Oughterard is a village with the perfect location for falling in love with the Irish countryside. Nestled next to the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland, Lough Corrib, Oughterard is also situated at the foot of the Connemara mountain range, making it an unbelievably scenic base for the beginning of any outdoor-based holiday. If you’re not just content with the rural, then the village is located less than 11 miles from Galway City and has excellent transport links.
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Oughterard for Exploring Ireland’s Heritage
If your idea of a holiday is visiting ancient sites and educational spots, and experiencing as well as learning about history, than the ancient village of Oughterard is a great holiday location for you. There are a number of well-preserved historic sites, as well as sacred sites still in action. Oughterard is a village proud of its historic routes, and there’s plenty of information, displays and exhibits around to learn about them.
One attraction of interest is Aughnanure Castle, a tower house in Oughterard dating as far back as the 13th Century. Visitors to the castle can explore the preserved historic exterior, as well as visiting a reconstruction of some of its inside layout, including the haunting castle dungeons. For those interested to learn a little more, tours of the castle can be arranged in advance.
The Golden Mile walk is a one and three-quarter mile walk around the town of Oughterard that was designed by the Oughterard Heritage society. The gentle walk explores some beautiful scenery, as well as passing through 18 points of interest. A guide book for the walk can be purchased that explains these different historical sites, as well as other interesting information on local wildlife and culture.
Oughterard for Mountain Biking
The famous Derroura Mountain Bike Trail begins its winding journey from Oughterard and out into the wild mountains of the Connemara. Stretching for over 10 miles, the trail offers some spectacular views. Many would argue that you find yourself at a vantage point for some of the best sights of the Connemara. Over a range of breathtaking descents and ascents you will find yourself overlooking Lough Corrib, as well as gazing up to the 12 Bens and into Maam valley.
Oughterard for Boating
Oughterard’s location next to Lough Corrib makes it an excellent location for boating. Lough Corrib is the largest lake in Ireland, and as well making a great place for fishing, it is also an exciting destination for leisure and watersports. A short sail can take you to Inchagoill Island, the best-known island on the lake, and one that is open to the public. Sailing the lake can also take you from Oughterard all the way along to Galway City, bringing you through some fantastic scenery along the way.