The Aran Islands (Irish Oileáin Árann) are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland in Galway Bay. The islands belonging to County Galway are called Árainn or Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr or Inis Oirtheach.
The total size is about 51 km². The largest island, Árainn (Inishmore), on which the villages Cill Rónáin and Cill Mhuirbhigh are located, is 13 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide. In 2011 the number of inhabitants was 1251, after 1225 five years before.
The Aran Islands are characterised by small gardens surrounded by stone walls. These gardens were laboriously laid out on the formerly bare rocky islands. For this purpose, alluvial seaweed and sand were distributed on the ground. The walls prevented the extracted soil from being washed away or blown away by the next rain or storm.
Aughanure Castle (Irish Caisleán Achadh na nIúr) is located about three kilometres from Oughterard near the shore of Lough Corrib (lake) in County Galway in the province of Connacht. The castle is one of the best preserved examples of a so-called "Irish tower house". It stands on a flat rocky promontory. Under the rock there are remarkable caves. The ground plan of the tower house is almost square with a spur at the northwest corner, where the Drimneen River forms an access barrier. Two segments of the outer wall still exist, the older one is surrounded by a younger, much larger one.
Killary Harbour (Irish: An Caoláire Rua) is the only fjord in Ireland. It extends over a length of about 15 to 16 kilometres and has a water depth of more than 45 metres. It lies at the border of the counties Galway and Mayo. In the fjord, which ends in the north of Connemara, flows the Erriff River, which shortly before falls down the Aasleagh Falls (Irish: Eas Liath), which, just like the place Leenaun, formed the backdrop for "The Field" with Richard Harris. At the end of the fjord near Leenaun there are several commercial mussel farms. There are also a few salmon farms in the fjord.
There are excursion boats on the fjord, which is about 15 kilometres long.
Lough Corrib (Irish: Loch Coirib) is with 200 km² the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland (and after Lough Neagh the second largest lake on the Irish island). It lies in County Galway and is connected to the sea by the Corrib River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Galway. Lough Corrib was declared a Ramsar Reserve on 16 June 1996.
From our guesthouse you have a unique view of the Corrib.
Roundstone (Irish Cloch na Rón - the seal rock; locally common, called Cloch Rainte, with the same meaning) is an Irish village of 207 inhabitants (as of 2006) in the county of Galway, on the southwest coast of Connemara. Roundstone is about 15 km from the town of Clifden. It is a popular tourist resort with many craft shops, known for its view over the bay to the mountains of Connemara and its regattas, with the traditional Galway Hooker.
Ashford Castle (Irish Caisleán Cheapach Corcóige) is the name of a medieval castle on the shores of Lough Corrib. The castle is located near the town of Cong in County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland. Ashford Castle was built in the 13th century by an Anglo-Norman noble family.
Ashford Castle was rebuilt and extended from the 1850s by Benjamin Guinness and his son Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun. In 1939 the castle was acquired by Noel Huggard, who established Ashford Castle as a first class hotel. In 2013, the castle was sold for 20 million Euros and rebuilt for 75 million Euros by the Red Carnation Hotels group with their owners Stanley and Beatrice Tollman from South Africa.
Today Ashford Castle is home to one of Ireland's most exclusive 5 star hotels. The hotel is one of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey through Celtic history. The award-winning 12-acre garden is one of Ireland's most spectacular Celtic gardens in Ireland.
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The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair) are the most famous cliffs in Ireland. They are located on the southwest coast of the main Irish island in County Clare near the villages of Doolin (north of the cliffs) and Liscannor (south of the cliffs).
The cliffs rise almost vertically from the Atlantic Ocean in many places and stretch for more than eight kilometres. At the southern end, the Hag's Head, they have a height of about 120 m, north of the O'Brien's Tower they even reach 214 m.
The O'Brien's Tower is located about halfway along the bank and was built in 1835 by order of Sir Cornellius O'Brien as a watchtower. With good visibility, the Aran Islands and sometimes also Galway Bay can be seen from there. Beyond this are the Maumturk Mountains in Connemara.
Almost exclusively birds live on the cliff; a census showed 30,000 animals in 30 species. The most interesting are the Atlantic puffins, which live in large colonies in isolated areas of the cliff and on Goat Island.
Cong (Irish: Conga, older also Conga Fheichín) is a village with 145 inhabitants (2016) in County Mayo in the west of the Republic of Ireland. It lies close to the border with County Galway on the approximately five kilometre wide Isthmus, the land link that separates Lough Corrib from Lough Mask. The two lakes are connected in the local area by aboveground and underground streams and caverns.
The Quiet Man (German: Der Sieger) by John Ford with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the leading roles was shot in 1952 in Cong and the surrounding area. The Quiet Man Heritage Centre in the town, which shows the film every day during the tourist season, still reminds us of the shooting today.
Loughwell Farm Park has plenty to see and do with activities for all ages on one hectare of indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family!
The farm park has been carefully designed to blend naturally into the Connemara landscape, with stone spinning tops, beech-lined paths, handcrafted wooden play villages, duck ponds and the use of natural materials such as sand, wood and stone blocks. There are many animals to pet.
Oughterard (Irish: Uachtar Ard) is a town in County Galway in the west of the Republic of Ireland.
The town is located 26 km northwest of Galway City in the Connemara region on the N59 highway. Nearby is the western shore of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland, making Oughterard a popular fishing spot.
Westport House is a country house in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. The famous tourist attraction belongs to the Hughes family, owners of a number of shops in the west of Ireland. Until January 2017 the house was the ancestral home of the Browne family, whose head is the Marquess of Sligo. The title and house were separated in 2014 after the 11th Marquess of Sligo died and the estate was left to his five daughters.
The Wild Atlantic Way (Irish Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin) is an Irish coastal road stretching over 2500 km along the west coast of Ireland. The coastal road begins in the north of Ireland in County Donegal and ends in Kinsale in County Cork in Southern Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way was officially opened on 1 April 2014 and is considered one of the longest continuous coastal roads in the world.