The best things to do in Connemara
We’ve compiled the best things to do in Connemara with a little something for everyone – from foodies to adventurers.
DK Connemara Oysters at Ballinakill Bay, Letterfrack
From June 4 e , DK Connemara Oysters to open and host Farm Tours and Oyster
Picnics, serving a “taste of the Atlantic”.
Set aside around an hour and 15 minutes of your day to learn all about the history of oyster farming in the Connemara region. close here on
the edge of the Atlantic overlooking a sprawling landscape without equal ”.
“We will welcome families and groups in their own pods separately to keep everyone safe.
and the experience is fully compliant with Covid protocols ”and in your own pod, you will be able to learn about the life cycle of an oyster, from seed to plate!
Pre-booking is essential and can be reserved by emailing [email protected] or calling 0879186997.
Tickets for adults cost € 25 per person, with a discounted ticket for families, and students under
18 for 15 €.
You can also buy beautiful oysters to take home!
More information here.
Letterfrack Sea Safari
While staying at Letterfrack for our next activity, why not take a boat trip and get up close to the marine life.
With an underwater viewing panel on the boat, you will be able to see beneath the surface and see underwater forests of different algae and kelp and experience the underwater world of Letterfrack Bay. You might even get the chance to hold real starfish! If you’re really lucky, you might even spot an otter!
Learn about the marine life as you go, then proceed to the Oceans Alive ‘Story of the Sea’ Visitor Center.
Family Tickets are € 50 for 2 adults and 2 children. A single adult ticket is € 20.
To book, email [email protected] or call them on 095 43473.
More information here.
Connemara National Park
With over 2,000 hectares of bogs, mountains, meadows and forests, you can easily spend the day exploring and enjoying the many views offered.
There is an on-site visitor center that is free to visit, but you might want to buy a card for € 1 if you want to venture out on trails. They have several trails ranging from 0.5 km to 3.7 km – a little something for everyone.
In terms of wildlife, there are plenty of birds to try and spot, and if you’re very lucky you might even spot a peregrine falcon that occasionally visits.
There is a cafe on site as well as a very large restroom so it will be easy to spend the day here with everything you need on site.
See here for more Info.
Board a ferry and discover all that Inishbofin has to offer. Whether you are staying overnight or wanting a day trip, the island has so much to offer. You won’t be bored and neither will the kids.
You will find something for everyone here with its great beaches, for bird watching. Rent a bike from Kings Bicycle Hire and explore the island, or explore some of the many walking loops on foot. Geo Caching is even available for those looking for something a little more different.
Marvel at the amazing scenery and history and marvel at the fantastic sea stacks as you remember the beauty Ireland has to offer.
Soak up the sun on the beach, feel the sand between your toes and remember that this is what Ireland has to offer and how beautiful it is.
When leaving Connemara, Inishbofin should be added to your list.
For more information on how to get to Inishbofin and ferry timetables and prices, see here.
Glengowla Mines and family farm
While we would all like to be optimistic about the weather, this is Ireland after all and we have rainy days. Prepare for this by booking a trip to Glengowla Mines and Family Farm.
You have the option to book a guided tour of the underground mine where you can explore the abandoned silver and lead mines, as well as a visit to the museum. The whole family will love digging for gold at the end of your mine visit!
A working seismograph is available to be viewed at the museum, as it is part of the Irish National Seismic Network, but prior reservation is essential for this.
Turf cutting and sheepdog herding exhibits are also available to book separately at Glengowla for those interested in learning more about Irish history and culture.
Prices for the mine tour start at € 11.00 for an adult and a family pass is € 30.00. The O.AP are 10.50 €.
For more information on how to book in advance, see here.