RENVYLE: Beaches, Sea and Shore Angling, salmon and brown trout angling, Cycling, Hill Walking, Swimming, Wildlife, Scuba Diving, Activity centres, Coastal Cruising, Museum, Adventure Centre, Pony Trekking, Traditional Irish Music and Dance, National Park. Pubs and restaurants.
Highlights:Fantastic beaches, Teach Ceol music sessions in summer, Scenic walks, Fishing
The Renvyle Peninsula, bounded on the north side by the Killary harbour and on the south side by Ballinakill Bay, is a delightful place to spend some time. It really is not on the way to anywhere and so there is a peaceful network of lanes and small roads linking some delightful places, and also leading to some of the best beaches in Europe. There are several small villages on the peninsula, Tully, Tully Cross, Renvyle, Glassillaun, Salruc and Cashleen. It is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way about 25km north of Clifden.
Everwhere you go in the Renvyle area you have views. Views of the Atlantic, views of the nearby islands, views of Achill in the distance. Views of the mountains on every side, the twelve Bens mountains, Tully Mountain and the majestic Mweelrea mountain, the highest peak in the area. Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara National Park are also just 10 mins away. This is a great place to rent a holiday cottage as there is lots to see and plenty to do.
Renvyle Village and Cashleen are at the western end of the peninsula. Cashleen is Irish for small castle, and refers to the castle ruins that Granuaille, a pirate queen once occupied. Renvyle House Hotel is nearby and well worth a visit to enjoy its unique relaxing atmosphere over a meal or a pint. The hotel used to be the haunt of many writers and artists including Oliver St John Gogarty. There is a post office and Renvyle beach is exceptional.
The next village is Tully, which has a shop and a pub. It also has the Teach Ceol where traditional music and dance are performed regularly during the summer. Next to Tully village is Tully Cross where you will find Paddy Coynes Pub, with a great atmosphere and good food.
If you turn left in Tully Cross and travel along the cliff road to Lettergesh and Glassillaun with their amazing beaches. By far the most attractive part of the area is this string of beaches from Renvyle to the mouth of the Killary Harbour at Glassillaun, and they just have to be seen to be believed. With their white sand and curving bays with views out to the islands these beaches are so long they are never really crowded. For the adventurous there is a Scuba Diving centre near Glassillaun beach.
Nearby Glassillaun in the little Killary is a place called Salruc and Rosroe where you can start your walk along the famine road trail to Leenane village. The author JRR Tolkein stayed in Salruc, if you look at the drawings on the cover of “The Hobbit” you will see a similarity to the Connemara Mountains.
There are lots of hill walks in the area, and a ramble up to the top of Tully Mountain is a challenge rewarded by a breathtaking view of the whole of Connemara.
The fisher is well provided for in the Renvyle area. There is of course lots of great spots for shore angling, Tully lake is a good spot for brown trout and the Culfin fishery with Lough Fee, Lough Muc and a stretch of river has salmon, seatrout and brown trout, permits are available locally. The Kylemore Abbey Fishery is not too far away and it too has a run of salmon and seatrout.
At any time of the year the Renvyle Peninsula is a great place to stay, and its unique atmosphere and stunning scenery will bring you back again and again.