Things to do

You can do as little or as much as you like in Connemara! The area provides a host of activities that cater for the needs of all ages.

Outdoor Adventure

The Delphi Lodge and K2 Killary Adventure Centre are excellent outdoor adventure centres providing a host of outdoor and water based activities. Scuba Dive West one of Ireland’s leading dive centres offers year round courses or if you fancy a bit of off-road mountain biking, the Derourra mountain bike trail offers one of the best trails in the West of Ireland.

Water sports

Connemara has an abundance of beautiful beaches, sandy coves and inlets and what better way to enjoy them than by taking to the sea! Clifden Boat Club provides sailing courses catering for all levels throughout the summer months. For the more experienced kayaker/canoer one of the best spots in the West of Ireland “The Saltlake” is located 5km away from the Country House. However, if its surfing and bodyboarding that you are in to, the beautiful False Bay, at Dunloughan is Connemara’s only surfing beach and is located just under 2km from the guesthouse. The crystal clear, unpolluted waters around Ballyconneely offer fantastic snorkelling conditions.

Fishing

West Connemara has a wealth of lakes and rivers perfect for fresh-water fishing which we will be more then happy to guide you too. In fact, Lough Fadda, a popular brown trout lake is adjacent to our farming land which includes an access road to the lake. If its deep sea fishing that you want, then several boats operate from Ballyconneely, Roundstone and Clifden harbour, bringing customers out on the high sea’s fishing for the day beside some of North-West Connemara’s scenic and unspoilt off-shore islands. These activities can be arranged for you from the premise.

Pony-trekking

Connemara is home to the world famous Connemara pony and what better way to enjoy the region then on horseback! There are several pony-trekking centres in Connemara but the one we would recommend is The Point Pony Trekking Centre, located 3km away. Riders are brought out on horseback along beautiful sandy beaches. Treks can be booked from the guest house.

Golf

The Connemara Championship Links Golf Course is located 2.5km away from the guesthouse. Arguably one of the best links courses on the West coast, the course combines great golf with fantastic scenery.


Hillwalking/Guided walks

For the more experienced hill-walker the Twelve Bens and the Maamturk Mountains offer a challenging and enjoyable climb. For the novice climber the Diamond Hill walk in the Connemara National Park provides a perfect introduction to hill-walking and offers some amazing views of the surrounding countryside. However, if its quiet bog roads, scenic views, and undulating countryside that you are after then we will be more then happy to lend you some local advice on some of the best walks in the area.

Scenic drives

Connemara offers some fantastic scenery that can be viewed from the comforts of your own car! The Joyce Country Drive, the Renvyle Loop, The Sky Road and the Bog Road are all amazing drives which offers the visitor wonderful views of Connemara against the backdrop of some of its most breath-taking scenery.

Places to Visit

Kylemore AbbeyConnemara has an abundance of historic, cultural and geographical sites worth paying a visit to. The splendid Kylemore Abbey and walled Victorian garden is a popular tourist destination and an excellent example of Irish neo-Gothic architecture.

Further north of Kylemore is Killary Harbour, Irelands only Fjord, where one can enjoy a drive along its coast or venture out on a cruise along the nine mile stretch to its mouth and back again.

The Connemara National Park situated in Letterfrack, and including the Diamond Hill trail, offers visitors a huge insight into Connemara’s wonderful and diverse fauna and flora.

The town of Clifden has the honour of being the youngest town in Ireland (founded in 1822) and provides visitors with excellent food and shopping.

On the road towards Ballyconneely one can visit the monument to Alcock and Brown who landed in the Derrygimla bog after completing the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919. Close by lies the site of Guglielmo Marconi’s wireless transmitter station, one of the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The station operated from 1907 till 1922. All that is left today are the foundation ruins indicated by a small monument.

Connemara has a wealth of Neolithic, early Christian, and Medieval, sites that could fill several websites! Here at Teach an Easard local history is high on the agenda and we will be more then happy to inform you about the area and guide you to many of these sites.

Ballyconneely

The village of Ballyconneely and the Errismore peninsula where the Country house itself is located has a host of activities and sights to keep visitors busy!

The Annual Ballyconneely Pony Show held every July is extremely popular with horse-breeders and visitors alike, where some of the finest Connemara ponies the region has to offer are on show.

The Errismore Races held every August Bank holiday are a great day out for all the family. The races take place on Allibreak beach and have been held in the locality for over a hundred years.

The beautiful Mannin Bay, considered by many the most beautiful beach in Connemara, offers visitors pristine crystal clear waters added with panoramic views of the area.

The famous ‘Granuaile’ also known as Grace O’ Malley, ‘the Pirate Queen’ was initially married to Murrough O’ Flaherty of the O’ Flaherty clan from Bunowen. The ruins of her Castle at the mouth of the Brandy river, are still on show today.

St Cailin’s well in Keeraunmore, and Chapel Island of the coast are early Christian sites dating from circa 800AD, that are still places of pilgrimage to this day.

The award winning Connemara Smokehouse is located beside the pier in Bunowen. The smokehouse offers a range of locally caught seafood ranging from traditional smoked salmon, to honey roast tuna. Tours of the smokehouse are also available.

For more information on the history of Ballyconneely read History of Ballyconneely from earliest settlers to the present day by Joe Joyce

Special Offers

Special rates are available for groups. All children under the age of 5 go free, and there is a 25% reduction for all children under the age of 12.


Finding Us


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The House is located 6km away from the town of Clifden on the Ballyconneely road. In Ballyconneely you stay right for 1km on the Connemara Golf Course road. The house is signposted in the village of Ballyconneely and again at the house.