If you’re in search of incredible places to visit in Ireland, you won’t find anywhere more exciting the Connemara. This magnificent little corner of the Wild Atlantic Way is home to an endless number of adventure opportunities, perfect for those looking for a road trip that’s not too time-consuming. It’s a popular spot for tourists and locals, especially during the warmer months but despite this is one of the wildest and most unspoiled parts of Ireland and something everyone should experience. Make Imperial Hotel near Eyre Square in Galway your base to visit this beautiful corner of Ireland.
Connemara is a preserved piece of the Irish landscape that runs along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the last major landmass before you reach America so you can imagine the views from the shore. Its coastline has coves, bays, and fishing villages, each beautiful and unique. Connemara National Park is a vast expanse of mountains, bogs, heathland, and lakes and can be explored on foot, by car, bike or on horseback. The park is also home to a herd of Connemara ponies. The area’s main town, Clifden, has several venues for traditional Irish music and is a lovely place to stop for lunch. The primary language in this part of Ireland is Gaelic, an unfortunately forgotten and dying language that locals treasure.
Things to do in Connemara.
However you decide to get around, the stunning scenery of Connemara National Park has to be explored. You can spend an afternoon exploring a specific area or spend days hiking around enjoying the wilderness. The landscapes around Connemara have a cinematic quality and have been the location for many films set in Ireland.
While you’re in this part of the world, it would be a shame not to try some of the freshest seafood on the island. Galway has a strong sea-faring tradition and smoked fish is a local favourite. You’ll notice smoked salmon and smoked mackerel on menus all over Connemara.
Most of the most notable things to do in Connemara revolve around the natural sights but Kylemore Abbey is an exception. This beautiful Abbey was originally purchased by Mitchell Henry for his wife. When she died, he added a Neo-Gothic Church as a memorial. In the 1920s it became a Benedictine Abbey for a community of nuns who still inhabit and run the Abbey which is open for tours.
Getting to Connemara
Galway is a great base to explore the wilds of Connemara while still enjoying the best of city life. Getting to Connemara from Galway City is easy, especially if you are driving. It’s 78km between Galway City and Clifden, just over an hour’s drive, making it ideal for a day trip. Connemara National Park is a great place for a hike or a walk with an hour or so drive back to the luxury of Imperial Hotel Eyre Square. If you’re hoping to visit by public transport, the 419 bus will take you to and from Connemara in around 90 minutes. Time your travel wisely however as buses are not very frequent. Recover from the wild weather of the coastline with a hot shower and a delicious dinner in 1810 Restaurant.
Linger Longer Package
If you need quality, convenient accommodation in the heart of Galway, look no further than Imperial Hotel Eyre Square. We are located in one of the busiest and most vibrant parts of the city, but that won’t stop you from getting a great night’s sleep in our quiet, comfortable guest rooms. Our central location makes us ideal for exploring the best things to do in Galway and for onward travel to and around Connemara. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy an afternoon in the countryside, find out more about the local flora, fauna and nature we enjoy on your doorstep. Our linger longer allows you to stay a little longer in Galway getting to know us better. This package has a 5% discount if you stay two nights or more and includes discounted parking, complimentary Wi-Fi and a flexible cancellation policy.
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