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Connemara, the large western district of County Galway which juts into the Atlantic between Kilkieran Bay and Killary Harbour, is one of the scenic jewels of Ireland's west country. Its ragged coastline is carved into dozens of narrow inlets, rocky peninsulas and tiny islets, dotted with remote hamlets and fishing villages. From tiny Leenane village, sightseeing boats cruise into narrow Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, between lush green mountain slopes. Inland, Connemara National Park encompasses nearly 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) of heath, grasslands, bogs and woodland, backed by the majestic peaks of the Twelve Bens range. It is ...

Connemara, the large western district of County Galway which juts into the Atlantic between Kilkieran Bay and Killary Harbour, is one of the scenic jewels of Ireland's west country. Its ragged coastline is carved into dozens of narrow inlets, rocky peninsulas and tiny islets, dotted with remote hamlets and fishing villages. From tiny Leenane village, sightseeing boats cruise into narrow Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, between lush green mountain slopes. Inland, Connemara National Park encompasses nearly 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) of heath, grasslands, bogs and woodland, backed by the majestic peaks of the Twelve Bens range. It is home to a variety of wildlife, from red deer to the famous Connemara ponies, Ireland's only native breed. The park entrance at Letterfrack has a good visitor center, while the Connemara Heritage and History Center at Dan O'Hara's Homestead offers an insight into traditional life in the region. Clifden, Connemara's largest town, sits prettily between the mountains and the sea, with fantastic views from the Sky Road scenic drive. Picturesque Roundstone, with its broad white-sand beaches, artists and traditional crafts center, is another highlight.

Donna Dailey
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Donna Dailey is the author of Thomas Cook’s Ireland driving guide, coauthor of DK’s Back Roads Ireland and several other titles, as well as the author of Thomas Cook’s HotSpots Costa Blanca and a contributor to AA Publishing’s Key Guide Spain.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Connemara is a district in the West of Ireland consisting of a broad peninsula between Killary Harbour and Kilkieran Bay in the west of County Galway.
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Connemara
  • Weather: Rainfall

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