Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Oughterard

Aughnanure Castle

Built around 1500, this superbly preserved fortress signposted 4.2km east of Oughterard was home to the 'Fighting O'Flahertys', who controlled the region for hundreds of years after they fought off the Normans. The …
Top Choice Historic Building in Letterfrack & Around

Kylemore Abbey

Photogenically perched on the shores of Pollacapall Lough, 4.3km east of Letterfrack, this crenellated 19th-century neo-Gothic fantasy was built for a wealthy English businessman, Mitchell Henry, who spent his honey…
Top Choice Park in Letterfrack & Around

Connemara National Park

Immediately southeast of Letterfrack, Connemara National Park spans 2957 dramatic hectares of bog, mountains, heath and woodlands.The park encloses a number of the Twelve Bens, including Bencullagh, Benbrack and Ben…
Top Choice Historic Site in Connemara

Patrick Pearse's Cottage

Pádraig Pearse (Patrick Pearse; 1879–1916) wrote some of his short stories and plays in this small thatched cottage on the shore of a remote lake, which he built in 1909. In 2016, a state-of-the-art, A-frame visitor…
Island in Oughterard

Inchagoill

The largest island on Lough Corrib, Inchagoill lies about 2km offshore from the lake's edge 4.5km north of Oughterard. The island is a lonely place dotted with ancient remains. Corrib Cruises runs day cruises. Alter…
Historic Site in Clifden

Derrigimlagh Discovery Point

Crystal radio sets let you listen to recordings from the 1907 station established by Guglielmo Marconi – where the world’s earliest transatlantic wireless messages were transmitted – on this scenic 5km loop walk thr…
Gardens in Oughterard

Brigit's Garden

Covering 4.5 hectares of woodland and meadowland and with traditional architecture, including a reed-thatched crannóg roundhouse, tranquil Brigit's Garden is dedicated to Celtic myth and heritage. Four gardens repre…
Museum in Clifden

Station House Museum

Located in a former train shed, this small but absorbing museum has displays on the local ponies and pivotal aspects of Clifden's history, including the Galway to Clifden Connemara Railway (in service from 1895 to 1…
Museum in Clifden

Connemara Heritage & History Centre

Farmer Dan O'Hara lived here in the 1840s until his eviction from the farm and subsequent emigration to New York, where he ended up selling matches on the street. Its present owners have restored the property, turni…
Museum in Oughterard

Glengowla Mines

These 19th-century mines 4.5km west of central Oughterard yielded silver, lead, glistening quartz and more. As well as marvelling at some of the treasures unearthed, visitors learn about the tough existence of worke…