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hearth-heated pubs

Towns and Villages


Westport with its wide streets, cheery shopfronts, beautiful planting, stone bridges and Mall River, is renowned for its warm welcome and sense of fun. Big enough to spend a day wandering, small enough to get to know fast, it really is the ideal West-of-Ireland retreat. Be warned, you might fall in love. We have a healthy population of ‘blow ins’ – people who came to visit but couldn’t bear to leave!


Cong (Irish: Conga, from Cúnga Fheichín meaning “Saint Feichin’s narrows”) is a village straddling the borders of County Galway and County Mayo. Situated on an island formed by a number of streams that surround it on the isthmus connecting Loughs Corrib and Mask, near the towns of Headford and Ballinrobe and the villages of Clonbur, the Neale and Cross.

Cong was the filming location for John Ford’s 1952 Oscar-winning film, The Quiet Man. Much of it was filmed on the grounds of the luxury hotel Ashford Castle, which was converted from a Victorian faux lakeside castle, built by the Guinness family. Ashford Castle remains a tourist attraction.


Leenane or Leenaun (Irish: An Líonán or Líonán Cinn Mhara, meaning “where the tide fills”), is a village and townland in northern County Galway, on the southern shore of Killary Harbour (the only fjord in Ireland), on the northern edge of Connemara.


Tourmakeady or Toormakeady (Irish: Tuar Mhic Éadaigh, meaning “the pasture of the son of Éadaigh”) is a Gaeltacht in south County Mayo. It is located between the shores of Lough Mask and the Partry Mountains. Tourmakeady had a total population of 1,007 recorded in the 2011 census. Tourmakeady is also the name of the principal village in the area.

Lough Nafooey

Loch Nafooey (Irish: Loch na Fuaiche, meaning “Lake of the winnowing winds” or “grave-shaped lake”) is a rectangular shaped glacial lake in County Galway. Part of the north-eastern shore lies along the border to County Mayo.


Clifden today is a vibrant and cosmopolitan town on the very edge of Europe. The town known as the “Capital of Connemara” boasts a thriving tourism industry as its unique and picturesque setting between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Atlantic Ocean attracts thousands of visitors annually.


 Letterfrack (Leitir Fraic) Letterfrack, 5 km beyond Kylemore, is an enchanting village on Barnaderg Bay, which was founded by the Society of Friends (the Quakers) in the 19th century as one of a series of mission settlements along the north Connemara coast. There are wonderful bathing strands, while Diamond Hill (445m) offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside. 1.5 km to the west, the summits of Rosleague Hill (50m), and two other hills, are marked with ancient pillar-stones. This thriving little village is home to Letterfrack Furniture College an internationally renowned furniture design college. Connemara National Park Situated near Letterfrack this 1,540 hectares park is of outstanding scenic and ecological value. The Commissioners of Public Works have been acquiring land in the Kylemore/Letterfrack area for almost a decade, and it is hoped to increase the area of the park in this way.


On the west coast of Connemara lies Roundstone, an area of outstanding natural beauty. As well as being the birth place and inspiration for many artists, Roundstone has been described many times as a “botanist’s delight” where many wild flowers, rare to this country, are found.


Clonbur (Irish: An Fhairche, meaning “the green” or originally Cluan Barr, meaning “the meadow of the knolls”) is a Gaeltacht village in County Galway between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. Two kilometres to the west rises Mount Gable where, according to legend, the hordes of Firbolg gathered on the hilltop before their clash with the Tuatha Dé Danann at the Battle of Moytura.

Places of interest

Ashford Castle

This 800-year-old castle is truly remarkable, a grand, historic structure with national significance. The former home of the Guinness family, it has hosted countless notables over the years, including The Prince of Wales (who later became King George V) and President Ronald Reagan.

Killary Fjord

Killary Harbour (An Caoláire Rua) is one of three examples of glacial fjords found in Ireland, the others being Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough. Dramatically surrounded by mountains that rise steeply from the water’s edge, Killary Fjord stretches 16 kilometres inland to the picturesque village of Leenane, and forms a natural border between the counties of Galway and Mayo.

Kylemore Abbey

Nestled in the heart of Connemara, on the Wild Atlantic Way, Kylemore Abbey is a haven of history, beauty and serenity. Home to a Benedictine order of Nuns for the past 100 years, Kylemore Abbey welcomes visitors from all over the world each year to embrace the magic of the magnificent 1,000-acre estate.Nestled in the heart of Connemara, on the Wild Atlantic Way, Kylemore Abbey is a haven of history, beauty and serenity. Home to a Benedictine order of Nuns for the past 100 years, Kylemore Abbey welcomes visitors from all over the world each year to embrace the magic of the magnificent 1,000-acre estate.

Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick, or "The Reek", as it is known locally, is situated 9 km west of Westport on the Louisburgh road, above the village of Murrisk. It is one of Mayo's most famous landmarks, soaring to a height of 765 metres. The mountain overlooks Clew Bay and the entire western coastline and is particularly associated with Ireland's patron saint, St Patrick. Croagh Patrick is the Holy Mountain for Irish people. 

Lough Inagh Valley

Lough Inagh is a glacial lake, located in the stunning Inagh Valley, Recess, Connemara. The lake is popular with fishermen and boats are available locally. Lough Inagh provides an abundance of wild, hard fighting salmon and sea trout, sparkling clear water, crisp clean air and is surrounded by spectacular scenery. The Inagh Valley itself is a popular driving route which offers stunning land, lake and mountain views.

Sheeffry Hills

The Sheeffry Hills or Sheeffry Mountains is a range of hills in County Mayo, Ireland. It is bounded to the west by Glencullin Lough and Doo Lough; to the south by Glenummera and Tawnyard Lough; to the east by Owenmore Glen and to the north by the Bunowen River.

Traditional pubs and restaurants

Tí Bhúrca

Burke’s Clonbur is a 4th generation family-run bar & restaurant since 1922 in the beautiful village of Clonbur, Co. Galway. Our bar is ‘Old World’; it’s like stepping back in time.

Paddy’s Bar & Restaurant

Paddy’s Bar & Restaurant in Tourmakeady on the shores of Lough Mask is a seasonal restaurant, opening weekends from March – August each year!

Máire Luke’s Bar

A hundred thousand welcomes to Máire Luke’s Bar, Restaurant and B&B – A family business, run by locals Frank and Barbara Philbin since 1983. With awe inspiring views of island speckled Lough Mask from the premises, it is the perfect place to have a relaxing drink in the bar by the log burning stove, a bite to eat in our restaurant or a good night’s sleep in our B&B.

The Larches Bar Finny

The Larches Bar is nestled on the shores of Lough Nafooey and command's stunning views over Lough Nafooey.

It is your typical traditional Irish pub. Sit back and relax by a pint of Guinness right next to the cosy fireplace or enjoy some traditional live music on weekends.