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Neighbourhoods
http://www.oughterardtourism.com/index.htm
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Oughterard
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http://www.oughterardtourism.com/index.htm
Sightseeing
www.galwaytourism.ie
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Galway City
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www.galwaytourism.ie
http://www.glengowlamines.ie/
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Glengowla mines
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http://www.glengowlamines.ie/
The Quiet Man Bridge is located 8km past Oughterard, on the N59 heading west. Connemara was the setting for the iconic 1950’s film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Much of the movie was filmed in the Cong area but parts were also filmed in various other Connemara locations. The Quiet Man Bridge at Leam, close to Oughterard is one of those locations. The location of the bridge is clearly signposted. This is a popular spot with visitors and a great place for photo opportunities.
Quiet Man Bridge
The Quiet Man Bridge is located 8km past Oughterard, on the N59 heading west. Connemara was the setting for the iconic 1950’s film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Much of the movie was filmed in the Cong area but parts were also filmed in various other Connemara locations. The Quiet Man Bridge at Leam, close to Oughterard is one of those locations. The location of the bridge is clearly signposted. This is a popular spot with visitors and a great place for photo opportunities.
https://www.kylemoreabbey.com/ Come to Kylemore and experience woodland and lakeshore walks, magnificent buildings and Ireland’s largest Walled Garden! New for 2019 is our brand new visitor experience in the Abbey, From Generation to Generation…..the story of Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy wholesome food and delicious home-baking in our Café or Garden Tea House. History talks take place three times a day in the Abbey and tours of the Walled Garden take place throughout the summer. Browse our Craft and Design Shop for unique gifts including Kylemore Abbey Pottery and award-winning chocolates handmade by the Benedictine nuns. Discover the beauty, history, and romance of Ireland’s most intriguing estate in the heart of the Connemara countryside.
Kylemore (Abbey Entrance)
https://www.kylemoreabbey.com/ Come to Kylemore and experience woodland and lakeshore walks, magnificent buildings and Ireland’s largest Walled Garden! New for 2019 is our brand new visitor experience in the Abbey, From Generation to Generation…..the story of Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy wholesome food and delicious home-baking in our Café or Garden Tea House. History talks take place three times a day in the Abbey and tours of the Walled Garden take place throughout the summer. Browse our Craft and Design Shop for unique gifts including Kylemore Abbey Pottery and award-winning chocolates handmade by the Benedictine nuns. Discover the beauty, history, and romance of Ireland’s most intriguing estate in the heart of the Connemara countryside.
http://www.visitclifden.com/ Clifden has an impact on all who visit. It is a small town, with something to suit everyone and every budget. Whatever your taste in a holiday, whether it’s a relaxing retreat or an action packed activity holiday, Clifden is an ideal spot to base yourself while exploring the region.
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Clifden
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http://www.visitclifden.com/ Clifden has an impact on all who visit. It is a small town, with something to suit everyone and every budget. Whatever your taste in a holiday, whether it’s a relaxing retreat or an action packed activity holiday, Clifden is an ideal spot to base yourself while exploring the region.
Eyre Square (‘An Fhaiche Mhór’ in Irish) in the heart of Galway City, is officially known as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. The square has a rich history dating back to medieval times when markets took place on the green in front of the town gates. In 1710, Mayor Edward Eyre officially presented the plot of land to the city. It remains a popular gathering place for visitors and natives alike and the grass areas are often packed on sunny days. There is also a playground here and seasonal markets take place throughout the year. A bust of the US President Kennedy, who was made a Freeman of the city, marks the spot where he made a speech to approximately 100,000 Galway people in 1963, on his last trip before his assassination. Over the years, the square has undergone a number of name changes and facelifts to become the present square, which received the Irish Landscape Institute Design Award in 2007. There are a number of ornate fixtures in the park, such as the historic Browne family mansion doorway (1627) and the Quincentennial fountain (1984) which is a representation of the Galway Hooker, which is a traditional fishing boat unique to Galway.
