Explore Leitir Mealláin
If the words ‘rugged’ features in your vocabulary, Leitir Mealláin (Lettermullen) is the place for you. An archipelago of connected islands, it is the most westerly part of South Connemara.
The stark, rocky landscape is balanced by the most amazing seascapes, coves inlets and beaches. It is truly the kind of beauty that “arises out of the repetitive interweaving of simple elements” and one that “teems with ungraspable reiterations of details” as described by the author Tim Robinson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkNYWeRD2P8
Fascinating to everybody, it is a paradise for ramblers – various trails bringing you to different parts of the island. One brings you to Golam Head where a Martello Tower built in 1804 as a protection from a Napoleonic invasion still stands, another to a heritage centre well worth a visit www.sportireland.ie/outdoors/walking/trails/bealach-siuloidi-leitir-meallain-green-trail-golam-head
Walking by the shore bring you closer still to island life, sights of smaller uninhabited ones such as Daighnis and Inis Oirc, amazing views of An Cheathrú Rua’s Coral Strand to the east, Oileáin Árann to the south and Cill Chiaráin to the west. The film-maker John Huston once had a holiday home on the island and a nearby beach carries his name – Trá Huston. The parents of director Martin McDonagh were born in Lettermullen.