Clonbur is ideally located to serve as a touring base for the entire west of Ireland. It is on the northernmost tip of the Connemara Gaeltacht, in the heart of Joyce Country, and within touching distance of the many superb attractions of the west coast.
Here are some of the attractions you can enjoy within a one-hour drive of Clonbur:
Ashford Castle, Cong
Enjoy the walks and stunning views around Ashford Castle.
Once the estate of the Guinness Family, the Castle has operated as an exclusive hotel since 1939.
Mount Gable (1370 feet)
One of the most beautiful and scenic mountain walks in Ireland.
Hill Walking, Walking & Cycling
Numerous hill walking trails and fantastically routed woodland walks within walking distance of your accommodation.. See the ruins of legendary Ballykyne Castle, and enjoy the teeming wildlife and nature. The Siúlóid route takes you along the Seanbhóthar (old road) between the villages of Corr na Móna and Clonbur. It is a surfaced path with some inclines. The route takes you along the side of Mount Gable with stunning views of Lough Corrib. It is 10km one way and takes approx. 2 hours to complete. Information and maps available. Bike hire available in the village of Clonbur.
There is an abundance of wildlife in Clonbur including birds and hawks, otters, mink, stoat, frogs, bats and much more. The “Dawn Chorus” in early spring is spectacular to listen to. The surrounding area is mostly pastoral farmland to the south and east traditional sheep farming is the main industry and bog to the west and north.
From Cong Corrib Cruises run cruises on board “The Lady Ardilaun” from Ashford Castle to Inchagoil island and Oughterard. This Cruise takes you on a very scenic voyage. We cruise beautiful Lough Corrib with guided commentary of islands, lake and shoreline.
Ashford Equestrian Centre, Cong
Ashford School of Falconry
The oldest established Falconry School in Ireland offers you the chance to fly a hawk around the spectacular grounds of Ashford Castle
At the entrance to the village are the ruins of Cong Abbey (National Monument), an Augustinian house. Only fragments of the church remain, but a finely sculptured doorway and a number of capitals in the cloister are striking examples of Irish Romanesque art.
For a rewarding round trip, with a harmonious mingling of hill, valley and river scenery, take the road which runs west to Lough Nafooey, with views of the Partry Mountains, and then, crossing a saddle into the valley of the River Joyce, continue on the L101 round the western tip of Lough Corrib, and so back to Cong.
Quiet Man Heritage Centre
Cong was the site for most of the filming of “The Quiet Man”. The cottage is a typical Irish cottage of the 1920's with exhibits of archaeological and historical improtance.
Ballinrobe Golf Course (16k)
Considered by many, including world-famous golfer Padraig Harrington, to be among the finest parkland courses in Ireland. (www.ballinrobegolfclub.com)
A real family event, up to eight race meetings per year. Outstanding holiday entertainment. (www.ballinroberacecourse.ie)
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens
Kylemore Abbey and the estate are open to visitors all year and the main areas to be visited are; the Abbey, the Gothic Church, the Victorian Walled Gardens, the Craft Shop, Pottery studio, Restaurant and Tea Rooms as well as the Lake and Woodland walks.
Connemara National Park
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, 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 Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.
Beaches of Connemara
Be sure to stop of at some of the finest beaches in Connemara: Lettergesh beach, Glassilaun Beach and more which are located approx 40 mins scenic drive from Clonbur
Day trips to the Aran islands via ferry available approx. 50min scenic drive from Clonbur
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