Eyre Square
Eyre Square (‘An Fhaiche Mhór’ in Irish) in the heart of Galway City, is officially known as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. The square has a rich history dating back to medieval times when markets took place on the green in front of the town gates. In 1710, Mayor Edward Eyre officially presented the plot of land to the city. It remains a popular gathering place for visitors and natives alike and the grass areas are often packed on sunny days. There is also a playground here and seasonal markets take place throughout the year. A bust of the US President Kennedy, who was made a Freeman of the city, marks the spot where he made a speech to approximately 100,000 Galway people in 1963, on his last trip before his assassination. Over the years, the square has undergone a number of name changes and facelifts to become the present square, which received the Irish Landscape Institute Design Award in 2007. There are a number of ornate fixtures in the park, such as the historic Browne family mansion doorway (1627) and the Quincentennial fountain (1984) which is a representation of the Galway Hooker, which is a traditional fishing boat unique to Galway.
Explore Quay Street, one of the city's most lively and fun areas to see on foot. This street is one of many that stretch south from Eyre Square toward the Corrib. Take a stroll and admire the beautiful historic buildings, window-shop at one of many artisan boutiques, and people-watch from a café or restaurant. Don't miss a stop at one of the pubs along the way. This street is known for having some of the best nightlife in Galway because of its welcoming atmosphere
Quay Street
Explore Quay Street, one of the city's most lively and fun areas to see on foot. This street is one of many that stretch south from Eyre Square toward the Corrib. Take a stroll and admire the beautiful historic buildings, window-shop at one of many artisan boutiques, and people-watch from a café or restaurant. Don't miss a stop at one of the pubs along the way. This street is known for having some of the best nightlife in Galway because of its welcoming atmosphere
Activities
https://oughterardgolfclub.com A magnificent 18 hole championship course situated at the gateway to scenic Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland Welcome to Oughterard Championship Golf Club on the shores of the idyllic Lough Corrib. Enjoy the scenic views of Connemara as you play and why not join us afterwards in our fine Restaurant & Bar overlooking the rolling fairways of this unique parkland golf course. We look forward to seeing you on the 1st tee!
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Oughterard Golf Club
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https://oughterardgolfclub.com A magnificent 18 hole championship course situated at the gateway to scenic Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland Welcome to Oughterard Championship Golf Club on the shores of the idyllic Lough Corrib. Enjoy the scenic views of Connemara as you play and why not join us afterwards in our fine Restaurant & Bar overlooking the rolling fairways of this unique parkland golf course. We look forward to seeing you on the 1st tee!
The West of Ireland is dotted with many fresh water lakes and has often been described as Ireland’s Lake District. The largest and most navigable of these lakes is Lough Corrib, and covering an area of 68 sq miles/175 sq kilometres (44,000 acres), it is also the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. From the Maam valley in Connemara to Galway city in the South it has a length of 40 miles /64 kilometers while the widest part of the lake reaches from Cong Co. Mayo to Oughterard Co. Galway, a distance of 9 miles 15 kilometres. The deepest part of Lough Corrib is 152 ft/47 meters, but its average depth is approximately 40ft/12meters. To-day Lough Corrib is considered to be one of the best fishing lakes in Europe. It is home to a variety of fresh water fish including brown trout, pike, perch, and roach, and it also attracts salmon and eels from the Atlantic Ocean. The lake enters the ocean at Galway city via the Corrib River. The Atlantic Ocean is 27ft/8 meters lower than Lough Corrib in altitude and for this reason the lake is unaffected by tidal conditions. However the water level in the lake does vary by about 3 ft from winter to summer. Fishing methods on the lake and its rivers include spinning, trolling, dapping and dry fly fishing and the season runs from March to September. It is said that there are 365 islands on Lough Corrib, one Island for each day of the year. Boat cruises and fishing on the Corrib are popular activities for locals and visitors alike.
