Connemara Locations

Louisburgh is the focal point of an area some 450 square miles in extent, stretching from Killary Fiord to the South, to the Owenree River to the North, and from the coast to the Erriff valley in the East. 

The first non stop transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown started in Newfoundland and ended in a remote bog at Errislannan in Connemara in the west coast of Ireland. Some of the visitors to Erislannan have described it as being bleak and dreary, most enjoy the beautiful scenery as a 'Special Amenity Area'. You can judge for yourself. 

Aughnanure Castle is one of well over 200 Tower Houses in County Galway built by large, wealthy, land owning families, mainly of Gaelic but some of Old English (Anglo-Norman) stock.Tower Houses are fortified residences and were places of power and control over the surrounding lands.

Letterfrack (Leitir Fraic in Irish from"Leitir"meaning rough hillside and perhaps from the Old Irish word "Fraig" meaning woman or "Fraoch" (meaning heather) is a small village founded by the Quakers in the mid-19th century. It is situated 15 km north-east of Clifden on Barnaderg Bay and lies at the head of Ballinakill harbour.

Lettermullen (Irish language: Leitir Mealláin ) is a small Island on the west coast of Ireland in Connemara, situated approximately 36 miles from Galway city. Located at the far western end of Galway Bay, Lettermullen is the western-most of three islands.

Galway city, on the west coast of Ireland, sits on the River Corrib and is small in comparison with other cities. It is a young and vibrant place, yet ancient and historic. It is generally agreed that Galway was named after the river, which was  known until recently as the Galway River rather than the Corrib.

The Gaelic name for Cong, Cunga Feichin, is very informative and revealing. Cung means a narrow strip of land and is situated on a narrow isthmus of cavernous limestone between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib.

Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. 

Croagh Patrick is a place of ancient history, Patrick's sacred mountain, is a rich vein of archaeological heritage. It is situated five miles from the picturesque town of Westport and the mountain's conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. 

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