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The mysterious landscape, beautiful sheep-filled fields and the pure wilderness of Connemara – you could easily spend days upon days discovering this desolate panorama of nature.
In fact, spending your entire holiday in Connemara is fully justified. We’ve listed our eight favourite places to stay in, for the best possible experience.
Delphi Resort is really your one stop shop for all your adventurous activities in Connmara. The four-star resort is both luxurious and cool. It’s like something you would see in the Shire, quaint and quirky. It really compliments the wild landscape surrounding it. Alongside this, they also have a brand new Wild Atlantic Hostel for those looking for something on a tight budget. They have a ton of activities on offer including a GoZip Forest Park, kayaking, surfing, coasteering, raftbuilding, SUPing, bushcraft survival, orienteering, a bog obstacle course, mountainbiking, a high ropes course, archery and yoga retreats. They even run events like The Delphi Tri Event and Delphi Challenge annually. We love it there!
More info: Delphi Resort
For a nice and comfortable B&B stay in Clifden, The Quay House is your go-to. With interesting interior and 14 different bedrooms – all unique to one another – this choice of accommodation has a homey vibe going on.
Breakfast is the only meal served here, but it’s nothing “only” about it, being the winner of ‘Best Breakfast Award’. The food is in big part organic, fresh and home made and includes seafood and deviled kidneys.
More info: The Quay House
This quirky hotel in Recess is situated right on one of Connemara’s fantastic lakes – Lough Inagh – and is surrounded by the majestic mountain ranges Mam Turks and Twelve Bens. In other words, this is the perfect spot to stay in for day outings and hikes in the enclosing nature.
Lough Inagh offers a comfortable and modern overnight experience in an old school atmosphere, with options of twin rooms; master bedrooms; as well as double bedrooms.
More info: Lough Inagh Lodge
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If you prefer a more luxurious stay, why not stay in a castle? Ballynahinch Castle is situated in the heart of Connemara, with views overlooking the Owenmore River. Surrounded by spectacular woodland and mountains, this place is a top-notch place to stay in when exploring the Wild Atlantic Way. There are plenty of hiking, cycling and fishing opportunities in the area.
Every room has its very own decor and many of them overlook the river flowing right outside. For a romantic, high-end getaway look no further.
More info: Ballynahinch Castle
If what you’re looking for is affordable, charming and price worthy – you’ve come to the right place. At Connemara National Park you have the option to check into either the hostel or the B&B.
If you’re aiming for a budget-friendly option, pick the hostel – it’s simple but functional and clean. Every dorm has its own toilet and is perfect for the backpacker or budget traveller. If you want to spend a couple more Euros, go for the B&B alternative instead. The rooms are newly decorated and a seasonal breakfast buffet is included in the price.
Whichever option you decide to go for, the Lodge Restaurant is open during high season and is a charming and quirky diner – as is the patio, located right outside.
More info: Connemara National Park
If classic lush had a face it would be the pink facade of Rosleague Manor. If you fancy a stay in a modern meets antique venue, you’re sorted. Located on the shores of Ballinakill Bay and secluded by 30 acres of private woodland, Rosleague has a lot to offer.
Our favourite part of this venue is the green/out house dining area. It’s bright, it’s stylish and it will give you an immediate sense of calm. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms and sea or forest views and their restaurant provides fine dining, with extra focus on fresh seafood.
More info: Rosleague Manor Hotel
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If warmth and hospitality in a cosy environment is your cup of tea, this is where you should go. The Old Monastery Hostel opened in 1990 and has since then offered their guests relaxed and cosy stayings in their little country house, without breaking your budget. Expect open fires, kettles boiling and fully stacked bookshelves.
Breakfast is included and for only €10 you can enjoy a three-course candlelit dinner. You can choose to go for a private room or a shared dorm – they’re all simple but homey.
More info: Old Monastery Hostel
This B&B located in between Sky Road Peninsula and Twelve Pins Mountain Range offers a high level of homeliness and service. It’s simple, but it’s got all you need.
They have a breakfast buffet each morning, a nice outside area and a pool table for after dinner games. Almost all of the individually decorated rooms overlook the small lake outside as well as the Twelve Ben mountain range.
More info: Heather Lodge
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