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A sandy beach, safe for swimming, located on the North of the island offering fabulous views of Connemara.
A long white sandy beach with crystal clear water, an ideal spot for swimming and watersports. It holds the Green Coast award and has a seasonal lifeguard.
A beach of fine coral-like sand located in An Ceathrú Rua, a great spot for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
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A white sandy beach located in Indreabhán with clear water and great views of the coastline.
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Located close to Barna, Silverstrand is a sandy shallow beach which is safe for swimming with parking facilities
A beautiful beach close to Claddaghduff and the only way to access Omey Island by foot.
Seaweed foraging is an up-and-coming popular excursion among nature enthusiasts looking to explore the seaside. Seaweed has always held an economical significance in Connemara and the Aran Islands and has a long history of using it as a food source and a fertiliser in places such as the Aran Islands. There are many types of seaweed available along the Connemara and Aran Island coastline that are used for food, medical and beauty products today.
Take a walk through the unique but spectacular Connemara Boglands. A bog is a freshwater wetland of soft, spongy ground consisting mainly of partially decayed plant matter called peat. Connemara was intrinsically linked to the boglands as peat was the only source of fuel for many people. There is a lot of back-breaking work involved in cutting, footing, gathering and saving turf(dried out peat sods) and traditionally, the whole family were called upon to work on the bog. There are no boglands on the Aran Islands, however, Connemara people used to sail out to the islands on Hookers to trade turf.
Take a trip on a unique Galway Hooker traditional wooden boat around the scenic and rugged Connemara coast along the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way. The hooker, a sailboat unique to Galway is a historical Connemara symbol. Hookers played an important role in the economy of the coastal communities in Connemara. They were used for fishing and carrying cargoes of turf, livestock, general supplies, lime, poitín(an illegal alcohol) and seaweed.
The Gaeltacht has a central role to play in the learning of Irish. Learners of Irish flock to Connemara and the Aran Islands year after year recognising it as a rich source in which to learn and practise Irish, as Irish can be heard in all aspects of daily life. Attending Gaeltacht courses allows learners and speakers to immerse themselves in Irish and to enrich and develop their vocabulary. There are a vast range of courses available in the Connemara Gaeltacht and the Aran Islands for adults and teenagers alike.
16km 1+ hour This route offers miles and miles of single track in the most spectacular setting imaginable with outstanding views of mountains, lakes and forests all combined with big climbs and big descents. It is a circular way marked loop of around 16km with a little over 13km on single track. Parts of the trail are technical, steep and rocky and you need to know how to handle a bike over all kinds of terrain including exposed rock slabs, boulders, mud, roots, loose gravel and even elevated timber boardwalks. Please ensure that your bike is in good working order and always carry spare warm clothing, water and food. Always wear a helmet and be prepared for any eventuality. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to get back. Always ride within your abilities and take care. Courtesy of Coillte
8km 30min On this fabulous route you will get a chance to explore the island and visit all of its main attractions along with breathtaking views of the sea, the lake, the neighbouring island of Inishmaan, the legendary Cliffs of Moher and the 12 Bens. You will see the ruins of a10th century sunken church, the Plassey shipwreck, O’ Brien’s castle and much more! This route suits all levels of fitness and brings you back to the centre of the village where you can enjoy a cuppa or pint before ambling the last 300m back to the trailhead at the pier. Bikes are available for hire from Rothaí Inis Oírr situated just at the pier!
55km – 4 hours This full day cycle around Inishmore Islands is extremely popular, interesting and stunningly scenic. Inishmore is the largest of the Aran Islands off the west coast of co. Galway, Ireland. This route is a moderate full day (55 km) cycling route around the entire island stopping at all the best sights including the ancient stone fort of Dun Aonghasa, the strange natural rock formation and blow hole known as ‘Poll na Péiste’ (the Serpents Lair), scenic viewing points, beaches, headlands and old churches. Straight off the ferry, you can rent a bike for this stunning cycle route around the entire island and depending on time available you can judge how many places you can visit and explore.
This route gives cyclists the opportunity to explore the unique barren but beautiful landscape that is typically associate with Connemara. The route begins in Carrore where the cyclist can visit the legendary Coral Strand. Further north lie the South Connemara Islands, which are a series of archipelagos, islets and rocks to the west of the Carraroe Peninsula in West Galway. These islands lie off the main tourist trail and as a result are still unspoiled and relatively unexplored.The local wildlife is spectacular with large numbers of seals, some of which are inquisitive, and otters, which quite definitely are not. Birds include Common, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull, and large numbers of Red Breasted Merganser. Courtesy of Ireland Byways
41km 2 hours Travel around this stunning peninsula on the edge of the Atlantic with the most spectacular sea views. Carna and Cill Chiaráin are the two main villages and it is a Gaeltacht area and 80% of its inhabitants are native speaker. Fascinating area to explore with many islands, historic remains and fine sandy beaches. Cyclists follow the coast road and then cross the peninsula taking in the magnificent views of Cnoc Mordáin, the best of the south Connemara summits. The slightly pinkish granite of the ridge has been shaped by the passage of abrasive laden ice into roche moutonée.
24km 1.5hours The route begins in Oughterard and follows the Lough Corrib shoreline for some ten kilometres north west toward Maum. It is the second largest lake in Ireland at 176 km². In places it is 47 metres deep. Wildlife in and about Lough Corrib includes hawks, otters, mink, stoat, frogs, and bats.A few kilometres beyond Doon Rock the trail enters a forestry plantation and for the first time the sensation of remoteness will be experienced. The R336 brings the hiker over the pass and down toward Maum. The trail turns west 300 metres south of Maum Bridge. Courtesy of Westernway.ie