If you are not tied to school schedules or your children are small heading west for a short break can be great fun and an interesting way to spend a few days exploring Connemara and enjoying the many things there are to do in  relaxed way without any crowds.

If you get a spell of fine weather as well, and we do get fine days in winter, you can see the sights and take your time visiting the wonderful places that Connemara  that are often busy in Summer.




Ballynahinch Castle and its grounds are a great place to visit in any weather, it is very sheltered there with lots of different walks among the trees and a beautifully restored Victorian garden. There is also a very relaxed and atmospheric bar where you can have a delicious lunch.





Connemara National Park in Letterfrack is always worth a visit with lots of things to see, if you are feeling tough you can hike the Diamond Mountain or if not  there are other easier walks including a delightful nature walk.

If you get a little peckish do not worry…there is somewhere that you might like nearby.  Books at One is situated behind the Old Industrial School and does tasty cakes and great coffee.


Of course if you work up a real appetite you can go over the road to Veldons Seafarer Bar where they have an amazing lunch  and evening Menu. Cloverfox and Mollies are also very good, you are a little spoiled for choice for good food in Letterfrack.






There is an interesting and usually very bracing walk across Omey Strand in Claddaghduff. Make sure you get the tide times right as the sea covers the strand at high tide (A cup of coffee in the Strand Bar will get you all the information you need). There is an interesting ruin of St Fechins  Church on the Island, a sacred well and you can see some interesting sights on the north side that have been revealed by the sea erroding ancient settlements.



If you would like a little more history then a trip out to Errislannen and Derrygimlagh is always worth doing. The magnificent Alcock and Brown monument is situated on top of the hill and has amazing views, but the actual
( crash) landing spot is a couple of miles away and is part of the Derrygimlagh Bog Walk, which has lots of information and interpretive material about Marconi and his radio station too.



Of course there is a great deal to do even in winter, so if you get an opportunity to take a break why not come and join us in the West and create a few really good memories.