Connemara is the most westerly part of Europe and exposed to the wild vagaries of weather. In places stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds; plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.
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Claddaghduff is a 10 minute walk away, and is the nearest village for essential items, petrol and a pint.
The cottage is directly facing Omey Island. It can be reached on foot or by car twice a day via the broad strand - between half tides of course.
The island once had a population of over 400 souls. There are great walks here – mind the rabbit holes – and time it right, or you may become a castaway until the next ebb. The last permanent resident of the island, stuntman Pascal Whelan, died in February 2017 aged 75.
'A grand place for the weather entirely' as they say.
An annual horse race is held on Omey Strand in late July. The event is carefully planned around the tides, and typically attracts vast crowds for the day out.
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Clifden known as the capital of Connemara is just 10km away. Packed with great shops and restaurants, and catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips. Watch out for the Arts festival and Clifden Pony Show.
Keep your eyes open locally for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
To the East the skyline is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker.
But it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.