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Lough Corrib
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The West of Ireland is dotted with many fresh water lakes and has often been described as Ireland’s Lake District. The largest and most navigable of these lakes is Lough Corrib, and covering an area of 68 sq miles/175 sq kilometres (44,000 acres), it is also the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. From the Maam valley in Connemara to Galway city in the South it has a length of 40 miles /64 kilometers while the widest part of the lake reaches from Cong Co. Mayo to Oughterard Co. Galway, a distance of 9 miles 15 kilometres. The deepest part of Lough Corrib is 152 ft/47 meters, but its average depth is approximately 40ft/12meters. To-day Lough Corrib is considered to be one of the best fishing lakes in Europe. It is home to a variety of fresh water fish including brown trout, pike, perch, and roach, and it also attracts salmon and eels from the Atlantic Ocean. The lake enters the ocean at Galway city via the Corrib River. The Atlantic Ocean is 27ft/8 meters lower than Lough Corrib in altitude and for this reason the lake is unaffected by tidal conditions. However the water level in the lake does vary by about 3 ft from winter to summer. Fishing methods on the lake and its rivers include spinning, trolling, dapping and dry fly fishing and the season runs from March to September. It is said that there are 365 islands on Lough Corrib, one Island for each day of the year. Boat cruises and fishing on the Corrib are popular activities for locals and visitors alike.
https://www.connemaranationalpark.ie/ Connemara National Park is open year round including the Visitor Centre. There are no fees for entry to the grounds, trails or viewing the exhibition. Guides at the Visitor Centre are on hand to provide information about the National Park including wildlife, trails and things to see and do in the locality. We look forward to welcoming you to the National Park.
Connemara National Park Visitor Centre
https://www.connemaranationalpark.ie/ Connemara National Park is open year round including the Visitor Centre. There are no fees for entry to the grounds, trails or viewing the exhibition. Guides at the Visitor Centre are on hand to provide information about the National Park including wildlife, trails and things to see and do in the locality. We look forward to welcoming you to the National Park.
https://www.nationalaquarium.ie/ Great for families - option for a rainy day!
Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland
https://www.nationalaquarium.ie/ Great for families - option for a rainy day!
Lots of activities stretched along the panoramic coastline promenade!
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Salthill
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Lots of activities stretched along the panoramic coastline promenade!
www.killary.com Whatever gets your adrenaline pumping there a good chance you’ll find the activity for you at Killary Adventure. Jump, slide, swing and swim through one of the toughest obstacle courses in Ireland at their Turf Warrior Challenge. They are also one of the main centres for watersports activities on the west of Ireland organising kayaking, water-skiing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding and speedboats trips around the scenic Killary Fjord. If you prefer land based activities they offer climbing, abseiling, high-ropes courses, hillwalking in the beautiful mountains of Connemara, clay-pidgeon shooting, raft-building, bushcraft and much more
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Killary Adventure Company
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www.killary.com Whatever gets your adrenaline pumping there a good chance you’ll find the activity for you at Killary Adventure. Jump, slide, swing and swim through one of the toughest obstacle courses in Ireland at their Turf Warrior Challenge. They are also one of the main centres for watersports activities on the west of Ireland organising kayaking, water-skiing, wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding and speedboats trips around the scenic Killary Fjord. If you prefer land based activities they offer climbing, abseiling, high-ropes courses, hillwalking in the beautiful mountains of Connemara, clay-pidgeon shooting, raft-building, bushcraft and much more
www.rusheenbay.com If you’re looking for some adventure on your visit to Galway, Rusheen Bay Windsurfing may just be the place to find it. The leading centre for Windsurfing, Stand-up Paddleboard and Kayaking in Galway City, they can organise group sessions for company team building outings, activities for hen and stag dos and lots of fun on the water for birthday parties. Located in the stunning surroundings of Rusheen Bay Nature Reserve close to Salthill, you will be provided with the latest high end watersports equipment to help ensure your safety and comfort during your session. Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing a good friend wipe out on a windsurf or stand-up paddleboard or get soaked in a kayak, so get planning your day out with them now.
