Attractions

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES:

My Recommended Day Trips

The Sky Road, Clifden,

breathtaking views…………. next stop America, go on a clear day to get the best views 

Kylemore Abbey & Gardens,

beautiful drive to a beautiful place, lovely garden walks, crafts and food. 

Cong, Cong Abbey,

Monks Fishing House , woodland walks to Ashford Castle 

Westport,

Westport House and adventure park, great day for children. The scenic drive to Westport via Louisburg is very picturesque. 

Leenane

village is features Irelands only Fiord, Catamaran boat trips available and seaweed baths. 

Walking / Cycling

Locally there is a scenic trail to the next village Cornamona with spectacular views of Lough Corrib.

Woodland trails from Clonbur to Cong 

Traditional Irish Music Session, the real Irish session music, Sunday evenings  in Burkes Pub in Clonbur,  from 6.30-8.30pm 

Galway City, visit the old town in Quay Street, shops, pubs and great music craic & food 

I hope you get to enjoy some of these gems.

Rhona

 

Dooroy Nature Trail 

Our very own little gem that is a favourite with our guests young and not so young guests, the looped trail takes you through the woodlands and out to a point at the lakeshore with spectacular views. It can be either a romantic stroll or a kid’s adventure.

WALKING 

Locally there is an abundance of walking & Hiking trails, the stunning “Sean Bothar” (Gaelic for the Old Road) is a 10 Km walk from Clonbur to Cornamona and can be accessed nearby, the entire route overlooks Lough Corrib. For the more energetic Hill climbing is a must at “Mount Gable”, a worthwhile climb to panoramic views of both the lakes & mountains.

See

www.walkconnemara.com/walks.htm 

CYCLING 

Bicycles are available for hire at Dooroy Lodge. Adults & Children.

See

www.connemarawildescapes.ie/cycling-routes/

www.wildatlanticway.com/Cycle/Routes 

TOURING 

This is an ideal base for touring the delights of Cong, Connemara & Connemara National Park, Leenane and Killary Fjord, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, Clifden and the Sky road, Westport & Galway city, all of which are within an hours drive.

Locally both Cong & Clonbur offer a variety of pubs & dining experiences from cafes to bar food & restaurants. Live traditional music sessions are held most weekends and additional nights in the summer season.

There is a local Taxi service in Clonbur.

There is a Tourist office in Cong.

FAMOUS FOR FISHING

Fishing on Lough Corrib

With Lough Corrib quite literally on your doorstep, we cannot make life easlier for fishermen. Our Boathouse & Pier at Dooroy Lodge are available to guests, with lake boats available for hire.

The fishing in the area is second to none in the world. The season extends from February to end of September (the dapping season from mid May to mid June), using mayfly and from mid July to mid September. We are delighted to offer guidance and local ghillies (fishing guides) can be arranged. A salmon licence for river fishing may be purchased in the local villages.

See www.fishinginireland.info

Connemara National Park

Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains are part of the famous Twelve Bens. Entry to the park is free and there is a newly constructed playground for children. There is a very nice visitor centre with refreshments available. There are some majestic walks to suit all levels. There is a path which leads all the way to the top of the ‘Diamond”, a great challenge’. 

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens

Kylemore Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. The Community of nuns, who have resided here since 1920, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. The Visitor Centre welcomes visitors on a daily basis. There is a twelve-minute video which is available in three languages.

www.kylemoreabbey.com 

Beaches:

Glasilaun beach is a natural beauty. Always golden sand even in high tide it’s set on a gentle inlet which makes the water very calm. Some fantastic snorkelling of rocks and kelp. Approx 50 minutes drive.

Lettergesh beach. Great waves for body boarding with an offshore breeze.

Dogs Bay at Roundstone. Beautiful cove with some lovely rocks for snorkelling around. Approx. 50 minutes drive. 

ADVENTURE: 

PETERSBURG

Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre in Clonbur is an Outdoor Adventure Activity centre. Choose from a range of twelve activities including kayaking, hill walking, windsurfing, orienteering, sailing, rock-climbing/abseiling, gorge walking, caving, obstacle course, archery and raft-building ……

www.petersburg.ie/

 

KILLARY ADVENTURE COMPANY

based on Ireland’s only Fjord – The Killary Fjord – in Leenane, surrounded by some of the most idyllic scenery that Connemara has to offer. High Octane bungee jumps, a gentle cycling or walking tour through the Irish countryside, an exciting & energetic trip, Skiing, Surfing, thrilling new adventures, with over 25 years of experience.
Ph: 00 353 95 42276. www.killary.com

 

DELPHI ADVENTURE CENTRE

Experience the great outdoors. Whether it’s climbing to the top of Mweelrea, the highest mountain in the West of Ireland, catching your first surf break on the breathtaking Cross beach, or sea kayaking through the majestic Killary Fjord. Over 25 ocean, forest, and Mountain based activities.
Phone: 00 353 95 42208 www.delphiadventureholidays.ie 

 

