Connemara

Connemara countryside

Connemara, in the northwest of County Galway, West Ireland has scenery like that out of a fairy tale. Its mountains are a deep and rich colour of green.

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Understand

Connemara is the peninsula of Western Galway. It has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its barren windswept landscape is compelling and inspiring. The blanket bog covering the region houses some beautiful and varied flora, and provides a contrast to the more green and fertile land of the midlands and the south. The ancient mountains have been raked to their bones by long thawed glaciers, leaving patches of grey granite and jutting outwards, and potatoe rows still visible from the desperate times of the Great Famine. The fields are divided by hand-made stone walls, often collapsed. The Atlantic coast is dramatic and powerful, filling one with appreciation for the fear that the Irish men and women from this region must have felt when preparing for the trip across it.

Talk

Irish is widely spoken in Connemara, and is the native language of all the locals. And will appreciate if you tried to speak a little Irish to the locals, however they will not expect you to speak in Irish. A person who asks "Do you have any Irish?" is inquiring whether you speak the language. You can get by, by using Irish to the locals, shops, the villages or anywhere. However if you are a holiday maker you don't have to use Irish to get by in Connemara as English would be understood by everyone, but you are more than welcome to use the language if you wish to be apart of the Gaeltacht spirit!

Get in

Get around

Citylink, Bus Eireann, Taxis and Hackneys for private hire.

Drivers should be aware that roads outside main towns in Connemara are often narrow and twisty. Although this has the advantage of encouraging you to slow down and appreciate the scenery, it does mean that getting to where you want to go can often take longer than you think, so it's a good idea to bear this in mind when planning ahead.

See

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens is a major attraction and includes some rooms on display, a church, a mausoleum, woods, a restaurant and tea rooms, a craft shop and great views. If you want to see the gardens, arrive early because you have to take a shuttle to get there and back, and you don't want to miss the last shuttle.

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