Attractions

Top Choice Park in Letterfrack & Around

Connemara National Park

Immediately southeast of Letterfrack, Connemara National Park spans 2000 dramatic hectares of bog, mountain and heath. The visitor centre, in a beautiful setting off a parking area 300m south of the Letterfrack cros…
Historic Building in Letterfrack & Around

Kylemore Abbey

Photogenically perched on the shores of Pollacapall Lough, 4.5km east of Letterfrack, this crenulated 19th-century neo-Gothic fantasy was built for a wealthy English businessman, Mitchell Henry, who spent his honeym…
Top Choice Castle in Oughterard

Aughnanure Castle

Built around 1500, this beautiful fortress 3km 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 six-storey tower house…
Top Choice Scenic Route in Clifden

Sky Road

This 12km route traces a spectacular loop out to the township of Kingston and back to Clifden, taking in some rugged, stunningly beautiful coastal scenery en route. The round trip of about 12km can be easily walked …
Historic Site in Connemara

Patrick Pearse's Cottage

Near Gortmore, along the R340, is Patrick Pearse’s Cottage. Pádraig Pearse (1879–1916) led the Easter Rising with James Connolly in 1916; after the revolt he was executed by the British. Pearse wrote some of his sho…
Top Choice Museum in Killary Harbour

Sheep & Wool Centre

This compelling little museum introduces you to spinning and weaving demonstrations, and you can learn about the history of dyeing and all about sheep and wool. The centre's shop sells locally made handcrafts as wel…
Gardens in Oughterard

Brigit's Garden

Halfway between the villages of Moycullen and Oughterard is the 4.5 hectare Brigit's Garden, a charming and tranquil spot dedicated to Celtic myth and heritage, explored in an environment of woodland, meadowland and…
Museum in Clifden

Connemara Heritage & History Centre

Farmer Dan O'Hara lived here 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, turning it into a …
Workshop in Roundstone

Roundstone Musical Instruments

Just south of the village is Malachy Kearns' music shop, home to Ireland's only full-time maker of traditional bodhráns. Watch him work, and buy a tin whistle, harp or booklet filled with Irish ballads; there's also…
Museum in Oughterard

Glengowla Mines

Ugly work, but these 19th-century mines yielded all manner of silver, glistening quartz and much more. Visitors learn about the tough existence of workers here and can marvel at some of the treasures unearthed. You …