Other activities locally 

Lough Corrib Boat Trip

Horse riding

Falconry

Golf

Caving

Local Attractions & Activities

“My Recommended Day trips… not to be missed”

The Sky Road, Clifden, breathtaking views…………. next stop America, go on a clear day to get the best views . Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, beautiful drive to a beautiful place, lovely garden walks, crafts and food. Cong, Cong Abbey, Monks Fishing House , woodland walks to Ashford Castle Westport, Westport House and adventure park, great day for children. The scenic drive to Westport via Louisburg is very picturesque. Leenane village is features Irelands only Fiord, Catamaran boat trips available and seaweed baths. Walking / Cycling Locally there is a scenic trail to the next village Cornamona with spectacular views of Lough Corrib. Woodland trails from Clonbur to Cong Traditional Music Session, the real Irish session music, Thursday nights in Danaghers Hotel in Cong village, from about 8pm Galway City, visit the old town in Quay Street, shops, pubs and great music craic & food

I hope you get to enjoy some of these gems. Regards, your Host, Rhona Kinneavey

WALKING

Not to be missed “Dooroy Nature Trail” can be enjoyed by our guests, this looped trail takes you through the woodlands and out to a point at the lakeshore with truly spectacular views and absolute tranquillity. This can be either a romantic stroll or kid’s big adventure.

Locally there is an abundance of walking trails, the stunning “Sean Bothar” (Gaelic for the Old Road) is a 10 Km walk from Clonbur to Cornamona and can be accessed nearby, the entire route overlooks Lough Corrib. For the more energetic Hill climbing is a must at “Mount Gable”, a worthwhile climb to panoramic views of both the lakes & mountains.

TOURING This is an ideal base for touring the delights of Cong, Connemara & Connemara National Park, Leenane and Killary Fjord, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, Clifden and the Sky road, Westport & Galway city, all of which are within an hours drive.

Locally both Cong & Clonbur offer a variety of pubs & dining experiencesfrom cafes to bar food & restaurants. Live traditional music sessions are held most weekends and additional nights in the summer season. There is a local Taxi service in Clonbur. There is a Tourist office in Cong.

FAMOUS FOR FISHING Fishing on Lough Corrib & Lough Mask.

With Lough Corrib quite literally on your doorstep, we can not make life easlier for fishermen. Our Boathouse & Pier at Dooroy Lodge are available to guests, with lake boats available for hire. The fishing in the area is second to none in the world. The season extends from February to end of September (the dapping season from mid May to mid June), using mayfly and from mid July to mid September. We are delighted to offer guidance and local ghillies (fishing guides) can be arranged. A salmon licence may be purchased in the local villages.

Connemara National Park Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains are part of the famous Twelve Bens. Entry to the park is free and there is a newly constructed playground for children. There is a very nice visitor centre with refreshments available. There are some majestic walks to suit all levels. There is a path which leads all the way to the top of the ‘Diamond’.

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens Kylemore Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. The Community of nuns, who have resided here since 1920, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. The Visitor Centre welcomes visitors on a daily basis. There is a twelve-minute video which is available in three languages. www.kylemoreabbey.com

Lake Beach Clonbur

Sea Beaches Glasilaun beach is a natural beauty. Always golden sand even in high tide it’s set on a gentle inlet which makes the water very calm. Some fantastic snorkelling of rocks and kelp. Approx 50 minutes drive. Lettergesh beach. Great waves for body boarding with an offshore breeze. Dogs Bay at Roundstone. Beautiful cove with some lovely rocks for snorkelling around. Approx. 50 minutes drive.

ADVENTURE

Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre, Clonbur Fantastic local Outdoor Adventure Centre, activities include; Ab-sailing, rock climbing, caving, gorge walking, raft building kayaking, sailing…. Suitable for ages 8 +. Ph: 00 353 95 46483. www.petersburg.ie

Killary Adventure Company based on Ireland’s only Fjord – The Killary Fjord – in Leenane, surrounded by some of the most idyllic scenery that Connemara has to offer. High Octane bungee jumps, a gentle cycling or walking tour through the Irish countryside, an exciting & energetic trip, Skiing, Surfing, thrilling new adventures, with over 25 years of experience. Ph: 00 353 95 42276. www.killary.com

Delphi Adventure Centre Experience the great outdoors. Whether it’s climbing to the top of Mweelrea, the highest mountain in the West of Ireland, catching your first surf break on the breathtaking Cross beach, or sea kayaking through the majestic Killary Fjord. Over 25 ocean, forest, and Mountain based activities. Phone: 00 353 95 42208 www.delphiadventureholidays.ie

Other activities locally Lough Corrib Boat Trip Horse riding Falconry Golf Caving Cycling

Cycling & Walking

The World Class
Great Western Greenway

longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland

Escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The World Class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937
Bicycle Rental
Bike hire firms offer a range of bicycles for your cycling needs. Drop and collection services are offered by some firms.

Cycling & Walking

The World Class
Great Western Greenway

longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland

Escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The World Class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937
Bicycle Rental
Bike hire firms offer a range of bicycles for your cycling needs. Drop and collection services are offered by some firms.

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