What's to see, explore and experience

Immerse in rural experiences, arts and crafts and meet local artists.
Join in local physical and adventurous activities.

Local arts and crafts

Joyce Country Wool

During the Summer months, Carina Coyne, living at Lough Nafooey runs spinning demonstrations, so if you're a visitor in our area and would like to book an hour, you will get a true experience in her workshop, it's a hands on demonstration and something for everyone young and old to enjoy.

Joyce Country Sheepdog

Joyce Country Sheepdogs is part of a family run farm located in Connemara, Co. Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. They offer you the opportunity to visit a working hill sheep farm and watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep.

Coolin Soaps

Clémence Guiraut works at the foot of Lough Coolin in Clonbur Co. Galway to bring sumptuous, planet friendly soaps, shampoos, & skincare

Hungry Monk Art & Craft Gallery

Robert and Susan Devereux live just outside the village of Cong, Co Mayo. They have been running their art and craft gallery in the village of Cong since 2008. Robert is an artist himself and Susan has a background in Catering and business management. They love all things Irish and are passionate in promoting and selling it.

Ciaran Hogan Baskets

Ciaran Hogan is a basket maker located in the Spiddal craft village in Connemara. He work from his studio which is open to the public. He also runs courses for those that would like to give it a go.

Lough Mask Distillery

Inspired by the wild and rugged beauty of the landscape, the purity and abundance of the Lough Mask waters and the rich culture and history of the area, they knew they had to set up a distillery in Killateeaun, (Coill an tSian, Fairy Wood) in Co. Mayo. The distillery is located on the shores of the Lake in a reconditioned building. They discovered the empty building a few years back and have restored it, making it ready to house their micro-distillery. Their production started early in 2018, and their first spirits are now flowing.

Their main products are Loch Measc Single Malt Whiskey, Loch Measc Gin, and Loch Measc Vodka.
You are most welcome to come and visit their distillery and experience the wild and wonderful beauty of the area that inspires us everyday.

Joyce Country Geopark Project

The aspiring geopark is home to rocks of many ages and has examples of rocks from most of the geological periods, from the Precambrian to the Quaternary (700 million years ago to the present day). The rocks and geological structures are what help us piece together Ireland’s movement through geological time: from its origin in a new shallow ocean close to the South Pole, to when Ireland went from being two separate continents to colliding and becoming one, to being part of a long mountain belt, to moving northwards to the tropics and being covered by warm, clear seas where coral reefs grew, and finally to its current location. These sites of interest help tell this geological story that not only spans millions of years, but also many different latitudes, climates, temperatures and sea-levels. They also show times when Ireland experienced lots of volcanic activity, or when Ireland was under an ocean and covered by the sea. The landscape we see today ties all of this geological activity together, including how glaciers of the latest geological period, the Quaternary, has shaped the landscape.

These sites either have geology of international significance – some of them are unique both in Ireland and worldwide – or are part of the rich cultural history of the area, which are the fundamentals of becoming a geopark. ​

Exploring activities

Magical bike tours around Cong

Steve organizes bike tours in and around Cong. For more information about them, go and visit the page on Airbnb experiences.

Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre

 Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre has since 1988 developed many exciting outdoor adventure sports activities and challenging expeditions for all age groups. People often associate outdoor activities with a certain age group but the reality is that outdoor adventure activities can be devised to suit most age groups and people ranging from senior citizens to youths have enjoyed their stay at Petersburg.

Killary Adventure Centre

Sweeping down to the fjord through ancient woodland with spectacular mountain and coastal scenery all around, Killary is place like no other.

Experience the most exhilarating adventure activities. Stay in our eco-friendly accommodation with stunning views. Come for an action-packed summer camp, an epic school tour, a fantastic family break or adult getaway, a corporate or team retreat, or a truly awesome stag & hen weekend. Let your adventure begin here at Killary. 

Delphi Adventure Centre

Looking for an adventure centre in Galway? Delphi Adventure Centre in Leenane provides a range of land and water activities in Connemara and Mayo including surfing in Louisburgh, zip lining in the 200 acre Delphi forest, kayaking on the Killary Fjord, plus many more!

Connemara Hikes

Noel Joyce is an experienced walking guide offering guided hikes & walks to all categories of walkers. Hikes & walks are primarily in Connemara and Joyce Country area. On occasion or by special request trips to other locations are arranged.