Rusheen Bay
www.rusheenbay.com If you’re looking for some adventure on your visit to Galway, Rusheen Bay Windsurfing may just be the place to find it. The leading centre for Windsurfing, Stand-up Paddleboard and Kayaking in Galway City, they can organise group sessions for company team building outings, activities for hen and stag dos and lots of fun on the water for birthday parties. Located in the stunning surroundings of Rusheen Bay Nature Reserve close to Salthill, you will be provided with the latest high end watersports equipment to help ensure your safety and comfort during your session. Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing a good friend wipe out on a windsurf or stand-up paddleboard or get soaked in a kayak, so get planning your day out with them now.
www.galwaycitymuseum.ie Its FREE!!!! Overlooking the famous Spanish Arch, where the River Corrib meets Galway Bay, Galway City Museum provides an opportunity learn more about Galway’s history. The museum presents a wide variety of permanent exhibitions for adults and children ranging from Prehistoric and Medieval Galway to the 1916 revolution, The Great War and sporting history through the GAA. Interactive exhibits include SeaScience for Children on the top floor and the 3D Pictorial Map display of Galway in 1651 on the ground floor. Other highlights include the Galway Civic Sword and Great Mace, the statue of Padraic Ó Conaire and a traditional sailing vessel or Galway Hooker, named ‘Máirtín Oliver’, which was specially commissioned for the Museum. The views from the top floor of the Claddagh and Galway Bay alone are reason enough to visit. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm. Free admission.
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Galway City Museum
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www.galwaycitymuseum.ie Its FREE!!!! Overlooking the famous Spanish Arch, where the River Corrib meets Galway Bay, Galway City Museum provides an opportunity learn more about Galway’s history. The museum presents a wide variety of permanent exhibitions for adults and children ranging from Prehistoric and Medieval Galway to the 1916 revolution, The Great War and sporting history through the GAA. Interactive exhibits include SeaScience for Children on the top floor and the 3D Pictorial Map display of Galway in 1651 on the ground floor. Other highlights include the Galway Civic Sword and Great Mace, the statue of Padraic Ó Conaire and a traditional sailing vessel or Galway Hooker, named ‘Máirtín Oliver’, which was specially commissioned for the Museum. The views from the top floor of the Claddagh and Galway Bay alone are reason enough to visit. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm. Free admission.
www.brigitsgarden.ie The four unique gardens are themed on the Celtic festivals and offer a magical experience for all ages. Relax in the basket swings and sit on the ancient throne, wonder at the giant earth woman and enjoy the scents of herbs and wild flowers. Stroll around the nature trail and have fun at a special event. The gardens are family-friendly with a willow play area and a kid's discovery trail. Brigit's Garden is also the perfect venue for weddings, private events and meetings.
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Brigit's Garden & Café
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www.brigitsgarden.ie The four unique gardens are themed on the Celtic festivals and offer a magical experience for all ages. Relax in the basket swings and sit on the ancient throne, wonder at the giant earth woman and enjoy the scents of herbs and wild flowers. Stroll around the nature trail and have fun at a special event. The gardens are family-friendly with a willow play area and a kid's discovery trail. Brigit's Garden is also the perfect venue for weddings, private events and meetings.
http://connemarahorseriding.com/ It is situated in the majestic Connemara where it feels like time has stood still! Based in Oughterard, Co. Galway – only 25 minutes north of Galway City at the “Gateway to Connemara”. Our Centre is located on the Rusheeny road, just outside the town of Oughterard, and is nestled between beautiful hills, mountains and the shores of Lough Corrib. We offer a full range of services including trekking, lessons, showjumping leagues, pony camps, breaking and training, livery and stud. For those interested in the native Connemara Pony, our yard has a large selection of Connemara ponies with champion showing, ridden and showjumping stallions at stud and the opportunity to hear about the history and development of this versatile pony from the yards owner, Roger Joyce.
Knockillaree Riding Centre
http://connemarahorseriding.com/ It is situated in the majestic Connemara where it feels like time has stood still! Based in Oughterard, Co. Galway – only 25 minutes north of Galway City at the “Gateway to Connemara”. Our Centre is located on the Rusheeny road, just outside the town of Oughterard, and is nestled between beautiful hills, mountains and the shores of Lough Corrib. We offer a full range of services including trekking, lessons, showjumping leagues, pony camps, breaking and training, livery and stud. For those interested in the native Connemara Pony, our yard has a large selection of Connemara ponies with champion showing, ridden and showjumping stallions at stud and the opportunity to hear about the history and development of this versatile pony from the yards owner, Roger Joyce.
Food scene
Delivery available
Apache Pizza Oughterard
Delivery available
Excellent- fine dining.
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White Gables Restaurant
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Excellent- fine dining.
