Connemara (in Irish: Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea), is a district in the west of Ireland comprising of a broad peninsula between Killary Harbour and Kilkieran Bay in the west of County Galway or south west Connacht. The Conmhaicne Mara were a branch of the Conmhaicne, an early tribal grouping that had a number of branches located in different parts of Connacht. As this branch of Conmhaicne were located by the sea they became known as the Conmhaicne Mara, i.e., of the sea. Connemara lies in the territory of Iar Connacht, "West Connacht", which is the portion of County Galway west of Lough Corrib and the portion of County Mayo in the barony of Ross. Connemara was traditionally divided into North Connemara and South Connemara. The mountains of the Twelve Bens and the Owenglin river, which flows into the sea at An Clochán/Clifden, marked the boundary between the two parts. Connemara is bounded on the west, south and north by the Atlantic. Connemara's land boundary with the rest of County Galway is marked by the Invermore River (which flows into the north of Kilkieran Bay), Loch Oorid, (which lies a few miles west of Maam Cross, and the western spine of the Maumturks mountains in the north of which the boundary meets the sea at the Killary a few miles west of Leenaun.
The petite, picturesque village of Leenane, often referred to as the “Gateway to Connemara”, is positioned at the edge of Killary Harbour, under the watchful gaze of Mweelrea, Devils Mother and Maam Turk Mountain Ranges. With its stunning scenery and vast landscape, Leenane is a popular haven for people with a passion for the outdoors and sea. Walkers/hikers can spend endless hours and days exploring the expansive, rugged terrain by land. Absorb the breathtaking views from the comfort of a cruise trip along the Killary. Enjoy a coffee or an ice-cream while you visit the Sheep and Wool Museum which offers a meaningful insight into the importance of the industry to Connemara in past times. Slow down and experience local music at its best in Leenane Village with a pint or a snack. The Blackberry Café, The Village Grill and An Bia Blas all serve wholesome fresh food. Immerse yourself in local life and tradition with a jaunt to Hamilton’s Bar or Gaynor’s Bar (the setting for the 1990 film “The Field”). What better way to end the day!!!
Glen Valley House
Glen Valley House is idyllically situated near the village of Leenane in breathtaking Northern Connemara. Just 70km from Galway City and within easy reach of the picturesque towns of Clifden and Westport. The b&b itself is situated in the midst of several acres of rugged Natural Heritage. On site attractions include an Iron Age Fort, commanding high vistas in all directions including the Mweelrea Mountains, Sheefry Mountains and Maumturks. There is a Standing Stone, associated with the fort that is a Quartz Boulder, triangular in profile and a Holy Well associated locally with St Craff can be visited on the Farm. Glen Valley Farmhouse is situated on the "Western Way" long distance walking route. This walking trail follows the hills rimming Killary Harbour Fjord with unforgettable views. Glen Valley House Bed & Breakfast is the perfect accommodation for walking in the stunning Connemara area of Galway and in Connemara National Park.