Connemara, in the northwest of County Galway, West Ireland has scenery like that out of a fairy tale. Its mountains are a deep and rich colour of green and when the clouds roll in it seems almost magical.
Connemara is the peninsula of Western Galway. It has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its barren windswept landscape is compelling and inspiring. The blanket bog covering the region houses some beautiful and varied flora, and provides a contrast to the more green and fertile land of the midlands and the south. The ancient mountains have been raked to their bones by long thawed glaciers, leaving patches of grey granite and jutting outwards, and potatoe rows still visible from the desperate times of the Great Famine. The fields are divided by hand-made stone walls, often collapsed. The Atlantic coast is dramatic and powerful, filling one with appreciation for the fear that the Irish men and women from this region must have felt when preparing for the trip across it.
Irish is widely spoken in Connemara, and is the native language of all the locals. And will appreciate if you tried to speak a little Irish to the locals, however they will not expect you to speak in Irish. A person who asks "Do you have any Irish?" is inquiring whether you speak the language. You can get by, by using Irish to the locals, shops, the villages or anywhere. However if you are a holiday maker you don't have to use Irish to get by in Connemara as English would be understood by everyone, but you are more than welcome to use the language if you wish to be apart of the Gaeltacht spirit!
By sightseeing tour from Dublin
Several Dublin based tour operators such as Kennedy & Carr Travel  offer daily tours from Dublin city to Connemara, often including other areas of interest along the way such as Galway City. Typically tours depart around 08:00 in the morning and return at approximately 20:00. Tickets generally cost around €35. For many travellers such tours can provide the independence they want with the structure and local insight that makes for a relaxing tour. Such operators also offer private hire services upon request both from Dublin and from Galway.
Citylink, Bus Eireann, Taxis and Hackneys for private hire.
Drivers should be aware that roads outside main towns in Connemara are often narrow and twisty. Although this has the advantage of encouraging you to slow down and appreciate the scenery, it does mean that getting to where you want to go can often take longer than you think, so it's a good idea to bear this in mind when planning ahead.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland . Known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, Co. Galway is the No.1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Perfect for a family day out and easily accessible from Galway or Mayo, It offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping in the craft shop and tempting homemade delights in the restaurant and tea rooms. Definitely one of the highlights of a tour in the area, but be sure to get there early enough to go see the Victorian Walled Garden -- there is a mandatory shuttle to the garden and if you miss the last one, too bad. The abbey has a few rooms on display, and you can also walk down the lake to the church and mausoleum. Magnificent views.
Boulger's Br, Cashel - a rural and local institution, found in the ornate village of Cashel, overlooking Bearthagh Boy Bay and Mannions bar and EJ Kings pub located in Clifden.
Ballyconneely: Connemara Golf links
Letterfrack: The Diamond Hill.