The Renvyle Peninsula situated in North-West Connemara in County Galway, the north of the peninsula leads into Killary Fjord. Renvyle is surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean and by the Dawros river on the other side. It contains the villages of Tully and Tullycross. There is a beautiful choice of sandy beaches including Glassilaun, Lettergesh and the Green Coast awarded beach at Renvyle Whitestrand with stunning views of the Connemara islands and Co. Mayo. The peninsula has been an inspiration to writers and artists and draws them back again and again.
The Peninsula is steeped in history and has some notable archaeological sites. There are several Bronze Age sites (2,000BC to 500BC) including the Bronze Age ‘Fairy Finger’ Stone Alignment at the base of Letterhill overlooking Derryinver harbour and Ballinakill bay, the Portal Dolmen at Cashleen, a Standing Stone on the grounds of Renvyle House and the Ardnagreevagh Chamber Tomb. There are also early Christian sites of Kanrawer – well of the Seven Daughters, the Church of the Seven Daughters at Cashleen. The Seven Sisters of Connemara preached the Gospel in the West and several holy wells in Connemara are dedicated to them, as is the church and holy well in Renvyle. The ruined Renvyle Castle was once home to Chieftain Donal O’Flaherty who was married to Grace O’Malley (Granuaile) the Elizabethan pirate queen.
Renvyle House was once home to the Blake Family (one of the fourteen Tribes of Galway) and then to poet, statesman and surgeon Oliver St. John Gogarty and was a favourite retreat of poet W.B. Yeats at the time. In fact Gogarty commissioned the beautiful Harry Clarke stained glass windows for the church in Tullycross.
Renvyle has plenty to offer with a scuba dive centre, an equestrian centre, boat trips around Ballinakill bay and beautiful beaches with the Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey only minutes away.