| 13.2°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Ireland Unlocks: 10 great things to do in Connemara this summer

'Quiet as a midge, loud as the ocean's roar' - In a new staycation series, Pól Ó Conghaile looks forward to future holidays, starting with Ireland's wild west

Close

Ballynahinch

Ballynahinch

Connemara, Wild Atlantic Way. Photo: Big Smoke/Fáilte Ireland

Connemara, Wild Atlantic Way. Photo: Big Smoke/Fáilte Ireland

Diamond Hill, Connemara. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Diamond Hill, Connemara. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Aran Islands Glamping

Aran Islands Glamping

Micil Irish poitín, in Galway

Micil Irish poitín, in Galway

Lettery Lodge, Ballynahinch Castle

Lettery Lodge, Ballynahinch Castle

Shells and 'coral at Trá an Doilín, Connemara. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Shells and 'coral at Trá an Doilín, Connemara. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Renvyle

Renvyle

Ballynachinch Lettery Lodge

Ballynachinch Lettery Lodge

Derroura Mountain Bike Trail, Connemara

Derroura Mountain Bike Trail, Connemara

/

Ballynahinch

You couldn't make Connemara up.

Driving along the N59 feels like floating into a mythical landscape. The road corners and curves like a river. The Maamturk Mountains rise.

There are a million shades of brown, pings of bright-yellow gorse, and black-faced sheep, their scraggy wool blotched with red and blue dye, nibbling nonchalantly at the edges.