Roundstone village, Connemara, Co Galway, Ireland
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Roundstone Village

Roundstone is one of the most picturesque and unique villages in Europe, built in the 1820s by Scottish engineer Alexander Nimmo. The village is beautifully set on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in Europe overlooking the Atlantic at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain.

In 1835 a Franciscan Monastery was established in Roundstone and by the 1840's seventy five houses had been built and the village supported an active fishing industry and a population of some 400 people. The village derives its name from the Irish "Cloch Na Ron" or Rock of the Seals.

In Roundstone you will find a busy little harbour, where local fishermen prepare and return with the day's catches of lobster, crayfish, crab and mackerel, plus a variety of other fish. The village is situated in the heart of Connemara, and is one of the oldest fishing villages on the west coast, and is an area of much natural beauty, as well as being the birth place and inspiration for much of Ireland's artistic creations. It has also been described many times as a
"botanist's delight" as many wild flowers, rare to this country, are found in the area.

Roundstone enjoys an unparalleled view of the Twelve Bens and is bordered by the vast Atlantic ocean. Dogs Bay and Gurteen Beach only 2 kilometres from the village, boast the clearest Atlantic water. Not only can the beaches be enjoyed from the swimmers and other aquatic water sports point of view, but to those that are interested, the sand is pure white as it is not formed of quartz grain but of shells exclusively.
It has a traditional craft centre and local activities include Pottery, Jewellery and Instrument making. Farming, Fishing, Forestry and Quarrying are carried out extensively in the area.

The vicinity is rich in points of historical, geological and scenic interest. The remains of numerous early Christian settlements have been found on the islands along this coast. At the northern point of Inishnee, the long island across the bay from Roundstone, stand the remains of an ancient monument to Saint Brendan. From the island's southern, point, an impressive lighthouse casts its beacon across Croaghnakeela and St. Macdara's islands out over the Atlantic Ocean. Two miles north of Roundstone lie the ruins of a 15th century Dominican Priory founded by the O'Flaherty family. The bell tower of the Franciscan Monastery is an impressive nautical landmark used by local fishermen and is now the central feature of the Michael Killeen Park.