AUGHRUS PENINSULA

THE ENVIRONS

 

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As you can see from the map above, the Aughrus Peninsula is within very easy reach of so many attractions - apart from those on the Peninsula itself, of course! Working clockwise around the lines drawn on the map, we show just how close you are to (click on the brown links to bring you to web pages giving you much more complete information):

- Inishbofin (Bofin) - see "Things to do" for details of day trips/ferry

- Killary Harbour - Ireland's only true fjord

- The Delphi Mountain Resort, spa, and many attractions

 

- North of Killary, the attractions of South Mayo and the Partry Mountain range, where you'll encounter all sorts of beauty, and wild, wild countryside, such as the bleak rocky hillside that's home to this ruined church of long-ago......

 

 

... And much archaeology, such as the Altair Wedge Tomb (reminscent of that on Cleggan Head), in the area known as "The Yellow River Land", north of Killary Harbour.

 

 

- The Ocean and Country Visitor Centre at Derryinver, on Ballynakill Bay (Harbour), between Tully and Letterfrack, with its museum and Ireland's only glass-bottomed boat tours

- The world-renowned Kylemore Abbey and Walled Gardens, perhaps Connemara's number one tourist destination - indeed, one of Ireland's most famous and popular destinations. The view is lovely; visit not only the house and garden but also the tiny chapel with its varied examples of marble; and take refreshments at the well-stocked tearooms.                    

 

Letterfrack village, and just before you enter the village, the entrance to the wonderful Connemara National Park, which includes a visitors' centre and exhibition area, tearooms, and of course the beautifully laid-out walks, either around the foothills of the Diamond Hill, or to the summit of Diamond Hill itself, on a prepared track with boardwalks and steps where necessary to keep you dry, make the alk easy and safe, and protect the delicate ecology of the hill.

In the picnic area (between the indoor picnic area and the toilets/kitchen) is a permanent collection of photographs of moths and butterflies, all taken by Heather Greer on the Aughrus Peninsula - a mere sample of what you can see if you keep your eyes peeled!

- MARIAN SHRINES abound in this area, and are of great interest at times, as testiments to a deep faith.  Click here to read/see more.

- The lovely Inagh Valley Drive, from the N59 not far beyond Kylemore, to Recess, also on the N59 Galway-Clifden road (20 minutes from Clifden)

                                                                                  Inagh Valley in Winter

Letterfrack (Dooneen), right on the sea, and with an interesting Grotto/Shrine dedicated to Mary and Padre Pio - worth stopping at for a moment's peace, or just to admire the many large and small statues and statuettes placed around the Grotto - click here for a pictorial showcase.


-  The Twelve Pins Mountain range, unspoiled and emblematic of Connemara - wonderful for a fantastic range of hill-walks for the enthusiastic hiker (wear good boots and warm clothing; and carry a full range of safety gear).


Clifden town, the capital of Connemara, with its many hotels, shops, pubs and other attractions. We recommend a visit to the (new in 2013) "All Things Connemara" shop - which contains a wide variety of products made in Connemara.  The owners also provide information and leaflets on all sorts of activities in Connemara; and they also provide an ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE service, which is a great idea (plans to create a "Greenway" cycling track between Clifden and Galway are by now well advanced, mostly on the old railway line). The famous Sky Road runs from just beside the turning off the N59 for Claddaghduff, high up over the coast, to Clifden itself - with car and coach parks to allow to enjoy the wonderful views.

-  The attractive village of Roundstone, with Ballyconneely on the way from Clifden - a lovely drive along the coast, past beautiful beaches. You can take a round trip from Clifden, along the coast to Ballyconneely and Roundstone, on to the famous and hospitable Ballynahinch Castle Hotel (with fantastic fresh-water angling), and back to Clifden via the beautiful "Bog Road"

- The Connemara Championship Golf Links, near Ballyconneely - see the  "Things to Do" page on this site for more information and link to the Links

Surfing:  Co Galway isn't the greatest county on the west coast for surfing (we suppose the many offshore islands, and the positioning and slope of the beaches, have something to do with that), but one beach where many surfers go, and often enjoy great surfing there (and there's a surf school which operates from there, too), is Doonloughan (or Dunloughan) beach. This isn't marked on the map at the head of this page, but if you look for the Slyne Head peninsula, that's where it is, on the north shore. Coming from Clifden, turn right in Ballyconneely (Keogh's Bar and Restaurant), out along the peninsula, and at the crossroads (seen on the map above, but can be easy to miss in practice - look out for the rather inconspicuous stone marker directing you to Doonloughan), turn right. You'll come to a large area of sand dunes and Doonloughan beach. Some local surfers may take offence at our slightly negative comments; the surf can be great! Check out your favourite surfing websites for the waves.  If you want alternatives a bit further afield, well, there's great surfing to be had in Co Sligo to the north, and Co Clare to the south - but what the heck? Doonloughan is only about 30 minutes drive away from the Aughrus Peninsula; so check it out! 

GoConnemmara.com, like this website, is a not-for-profit, voluntary site which aims to showcase the beauties and amenities of part of Connemara. For GoConnemara, it's 'The Connemara Loop', which covers a circular route around North Connemara.  It takes in Maam Cross (on the main Galway-Clifden-Westport road, the N59), Maam, Leenane, Killary, Lettergesh, Tullycross, Letterfrack, Kylemore, Inagh Valley, and back onto the N59 at Recess. Click here to visit GoConnemara - but DO COME BACK TO WWW.AUGHRUSPENINSULA.COM!

A visit to MyConnemara.ie - click HERE - will provide a wealth of information on the whole of Connemara.

Finally, All Things Connemara is a physical one-stop shop in Clifden, with loads of arts and crafts (including some from the Aughrus Peninsula), and a good online presence - click HERE for more.


 And the above is a mere sample of the wonderful places to visit, and things to do - all so close to the Aughrus Peninsula.

Remember:  If you find the service/information you were looking for, on this website, do let us know. And, more importantly, please do tell the person whose service you are using as a result. THANKS!