A World of attractions right on our doorstep …

Ashford Castle - Click

Ashford Castle provides a romantic backdrop in superior surrounds, offering guests both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate with fishing on Lough Corrib, equestrian pursuits, golf, falconry and trail walking. Alternatively you can simply relax in our luxurious interiors and enjoy your favourite novel or pamper yourself with treatments from our beauty therapists.

The Castle has welcomed and entertained its fair share of celebrities and public figures over the years. Members of Europe’s royal families, political figures, industrialists and film stars have all enjoyed the hospitality of the castle.

Ashford Castle has an unsurpassed reputation for providing guests with the very finest rooms and suites. Each guest room is individually designed to provide stylish personal comforts, from the marble fittings of bathrooms to sumptuous co-ordinated fabrics and furnishings. Many of the rooms retain their original features and all are equipped with modern amenities.

Ashford Castle offers guests an abundance of activities to enjoy in true spirit of a resort property. From the combination of pursuits involving physical exercise to the more relaxed beauty treatments, we will attempt to ensure you leave Ashford refreshed, relaxed and replenished.

‘The Quiet Man’ Museum - Click

In 1951 John Ford’s greatest movie “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald was made. It was set in the beautiful west of Ireland with filming being centred in the village of Cong on the Mayo-Galway border.

‘The Quiet Man’  Cottage Museum is a novel concept which will give the visitor a total Quiet Man experience as if they were actually ‘on-set’. Located by the river at Circular Road, Cong, between actual locations used for the filming, the ground floor of the cottage has been designed as an exact replica of ‘White-o-Mornin’ Cottage.
Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts and costumes are authentic reproductions. The four poster bed and the tables and chairs which Mary Kate cherished, the thatched roof, emerald green half door and white washed front combine to charm all those who visit it. The museum was visited a number of times by John Wayne’s family and by Maureen O’Hara.  John Wayne’s widow, Josephine, wrote in the Museum’s visitor’s book – “Duke would have loved this”

Corrib Cruises - Click

Corrib Cruises was founded by John Luskin in 1976. A native of Cong, Co. Mayo,  John from a very young age had a great love for Lough Corrib.  As a young man he loved nothing better than a day’s fishing on this wonderful lake.  In 1975 John and his wife Kitty, while visiting The Isle Of Wight, off the south coast of England, were presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. While chatting to some locals, it was brought to his attention that the “Cunard Line”, owners of the famous “QE2” were selling the original tenders (lifeboats) of the liner at auction in Sandwich Marina, in Kent.  He arrived at the auction house just as the last of the tenders was coming under the hammer. On a whim John purchased the tender for £GBP 10,000.  Corrib Cruises sails daily to the famous Inchagoill Island, guided by local historian Pat Luskin.  Enjoy a glass of wine on board while listening to local musician Martin Noone. The perfect way to spend an afternoon!

Inchagoill Island - Click

Of all the 365 islands on Lough Corrib Inchagoill is the most famous and most visited. The name Inchagoill comes from 3 Irish words “Inis An Ghaill” meaning the Island of the Stranger. Situated approximately half way between Cong Co. Mayo and Oughterard Co. Galway (4.5 miles from each) this special island is home to a number of ancient monastic ruins, some dating back to the 5th Century. In order of size Inchagoill measuring 104 acres is the fourth largest island in size. To-day Inchagoill is owned by the state and its national monuments are protected by “Duchas” in the Department of the Environment.
Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness purchased this Island as part of the Ashford Castle estate in 1852. At that time there were four families living on the Island and these families were tenants on this estate. Some family names included O’ Sullivan’s Kineavy’s and Conway’s. In older times there were as many as six families living on the Island with other names including Murphy’s, Lydons, and Butlers. These families farmed 80 acres of land in the centre of the Island with 50 acres of high trees as shelter all around. By about 1935 there was only one inhabitant on the Island, a man called Thomas Nevin.

Cong Abbey & Monks Fishing House - Click

Cong Abbey, the ruins of which are in the centre of the village, was first built in the 12th century, burned in the early 13th and rebuilt between the 13th and 16th centuries.

From the abbey grounds, a footbridge spans the river, passing the monk’s fishing house pictured above, probably built in the 15th or 16th century – fish would have been an important part of the monks’ diet. This small house is built on a platform of stones over a small arch that creates a passage for water to flow under the floor. A trapdoor in the floor may have been used to allow a net to be cast into the river, and a fireplace kept the monks warm while they waited for their catch. It is said that a line was strung from the fishing house to the abbey kitchen, to alert the cooks when there were fish to be cooked.

Cross of Cong - Click

This magnificent piece of 12th century craftsmanship is regarded as one of the finest of its era. It is called the “Bacall Bui” (yellow crozier) and was commissioned by the king, Turlach O’ Connor and was made in Roscommon in 1123.  It has since been transferred to the National Museum in Dublin where it is kept with other national tresures

Dry Canal - Click

In 1848 an attempt was made to join the two lakes by way of a canal whose main aim was to allow steamer traffic from Galway Port through to Lough Mask and onto Lough Carra. Because of the porous nature of the limestone this was to become an engineering disaster because the bed of the Canal proved too porous and was unable to retain water. This artificial waterway elaborately finished with sluice gates, substantial locks of cut stone and arched bridges has since been known as the dry canal.

Pigeon Hole & Caves - Click

The Cong area (Counties Galway and Mayo) is a low-lying area with some spectacular karst development and where all of the drainage of the Lough Mask catchment discharges via underground routes.

Kelly’s Cave is situated in the forest leaving Cong, just after the school.   The cave is part natural and also contains some man made features.  You have to pick up a key from the Quiet Man Coffee Shop, in order to open the gate at the mouth of the cave.

Despite the modesty of Ireland’s caving industry, potholing is an ancient and mysterious pastime. Cavers tell mythic stories of the two fairy trout still living in Pigeon Hole cave, also outside Cong. Another nearby cave is where centuries ago a madman stashed his victims’ murdered bodies. Note that, with Ireland’s prolific rainfall, caves can flood quickly and dangerously. The Speleological Union of Ireland can help provide guides or books and articles on caving techniques.

Connemara National Park - Click

Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.

Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purpose.

The Wild Atlantic Way - Click

WildAtlanticWay.com is the Wild Atlantic Way’s official tourism information website and is operated by Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority.

WildAtlanticWay.com provides comprehensive information to inspire you to visit Ireland’s vibrant coastal route. WildAtlanticWay.com can enable you to virtually explore the route, presenting the route with Signature Point highlights along the way. It will assist with trip planning and offer the most up to date information for you during your stay.

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