Day Tripping in Connemara, Co. Galway

Sometimes its good to get away for a day…….often the best adventures are on OUR own doorstep! Living in Galway City is amazing, with everything at our fingertips, but it’s also great how close we are to the wilds of Connemara! So last week, having a dry and sunny day off, we decided to hit the road! We left Galway city early and headed west…..

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Stop 1: Coffee in Oughterard

As a coffee fan (maybe addict!), no road trip is complete without a coffee in hand! We always make a stop at the Greenway cafe in Oughterard for a coffee to go!

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Stop 2: Kylemore abbey

Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. Theres a beautiful walled garden to explore and a lovely tea room. It costs about €12 to enter the Abbey and walled garden.

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Kylemore Abbey

 

Stop 3: Diamond Hill, Connemara national Park, Letterfrack

Connemara National Park is 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. It is free to enter the park. There are tea rooms and a playground there too. There is a large free car park and from the car park its only a short stroll to the start of the trails to Diamond hill. There are 4 trails to choose from varying in length and difficulty.

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The choice of trails in the Connemara National park

 

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Diamond Hill

Diamond hill stands at 442m and is a beautiful hike with views of a long stretch of Irish Atlantic coast, the Twelve Bens and the isles of Inishboffin and Inishark. We did the full hike to the top. It’s clearly signposted all the way up and is not too difficult. Be sure to take a picnic or snack to enjoy when you get to the top! The hike up takes us about an hour to the top (3.6km)and a little less to come down.

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Stop 4: Lunch in Letterfrack

After the hike, it will definitely be time for lunch and a drink. The Clover fox (formerly the Bard’s Den) in Letterfrack is a great option. Only 5 minutes drive from the National Park, they serve delicious hearty pub grub in a cosy setting!

 

Stop 5: Clifden via the Sky Road

After lunch head for Clifden. Following the route for the Sky Road, being sure to stop at the viewing points along the way… perfect for those Instagram worthy pics! Once in Clifden, park the car and take a walk around the town. There are lots of quirky little shops to browse and coffee and cake in Walsh’s Bakery in a must!

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Our makeshift map for the day (NOT to scale!)

 

Stop 6: Dinner in Roundstone

After a long day, before heading home to Galway, we stopped in Roundstone for dinner. It’s a small, picturesque fishing village. My favourite place to eat in the village of Roundstone is O’Dowds. The seafood chowder and crab claws are worth the trip alone!

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After that jam-packed day….. it was time to head back to Galway!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post , I hope to do a few more posts about Galway and Ireland, and if you happen to visit any of the places mentioned I would love to hear what you thought!

 

If you have any comments or questions please let me know in the comments section below or on instagram!

Until next time,

Aisling x

 

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