The exquisite twin beaches of Gurteen Bay and Dogs Bay are not to be missed. The pair sit back-to-back along a sandy peninsula or tombolo - a rare tidal accumulation of the remains of microscopic shellfish.
photo Raul Corral
The whole region 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.
A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.
On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara. Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden – Derrygimlagh is still marked by a white Cairn beacon.
At the foot of the beacon the foundations remain of a Marconi station from which some of the earliest transatlantic wireless messages were sent in 1907 – a huge engineering feat at the time.
The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year, and passes right by Searows. There is a 30 hour limit and every participant must have their own crew with them at all times to look after water, food etc. Last year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!
For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic eighteen hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 15 minutes away.
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