Leenane is a small village situated in the heart of the Killary Fjord and Connemara. It is well worth a visit, either for one of our events or for a relaxing weekend away. Here are our top 5 picks of things to do in the area:
1. Killary Fjord Tours
If you are joining us for the Great Fjord Swim on October 12th, the 2km distance will be dropped off by this beauty.
2. Killary Coastal Park
The Killary Coastal Park is a newly built 2km looped coastal walk located on the grounds of Killary Adventure Company in Leenane, Co. Galway. This coastal trail brings walkers down to the shores of the Killary Fjord where they can enjoy stunning views. From the northern shore of Killary Fjord rises Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht. To the south, there is a most imposing panorama of Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. There is a vast array of bird and wildlife to be found on the Fjord including Heron, barnacle goose, mallard duck, mute swan, seals, otters and dolphins.
The trail is free to use with a car park located just beside the start of the path. Shane Young of Killary Adventure Co. says “It is a stunning new amenity for the Leenane and Connemara region. We are lucky to have land available to use for such a facility and hope that the local community and business will join us on Sunday the 14th. The open day is so people can come out and experience the walk and then be able to tell tourists and others about it”. The path, although rough underfoot and not suitable for buggies, is perfect for families and walkers of all ages. It is also one of the few walking paths in Connemara on which dogs are welcome. More details here: www.killaryadventure.com/en/killary-coastal-park
3. Misunderstood Heron
The Misunderstood Heron food truck, recently voted one of the top 10 coolest food trucks in the world by the Lonely Planet, is located near the start of the Killary Coastal Park at Killary Adventure Co. It's a food truck serving locally sourced, delicious meals & coffee in a unique & beautiful seaside setting. Treat yourself to a sweet or savoury dish from the Misunderstood Herron, washed down with a hot beverage and much more.
4. Glassilaun Beach
One of our favourite spots to hang out, go for a beach walk, swim or snorkle. It is the perfect spot to see the sun setting over the west coast! While you are there, Scubadive West are just around the corner, giving you a chance to see the stunning underwater world this spot has to offer!
It is also the start line of Gaelforce West and sets the tone for the beauty of the entire race!
5. Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey recently reopened and is showcased in a new light, explore a completely revamp interior and then take the walk to the walled gardens! More details here: www.kylemoreabbey.com
So that is it, there are many more amzing spots around here and oh so many cosy pubs to explore!
More interesting reads:
- Gaelforce Trail Running Guide
- Is adventure racing for me? Or only for an elite few?
- Mix it up - 5 Cross Training Activities for Runners and Cyclists