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How romantic to head for a region so far off thebeaten track, its name doesn’t always even show up on maps. That is just one ofthe exotic attractions of Connemara,the western stretch of CountyGalway beyond LoughCorrib, where the village of Recessnestles between mountains and lakes in the Republic of Ireland’s wildestcoastal region, perfect for getting away from it all.

Beloved of artists, walkers, nature lovers and anyone seeking a sigh-inducing venue for cycling or golfing tours, boating or coastal water sports, Recess is the home to luxury hotels, surprising shops and striking art. But, most importantly, Recess is a gateway to endless miles of beautiful, imposing countryside and beaches with the proven ability to inspire poets and painters alike.

Recess LandmarksYou’ll know when you’ve arrived in Recess thanks to the landmark of the Connemara Giant statue, placed near the main road “for no apparent reason”, although legends suggest that touching the giant’s hand will imbue you with ancient knowledge. Close by is another monument shot through with Irish wit, proclaiming that “on this site in 1897, nothing happened”!

The landmarks are the handiwork of the excellent, long-established Joyce’s Craft Shop, which specialises in local artisanal fashion and jewellery, antique books, ornaments and artistic household items. Look out for works using the local green marble.

A Short Drive from RecessA short drive from Recess by rental car, you can visit Kylemore Abbey in the spectacular Connemara National Park. The 19th century castle was formerly home of an industrialist MP, but was adopted as a monastery in the 1920s. You must also see Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre and the traditional Sheep and Wool Centre at Leenane.

Situated close to the peaks of the National Park, Recess is also handy for Galway’s famous stretches of the 1,500-mile Wild Atlantic Way. Here are the big skies and romantic highs of green marble mountains plus, down at sea level, some of the most arresting beaches, rugged rocky landscapes and coastal scenery in all of Europe.

Sports and Activities in RecessMountain biking, hill walking and golf are among Connemara’s most popular sports, though a whole new set of possibilities arises on the lakes, where sailing and diving are great fun.

Based in Leeane, Killary Adventure Centre offers a fantastic range of outdoor pursuits to adults and kids alike, from kayaking and waterskiing to rock-climbing, bungee jumping and laser games.

The Heavenly Light of RecessRenowned for the natural beauty of its commanding mountains, its scattered expanses of crystal blue lakes and empty beaches, Connemara’s quality of light sets it apart from any other coastal wilderness. When the scudding clouds cross the sun falling in Ireland’s undiscovered west, that’s when a visitor first tastes the many moods of the landscape. Always emotional, tugging at the heartstrings, the setting alone is enough to take the breath away.

Enjoy Your Stay in RecessWhether you are visiting Recess to sample Connemara’s natural wonders, for an activity-based break or an unforgettable combination of the two, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and a wild time in the Republic of Ireland’s untamed west.

Top hotels in Recess

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
4 out of 5
Connemara, Recess, Galway

Located in Recess, this family-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Twelve Bens Mountain Range, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Killary Adventure Centre and Kylemore ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)

"Gorgeous property with absolutely amazing views, which we did not expect. Sat outside eating our lunch and couldn’t believe our luck!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
Lake View House, Recess
Lake View House, Recess
3.5 out of 5
Caher, Recess, Galway (county)

Situated in Recess, this cottage is 5.1 mi (8.3 km) from Twelve Bens Mountain Range and 10 mi (16.1 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre. ...

Lake View House, Recess
The Cottage, Recess
The Cottage, Recess
3.5 out of 5
Lissoughter, Recess, Galway (county)
The price is £687 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Situated in Recess, this holiday home is 4.1 mi (6.5 km) from Twelve Bens Mountain Range and 8.9 mi (14.4 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History ...

The Cottage, Recess
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Recess

Lake View House, Recess
Lake View House, Recess
3.5 out of 5
Caher, Recess, Galway (county)

Situated in Recess, this cottage is 5.1 mi (8.3 km) from Twelve Bens Mountain Range and 10 mi (16.1 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre. ...

Lake View House, Recess
The Cottage, Recess
The Cottage, Recess
3.5 out of 5
Lissoughter, Recess, Galway (county)
The price is £687 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Situated in Recess, this holiday home is 4.1 mi (6.5 km) from Twelve Bens Mountain Range and 8.9 mi (14.4 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History ...

The Cottage, Recess
Lake View House. Then Perfect Base for Touring the West of Ireland
Lake View House. Then Perfect Base for Touring the West of Ireland
Unnamed Road, Recess, County Galway

Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from Twelve Bens Mountain Range and 10 mi (16 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Parfait

"Point de départ idéal pour faire une boucle en passant par la wild atlantic way,sky roadkilemore et retour par inagh valley...Les lacs du conemara!!!"…"

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2018

Lake View House. Then Perfect Base for Touring the West of Ireland
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Recess

Kylemore Abbey
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Kylemore Abbey

4.5/5(12 reviews)

A grand abbey on an esteemed estate, Kylemore Abbey is a monastery founded in the 1920s by a group of Benedictine nuns. Forced to flee Ypres in Belgium after their home there was destroyed by the atrocities of the First World War, the nuns came to County Galway on the west coast of Ireland to start anew.

Ashford Castle
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Ashford Castle

4/5(14 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Cong when you visit a well-known site such as Ashford Castle. Stroll along the lakeside in this relaxing area or seek out the fishing spots.

Connemara National Park
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Connemara National Park

5/5(10 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Connemara National Park, a lovely green space in Letterfrack. Discover the mountain views in this relaxing area or seek out the fishing spots.

Top things to do in Recess

Connemara, Kylemore Abbey OR National Park Tour from Galway
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Connemara, Kylemore Abbey OR National Park Tour from Galway

£37
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Connemara Full-Day Tour
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Connemara Full-Day Tour

£27
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Connemara, Killary, Inagh Valley & Galway City Tour
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Connemara, Killary, Inagh Valley & Galway City Tour

£50
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Connemara National Park-Self guided with lunch from Galway
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Connemara National Park-Self guided with lunch from Galway

£44
Per adult
Explore Inishbofin Island Walking, Connemara - Self guided
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Explore Inishbofin Island Walking, Connemara - Self guided

£75
Per adult
Walking Tour of The Quiet Man Film Locations in Cong
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Walking Tour of The Quiet Man Film Locations in Cong

£18
Per adult

Cities near Recess

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Kylemore Abbey featuring a castle, heritage elements and heritage architecture

Kylemore