Situated at the centre of the Joyce Country Mountain and Lake Districts, Cornamona is renowned as one of the most scenic areas of Ireland. To the east you will find both Lough Corrib & Lough Mask while a car journey of less than an hour will take you north to the coastal town of Westport , West to Clifden , Ballyconneely & Roundstone or South to Spiddal , Furbo & Galway (Salthill) .
Carrick West is located, on the edge of the village of Cornamona in Co. Galway which itself is located on the northern shore of the famous Lough Corrib. Cornamona is a popular site among trout and salmon anglers & it is located in one of the most scenic areas of Ireland . Although located in a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region, the locals will be happy to speak to you in English .
Tí Áine is within easy walking distance of of our local pub ( O'Malley's ) , shop, post office & children's play ground . Cornamona village is just a short walk away and boasts a children’s playground and a pitch and putt course. Walkers & hikers have the perfect opportunity to enjoy an invigorating hike from just outside their front door . Walking & hiking here provides breathtaking views of Lough Corrib to the South & Lough Mask to the North as well as the Twelve Pins mountains away to the West.
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Connemara's bog lands began forming 2,500 years ago. During the Iron Age, the Celts preserved butter in the bog.
The open landscape is caused, in part, by an absence of trees that were felled and dragged off long ago for building ships, houses, and furniture.
Nearby Killary fiord is the only fiord in the 6,000 or so islands that make up the British Isles & Ireland
Oscar Wilde wrote, "Connemara is a savage beauty." Now you can see that for yourself.
Nearby you will find the towns of Clonbur, Cong and Ballinrobe which are all worth visiting if time allows . In Cong there is an opportunity to visit the impressive Ashford Castle which for many years has been a popular place to visit by tourists from all around the world . Cong is also famous as the location for ‘The Quiet Man’ movie . Oughterard, on the shores of Lough Corrib, is a lovely historic village, with its traditional stone fronts and a 16th century castle . It is a world-renowned fishing spot. The fresh water trout and salmon bring fishermen from all over the world to try their luck. It also has an excellent 18 hole Championship Golf Course . So whether you are seeking relaxation , fishing , golf or just a comfortable base to explore more of Connemara and beyond Tí Áine is ideally located .
Nearby : Clonbur 9.5km Cong 15.5km Ballinrobe 24km Oughterard 29km Castlebar 53km Galway 57km
In the heart of Connemara you’ll find top class parkland golf courses as well as links golf courses. All are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and boast high quality amenity areas and facilities.
The Courtyard (par 3) : (Distance 20km) Mayo's best 18 hole par 3 course is built on a famous plot of land close to the thatched cottage believed to be the birth place of General George Blake, Irish leader of the 1798 Rebellion under the French General Humbert. It is part of the Dowagh Estate near
Cross, which is close to Cong . Tel : +353 (0)92 46203
Ballinrobe Golf Club : (Distance 28km) The Championship Parkland Golf Course at Ballinrobe Golf Club is considered by some, including Padraig Harrington, to be one of the finest in Ireland.
Cloonacastle Estate, which dates back to 1238, became the new home for Ballinrobe Golf Club during its centenary year in 1995. A mature 300 acre estate provides the setting for an ever evolving, continuously maturing, magnificent championship parkland golf course. A 250 year old Estate House and some of its original farm buildings, have been carefully and tastefully renovated to provide modern clubhouse facilities.
Oughterard Golf Club : (Distance 36km) Oughterard Golf Club is located along the N59, next to the 15th-century Aughnanure Castle. It’s a pleasing 18-hole course, outstandingly maintained for the skilled golfer and is just one of the many excellent golfing days out you can experience in while staying in Tí Áine . Website : www.oughterardgolfclub.com Connemara Isles Golf Club : (Distance 43km) Connemara Isles Golf Club is located right in the heart of the West of Ireland. This unique 9-hole golf course has some of the finest golfing conditions available in the country and is sure to please all golfers of all levels. Here you’re guaranteed a thrilling game in wonderful surroundings along with top class club facilities. Website : www.connemaraislesgolf.com Connemara Golf Club : (Distance 66km) Connemara Golf Club near Clifden overlooks the stunning Twelve Pins mountain range. It is a well maintained 9-hole golf Course measuring over 7,000 yards. It offers top class facilities with a newly built clubhouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. You can relax and enjoy fine dining in the Connemara Restaurant or a drink in the clubhouse bar. Website : www.connemaragolflinks.com
Tí Áine is ideally located if angling is your passion . Lough Corrib is probably the most famous brown trout lake in all of Europe. Known as The Corrib, it's a 35-mile long limestone lake that's loaded with big brown trout that feed on continuous hatches from mid-April through the middle of June, and then on terrestrials from mid-August through the end of September. Permits are not required to fish for brown trout, but most anglers hire an experienced ghillie and boat locally .
For more information about angling in Connemara check out the following websites
Directly behind Tí Áine you will find a path with wonderful lake views leading across the hills . For more adventurous walkers then just 10km from Tí Áine in Maam you can join the route known locally as The Connemara Loop .
