Activities in Connemara

Emlaghmore Lodge is ideally placed for anyone wishing to enjoy and Activity Holiday in Connemara. All of the following activities are within easy driving distance of the Lodge and Cottage and are sure to make your vacation an enjoyable experience.

Bird Watching

Choughs nest in the church tower in Roundstone, and Ravens and Kestrals in the garden. There are Merlin, Peregrines and numerous waders, while at sea Gannets, Shearwaters, Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills.

Deep Sea and Shore Fishing

There are many locations for shore fishing all along the coast and from Roundstone, Clifden and Cleggan there are fishing charters that include Shark and Tuna fishing.

Game Fishing

There is a small fishery belonging to Emlaghmore Lodge, with brown trout and some sea trout and the occasional salmon. Other fisheries in the area include Ballynahinch, Clifden, Kylemore, Erriff and Delphi. The great Brown Trout Lakes of Corrib and Mask are about an hour away but well worth the drive for a superb day’s fishing. Learn more about fishing in the area

Island Hopping

Trips by boat to the nearer islands or by boat or plane to the Aran Islands to explore a unique island culture


There is a very good 27 hole Championship links golf course at Ballyconneely. The Connemara Golf Club with bar and restaurant is open to visitiors. Clubs and buggies may be hired and tuition is provided.


The constantly changing colours are a source of delight to artists and photographers. There are several art galleries and some well known artists live in the area, some of whom give painting lessons.

Horse Riding & Pony Trekking

From an hours lesson to a 50 mile trek with riding on the beach. The Connemara Trail goes right past both the Lodge and self-catering cottages with beginners and experienced riders all catered for.

Sailing & Boat Trips

Clifden Sailing Club or Traditional Galway Hookers in Roundstone. For wet weather, a boat with restaurant and bar enclosed in glass, cruises the Killary Ford.


For the brave! – as the Gulf Stream is not so warm when it reaches here but the beaches are beautiful and explorationcan be rewarded by many hidden coves away from the beaten track.

Walking & Hill Walking

From the top of nearby Errisbeg (only 987ft) you can see the top of Mount Brandon n Kerry, with a panoramic view of the coast from the Aran Islands to Archill. The Twelve Bens provide safe but strenuous walking, and there are miles of moorland and coastal walks. Guides can point out the prehistoric remains of Connemara, or you can take a map and explore for yourself.

Windsurfing, Surfing & Scuba Diving

Equipment may be hired and tuition is available.

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