Family Dining - relax and soak up the atmosphere of the locality!
The Boat Inn
Family Dining - relax and soak up the atmosphere of the locality!
http://halloransrestaurant.com Serving a large selection of locally sourced ingredients. Halloran's Restaurant opened in March 2016 with the aim to serve great food with flair and a modern twist using fresh local produce wherever possible. Everything on the menu is cooked to order so we can cater to most dietary requirements
Hallorans Restaurant
http://halloransrestaurant.com Serving a large selection of locally sourced ingredients. Halloran's Restaurant opened in March 2016 with the aim to serve great food with flair and a modern twist using fresh local produce wherever possible. Everything on the menu is cooked to order so we can cater to most dietary requirements
Online or Telephone orders accepted.
Supermac's
Online or Telephone orders accepted.
https://www.facebook.com/connemaragreenway/
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Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant
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https://www.facebook.com/connemaragreenway/
https://www.facebook.com/powersthatch Traditional Irish Thatched Bar situated in the heart of Oughterard village. Offers a friendly cosy atmosphere and live music, serving wholesome Irish food
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Powers Thatch, Bar And Restaurant
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https://www.facebook.com/powersthatch Traditional Irish Thatched Bar situated in the heart of Oughterard village. Offers a friendly cosy atmosphere and live music, serving wholesome Irish food
Beaches
Just a short drive from Roundstone village lies Dogs Bay, one of the most spectacularly beautiful beaches in the world. Dogs Bay is a horseshoe shaped bay with more than a mile long stretch of white sandy beach. It backs on to Gurteen Bay, and together they form a tombolo which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Similar to Gurteen Bay, the sand is not comprised of traditional limestone but rather made entirely of fragments of seashells which give it a pure white colour. Dog’s Bay faces due west. It is a stunning beach with its bright white sands and crystal blue water. Since 1991 the dunes separating Gurteen Beach from Dog’s Bay have been the focus of intensive efforts to plant Marram Grass to stem coastal erosion. Visitors are requested to respect the signs restricting access to the dunes. The wild headland which stretches out into the Atlantic between the two beaches is an area of great beauty and is a fantastic walk where you will be surrounded by water on three sides. Both beaches are well sheltered from currents and are considered safe for swimming and other water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. 92HQ+G7 Roundstone, County Galway, Ireland
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Dog's Bay
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Just a short drive from Roundstone village lies Dogs Bay, one of the most spectacularly beautiful beaches in the world. Dogs Bay is a horseshoe shaped bay with more than a mile long stretch of white sandy beach. It backs on to Gurteen Bay, and together they form a tombolo which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Similar to Gurteen Bay, the sand is not comprised of traditional limestone but rather made entirely of fragments of seashells which give it a pure white colour. Dog’s Bay faces due west. It is a stunning beach with its bright white sands and crystal blue water. Since 1991 the dunes separating Gurteen Beach from Dog’s Bay have been the focus of intensive efforts to plant Marram Grass to stem coastal erosion. Visitors are requested to respect the signs restricting access to the dunes. The wild headland which stretches out into the Atlantic between the two beaches is an area of great beauty and is a fantastic walk where you will be surrounded by water on three sides. Both beaches are well sheltered from currents and are considered safe for swimming and other water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. 92HQ+G7 Roundstone, County Galway, Ireland
Beautiful beach for families - popular for swimming
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Barna
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Beautiful beach for families - popular for swimming
White Strand in Renvyle is a beautiful beach with 1 km of pure white sand, crystal clear waters and spectacular views to the Mweelrea mountains in South Mayo. The beach is split in two by a small hillock which commands great panoramic views of the entire beach. Access to the beach is down a narrow country road just beyond the Renvyle Beach Caravan and Camping Park which is signposted and has a small car park. Location: Renvyle, North Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Renvyle
White Strand in Renvyle is a beautiful beach with 1 km of pure white sand, crystal clear waters and spectacular views to the Mweelrea mountains in South Mayo. The beach is split in two by a small hillock which commands great panoramic views of the entire beach. Access to the beach is down a narrow country road just beyond the Renvyle Beach Caravan and Camping Park which is signposted and has a small car park. Location: Renvyle, North Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland