Self Catering Holiday Homes in Headford, Co. Galway
The town is the centre of an area richly endowed with archaeological monuments including prehistoric burial cairns, Iron Age stone enclosures, early Norman and later castles, and many monastic sites. These include Ross Errilly Friary, founded in 1351, which has been recognised by many historians both past and present as the best-preserved monastic ruin of its period in Ireland.
It is a very popular angling centre for the eastern shore of Lough Corrib, and Greenfields, some 6.5 km west of the town, is its boating harbour. Lough Corrib is Ireland’s second largest lake and one of the best game fisheries in the world and hosts several competitions during the fishing season, the most famous being the Mayfly at the end of May. The town is also situated next to the Black River, noted for its trout angling which is the county boundary with Mayo.
Cong is 15.9 km from Headford, the filming location for the 1952 Oscar winning movie, ‘The Quiet Man’ which starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Filmed on the grounds of Ashford Castle, the movie has continued to resonate in the area. Cong is also home to many fine caves and ‘Teach Aille’ was reputed to have been used by the monks as a fridge or larder.
Moyne and Kinlough Castle ruins are examples of 13th Century Norman Keeps located just outside Headford Town. The Joyce Country Drive runs by the top of the road and is approximately a 160km drive through Connemara, a looped tour out of Galway city, taking in Killary Fjord, Connemara National Park, Cong village and many more interesting sights. The coast of Connemara has many beautiful unspoilt beaches while the nearest beach is just 22 kms away at Salthill, Galway City.
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