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Pocket Guide: Clifden Connemara Hotels

The beauty of Connemara attracts thousands of visitors every year, and there can be few nicer places to stay in Ireland. Accommodation around the Connemara National Park ranges from converted castles and manor houses to guesthouses, family-run bed and breakfasts and even a spa or two.

Hotels in the Midst of Connemara’s Nature and Wildlife

Connemara National Park is one of County Galway’s jewels, studded with mountains, peat bogs and forests. The name Connemara derives from one of the early Irish tribes and this wild, unspoilt territory is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Locals call it the “real emerald” of Ireland and this western stretch of the Irish coastline shines brightly enough to justify the nickname.

The Beautiful Landscape of Connemara from Your Hotel Window

The spiky Twelve Bens Mountains are the most famous part of Connemara, offering superb views of the whole of Galway on a clear day. There are dozens of walks marked out through the landscape, with trails along the ocean’s edge, or through the bog land, rich in wildlife and birds. Diamond Hill has a popular nature trail and circular walk, while to the north, the Maumturk Mountains are smaller, and quieter, which makes it great for those hoping to get off the beaten track.

A Mountain for All Seasons

Connemara is beautiful all year round. In spring the blossoming trees and budding flowers are met with the bleating of newborn lambs and the cuckoo’s call. By the time autumn comes, the countryside is bathed in a wonderful glow of oranges and reds as the trees settle themselves in for winter.

Activities to Tempt You from Your Connemara Hotel Room

The spectacular natural landscape is only one of Connemara’s charms. Visitors can play golf, go fishing on the inland lakes and rivers, take a cycling tour or go pony trekking. The villages that dot the Connemara Mountains are friendly and hospitable, and it’s easy to find traditional Irish music, with folk dancing and singing filling the night air.

Connemara’s History

You can find 5,000 years of history in Connemara, from Neolithic tombs, standing stones and dolmens all around the countryside. Ancient Christian churches, castles and mansions make for some enlightening outings, and there’s also a link back to the modern era, with the original Marconi Wireless Station from where the Italian inventor sent the first radio messages across the Atlantic ocean to America.

Stay in Connemara

With so much beauty, so many natural wonders and attractions, Connemara is a marvellous place to stay. The broad range of hotels in Connemara gives visitors a dilemma of which to choose – so why not let Expedia help, and discover the perfect place for you. No one ever regrets a holiday in Connemara.

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