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Things To Do:

Connemara is a paradise for many outdoor activities from fishing and cycling to beaches and boat tours, you can walk, hike, bike, paint, read, bird watch, golf and more… We have summarized below many of the options available to you while you stay at the Anglers Return and explore the West of Ireland.


Connemara is home to world-class brown trout and salmon fisheries, and a stay at the Anglers Return situates you perfectly to take advantage of them all. Whether you seek wild, native brown trout, ocean-run sea trout, or the noble Atlantic salmon, Connemara is the ideal destination – and the Anglers Return the perfect headquarters to launch the fishing adventure of a lifetime.

For in-depth information on fishing in Connemara, visit our: Fishing Information Page

Fantastic Fishing on Lough Corrib and Mask – Cong, Co. Mayo


Activities in Connemara

There are many things to do while you stay at The Anglers Return. From fishing and cycling to beaches and boat tours, you can walk, hike, bike, paint, read, bird watch, golf and more.



Connemara is a walkers paradise, with remote beaches, bogs, forests and mountains all within a short drive away from the house. We especially recommend a trek through the famous Roundstone Bog, directly across the river from us; where you will encounter purple moor grass, bog myrtle, rare heathers, orchids, a variety of lichens and mosses and perhaps a merlin or an otter or two!"

The Twelve Bens and Maamturk mountains lie a short drive to the North East, with Derradda Hill and the Ballynahinch woods only a short walk away. In addition, the headlands and sand dunes along the coast provide miles of spectacular seaside walks for the non-climbers.

We have a large selection of maps and walking books, and for serious hikers, we recommend a visit to the Connemara Walking Centre in Clifden where you can buy booklets on the local trails and sign up for a guided walking tour.

At the day’s end, we provide drying facilities for your boots and gear – along with a hot fire and a cup of herbal tea.

Paul Phelan of Walk Connemara.

Organized walks, guide books and guiding is available through Walk Connemara

Sean O'Farrell – Walking Guide

Phone: +353 (0)87 249 9849


Riding a bicycle is a relaxing way to tour the villages, beaches and byways of Connemara. Bicycles are available for hire in Roundstone, Clifden and Galway City.

Bike Electric at All Things Connemara

Market Street, Clifden, Connemara
Tel: +353 (0)95 22630
E-mail: allthingsconnemara@gmail.com

Mannion Bicycle Hire

Bridge Street, Clifden, Co Galway,
Tel: +353 (0)95 211 60

West Ireland Cycling

No.11 Upper Dominick Street
Galway City, Co. Galway
Tel: +353 (0)91 588 830
E-mail: info@westirelandcycling.com

Kearney's Cycles

Terryland Retail Park, Headford Road
Galway City County: Galway
Telephone: +353 (0)91 563 356
E-mail: mkearney@indigo.ie

Mountain Trail Bike Shop

St. Augustine Street
Galway City County: Galway
Tel : +353 (0)91 569 888
Fax : +353 (0)91 569 888
Mobile : +353 (0)86 8487 097


Few people realize that Connemara boasts one of the finest golf courses in Ireland, and it's only a 20-minute drive from the lodge. The Connemara Championship Golf Links is a classic 27-hole championship links course stretching between the land and sea. Designed in the 1970's by Eddie Hackett, the Connemara course will challenge the most discriminating golfer. Clubs, carts and buggies are for hire on premise.

Connemara Championship Golf Links

Ballyconneely, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)95 23502 / 23602
Fax: +353 (0)95 23662
E-mail: info@connemaragolflinks.net

Connemara Isles Golf Club

Email: info@connemaraislesgolf.com

Pony Trekking:

Wandering wild in the open fields and beaches are Connemara ponies, whose ancestry is said to include stallions that swam ashore from wrecked Spanish Armada galleons. The Cleggan Beach Riding Centre just north of Clifden offers both beach and mountain treks for a few hours or a day's duration. A few kilometers south of Clifden you'll find the Errislannan Manor Connemara pony stud and riding centre, home of the Connemara Branch of the Irish Pony Club, where ponies are for hire Monday through Friday of each week.

Cleggan Beach Riding Centre

Cleggan, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)95 44746
E-mail: jcaz@eircom.net

Errislannan Manor Connemara Pony Stud and Riding Centre

Telephone +353 (0)95 21134

The Point Pony-Trekking and Horseriding Centre



Nearby Gorteen Beach and Dogs Bay are two of Connemara's finest white sand beaches, formed from the tiny shells of sea-dwelling Foraminifera, not rock as is the case with most beaches. With beautiful, rugged surroundings, they offer unsurpassed walking, beachcombing and bathing opportunities. Windsurfing is very popular on Gorteen Beach.


Roundstone Outdoors
Telephone: 087 226 5403
Kayaking and Paddle boarding

Island Tours:


The "Island of Discovery" departs daily to the beautiful island of Inishbofin from Cleggan, a scenic fishing village located a few kilometers north of Clifden. The 30 minute ride takes you along the rugged coast of west Connemara and almost 10 kilometers across the open sea. Inishbofin is renown for magnificent scenery, historical and archeological features, cliff walks and deserted sandy beaches.

Inishbofin Island Discovery Ltd.

Cloonamore, Inishbofin Island, Co. Galway
Telephone: +353 (0)95 45819 / (0)95 45894
Cleggan Ticket Office: +353 (0)95 44878
E-mail: info@inishbofinislanddiscovery.com

Aran Islands:

Daily ferries depart from Rosavell, an hour's drive to our east, for the world-famous Aran Islands. With breathtaking scenery, prehistoric stone forts, early Christian ruins, medieval castles, towering cliffs and sandy beaches, the Arans provide a rare glimpse into history and a traditional way of life. You can tour the main island, Inis Mor, by bicycle, mini-bus – or traditional pony and trap – all of which are available for hire at the ferry dock.

Aran Island Ferries

4 Forster St, Galway, Co. Galway
Tel: +353 (0)91 568 903
E-mail: islandferries@eircom.net

Boat Cruises:

Loch Corrib:

The "Corrib Queen" departs from Oughterard pier daily to cruise beautiful Loch Corrib, with a luncheon stop at Ashford Castle -- a short 1-kilometer walk to the village of Cong, famous as the location of John Ford's 1951 classic Hollywood movie "The Quiet Man". After lunch, the cruise continues to Inchagoill Island for a guided tour at St. Patrick's monastic site, which dates back to the 5th century, before returning Oughterard in time for tea.

Corrib Cruises

6 Cregg Close, Oughterard, Co. Galway
Telephone: +353 (0)91 557 798
E-mail: david.luskin@hotmail.com

Killary Fjord:

A scenic 30-minute drive north from The Anglers Return takes you to Leenane, the departure port for "The Connemara Lady" on cruises down the incomparable Killary Fjord. The 150-passenger cruise ship is fully enclosed, with a galley serving hot meals, a full bar, and multiple observation decks.

Killary Cruises

Nancy's Point, Leenane, Co. Galway
Telephone: +353 (0)91 566 736

Boat Trips to Seal Colony

Trips can be arranged with an experienced local skipper to the small islands off the coast, including Slyne Head and a large seal colony. Prior booking is necessary to secure this trip. Weather dependent.

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