On Our Doorstep

The scenery in the West of Ireland should be a traveller’s first choice to get the real taste of this beautiful country and The Fishing Lodge is ideally placed for guests to visit many places of interest.

View from the Sky Road
Dramatic Coast Line

Stunning countryside with rugged coastlines shelter pretty villages like Roundstone and Clifden and Ireland's only fjord at Killary. Travel up the sky road for majestic views of the Atlantic with many islands dotted off the coast.

Inishbofin beach
Isolated Islands

Beautiful islands with pure white beaches and sapphire blue seas.  At certain times of the year there is every chance to see seals, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and whales so make sure to take your camera and binoculars with you.

Lough Inagh
Mountains and Loughs

Travel through Connemara with its wild beauty dominated by seemingly endless loughs and the brooding Maam Turk and Twelve Bens mountain ranges (ideal if you want a good walk before dinner!).

Connemara National Park with its wealth of habitats offers many walking trails and an interesting visitor’s centre with reams of information on the area. The park also has its own namesake ponies.

Kylemore Abbey
Castles and Abbeys

A visit to Kylemore Abbey is a popular attraction with it's interesting history and a beautiful walled garden where you can enjoy a home-made scone and a good cup of tea.

A walk beside the Cong river passing the monk's fishing hut will take you to one of Irelands most historic buildings. Ashford Castle.  The castle is set right on the northern shore of Lough Corrib. Built and originally owned by the Guinness family it is surrounded by lovely grounds and fabulous views of Lough Corrib (nearly as good as the view from The Fishing Lodge).   

The 'Quiet Man' Bridge
A Little Touch of Hollywood

For the film enthusiast no trip would be complete without a visit to the village of Cong placed firmly on the map by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's Oscar winning film, "The Quiet Man".   Visit The Quiet Man museum and perhaps drop in at Pat Cohan's bar for a drink.

While you're on this nostalgic trip don't forget to visit The Quiet Man Bridge just out of Oughterard!

Galway street scene

If you're looking for a bit more hustle bustle (perhaps with a bit of retail therapy mixed in) or if you simply want to soak up the local culture then a day spent in Galway will be very much enjoyed. This Medieval city has a huge range of attractions and the ideal place to experience the “craic” with a good choice of restaurants and many pubs offering traditional live music.

Take a look at our scenic gallery to experience more of the countryside and places of interest that this wonderful part of Ireland has to offer.