The Best Places to Stay in Connemara
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The Best Places to Stay in Connemara

It’s no secret that Connemara is full of beauty, activity and stunning views, however, you’ll also find gorgeous hotels offering you everything from fun, to luxury, to fine dining…

Here are the top places to stay when exploring Connemara in County Galway!

Connemara Coast Hotel

Clifden Station House Hotel

Let's begin with a hotel right in the heart of lovely Connemara, Clifden Station House Hotel is ideal for tourists and local alike due it's fabulous location. Built from the original Railway Station, there really is no better spot for immersing yourself in the tranquility and history of the Connemara area. Using this hotel as their base, guests can enjoy easy access to the local Clifden town and Wild Atlantic Way. When you're not busy exploring the area, you can unwind in Clifden Station House Hotel's Renew Spa with one of their restorative treatments, or during your stay you might be lucky enough to catch one of the incredible shows in their on-site theatre.

Connemara Coast Hotel

If you’re looking for a little slice of paradise off the West Coast of Ireland, look no further than the tranquil surrounds of the Connemara Coast Hotel. The breathtaking views from all areas of the hotel make The Connemara Coast the perfect backdrop for any occasion. You’ll be spoilt for choice between casual and fine dining given their numerous in house options. For the active bunch out there, The Coast Club offers an abundance of relaxation and sports facilities including a pool, jacuzzi and gym. If you have the little ones with you, they’ve got an outdoor playground and an indoor kids club on those rainy days. What more could you want?

Clifden Eco Beach Camping

Concerned about the environmental impact of your vacation? Well, Clifden Campsite is ideally situated on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way, just a short drive from Clifden town and near Connemara National Park, which offers an array of activities to try and sights to see. Clifden Camping has been co-existing alongside a traditional farm since the 1960s, which was the first certified organic farm in Connemara. In 2014 they were awarded a gold standard ecotourism award by Sustainable Travel Ireland. With no game rooms, or tv’s and limited wifi access, it is the perfect place to savour quality time with loved ones.Alcock&Brown

Alcock & Brown Hotel

A boutique-style hotel located in the heart of Clifden, Alcock & Brown is at the epicenter of all the activity. A stone’s throw away from local stores, cafés and eateries, as well as being in prime position to discover the beauty of Connemara. When you choose Alcock & Brown Hotel as your base you’ll truly appreciate just how much Clifden and Connemara has to offer. Stunningly scenic trails, historic castles and activities that are sure to get your blood racing are all at your disposal. Named after the legendary aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown, made famous by the very first non-stop transatlantic flight and emergency landing way back in 1919, this hotel is a tribute to the area’s history and traditions, while staying grounded in the here and now with their modern facilities and expert service.

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

From the moment you pull up onto the grounds of this magnificent hotel, you’re sure to be stunned. Located just outside Clifden, the 4-star Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is surrounded by the natural beauty of the incomparable Connemara countryside. The amazing staff help combine the luxuries and comforts of the perfect holiday with exciting adventures you’ll never forget. Despite being built nearly 200 years ago, the splendour of the castle has certainly remained evident. With an on-site restaurant serving gourmet food and the Castle Bar keeping spirits high, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your stay.

Peacockes Hotel

The warmest Irish welcome awaits you at Peacockes Hotel. Ideally situated at Maam Cross, it’s the perfect base for an adventure packed trip. You are within easy reach of stunning Kylemore Abbey, Clifden Town, Connemara National Park and Roundstone Village from Peacockes. The homely hotel includes 25 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, along with their traditional style Fireside bar complete with open peat burning fire. Onsite you will find a gift shop, a food truck, and a viewing tower with 360 degree panoramic views overlooking the gorgeous,unique views. Serving specially selected and prepared Irish food all day from the best local and seasonally available produce, the hotel caters for everyone from the solo traveller to large groups.
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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

If you’re willing to splurge for a real treat, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is the place to go. One of Ireland's most luxurious hotels, voted #6 Resort Hotel in the UK & Ireland by Travel & Leisure, it certainly lives up to the hype. Set in a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, you could spend days on end exploring the lush landscape. The Castle overlooks its famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range. Relax in your beautifully appointed bedroom or suite with wonderful views and avail of the award winning in-house restaurant. Alternatively, head out and take part in the activities, Ballynahinch Castle is the perfect destination for both! Expert guides are available to assist in every activity, on the sea, the mountains, rivers and trails or in the library exploring the rich culture of this spectacular region.

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