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When I first moved to Ireland, I was staying in Galway and, I heard amazing things about Connemara, especially about the rugged landscape, mountains, and the beautiful drive.

I had the chance to spend two days in Connemara Galway, and it was an absolute experience. The scenery is breathtaking, and I found myself wanting to stay there longer.

Let me share a travel guide with you in case you’re planning a trip to Connemara in Galway.

Things To Do In Connemara Galway

Visit Diamond Hill

Diamond Hill in Connemara, Ireland, is a place of natural beauty and spectacular views that will leave an impression on you. I deeply enjoyed exploring its fresh air and nature which gives you a sense of peace and tranquillity.

The hiking experience of Diamond Hill provides a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural splendour of Ireland. When you’re there, you’ll get a 360-degree view, and depending on your interest and hiking experience there are options for you to choose.

If you’re looking to experience some of the quintessential Irish views and create unforgettable memories, Diamond Hill in Connemara is the perfect place for you.

Explore Gurteen Beach and Dog’s Bay Beach

If I want to paint a picture of the breathtaking beauty for you, it will be Gurteen Beach and Dog’s Bay.

When I was planning my Connemara trip with friends, we came across this beautiful gem through Instagram, it caught our attention, especially the horseshoe-shaped beach.

These two stunning beaches, located on the western edge of County Galway, are true hidden gems of Ireland’s west coast. It has this turquoise blue water and there weren’t many people at the beach, making it a really beautiful and peaceful experience.

Very close to the fishing village of Roundstone, these two beaches are on each side of a sandspit. Gurteen Beach and Dog’s Bay are part of one massive sand strip with dunes in the middle.

And I’m sure that looking at these pictures you would want to plan your Connemara trip right away.

I have visited this beach thrice so far and had a wonderful experience every time. If you wish to visit the hidden gem, then this article will cover the important information for you.

Discover Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

I am sure you’re going to fall in love with the beauty of Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian Walled Garden.

I appreciate the beautiful structure and architecture of this abbey, which exudes serenity, cleanliness, and a profound sense of peace. Throughout the grounds, you’ll discover benches for relaxation where you can sit, take a rest and enjoy the beauty of the place.

Victorian garden will be a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The garden is divided into two parts by a beautiful mountain stream that will grab your attention. You can find a formal flower garden, glasshouses, fruit trees, a rockery, an herb garden, and a vegetable garden here. How lovely this is!

To read about Kylemore Abbey’s entry fees, parking, opening times and other info in detail, check out my article here.

Visit Inishbofin Island

Inishbofin Island is a true gem in the heart of Connemara Galway. Inishbofin Island is a stunning landscape, with crystal-clear waters that will give you a sense of serenity.

Inishbofin offers you 3 hours of walking experience with stunning views of the island’s coastal cliffs which is gonna be an unforgettable experience for you. The main activities on the island include its famous looped walks, farming, fishing, and of course, enjoying the very beautiful scenery at the same time.

Inishbofin Island is a place where I could truly immerse myself in nature. The island also has many events planned out throughout the year!

Visit Claddaghduff

Claddaghduff is truly a breathtaking coastal village that, at first sight, leaves you in awe. This small village is located to the north of Clifden, popularized for its pony trekking, lake fishing, and boat trips to the Inishbofin. 

If you’re a nature lover, this area will be your paradise. Its warm and friendly community, peaceful atmosphere, outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, or horseback riding, and stunning views will leave an impression on you.

So, if you’re looking for a peaceful and beautiful destination to explore, Claddaghduff is worth a visit. I had the most relaxing experience here that I will never forget.

Drive The Sky Road Clifden

The Sky Road is a circular route that takes you from Clifden to the Kingston peninsula and back which is about 10 miles in total.

The views of the spectacular cliffs, mountains, and seashore are incredibly breathtaking, especially on a clear day, as you can also stop by the route and take those travel aesthetic pictures. 

Clifden is also famous for cute local shops, so you can buy some fantastic stuff.

Enjoy Exploring the Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle is a beautiful Gothic-style castle ruin, surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland, making it a great place for a leisurely stroll.

Clifden Castle

If you’re interested in history, you can also enjoy this historical monument in Clifden besides its amazing pubs and restaurants. It was built in the early nineteenth century and is now a ruined manor house.

You can have a free tour of the castle and get to know about Irish history. I’m sure the history behind this castle and its scenic beauty will grab your attention.

Admission Fee: There is currently no cost to visit Clifden Castle or to park at the entrance.

Parking: Clifden Castle has very limited parking, with enough room for only three to four cars.

Hotels In Or Near Connemara Galway

Connemara offers you a range of accommodation options, including hotels, guesthouses, castles, and cottages.

Some of the best hotels in Connemara include Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Delphi Lodge, and Leenane Hotel.

Other popular hotels by the beach include Murray’s Doonmore Hotel, Renvyle House Hotel & Resort, and Connemara Sands Beach Hotel & Spa.

For those looking for hotels, The Lodge at Ashford Castle and The Ellison are some of the best options.

Frequently asked questions about Connemara Galway

What is Connemara known for?

Connemara Galway is known for its wild and mountainous landscapes and traditional Irish culture. Connemara pony, a breed of horse native to Connemara, is also famous because of its athleticism, friendly temperament, and tenacity.

How To Get To Connemara?

The easiest route to Connemara from Galway City is the N59 or the 45km Connemara loop (R336). I would suggest taking a car to enhance the experience. There are so many places near Connemara that are worth a visit.

You can stop by anywhere you want and enjoy the alluring view. If you don’t wish to rent a car, there are some bus services as well.

Click here to book a bus.

How do you spend a day in Connemara?

A day in Connemara can be filled with various activities and attractions, depending on your interests. But this is my suggestion for you: Start your day by exploring Diamond Hill Hike, which offers you incredible views with a challenging hike. After your hike, head to the colourful town of Clifden for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the stunning Kylemore Abbey. End your day by enjoying a delicious dinner at a local restaurant or finding live music pubs.

Is Connemara Worth A Visit?

This cultural region in County Galway is an iconic spot for many reasons. Be it the traditional Irish culture, the flora and fauna, the Connemara National Park, the historic legends and myths, or the fact that Oscar Wilde describes it as a ‘savage beauty’ and he was undeniably correct.


Connemara Galway is a beautiful place and if you have the time to add it to your to-do list then please do, I am sure you will not regret it. From its wild, mountainous landscapes to its strong association with traditional Irish culture, Connemara will grab your attention without a doubt.

Hope you enjoyed reading about things to do and hotels and useful information about Connemara Galway. If you’re planning to visit Connemara anytime soon, let me know which place appears the most appealing to you.

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