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Seal Cottage is ideally situated to discover Connemara's flora and fauna, the unspoilt beaches, the wild Atlantic coast, the mountains and rivers, and hundreds of lakes. It is the perfect location for ramblers, nature-lovers, children and anybody who relishes outdoor pursuits.

Dolphin watching?

In July 2015, we had a dolphin visit Seal Cottage. Amazing. 

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Tourist attractions:

St. Mac Dara's Island:

In the sixth century St. Mac Dara built a small church on one of the islands off the coast, namely 'Cruach na Cara'. The Saint's feast day is celebrated on 16th July when people make their way to the island for the celebration of Mass. The feast day also incorporates a festival of hooker and currach racing in honour of St. Mac Dara, the Patron Saint of all seafarers.

Connemara National Park:

The 5,000 acres of bogland, lakes and moutains which make up the park provide some of the most spectaular landscapes in Ireland and are home to the Connemara ponies. - Connemara National Park 095 41054

Kylemore Abbey:

Built in 1868, Kylemore Abbey is now home to the Irish Benedictine Nuns but visitors can enjoy the beautiful gardens and there is a restaurant and craft shop. - Kylmore Abbey 095 41113

The Aran Islands:

The Irish speaking Aran Islands are well worth a day trip. The islands have a rich ancient history and can be reached by a short ferry crossing from Rossaveal on the Connemara coast.


Lies five nautical miles off the coast of Connemara. It is 5km x 3.5km and can be reached by ferry from Cleggan. Inishboffin has one of the best deep Harbours on the West Coast, has safe, sandy beaches and is a favourite spot for diving, swimming, canoeing, sailboarding and wind-surfing. The island is ideal for hill-walking, rock-climbing, cycling or angling. Irish traditional music has taken Inishbofin to its heart with world class musicians visiting the island regularly.

Oceans Alive sealife Centre:

Sealife exhibits, seaside park, pets corner, playground, Sunday afternoon specials including Children's Plays, cafe and craft shop. - Oceans Alive sealife Centre 095 43473

Sea Cruise Connemara:

No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Harbour. Recognised as Ireland’s only Fjord, this nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of it’s sheltered nature it’s waters are always calm. Visit Killary Cruises for more information. Sea Cruise Connemara 091 566736

Sporting activities:

The Cleggan Riding Centre offers a range of treks around the area and on the beach at Cleggan. - Cleggan Trekking Centre 095 44746 Also the famous 'Connemara Trail' has its main base in Carna.


The Celtic Queen sails from Clifden Bay and is licensed to carry 14 fishermen, beginners are welcome as well as seasoned anglers.

Pitch and putt:

The local pitch and putt course at Glendalough is a nice way to pass an afternoon for the not so serious golfer


The Connemara Golf Club located at Ballyconneely & the Oughterard Golf Club are the most challenging courses in the West. - Connemara Golf Club 095 23502 - Oughterard Golf Club 091 552131

Also, to make your stay more enjoyable, The cottage supplies, free of charge:

  • Barbecue
  • Telescope 
  • Sailing dingy (this is a racing dingy and is not suitable for beginners)
  • Kayak (experince of sea kayaking is recommended)
  • Snorkels and masks 
  • Fishing rods
  • Boat on Lough Corrib 
  • Shrimp and lobster pots
  • Plus more...
Sailing dinghy and canoe Otter eating an eel (Les Woodall Sept. 2009) Fishing on Lough Corrib Woodcock shooting Tradition sailing boat and currach (Bram Woensdregt August 2011) Sunset over Damhros hill (Bram Woensdregt August 2011)
Letterard, Cashel, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland F: 00353 (0)87 2903609