Activities in Connemara
Emlaghmore Cottage is ideally placed for anyone wishing to enjoy an activity holiday in Connemara. All of the following activities are within easy driving distance of the Cottage and right on the Wild Atlantic Way a great way to explore the west coast of Ireland. Please just ask us for details, if you cannot find what you are looking for.
Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Surfing and Scuba diving
Emlaghmore is surrounded by safe beaches. Some of the beaches are perfect for surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, body surfing, kayaking or fishing, and some are perfect for picking up shells and picnics. If you are bringing boards, there is room to store them undercover, drying space, and a tumble dryer. Two of the countries best adventure centres are within 30 mins drive from Clifden, at Delphi, they offer daily and weekly courses for Sailing, windsurfing, Orienteering, Bungee jumping, waterskiing and clay pigeon shooting, amongst others, for adults and children. Clifden has private guided activities including Hillwalking, rock climbing, Kayaking, and Surfing – all equipment is provided. There is the Scuba dive West Centre which offers courses for all levels.
Choughs nest in the church tower in Roundstone, and Ravens and Kestrals in the location. There are Merlin, Peregrines and numerous waders, while at sea Gannets, Shearwaters, Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills. A relatively new addition is the Egret which are majestic in flight.
Deep sea, shore and game fishing
Connemara is world renowned for its sea and game 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. We would be happy to point you in the direction of some favourite spots or good charters
There is a small fishery belonging to Emlaghmore Lodge, with brown trout and some sea trout and the occasional salmon and numerous lakes to try your luck. There is also a small rowing boat on Maumeen just below the cottage. 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
The Connemara Golf Club is a championship links course overlooking the wild Atlantic. From the testing dog-leg opening hole to the breathtaking back 9 it is a course for all.It has a bar and restaurant which is open to visitiors. Clubs and buggies may be hired and tuition is provided. Great chance to improve or lean a new skill. Connemara Championship Golf Links is a 27 hole links course beside the wild Atlantic coast, described as awesomely picturesque, par 72 with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Designed by Eddie Hackett, over 7000 yards.
- Friendly restaurant and bar in the Clubhouse.
- Pro shop fully stocked with everything the golfer needs.
- Rental clubs, motorised buggies, caddie cars, caddies and tuition are all available.
- Emlaghmore can arrange tee times and hire of clubs for you.
- This is golf on a wonderful course on the edge of Europe.
Photography and painting
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.
Pony trekking and Gymkhanas
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.There is also Errislannan riding school for day treks, Pony club or gymkhanas. There are also Pony shows for the famous Connemara Pony in both Clifton and Roundstone
Sailing and Sea trips, Cruises and Boat charters
Clifden Sailing Club or Traditional Galway Hookers in Roundstone, This year the Roundstone Regatta is on the 21st and 22nd July. Whale, Dolphin and seal watching as well as sea fishing is available. For wet weather, a boat with restaurant and bar enclosed in glass, cruises the Killary Ford. Trips by boat to the nearer islands or by boat or plane to the Aran Islands to explore a unique island culture. Apart from some isolated rocks and islands, some of which have the remains of Christian settlements over 1000 years old, the next stop across the sea is America. Féile Mhic Dara is held annually on the 16th July. A long tradition of pilgrimage to the Church on the island.
Bring a wetsuit as it can be chilly ! – The beaches are stunning and wild swimming in lakes or off beaches is wonderful. A little exploration can be rewarded with many hidden coves away from the beaten track
Walking and hill running
Connemara is a walkers paradise. There are maps covering the area in the cottage, you can either take a established walk or map out your own adventure. 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.The coast stretches out to Slyne Head, which is the most westerly point of this part of Ireland. There are numerous small sandy beaches to stroll along and you can see seals and sometimes Dolphins. The cottage is situated in an area of moorland and lakes, which has been designated a Special Area of Conservation because of its rare plants, birds and mammals. Beyond this lies the range of mountains known as the Twelve Pins
The Wild Atlantic Way was designed for cycling, a great way to see Connemara, the traffic is minimal. There are guided tours available, bikes for hire, and enough cycle routes to keep you coming back. There is also the Tour de Connemara on the 26th May 2018. [Registration for this event has now closed]