Activities and Attractions

Whether you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday or would prefer something more challenging, Connemara has lots to offer to suit all tastes and interests

There are numerous scenic drives within easy reach of the hotel. To the east lies “Joyce Country”, so named for one of the “Galway Tribes” families, who settled here in the 13th century, and from where the family of James Joyce’s father moved to Cork many years ago. On the one side of this pleasant drive are the Partry Mountains, and on the other the Maamturks (“pass of the boars“ ).

Recess is situated at the head of Lough Glendalough, one of the lakes which sweep around the base of the Twelve Bens in a great U-shaped chain. The centre link is Derryclare Lake, and in the glaciated valley which separates the Twelve Bens and the Maamturks is the lovely island-studded Lough Inagh.

In magnificent contrast, 300 miles of coastline beckon irresistibly, inviting walkers, hikers, cyclists, naturalists, painters, photographers and sightseers to take a closer look at sheltered bays, windswept headlands, offshore islands and unspoiled beaches washed by the pounding Atlantic surf.

The nearby Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, bogs, heaths and grassland and the Diamond Hill, offering an opportunity to explore and learn more about Connemara’s natural history. To the north-west is the Renvyle Peninsula with its miles of spectacular sandy-beaches, while to the north-east is the natural fjord of Killary Harbour with the village of Leenane at its head. Close by are the Erriff and Delphi rivers which are justly famous for their superb fishing.

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