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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 Seafood in Roundstone

O'Dowd's

Roundstone lobster, Aran Islands hake, plaice and sea bass, local crab and mackerel smoked in-house are sourced off the old stone dock directly opposite this wonderfully authentic old pub and restaurant, while produ…
Top Choice Seafood in Clifden

Mitchell's

Seafood from the surrounding waters takes centre stage at this elegant spot, from lunchtime sandwiches such as smoked mackerel and velvety chowder through to its standout Connemara platter (available at both lunch a…
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 …
Deli in Clifden

Connemara Hamper

Irish farmhouse cheeses, Connemara smoked salmon, pâtés, dips, jams, chutneys, savoury ready-to-eat dishes such as chicken-and-leek pies and sweet treats including cakes and biscuits from this terrific deli make ide…
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…