Experience the beauty of the pure, unspoiled landscapes…
and the drama of the epic coastline…
So many reasons to visit
Wild and beautiful, inspiring and exciting, Ireland’s energy and romance will win you over in an instant.
What do we recommend you see?With so much to do and see, below we've listed just a few of the most highly recommended things to see during your visit!
Connemara National Park
Situated about a 40 minute drive from our Hotel. Connemara National Park is 1 of 6 National Parks in Ireland, it covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.
Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purpose.
Diamond Hill is 400m high with a stunning view at the top. As you will see there are four trails. Each of them can be accessed from the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre features include exhibitions, the ‘Man and the landscape’ multi-lingual audio visual show and tea room (seasonal). Entrance to the Visitor Centre is free of charge. A summer programme of guided walks and special events for younger visitors are also available at the Visitor Centre. There is also a playground and picnic tables – promises a great day out.
The John D’Arcy Monument
The famous John D’Arcy Monument can be found in Clifden, Co Galway, Ireland, Monument in memory of John D’Arcy founder of the town. He was the head of the family at the turn of the 19th century (1785-1839). Shortly before his death he mortgaged his estates to 2 English brothers Thomas and Charles Eyre of Bath and London.
Glengowla Mines is a “show mine” dedicated to the lead and silver mining history of Glengowla and the Oughterard area. The mines, abandoned in 1865 are a unique reminder of the 19th century methods of ore- silver and lead extraction and processing. The mine is noted for it’s rare and beautiful crystals of fluorite and quartz, Pitch pine timbers believed to be brought by emigrant coffin ships are still intact in the mine today.
Enjoy Guided tours – sheepdog herding demonstrations – museum/shop – gold panning for kids – turf cutting.
Alcock and Brown
The first non-stop transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown started in New Foundland and ended in a remote bog at Errislannan only 10 minutes away from our hotel. Two memorials commemorating the flight were constructed near the landing spot, one is an isolated cairn on the site of Marconi’s first transatlantic radio station from where Alcock and Brown transmitted their success to London. In addition there’s asculpture of a plane’s tail fin on Errislannan Hill which was erected to mark the 40th anniversary of the landing
Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point
Stories of Marconi Wireless Station and of the first air crossing of the Atlantic by Alcock & Brown have been brought to life for visitors. The Derrigimlagh site, Connemara, Co, Galway is one of the key 15 Signature Discovery Points along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Less than 10 minutes from our hotel, The Derrigimlagh site was the setting for two outstanding technological achievements of the 20th century: the Marconi Wireless Station, the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station in 1907; and twelve years later (in 1919) when Alcock and Brown landed on the site marking the first nonstop, trans-Atlantic flight.
It is said that history was made not once but twice at this rugged outpost overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, that history and what is currently a curiosity is a ‘must-visit’ destination along Ireland’s newest attraction, the Wild Atlantic Way. This new touring route is already proving popular with visitors from home and overseas.
The Derrigimlagh Discovery Point includes a purpose built car and coach park facility with a significant sculpture to celebrate the world’s first transatlantic flight in the car park. Other developments include a picnic area and a looped walk on existing bog road with six key stops providing opportunities for visitors to engage first hand with the stories of the site including the unique landscape and flora and fauna.
The Connemara Smokehouse
The Kylemore Abbey
At Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, there is so much for all the family to enjoy. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000 acre estate.
The beautiful Gothic Church is just a short walk from the Abbey, Children will enjoy making a wish at the Giants Ironing stone.
The Sky Road is an exhilarating 11km/7ml circular drive west of Clifden. The 12 Bens provide a wonderful backdrop to the town and along with the two church spires, they give Clifden its distinctive skyline. Along the road is a gateway leading to the ruins of the old D’Arcy mansion, Clifden Castle. These ruins overlook the sea and can be reached by going on a ten-minute walk down a farm track
A little further along, the road separates to the left you can take the low road by the sea, but it is recommended to continue along the high road where the road climbs to a height of over 500ft. As the road rises there are breath-taking views of the islands (Inishturk and Turbot), and the surrounding coastline