Picture of Conamara agus oileáin

Conamara agus oileáin

When it rains, look for rainbows

Anyone remember the seanfhocal from your school days?  Ní hé lá na báistí lá na bpáistí. (The rainy day is not the day for children.) Sometimes it rains in West but if the rain is coming down ‘splish splash in a Galway fashion’ all is not lost. Don’t let the rain dampen your spirits. There is still a lot of fun and adventure to be had whatever the weather and most of the options are do-able rain or shine! Here’s a few suggestions and we’d love to hear what your suggestions are of things to to do rain or shine in Connemara and the Islands!                                                                                                                                                                    

Léim isteach! Jump in! 

Embrace it! Take to the water.Go on a kayaking  or a diving adventure or a walk on the beach.  If you are going to get wet anyway, you might as well make it fun!   Check out the wide range of  Activities: that will take you on or in the water.


Ionad Cuairteoireachta -Visitor Centres

Check out the many visitor attractions  in Connemara and on the Islands. There are so many places to see around the area that are a must on your laethanta saoire rain or shine.   


Saol eachtrach -Life of adventure

Bring the kids (small and big ) for a thrilling adventure at one of the adventure centres.  Zip along high wires , scale heights and cross over the Killary Burma Bridge. Instead of climbing up the walls at home head to Wildlands where you can climb the walls there or pit your skills to escape the Celtic Challenge rooms.


Siopadóireacht -Shopping

Consider some retail therapy to find a special souvenir from your trip. There’s a huge variety of shops to cater for all tastes and budgets. Visit the Ceardlann in An Spidéal to see the artists/craftspeople at work or why not browse around one of the local bookshops and pick up a book about to local heritage or history or one of the many novels inspired by Connemara or set in Connemara.

Ceol & Craic – Enjoy live music!

Music is in our DNA around here. From sessions in many pubs in the area to the toe tapping Murrays Yard Session on Inishbofin or Padraig Jack residency  Inis Mór there is plenty of choice for music. Check out the Teach Ceol Renvyle Tuesday evenings in July & August and Roundstone Music nights on Thursdays.

Bia Blasta – Tasty Food  

Take a food tour with AranFoodTours or an Oysters Farm Tour.   

Treat yourself to a great lunch                        or dinner or coffee and cake at one of the great local  cafes,restaurants or gastropubs



Na hEalaíone Uaisle – The Fine Arts

This region has inspired many artists so why not check out a local art exhibition or visit one of the local art galleries.   Oughterard Arts run regular event throughout the year with Terra Firma running at the moment until 9th of July 2023.  Currently running at the old forge at Renvyle until the 9th of July is  ANAM – an Art Craft Design Heritage installation – is open for all to visit through to 9th at The Old Forge, Renvyle, Connemara.  More info Peter Sheehan Studio. Check out Interface Inagh for more infomation.

Aras Éanna on Inis Oirr or  InisbofinExperiences have  busy event schedules also so make sure to check their sites for the latest events update

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Sona sásta sa mbaile – Happy at home

If you don’t fancy heading out in the rain why not check out the resources page at Kylemore Abbey . There’s lots of material to download that you can use to keep the children entertained at home. 

                                                                                                                                                                Tune in to the Aran Ferries virtual tour about Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór  or download The Seaweed Centre audiotour to learn more about Ceantar na n-Oileáin.  Just what’s needed to combat the rainy day blues and to plan a trip to them when the weather improves.


Sort through the photos that you’ve taken on your #laethantasaoire and share them with us.  Have you captured any on the list of the most instagrammable spots?

Tag us @connemaraie on Twitter  , Instagram , Facebook to share your photos and tips with us.

Hope for a rainbow or the sun to peek through the clouds. Hopefully it won’t be long until the sun will be back again.

To keep up to date with the latest weather check the forecast on Met Eireann or follow AimsirTG4 


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