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Leenane & Killary Harbour/Ireland

Introducing Leenane & Killary Harbour

The small village of Leenane (also spelled Leenaun) drowses on the shore of dramatic Killary Harbour. Dotted with mussel rafts, the long, narrow harbour is Ireland's only fjord – maybe. Slicing 16km inland and more than 45m deep in the centre, it certainly looks like a fjord, although some scientific studies suggest it may not actually have been glaciated. Mt Mweelrea (819m) towers to its north.

Leenane boasts both stage and screen connections. It was the location for The Field (1989), a movie with Richard Harris based on John B Keane's poignant play about a tenant farmer's ill-fated plans to pass on a rented piece of land to his son. The village's name made it onto the theatrical map with the success in London and New York of Martin McDonagh's play The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

From here the R335 heads north into County Mayo's stunning Doolough Valley.

The local website is a good source of info.