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Connemara is an area of wild, unspoilt scenery to the far west of Lough Corrib in County Galway comprised of craggy mountains, windswept bogs, idyllic lakes, and golden beaches.
Described by Oscar Wilde as having a ‘savage beauty’, the area gives a real sense of splendid isolation. Trident Holiday Homes offers a selection of self catering holiday homes in Connemara at Ballyconneely, near Clifden.
Connemara’s rugged coastline boasts some of Ireland’s finest beaches, with stretches of pure white sands and turquoise sea and is punctuated by quaint fishing villages such as Roundstone, Cleggan and Killary Harbour. The relative isolation of the region has contributed to its maintaining many local traditions and it is home to Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht or Irish speaking area. Traditional music, dance and crafts are frequently celebrated at local festivals such as the Connemara Pony Show in Clifden and Roundstone Arts Week.
For generations the sea has played a large part in the lives of those living in Connemara and there are a wide variety of maritime activities on offer to visitors such as sailing, deep sea fishing and various boat trips long the coast. The nearby Aran Islands are easily accessible by ferry from Rossaveel or by plane from Connemara Regional Airport.
Clifden is the largest town in Connemara. An attractive, quite traditional seaside town, it has a variety of excellent restaurants and pubs serving locally caught fresh fish, craft shops, a theatre and night club.
The area's quiet, minor roads are ideal for cycling and there are a number of marked loops in the area. Pony trekking offers an alternative way to explore the stunning scenery and there are a number of riding schools and trekking centers which cater for riders of all levels of ability such as Errislannan Manor Riding School at Ballyconneely. Hikers and walkers will be spoiled for choice by the variety of marked trails through bogland, along the shores of Lough Corrib, along the Atlantic coastline and up to the peaks of the Twelve Bens and Errisbeg.
There are a number of visitor attractions in the area which should not be missed, such as:
Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of stunning mountains (including the Twelve Bens Ridge), valleys and bogland. It is home to a wide variety of wild life including herds of red deer and Connemara ponies.
The area has some wonderful golf courses such as Connemara Golf Links, Galway Bay Golf Club and Renvyle Golf Club to name but a few.
Our self catering accommodation in Connemara is an ideal destination for those who want to really get away from it all, enjoy nature and explore a more traditional side of Ireland.
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