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Mike’s Connemara Blog

After growing up here, I think that Connemara is one of the best places in the world. Here is my insider reccommendations for what to do in Connemara – All of these are within easy distance of The Connemara National Park.

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1 – WALK THE CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK

Number 1 on "Mikes top 10" is walking the Connemara national park. It's a 5 minute walk to the visitor centrewhich has lots of info a cafe and a children's playground to but no trip to Connemara is complete until you experience the views from the summit of...

2 – Kylemore Abbey – Connemara

A really famous tourist attraction and you will probably find yourself within tons of other tourists but still worth a visit. The old Abbey is the home of the Irish Benedictine Nuns and provides you with a choice of attractions. The Abbey itself was a...

3 – WALK TULLY MOUNTAIN or the Dawros River

Tully Mountain is one of those Connemara Gems that is not as popular as it should be. It stands opposite the Connemara National park and provides a different and unique perspective of the beaches and the whole Connemara area. On a clear day...

4 – LODGE RESTAURANT CONNEMARA

This is one of those walks that you will not find in guide book. In someways this adds to the charm of it as you will definitley find the beaten track here. This walk is just as good as the Connemara National Park and you will find complete isolation. In a...

5 – Letterfrack Village & Traditional Irish Music

Letterfrack Village is a vibrant little village on the west coast of Ireland and is a fabulous location for visitors to stay and experience the best that Connemara and Ireland has to offer The village is made up of 3 traditional music bars, 3 restaurants , GMIT...

8 – INIS BOFFIN ISLAND

Inish Bofin Island . Take a step back in time. Located 12 miles off the west coast with ferries running morning and evening this is one of the best ways to spend the day exploring this romantic and rugged island on foot or cycle. This will prove to be an...

10 – The best closeby beaches

The beaches in Connemara have splendid scenery which begines with the turquise waters and white sandy beaches. There a handful of beaches many of which are off the beaten track. With 8 beaches within 15 minutes of the Lodge you are spoilt for choice. You...

WALK 1 – Tully mountain Grade: 5-10

Tully mountain first peak. zero pain for lots of gain distance is 4km up and down time: 1 hour 45 mins Height: 357 meters or option 2 is the full duck (full curcuit of tully mountain) distance is 10 km up and around and down Time: 4 hours max Wow factor 8/10 From...

My thoughts on Clifden

Clifden (Located fifteen minutes drive from Letterfrack) Clifden is the capital of Connemara and famous for many reasons. The first radio signals to cross the Atlantic by Marcony, the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown. Very popular tourist destinations...

19 – Killary Fjord – The Wild Atlantic Way

If you are interested in visiting Ireland’s only Fjord, you will find the perfect base in Letterfrack. Number 6 on the list is the Dramatic Killary Fjord which is just 10 minutes drive away from the Connemara National Park. Killary Harbour...

21 – WILD ATLANTIC WAY

The Wild Atlantic Way is a tourism trail that leads you through some of the best coastal scenary in the world. It covers the entire west coast of Ireland. The 2,500 km (1553 miles) driving route passes through nine counties and three provinces, stretching...

The gothic church

One of the 3 main attractions at kylemore abbey  is the gothic church .(which is actually a mini cathedral based on Norwich and Bristol cathedrals) It  was built in 1784 as a memorial to Mrs Margaret Henry who died after a short illness she contracted while traveling...

Mike’s top 10 Connemara Events and Festivals

1. The Connemara Mussel Festival. May 1-4 Tully cross, Renvyle I have a small mussel farm on Killary Fjord so this festival has to get my number 1. Tasty fresh mussels , music dancing, cookery , foraging and a very warm small village welcome are some of the things on...

Walking in connemara

I can honestly say that letterfrack is the best base for anyone interested in walking / hiking in connemara. There's good well priced accommodation available at the connemara national park hostel - letterfrack lodge,which has hostel and hotel styled rooms. The...

Visiting Connemara in Winter

Hello from beyond the hills and mountains of Connemara. And the temperatures drop and the winter sets in in earnest the Letterfrack Lodge stays warm, cosy and inviting to the discerning traveler who ventures west. Good fortune favors the brave and the good fortune...

Go Connemara – The Connemara National Park

The Connemara Loop is an area of Connemara that is linked into a route that leads you to The Connemara National Park. Letterfrack Lodge is situated at the foot of the Connemara National Park. It's roads place Connemara in the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way...

Biking the old road

A forty minuet drive from the connemara national park in the direction of cong is the old road or as it's known locally the "sean bother" . It's the old road from clombur to cong and it's great for biking . Good surface very few cars and stunning views over lough...

The Kilarney National Park – A highlight

Killarney has a National Park which rivals the Connemara National Park. A bit more built up with man made gardens and fields and lined with a magnificent castle this place is rich in beauty. A walk around is definitely a highlight of any visit to Ireland. The...

My Walk up Tully Mountain

Tully Mountain definitely provides the best view over the seashore and the whole Connemara area. If you are lucky you can look as far as to the Croagh Patrick near Westport and southwards as far as to the whole Galway Bay. You also have splendid views over the Twelve...

The Big December at the lodge.

As November draws to end we are looking forward to December and the festive season which I think is a great distraction for all in the middle of winter. We are planning a few more theme nights this December . On the thirteenth it's Indian ( fully booked) on the...

Top Attractions in Ireland

Other spots in Ireland that are advisable to visit if you are visiting Ireland (A budding travel guide, Mike only features reccomended places to visit) Dingle and the Ring of Kerry The Ring of Kerry takes you through some of Irelands most spectacular scenery. Dingle...

A Connemara Seashore Walk

This walk on a narrow old road takes about 2 hours and is a nice undertaking for an afternoon or evening walk. Next to the great variety of beaches most of the seaside shore is covered with stones...