||Connemara is a district in the west of Galway consisting of a broad peninsula between Kilary Harbour and Kilkeran Bay.
A better way of describing it might be Paradise, such is the beauty and the contrasting features of the landscape.
Connemara was traditionally divided into North Connemara and South Connemara.
The mountains of the Twelve Pins and the Owenglin River, which flows into the sea at Clifden, 75 km from Galway City, marked the boundary between the two parts.
Connemara is bounded on the west, south and north by the Atlantic Ocean.
Connemara's land boundary with the rest of County Galway is marked by the Invermore River, Loch Oorid and the western spine of the Maamturks Mountains in the north.
The boundary meets the sea at the Killary a few miles west of Leenane.
Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths and grassland and wonderful wildlife.
The development of the Connemara landscape over 10,000 years is exhibited in the visitor centre with 3D models and large scale displays.
There is simply so much to see in Connemara that it needs at least week take it all in.
Jaw dropping beauty overcomes you as you explore the diverse vistas.
Some of the highlights include Ballynahinch Castle, steeped in a wealth of tradition and has been intertwined in the history of Connemara and its people for many centuries.
The Twelve Pins is a stunning mountain range in south Connemara, reached via Barna and Spiddal from Galway City.
Kylemore Abbey, one of the premier landmarks of Connemara, is now a private school set in heavenly and serene surroundings with inspiring design.
Leenane and Kilary Harbour are places you might stop for a short lunch and leave a week later!The picturesque Derryclare Lake where tranquility envelopes the visitor, is close to the village of Recess along the N59, and should not be missed.
This is a beautiful village, sometimes described as an oasis in the wild countryside all around.
Here Glendalough Lake, the woods, the river and Lissoughter Mountain combine to form a delightful picture, best seen from the top of the mountain, which is readily ascended via the Connemara Green Marble quarries.
Clifden is the capital of Connemara and the most westerly town in Galway.
A vibrating small town with oodles of character it is a popular base for cyclists and walkers, activities that are perfect in the stunning landscape of Connemara.
The town serves as a good stopping point on the journey to North Connemara and has an abundance of accommodation, restaurants and pubs.
The Inagh Valley has excellent views of the two mountain ranges, with their remarkable conical shapes, can be obtained from this valley.
The fact that they rise almost directly to over 600m in a valley only 30m above sea- level, without any intervening hills, give them an appearance of most impressive height.
A drive through the valley affords beautiful views of Derryclare Lake and Lough Inagh, and the scenery is further enhanced by afforestation on the foothills of the Twelve Bens.
Lough Inagh is a famous game fishing lake and visitors are welcome.
Connemara is so vast and has so much to offer the visitor that one sometimes gets distracted with the beauty.
We recommend that on any trip to the wonderful West of Ireland a few days minimum should be spent at Connemara and its environs.
Allow yourself to savour the peace and tranquility that this heavenly vista imposes on the soul.
You will leave a richer and more contented person for it.