Roundstone village, Connemara, Co Galway, Ireland
  • kylemore
  • Roundstone Sky Road
  • Roundstone Clifden
  • Roundstone Derryclare
  • Diamond Hill View
  • Lough Nafooey
  • Donkies

Things to do

1. Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

This castle, built as a romantic gift in the 19th century is the most visited attraction in the Weest. Highlights include: a breathtaking castle, Neo-Gothic Church, woodland walks, restaurant, craft shop, pottery studio and much more. Truly an excellent way to spend a day.

2. Connemara National Park

With over 2900 hectares of Connemara wilderness, this national park boasts scenic mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands, woodlands and the Diamond Hill overlooking Letterfrack. Enjoy the audio visual presentations, exhibitions, Connemara Ponies, Tea Room, picnic areas, Diamond Hill walks (fantastic new pathway which brings you to the top) and Children’s Playground.

3. Inishbofin Island

On a fine day there’s almost no better way to spend in Connemara than on Inishbofin Island. Inhabited for thousands of years, this island lies 7 miles off the mainland and is a favoured spot among botanists, geologists and environmentalists. Highlights of the island include a Cromwellian 16th Century Barracks, safe sandy beaches, angling, traditional Irish music, cycling around the island and great food and drink from a surprising selection of bars and restaurants. You need to catch the ferry from Cleggan to get to the island, sure why not have pop into the pub before you take the ferry!

4. Clifden Town

Clifden, the well situated capital of Connemara is one place you’ll surely end up when you are in Connemara. A friendly bustling tourist town located on the west coast with a great shopping scene with dozens of shops such as jewellery, fashion, antiques, artisan, crafts, gifts, boutique designer stores, music, outdoor, Irish knitwear and woolens, jumpers, shoes, hardware, groceries, and many more. Clifden also boasts a cracking nightlife with traditional Irish music, song and dance festivals throughout the year as well as music sessions in the pubs ranging from Traditional Irish, rock, jazz and classical. Other highlights of Clifden include a great bars and restaurants, a nightclub, a cinema, a castle and much more! All is all you’ll definitely be in Clifden at some stage!

5. Connemara Pony Trekking

For the riding enthusiast, or complete novice, there are a number of excellent options available within 30 minutes of the village. The local riding stables can cater for all levels of experience and stature and can provide lessons. The centres keep horses as well as Ireland's only indigenous breed of pony, the "Connemara". Ideal for pony trekking and valued the world over for its temperament, resilience and surefootedness, the Connemara Pony is a unique feature of the local landscape. The most popular option is a memorable three hour trek across the vast beach at Omey Strand. These treks go from Cleggan and the Cleggan Riding Centre can be contacted on 095 44746.

6. Connemara Ocean & Country Seaside Visitor Centre

Just 5 minutes from Letterfrack on the Renvyle Road you will be at this centre. Here you can enjoy the museum, angling trips and the glass bottom boat. The museum has over 250 exhibits and displays local maritime history, there is a 2 hour angling trip every evening (weather permitting) and there is also a one hour trip on the purpose built glass bottom boat to explore the magnificent Ballinakill Harbour with the Twelve Bens and Tully Mountain as a backdrop. The centre is also a great spot for something to eat with the Harbour café specialising in wholesome home baking for lunch and afternoon tea, with spectacular scenery to be enjoyed.

7. The Sky Road & Clifden Castle

Just outside Clifden town is the Sky Road and Clifden Castle (follow the sign to Abbeyglen Castle Hotel). The Sky Road is a scenic route high above Clifden Bay and promises excellent views on a clear day. Nearer the start of the Sky Road route is Clifden Castle – home to the founder of Clifden. It’s best to walk to this castle from Clifden rather than drive – there’s no parking places near the castle whatsoever! Once at the castle you could have a picnic and also take in the splendour of Clifden Bay. The Sky road itself is about 8 miles, so follow it along and you will loop back to Clifden.

8. Connemara Smokehouse

This is Connemara’s longest established smokehouse and is locally owned and run. One hour summer tours are available demonstrating the filleting, salting, smoking, and packaging of salmon. Multi award-winning, this smokehouse smokes wild and organic salmon, tuna, mackerel kippers and sometimes cod, trout and eels and is one of Connemara’s best known seafood brands and makes for an excellent gift. The smokehouse itself is located on Bunowen Pier will excellent views of the Twelve Bens and Bunowen Castle.

9. The Connemara Loop

Think places to visit rather than just one place because the Connemara Loop allows you to discover the many hidden gems throughout North West Connemara. From villages to valleys and quite mountains down to the coast, the Connemara Loop route trip takes you on a journey through the heart of North West Connemara. Start your journey by bike, car or by foot (for the brave) at Letterfrack and head for the village of Tully. Be sure to stop of at some of the finest beaches in Connemara: Lettergesh beach, Glassilaun Beach and more. Continue on your journey to the picturesque village of Leenane which lies on ‘Killary Fjord’ the largest fjord in Ireland. Leenane has some lovely pubs and cafés. For further photo opportunities continue on from Leenane to Maam Cross, then Recess then the lonely Inagh Valley, on to Kylemore and then back to Letterfrack.