Oughterard – Gateway to Connemara
Nestled in the picturesque landscape of County Galway, Oughterard unveils an enchanting mix of natural beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality. This charming town, located on the shores of Lough Corrib, offers a peaceful retreat away from the bustling city life. With its quaint streets, vibrant community, and stunning surroundings, Oughterard is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
Nature enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise amidst the stunning landscapes of Oughterard. The town is often referred to as the “Gateway to Connemara,” owing to its proximity to one of Ireland’s most breathtaking regions. From rolling hills and lush forests to sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls, the natural beauty of Oughterard is simply awe-inspiring. Embark on a scenic hike along the Connemara Greenway or take a leisurely boat ride on Lough Corrib to truly immerse yourself in the tranquility of this mesmerizing destination.
History buffs will be delighted by the rich heritage that permeates through Oughterard. The town is home to many historical sites and landmarks, each with its own intriguing story to tell. Pay a visit to Aughnanure Castle, a 16th-century fortified tower house, and transport yourself back in time as you explore its well-preserved ruins.
Lough Corrib is a world renown angling lake producing salmon, brown trout and coarse fish. The high point of theangling season is, of course, the mayfly hatch which takes place in late may and early June bringing the trout on to feed voraciously and making them easier to catch.
Oughterard is not only a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts; it also boasts a vibrant community that is known for its warm hospitality. Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting bustling farmers’ markets, where you can indulge in fresh, locally sourced produce and unique arts and crafts. Enjoy a traditional Irish music session in one of the town’s cozy pubs, where talented musicians will have you tapping your toes!
Take a look at the Discover Ireland page for information on the many things to do in the area Here