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Alice’s guidebook

Alice

Alice’s guidebook

Favourite things to do i
I love walking on the local beaches. They are clean and sandy and usually you can find a quiet spot for the day. Blissful and walking distance from the house.
Known as the 'Brandy and Soda" road, the road between Clifden and Roundstone, showcases all that is best about Connemara. Mid point between the two places is the village of Ballyconneely; and just 3 km beyond the village, on the Slyne Head peninsula, are the best sandy beaches you could ever hope to find....
Ballyconneely
Known as the 'Brandy and Soda" road, the road between Clifden and Roundstone, showcases all that is best about Connemara. Mid point between the two places is the village of Ballyconneely; and just 3 km beyond the village, on the Slyne Head peninsula, are the best sandy beaches you could ever hope to find....
Anne and Sean run this well regarded Riding Centre , which is about 2km from my house. Friendly and accomodating.
The Point Pony Trekking & Horse Riding Centre
Anne and Sean run this well regarded Riding Centre , which is about 2km from my house. Friendly and accomodating.
It's actually the Marconi Walk ! A Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point. Well worth stopping off here for an hour's walk to discover where the first West to East Transatlantic Flight landed - Alcock and Brown in 1919 - and the site of Marconi's first permanent radio station - with the first transatlantic radio signal beamed across the ocean in 1907. Only the remains of the buildings survived the War of Independence, but it is a beautiful, wild and scenic spot, ideal for a walk, traversing the bogs on wooden pathways with superb views of the local landscape including the Twelve Bens.
Marconi Street
It's actually the Marconi Walk ! A Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point. Well worth stopping off here for an hour's walk to discover where the first West to East Transatlantic Flight landed - Alcock and Brown in 1919 - and the site of Marconi's first permanent radio station - with the first transatlantic radio signal beamed across the ocean in 1907. Only the remains of the buildings survived the War of Independence, but it is a beautiful, wild and scenic spot, ideal for a walk, traversing the bogs on wooden pathways with superb views of the local landscape including the Twelve Bens.
Eateries
O'Dowd's in Roundstone is one my favourite places to eat, locally; another new addition to my list, is 'Sweet Nothings' in Ballyconneely Village- a vegan/vegetarian cafe, which is really good ...
You can either eat in the pub, which is small but oozes character, or in the more formal restaurant adjoining it.
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O'Dowd's Seafood Bar and Restaurant
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You can either eat in the pub, which is small but oozes character, or in the more formal restaurant adjoining it.
Great seafood and service.
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Mitchell's Restaurant
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Great seafood and service.
Guys is a great favourite with the locals. A lovely lunch spot - try their fishcakes.
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Guys Bar & Snug
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Guys is a great favourite with the locals. A lovely lunch spot - try their fishcakes.
Always friendly, this bar serves great lunches and is very friendly and welcoming.
Mannions Seafood Bar & Restaurant
Always friendly, this bar serves great lunches and is very friendly and welcoming.
Wayne and Orla serve the best coffee and pastries in town !
Upstairs Downstairs Cafe
Wayne and Orla serve the best coffee and pastries in town !
Restaurant review: The Misunderstood Heron - Car park food truck ticks all the boxes https://www.independent.ie/life/restaurant-review-the-misunderstood-heron-car-park-food-truck-ticks-all-the-boxes-38402878.html
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Leenaun
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Restaurant review: The Misunderstood Heron - Car park food truck ticks all the boxes https://www.independent.ie/life/restaurant-review-the-misunderstood-heron-car-park-food-truck-ticks-all-the-boxes-38402878.html
Places to Visit
Connemara is full of beauty, here are some of my favourite spots..
The Victorian Walled Garden is spectacular. (there's a payment)
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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The Victorian Walled Garden is spectacular. (there's a payment)
Roundstone Harbour
Cleggan Pier
Take a day trip to Inishbofin.
Inishbofin Ferry
Take a day trip to Inishbofin.
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Connemara National Park
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Renvyle Beach
Neighborhoods
Cleggan is a lovely seaside village about 5 miles from Clifden
Cleggan
Cleggan is a lovely seaside village about 5 miles from Clifden