It is that time again, time for a ROADTRIP! What better location to head to then the beautiful Connemara. Connemara is the stripped back version of Ireland where you will be left with a longing feeling to return. It was a lovely sunny day and we decided that we would take a drive around Connemara and see where the road would lead us and what a great way to spend a day.
There is so much to see in Connemara and you should definitely schedule more time to get to your chosen locations because it is impossible not to stop at different viewing points along the way, it is like you are taken back in time to a place that has no civilization and your are out in the sheer wilderness. It was my first time in Connemara and definitely will not be my last. Here is what I saw on my venture;
1 – Maam Cross
2 – Leenane – Killary Harbour is a great stop. Pull over here and take in the views of the harbour. This fjord separates Co Galway and Co Mayo as the border runs down the center of it. There are benches here overlooking the view so it is a good place for a picnic. Killary Adventure is a popular activity center that is located here that offers everything from kayaking to high ropes. With over 20 activities to choose from you will struggle to become bored There is also various activites for the big kids to choose from with different types of accommodation to choose from.
Kylemore Abbey is another famous attraction in Connemara that looks breathtaking. We decided not to visit here as there was work being done to the structure with scaffolding up so we decided to leave it for another time when we can see it in its true form.
3 – Lough Fee – get up close and personal as you drive along Lough Fee and see the mountains tower over you as you sit by the water.
4 – Lettergesh – As we drove further up onto the mountains the only traffic you were likely to meet were sheep. It is so peaceful around this area of Ireland and on a clear day like we had you could see for miles. There is a lovely beach here in Lettergesh but in saying that we didn’t test the water. It was the middle of February so the blue skies were definitely deceiving, the water would still be freezing.
5 – Letterfrack – As you make your way into Letterfrack you will notice that it is more built up as opposed to the tiny towns you pass along the way. There is a college here and it is also home to the Connemara National Park. The park has Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght,which are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola mountain range. There is a children’s park here and Diamond hill which is very popular. There are various areas to go climbing, admission is free, there are tea rooms on site and a small visitor center.
6 – Sky Road – A place I still cannot get over. The most amazing views you will see as you sit on top on the mountain. The road to reach Sky Road is steep and narrow, like many other Irish roads and as you watch the town-lands disappear behind you, you know you are in for something amazing and that is certainly what you get! You have to visit here!
7 – Clifen – is the largest town within Connemara and it is a like getting a knock back into reality and civilization. This however after all your driving is a great place to catch a bite to eat before heading home. There are lots restaurants to choose from and a few pubs too.
8 – Lough Shindilla – As we headed back to Galway city you pass along Lough Shindilla another fabulous picture stop. Leaving Connemara, with the sun going down in your rear view mirror with a phone full of pictures, lots of new memories, finding new locations and seeing another side to Ireland is what a roadtrip is all about.
Ireland is just full of surprises, surprises around every corner and that’s why a roadtrip is a great way of getting out and exploring. Do you agree? I didn’t even see a quarter of what Connemara has to offer so I intend on going back some day.
Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it! If you have any questions, just ask!