Galway City, is an ancient university city with two cathedrals. It has a recorded history of almost 1000 years. It is an expanding regional centre with thriving industries, shops, hotels, theatres, race course, busy docks and an airport. Nearby Salthill is a seaside resort.
Five miles from the cottages in the direction of Galway. It is described as the ‘Gateway to Connemara’. It is a bustling village with fine pubs and restaurants. The area is famous for fishing with excellent facilities for the experienced angler and those who are tempted to try the sport.
Why not go walking the Owenriff Way, the Tonwee Wood Walk or The Western Way with the Corrib Rambler Club — For details and contacts -
See: www.oughterardtourism.com and search for 'walking/hiking'.
Built by the O’Flaherty’s in the 15th century is a particularly well preserved example of an Irish Tower House. It is situated 3.5km east from Oughterard off the N59, Oughterard-Galway road. See:www.oughterardtourism.com and search under 'Attractions'.
Reached by boat from Oughterard, Inchagoili is one of the most picturesque islands on Lough Corrib, with many interesting ruins.
On the other side of Lough Corrib from Oughterard may be reached by boat or car.
It was founded by Saint Feichin in the 7th century.
A former home of the Guinness family, is now a luxury hotel, with a private golf course and grand gardens.
Visitors can experience a ride in a jaunting car and join a cruise of Lough Corrib from the hotel pier.
Known as the capital of Connemara, was once a scene of emigration to the
U.S.A. More recently it has become famous for the annual Connemara pony show which is held in August.
Situated 6.5km south of Clifden, where can be found the foundations of Marconi’s first trans-Atlantic wireless station and nearby the memorial to those intrepid flyers, Alcock and Brown who landed on that spot in 1919 after crossing the Atlantic in their bi-plane.
Roundstone, Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay
Lie to the south of Clifden, about 40 minutes drive directly from the cottages. The unspoilt and impressive beaches are a delight for all and especially for parents with a young family. Further south is the port of Rossaveal with its ferry connections to the three Aran Islands,
The Twelve Pins Mountains
The Twelve Pins Mountains are a feature of the Connemara landscape, impressive yet not overbearing and ideal for climbers. They provide varied and impressive backdrops for artists and photographers.
Connemara National Park
Situated in Letterfrack village on the N59, Clifden-Westport road. One of Ireland’s five national parks it covers 2000 hectares of scenic countryside, rich in wild life on the slopes of the 12 Bens.
Lies to the north of Clifden on the N49, Clifden-Westport Road, 5km east of Letterfrack.
Ireland’s only fiord. It marks the boundary between Connemara and
Mayo. The boat trip from Leenane by comfortable motor cruiser is well recommended.
See website: www.linksgolf.co.uk and search under 'Connemara'.
Oughterard Golf Club,
|This friendly local 18 hole club is about 10 kilometers from the cottages. It is situated on the left hand of the road about three kilometers from Oughterard, on the way to Galway. There is a welcoming clubhouse with restaurant and bar.|
Galway Golf Club,
Phone: 091 522033/522169.
|This is a 70 par, 18 hole course, with charm and challenge.|
situated in Salthill, just outside Galway and 5 kilometers from Galway City centre.
Barna Golf Club,
Phone: 091 592677.
Galway Bay Golf and Country Club,
|Situated on the Renville Peninsula the 18 hole course is bounded on three sides by the Atlantic ocean. Visitors are welcome, golf equipment may be hired and there is a restaurant and bar.|
Connemara lsles Golf Club,
Details: http://www.connemaraislesgolfclub.com/ Phone: 091 572498.
Connemara Golf Club.
Visitors are welcome seven days a week to these impressive Atlantic Links. This 18 hole, 72 par course with its massive last six holes is amidst rugged beauty with the Twelve Bens on the skyline and the noise of the wind and surf of the adjacent Ballyconneely Bay with its pure white sand.
Golf equipment may be hired and at the end of a round of