Things to See and Do in Connemara
With the Twelve Bens behind us and a spectacular bay of the Atlantic literally at your doorstep, The Ardagh Hotel & Restaurant serves as a perfect base for exploring the magnificent sea and mountainscapes of Connemara. For the outdoor enthusiast, the amount of activities within a short drive almost staggers the imagination.
Just 15 minutes down the road in Ballyconneely, 27 demanding and awe-inspiring holes lie between the waves at Aillebrack Beach and the imposing domes of the 12 Ben Mountains. The view from the elevated 14th tee box offers a panoramic view of the Ballyconneely peninsula, Crow Island, and views of the Mweelrea Mountains across Killary fjord in County Mayo! We can arrange tee times for you as well as discounted greens fees.
Hill Walking & Hiking
Whether you’re inspired to conquer a summit or prefer a gentle and secluded ramble along sandy beaches, walks and hikes for any interest or ability begin almost the minute you walk out our doors. Maumturk, Mweelrea, and Twelve Ben Mountains, the Sky Road, Mannin Beach, or a walk to the Alcock & Brown monument on Errislannan peninsula are just a few examples.
One of the most visited and photographed attractions in Ireland, this site features the Abbey, a Gothic church, Victorian walled gardens, multi-lingual audio-visual exhibitions, lake and woodland walks, a craft shop, and restaurant. 25 minutes from The Ardagh Hotel, Kylemore Abbey is reached by a picturesque drive through Inagh Valley and the very heart of the 12 Bens and Maumturk Mountains.
Our national park takes in nearly 3000 hectares of grass and woodlands, bog, heath, and mountains—including several peaks of The Twelve Bens. Plant life features purple moor grass, heathers, insect-eating sundew and butterwort, plus milkwort, bog cotton, bog myrtle and orchids. Birdlife includes meadow pipits, skylarks, stonechats, kestrels, and peregrine falcon. Mammals in the park include the Connemara pony, red deer, rabbits, foxes, stoats, shrews, bats, and pine marten.
From white sands and innumerable shades of tan to the salmon hues of the Coral Beach or grey pebbles and wave-washed stones, the beaches in Connemara offer stunning views of the islands and coastline, the surrounding mountains, and beautiful shells. Dogs Bay, Gurteen, Mannin Bay and Aillebrack are within a 5-20 minute drive, and Omey Island, Renvyle and Glassilaun just a bit farther.
Horseback riding, scuba diving, kayaking, angling & deep sea fishing—even shark fishing for the truly adventurous—we’d be more than happy to suggest something for you to do while staying at The Ardagh and we can help with arrangements. To book your stay at The Ardagh Hotel, ring +353 (0)95 21384, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our online enquiry form.