Follow the Loop and be taken on a journey through an ever changing landscape of majestic mountains, spectacular beaches, the wild Atlantic, mist covered lakes, pre-historic bogs and shady glens. A landscape peppered with quaint but lively villages where all the convenience of the modern day is available alongside an opportunity to step back in time to a more relaxed and friendly era. The Connemara Loop is the perfect year round holiday destination for a week, a weekend or a month for families, couples and back-packers of all ages.
There are of course numerous other walks & trails nearby . For more information on walking in Connemara please check the following sites
“Connemara and Mayo - a Walking Guide” - This compact 152-page guide book gives detailed instructions and background information for 33 walks to suit all levels of ability. It can be purchased worldwide direct from the author on this website
Connemara is a near-perfect cycling destination. That’s thanks to quiet roads that wind through countryside that must be experienced to be believed.
Tí Áine is actually located on a well known cycling route known as the Joyce Country Drive which takes you from Corr na Móna village, through Clochbreac to Finny & circling Lough na Fooey . Nestled between the Great Western Lakes and the Maam Turks and Sheefry Mountain ranges, this is an area of great natural beauty that has to be experienced to really appreciate it.
Bike Hire is available in nearby Cong & also in Clonbur if you don't intend bringing your own bike with you . If you like your cycling to be a bit more adrenalin fueled then there is also some good mountain biking in nearby Cong where you can try out the Cong Wood Mountain Bike Trail Map Here . Bikes can also be hired in Clifden More Info For more detailed information about cycling in Connemara please take a look at the Discover Ireland website here www.discoverireland.ie The cult 70’s film "Un taxi mauve" ( a Purple Taxi ) with Charlotte Rampling, Fred Astaire, Peter Ustinov, Philippe Noiret, Agostina Belli & produced by Yves Boisset was filmed in the vicinity of Cornamona and surrounding villages and hills. The film is about a group of emotionally troubled expatriates living in a self-imposed exile in a small village (Eyeries) in Ireland during a time in which the nation announced it would no longer demand income taxes of artists, bringing a steady stream of creative bohemians to the Emerald Isle. It has long been known for it's stunning Irish scenery - most of which is almost on your doorstep when you stay in Tí Áine .
Horse riding is available in a number of locations including the following
Errislannan Manor (German & French spoken) - four miles south of Clifden. Sheltered by a surrounding wood the Manor overlooks a trout lake and is bounded by Connemara’s moors and mountains. More Info The Point Pony Trekking & Horse Riding Centre is AIRE approved & situated next to dazzling sandy beaches, beside the Connemara Ch'ship Golf Links in Ballyconneely. More Info Cleggan Beach Riding Centre is a riding centre offering a wide variety of treks to suit all tastes and standards. More Info Knockillaree Riding Centre is based in Oughterard and is located on the Rusheeney road, just outside Oughterard village, nestled between beautiful hills, mountains and the shores of Lough Corrib. More Info Moycullen Riding Centre is situated just a few miles from Galway city, in the magnificent surroudings of the Connemara countryside, making it an ideal trekking venue. The centre specialises in Trekking and caters for all levels, from beginners to experienced riders. More Info Ashford Equestrian Centre in Cong caters for complete beginners, families with young children & experienced riders who may enjoy a fast canter amid breath taking lakeshore scenery. If outdoor jumping or hunting is more your thing this can be arranged in season with prior notice. They are open to the general public and offer riding lessons to holiday makers. More Info
Family Activities & Outdoor Pursuits
Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre in nearby Clonbur has many exciting outdoor adventure sports activities and challenging expeditions for all age groups . The centre is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, staffed by enthusiastic well qualified instructors.
Killary Adventure Co. specialises in adventure activities that range from bungee jumping to kayaking on Irelands only fjord and much more in between. Whether you are a soft adventurer or after an extreme adrenaline thrill they have something for you.
Dan O'Hara's Homestead is an award winning heritage centre situated on the N59 approximately 5 miles from Clifden . It offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Open from April to October. Off season on request.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is known as Ireland’s most romantic castle. Located in the heart of Connemara it is set in the most idyllic location, Kylemore Abbey is one of the top places to visit in Ireland. Visit the castle, Gothic church, 6 acres of Victorian Walled Garden – there are plenty of things to do for young and old.
Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Pins or Beanna Beola range. Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century.
Loughwell Farm Park close to Moycullen is packed full of things for the children (and adults) to do. In the large play barn (7000 sq feet), there are loads of bouncy castles with the largest slide we have ever seen! In the Barnyard theatre, the children can play in the huge indoor beach with diggers . They also have didi cars indoors which the children love to race around on!. Outside you can all take a ride on the famous barrell train and use all the other amazing facilities which include: two sets of go karts , huge sand pits, zip wire, mini golf, swings and two play villages containing amazing handbuilt timber play houses and loads more! Website : www.loughwellfarmpark.ie
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