Discover West Galway: Eat, Sleep, Do
Head to Connemara for a relaxing weekend retreat, or an adventure-filled escape from reality. From the wide panorama of Killary Fjord to the picturesque town of Clifden nestled in among the mountains, Connemara gets more beautiful at every turn, and has something to do for everyone.
Inn to the West
This fun hotel will inject a bit of colour into your Connemara retreat. It’s full of holiday vibes, from the rooftop ‘Sky Room’ with tons of light and hammocks, to the buffet breakfasts and super-comfy rooms. Soak up the relaxation of staying in the country, and then take full advantage of Clifden’s pubs, restaurants and beaches — Clifden town is only a five minute walk away!
Westport Road, Clfiden // more here
Clifden Station House Hotel
Centrally located in Clifden town, this modern hotel is perfect for a family trip to Connemara. They have a variety of warm, cosy family rooms, as well as four-star self catering apartments, a swimming pool, and a great in-house restaurant. Then you’ll have all of Clifden at your fingertips for shopping, dining and exploring!
Galway Road, Clifden // more here
Renvyle House Hotel
Heading further north into Connemara, this beautiful hotel is set along the shores of the WIld Atlantic Way, just a stone’s throw from the rugged coastline. On the hotel grounds you’ll find a private freshwater lake, a heated outdoor swimming pool, gardens, and lots of outdoor activities to enjoy. Their award-winning Rusheenduff Restaurant on-site will please everyone in your group.
Renvyle, Connemara // +353(0)95 46100
Killary Adventure Centre
If the word ‘holiday’ is synonymous with ‘adventure’ in your book, you’ve come to the right place. Killary Adventure Centre offer paintball and waterskiing, rock climbing and kayaking, and tons of other fun activities for groups and families. They have over 20 activities appropriate for children ages 8+ so the whole family can get in on the fun. Take it easy with an exploratory hill walk, or amp up the adrenalin with gorge walking! They also offer accommodation on-site.
Leenane, Connemara // more here
Killary Sheep Farm
Just up the road from the Adventure Centre is this sheep farm, run by Farmer Tom. You’ll first notice the stunning views of the Killary Fjord and the mountains beyond, but the farm has a lot more to offer! Watch a sheep dog demonstration from Farmer Tom and his super-intelligent sheep dogs, bottle-feed the lambs, take a walk while appreciating some gorgeous scenery, and even try your hand at the age-old practice of cutting turf if you’d like! Call ahead to book.
Leenane, Connemara // more here
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
This is always a popular spot for tourists from all over the world. The Abbey itself is stunning, and in the summer when the gardens are in bloom, you could spend an entire afternoon wandering through and admiring. It’s been run by Benedictine nuns since the 1920’s, and you can shop their handmade products in the gift shop! For families, there are hands-on activities for children and enough beauty and history to make it well worth the visit.
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara // more here
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Here is one of Galway’s fine-dining destinations, for its stunning views and unique location as well as its gorgeous food. Set in the heart of Connemara among woodland, lakes and mountains, the Castle Hotel makes a luxurious weekend stay or afternoon stopover. Dine at the Owenmore Restaurant, overlooking the Salmon River, or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea which showcases the produce of Connemara. Their signature loose-leaf tea uses foraged herbs from the nearby Twelve Ben Mountains!
Recess, Connemara // +353(0)95 31006
O’Dowd’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy the best of local seafood in a traditional pub-style restaurant, while taking in the views of Roundstone Bay and harbour. A cosy, intimate bar offers Irish craft beer and whiskey, and the restaurant offers a wide menu to suit all tastes — although, of course, seafood is where they really shine!
Main Street, Roundstone, Connemara // +353(0)95 35809
Mitchell’s Seafood Restaurant
Located in the seaside town of Clifden, this restaurant is spread across two floors, with open fires and a warm, cosy atmosphere. Their menu puts an emphasis on local seafood, with fisherman bringing daily deliveries of the local catch to their doorstep!
Market St, Clifden // +353(0)95 21867