Cheap Hotels in Connemara
Cregg House Hotel
Cregg House is a lavish bed and breakfast located in beautiful countryside in the outskirts of Clifden, County Galway. The large detached house is surrounded by a lush colourful garden. The bedrooms at Cregg House are clean, spacious and modern but with a cosy country house feel. A warm greeting awaits all guests from the host Mary who is very friendly and helpful. A selection of breakfasts can be enjoyed while taking in the panoramic view of Connemara.
The Wilderness Hotel
The Wilderness B&B is a modern home located in the peaceful scenic wilds of Connemara, near Clifden, County Galway. It boasts magnificent mountain views, turf fires and a warm friendly atmosphere. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The B&B is FÃ¡ilte Ireland Approved and a member of Town and Country Homes Association.
Ocean Villa Clifden Hotel
Ocean Villa B&B is built on the water's edge at the top of Kingstown bay 8kms west of Clifden on scenic Sky Road, County Galway. The quiet tranquil location provides breathtaking views of hill, sea and landscape. The lounge room is large and comfortable with sea and mountain views and a large open turf fire. The sun-lounge overlooking the sea is another area where guests can relax and unwind. The house is tastefully decorated, clean and comfortable and the hosts will go out of their way to ensure guests have a memorable experience. Check-in time: 5pm-8pm.
Woodville in Galway city is a welcoming home from home which offers breathtaking views of Galway Bay and Silver Strand Beach. It is an ideal base for touring Connemara, the Burren and the Aran Islands. It is approved by both the Irish Tourist Board and the Town and Country Homes Association. The house has four double bedrooms upstairs which are tastefully decorated and a large sitting area to relax in. The friendly host, Patty Wheeler, cooks tasty Irish breakfasts daily and will go out of her way to ensure guests have a memorable stay in her comfortable and clean home.
Abbeyville B&B in Barna village, County Galway, is an attractive modern home providing excellent value for money. It has a long established reputation for hospitality and excellent home cooking. The friendly host, Bernadette, cooks up a made to order breakfast each morning which is served in the charming breakfast room. Bernadette also gives great advice and directions for touring the area. The rooms are spotlessly clean and decorated in an attractive manner to ensure all guests have a comfortable stay. There is a large garden for guests to enjoy and relax in. Abbeyville B&B is Irish Tourist Board Approved.
Hotels in Connemara
Known as ‘The edge of Europe' is Connemara, in County Galway, in the Republic of Ireland. It's more of a region than a town, and the only definite boundary is the western coastline. The hotels in Connemara are quite spread out across the region. Plan your driving holiday or walking route to finish in a particular town, so you can check in and chill out.
Explore County Galway
Connemara has its own airport at Inverin, with flights out to the Aran Islands.
The main town in the area is Clifden, which has a historic market square and some of the region's most impressive restaurants. It's considered the ‘capital' of Connemara. Take the Sky Road walking route out of Clifden to Kingston and back.
The village of Cleggan borders on the North Atlantic Sea. It has a pier and a regular ferry service to the island of Inishbofin.
Food and drink in Connemara
You might recognise O'Dowds pub in Roundstone from the movie The Matchmaker. It's attached to a seafood restaurant, which brings stock in fresh daily, from the dock just across the road.
Oliver's Seafood Bar & Restaurant is on Cleggan's pier. It looks out onto the harbour, which is busy with ferries and fishermen. The seafood chowder is made with the day's fresh catch and is popular with the locals.
Local opinion is that Griffin's Bar serves the finest Guinness in Clifden – pop in for a pint and judge for yourself. Whilst here, you may hear ‘The Hills of Connemara', a popular drinking song, written about tax inspectors finding a batch of moonshine and then drinking it.
Sightseeing and souvenirs
Between Lissoughter and Streamstown, you can see the locally famous ‘Connemara green marble' rock. It's very valuable, used in authentic Irish jewellery. There are other colours of marble to be found in the region, notably black.
At Connemara National Park, you can see some of the ‘Twelve Bens' mountain range. Interestingly, not all of the Twelve Bens have names starting with ‘Ben'. Wild goats live in the park, as do many birds and a herd of Connemara ponies.
Before you check out of your Connemara hotel and go home, stop by All Things Connemara for some souvenirs. It's got pottery, hand-made baskets, knitted clothing and even makeup made with seaweed.
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