The 12 Bens are a group of mountains scattered throughout Connemara. Ben Lettery Hostel is situated at the base one of the famous 12, so you don’t have far to go to make a start!
The Mountains aren’t very high, the highest being 730 Meters and they’re very safe so you don’t need huge amounts of hiking experience to conquer them. Just don’t try them all in one day
Of all the things to do in Connemara, this is one of our faves. Hop on a ferry from Cleggan to InishBoffin “the enchanted island”. The island can be explored by foot or by bike and has a fascinating history which you can learn more about at the Islands Museum.
The beaches are not only breath-taking but great to enjoy due to their shallow waters and clear waters. Watch out for seals, the island has two seal colonies
Connemara offers some stunning scenery to accompany your bike ride. Hop on the Connemara Greenway at Ballynahinch castle, just a few miles from the hostel and cycle the 6KM trail into Clifden.
You’ll be cycling through history as you follow the old railway tracks of the Connemara Railway which connected Galway to Clifden back in 1895
Sean nós dancing is an important part of the cultural heritage of Connemara.
Steeped in tradition, Sean nós dancing has been passed down through the generations and is recognisable for its intricate footwork, fluid movements and improv style.
This form of Irish dancing is performed without a set choreography - just a framework for everyone to freely express themselves!
Kayaking provides an exciting and unique way to explore the region’s great lakes and rivers amongst stunning countryside and rugged cliffs.
Whether you prefer a leisurely paddle or a more challenging route, there are plenty of opportunities t explore the region by water.
With miles of quiet lanes, rolling hills and scenic trails, horse riding is an increasingly popular activity for locals and holidaymakers alike. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced horse rider, a leisurely trotter or more partial to a fast-paced gallop, Connemara will have the track (and the horse!) for you.
Fishing in Connemara is renowned for fresh salmon and sea trout fishing - including brown trout, rainbow trout and pike in the great lakes.
With vast landscapes, clear waters and abundant wildlife to sit back and enjoy, fishing in Connemara is almost unrivalled when it comes to both productivity and setting.
Visit one of Irelands most romantic buildings. Nestled at the foot of a mountain and overlooking a lough this castle has a romantic history before being occupied by the Benedictine nuns from 1920 onwards.
You can take a guided tour of the Abbey, Gothic Church and Victorian walled gardens.
Killary Fjord is one of Connemara’s most visited destinations surrounded by mountains it’s a beautiful stretch of water which goes on for 16 KM inland with the lovely village of Leenane at the head of the Fjord.
There are lots of ways to enjoy the Fjord, there are walking routes along it, you can swim in it, but we’d recommend a boat tour. The boat tours leave from the harbour and on the boat you get to enjoy the panoramic views aswell as the opportunity to spot dolphins.
The Sky Road
For unbeatable views in Connemara you must take a trip down the Sky Road. The Sky road is a 16KM circular route which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. At the highest point of the Sky Road you’ll get amazing views over Clifden bay, the islands as well as the stunning Connemara countryside.
As you journey on the Sky road you’ll see Castles, monuments, beaches and mountains and even the old Guard station. It’s a fantastic way to see what Connemara has to offer.
Ballynahinch Castle is just across the lake from Ben Lettery Hostel. It’s set in 700 acres of stunning grounds with 16 KM of trail walkways. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner in the restaurant with stunning views.
The restaurant was voted Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland by Food & Wine Magazine in November 2021 and uses the best of local & estate produce.
The Misunderstood Heron
Feeling outdoorsy? No trip to Connemara is complete with a trip to The Misunderstood Heron. Situated right by Kilary Fjord the Misunderstood Heron is not your average fast-food shack.
Serving fresh Muscles and seafood as well as delicious pastries alongside a stunning view, you’ll be glad you stopped by.
Want to keep it local?
Joyces Bar or Paddy Festy’s as it’s known is our local eatery in Recess a few miles down the road from Ben Lettery.
A great little Irish bar, with an open fire and serving heart-warming soups and proper dinners. You’ll get a great welcome!
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