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Conamara agus oileáin

Travel Articles to Inspire your Trip to the West

Half the fun in a trip is planning it so here’s some Travel Articles to Inspire your Trip to the West. An bhfuil fúinn taistil ort – seo ailt chun inspioráid a thabhairt duit.

Uncovering the soul of Ireland’s overlook gem along the wild Atlantic waters of Connemara

This feature in Conde Nast Traveller sees Stanley Stewart take a trip down memory lane boithríní na smaointe to find the beach of his childhood. Stunning photography by Toby Mitchell  will make you want to pack your bag and head to Connemara.

Who wouldn’t want to check in to Ballynahinch Castle , Curreaveagh , Inagh Lodge after seeing the photos and reading all about them in this article.  Ballynahinch Castle also featured in the Conde Nast 

Connemara Views
Connemara as featured in Conde Nast Photography by Toby Mitchel
‘There’s a savage beauty to the place’: the dark mystery of Ireland’s Connemara region 

Kathleen McMahon writes in The Guardian about how the ‘ haunting expanse of lakes, bogs, heathland and mountains in County Galway’ inspired her novel ‘The Home Scar’  The idea for the novel came at the top of Errisbeg Mountain as she took in the views to the sea and then the constrasting view across the Roundstone Bog to the Twelve Bens.

Six Experiences you shouldn’t miss in Connemara 

This feature in the National Geographic was compiled by Pol O’ Conghaile.  Diamond Hill , Omey Island, Killary Harbour , Dog’s Bay and Kylemore Abbey all got a mention. We suggested 6 more in this post  which was one of our most popular posts on Instagram in 2023.  Check out Mámeán, Trá an Dóilín , Oileán Finis ,Ionad Chultúrtha an Phiarsaigh ,Fáinne Chamus agus  Ceantar na nOileáin if you want to go gallivanting in the Gaeltacht.

Tracing Irish Gaelic in the Emerald Isle’s Gaeltachts

This article in the Reader’s Digest by J R Patterson explores the Gaeltacht areas in this article which features Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh and Ionad na nImirce. (Carna Emigrants Centre) Digital Nomads might be tempted by the state of the art GTEIC – Digital Hubs located in the Gaeltacht area.  Carina Coyne in Dúiche Sheoige teaches visitors how to process wool the traditional way, from the raw fleece of her sheep.

Irish Melody: A Journey through the Gaeltacht Regions of Ireland – Hemispheres (hemispheresmag.com)

Similar to the Readers Digest article JR Patterson this article covers many of the places  featured in the article above.

How Ireland’s chefs are rediscovering the joys of cooking with seaweed

SeaweedSeaweed features in an article by Patrick O’ Hanlon in National Geographic . He interviews Diarmuid from Pota Cafe and other chefs about the benefits of cooking with seaweed . They also discuss the history and culture associated with it. Further west Padraig from The Seaweed Centre shares the benefits of a indulging in a seaweed bath. Sinead from Mungo Murphy Seafood describes her foraging tours and the story behind the foundation of the company.

Escape to the Gaeltacht for Christmas (rte.ie)

This article features some suggestions for Gaeltacht escape at Christmas but can be applied to anytime of the year. Aontaím leo go bhfuil ‘Conamara fairsing agus lán le radharcanna dochreidte’  We agree with them that Connemara is vast and full of great views! Tips for Connemara included Trá an Dóilín, Ceantar na nOileáin or a visit to the Aran Islands. Tips for places to eat included Pota Cafe and Coynes Gastrobar & Pantry

Sciuird an tsamhraidh: ag dul siar go Conamara, áit a mbíonn an chraic is an spraoi | Independent.ie

San alt seo tugann Áine Ní Bhreisleáin  treoir chuig na háiteanna is fearr le haghaidh saoire i gceantar Cois Fharraige. Bhí Áine mar  láithreoir ar An Cósta Thiar agus tá na clar ar fáil ar TG4Player

Gaeltacht Gems: 48 hours in Conamara (rte.ie)

Article on RTE with some suggestions for 48 hours in Conamara.  Day 1 takes in Cois Fharraige while Day 2 suggests a trip to the Aran Islands.

A quintessentially Irish way to travel – BBC Travel

Susanne Masters describes her cycling tour of Connemara in a series for Slowcomotion .This  is a series that celebrates self-propelled travel and invites readers to explore the world in a  sustainable way. She travelled by bus from Galway and hired a bike from Clifden Bike Shop . Taking the route through the Roundstone Bog to Rossaveal and across the the Aran Islands. Returning to Ballyahinch and cycling via the Inagh Valley to Renvyle House. The heather flavoured honey from GreenBee gets a mention.

The hidden Irish beach with crystal clear water, golden sand, seaweed cTrá an Dóilínoral – and it’s five minutes from busy village | The Irish Sun (thesun.ie)

Trá an Dóilín features in this article by Kaye Stafford in the Sun.


Aran Islands: My recent weekend getaway to Inis Mór – Lonely Planet
Aran Sunrise
Aran Sunrise


From sunrise walks to  tasty lunch spots Sasha Brady describes her trip to Inis Mór in this Lonely Planet Article.




Im Land der Piratenkönigin

Article by Win Schumacher  in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung about the cosy cottages, landscapes and myths  of Connemara

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