BALLYCONNEELY: Beaches, seaside walks, golf, surfing, Derrygimlagh walk, pony trekking and fishing.

Highlight of the year is Ballyconneely pony show which is in July.Mannin Beach Ballyconneely

The village area known as Ballyconneely is located five miles south of Clifden on the R341 coastal road to Roundstone. It is based on the Ballyconneely peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic  which is the most westerly point of Connemara. The rocky promontories and wild coast are home to many species of seabird, seals and other marine creatures. Often sightings of dolphins and  whales can be seen. In midsummer  the corncrake can be heard.

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The main beaches in the area are listed on our beach map. Dunloughan beach is one of the best known surfing spots in Connemara.  These lakes and beaches are also of great interest to the angler, with brown trout in the lakes and there are some good shore angling  where a great variety of species can be caught. A favourite spot is Bunowen Pier to fish.

The village of Ballyconneely has two well provisioned shops one of which is a post office and there is also a filling station. Keoghs bar is a great spot for a pint and a bite to eat. There is also a church in the village.
The golfer is well served by the Connemara Golf course which is a 27 hole links course on the southwestern side of the peninsula. (details here )
Ballyconneely has many historical associations: In 1854, the first salmon ranching operation in the British Isles Dunloughan Beach Ballyconneelywas carried out on the Dohulla Fishery. In 1919, the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown ended two miles away in Derrygimla Bog, where they misjudged the nature of the bog and crash landed. The crash landing was near the Marconi Telegraph Station, built in 1905, which was used to send the first transatlantic wireless message, to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, in 1907. The famous Connemara pony is bred here and legend has it that the breed originated when Arabian horses came ashore from a Spanish Shipwreck near Slyne Head and inter-bred with the small native pony.

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Cottages in Ballyconneely

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Ballyconneely 321 Ballafadda

321 Holiday Rental Cottage Ballyconneely Connemara
Ideal for Families, Walk to Beach
€465 to €1280 per week 

This amazing bungalow overlooks Ballafadda Lake and is an easy stroll from the Coral Strand beach,

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4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Ballyconneely 189 Blackbird Cottage

Ideal for couple, Near a Beach
€375 to €760 per week 

Black Bird Cottage in a traditional Irish stone cottage close to many sandy beaches and The Connemara Golf course.

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2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Ballyconneely 304a Murlach Cottage

304a Holiday Cottage in Ballyconneely Connemara
Great Location, Walk to Village
€430 to €1150 

Murlach Lodge is in the centre of Ballyconneely. Keoghs pub is just up the road and beaches are nearby. Perfect Location for visit to…

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4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Ballyconneely 304 Murlach Lodge

304 Ballyconneely Connemara Holiday Cottage
Ideal for groups, Walk to Village
€900 to €1987 per week 

Murlach Lodge is in the centre of Ballyconneely. Keoghs pub is just up the road and beaches are nearby. Perfect Location for visit to…

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8 Bedrooms 9 Bathrooms

Ballyconneely 341 Mannin Bay

Sea Views, Walk to Beach
€1,000 to €1900 per week 

This is a stunning cottage in a spectacular location with far reaching views over Mannin Bay.

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4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms