Attractions near Headford and around Lough Corrib
Ross Errilly Friary
This medieval Franciscan friary is located about 2 km to the northwest of Headford. The abbey was founded around 1460 and its well preserved ruins are open to the public and definitely worth a visit.
Ashford Castle and Falconry
Whilst Ashford Castle is a renowned luxury five-star hotel, which grounds are worthwhile taking a walk, you will also find the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland there. There are also lots of other activities, like zip-lining and tree-climbing, riding or fishing offered.
Enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Lough Corrib and explore the monastic ruins on Inchagoill Island. Cruises depart from Cong, Oughterard and Ashford Castle.
Attractions in Connemara
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
Initially built as a castle in 1867, it is now home of the Benedictine nuns, who settled there in 1920. Take a look at the restored rooms of the Abbey, visit the Victorian Walled Gardens with the beautifully restored glass houses, or wander the beautiful woodlands.
Connemara National Park
Enjoy the beautiful landscape and wildlife of this one of a kind national park, which spans more than 2900 hectares of heath, woodlands, bog and mountains.
The Tea Rooms are also worth a visit to enjoy some refreshments or a freshly baked scone.
Take part in a guided underground mine tour and learn about the 19th century methods of ore extraction and processing. As the mine is situated on a working farm, you can also watch sheep herding and turf cutting demonstrations.
Attractions in Galway City
is a bustling city with an abundance of shops, pubs, restaurants and of course sightseeing attractions and festivals. Whether you prefer to stroll along the cobbled streets of the pedestrian zone and enjoy some live music or dive into the history of the city, Galway has to offer something for everyone.
St. Nicholas’ Church
This church is well worth a visit, as it is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland, which has been in continuous use. There are numerous carvings of mythical creatures and animals on the exterior walls. Inside there are lots of artefacts and monuments.
The Spanish Arch
Positioned on the left bank of the Corrib River, the Spanish Arch is one of Galway’s historical gems. It dates back to the 16th century and was added as a bastion to the city wall.