adds to the area’s natural beauty, creating a truly breathtaking sight. This makes Screeb Waterfall a perfect location for taking a photo, capturing the essence of Connemara’s wild and unspoiled beauty.

Pines Island

While capturing envy-inducing photos is practically guaranteed anywhere in Connemara, Pines Island stands out as a particularly photogenic spot.

Imagine this:

A tiny oasis adorned with Scots pines against a backdrop of the majestic Twelve Bens, its turquoise waters lapping at the shore – perfection in a single frame. Be sure to snap panoramas, close-ups of the unique flora, and maybe even yourself basking in the island’s serene beauty.

Local Food and Drink, Of Course

When it comes to food and drink, Connemara offers a true taste of Ireland’s culinary delights. Enjoy the local hill lamb, known for its tender and flavorful meat, or savor the fresh seafood, including delicious smoked salmon. As you explore the area, be sure to stop by a local pub, where you’ll find a variety of locally brewed beer and whiskey, often made according to their own family recipes.

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is a stunning example of Victorian architecture nestled against the Twelve Bens mountain range. Its beautifully restored rooms and Gothic church offer a glimpse into history, while the tranquil gardens and surrounding scenery provide a peaceful retreat. A visit to Kylemore Abbey is a must for history buffs and nature lovers alike. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a Kylemore Abbey tour from Galway to explore this iconic site in depth.

Connemara National Park

Connemara National Park is your adventure haven!

Pitch a tent under a star-studded sky (with permits, naturally!), or conquer Diamond Hill for panoramic vistas that will leave you breathless. Hike diverse landscapes, from heath-covered hills to dramatic cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, spotting Connemara ponies along the way. Follow the Whispering Trees Trail with its playful sculptures, or get inspired by the Poetry Trail’s verses. Families can enjoy the playground and visitor center exhibits, while everyone can refuel at the cafe. Whether you crave wild camping, challenging hikes, peaceful walks, stunning photos, or unique trails, Connemara National Park has something for you!

Connemara Giant

Before your day draws to a close, be sure to meet the enigmatic Connemara Giant.

This larger-than-life statue, perched along the Oughterard to Clifden road, wasn’t crafted by ancient giants but by local artisans in 1999. Yet, it embodies the very spirit of Connemara’s wild landscapes and quirky charm. Made from over 4 tonnes of concrete and steel, the giant gazes out at the land, a whimsical guardian with a mischievous glint in his eye.

Connemara itself

To truly grasp the beauty of Connemara, you just need to be there and feel it, no matter which part you choose for your adventure. Explore the charming thatched cottages, admire the craftsmanship of the dry stone walls, and hike through the majestic mountains and woodlands. Talk to local people and try local dishes to immerse yourself in the culture. Enjoy the tranquil rivers and streams, the serene lakes, and the stunning beaches, perfect for both exploration and relaxation. Remember, every corner of this region offers something phenomenal.