Carraroe – An Cheathrú Rua
An Cheathrú Rua is a village on the Wild Atlantic Way in County Galway. The village is within the Irish-speaking region (Gaeltacht) of Connemara, and is famous for its traditional fishing boats known as Galway Hookers. Its population is widely dispersed over Carraroe peninsula between Greatman’s Bay (Cuan an Fhir Mhóir) and Casla Bay (Cuan Chasla). Carraroe has an unusual ‘coral’ beach, Trá an Dóilín, a biogenic gravel beach actually made of coralline algae known as “maerl”. Read more at ancheathrúrua.ie
Connemara – Conamara
Connemara, situated at the very edge of Europe, on the west coast of Ireland, is a place of unique and natural beauty. It forms a rough triangle bordered by Galway Bay and the Atlantic on two sides and Lough Corrib on the other.The rugged shoreline of Connemara is part of The Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic route stretching from the south of Cork to the north of Donegal. This wild and culturally rich route runs for 1,553 miles, making it the longest coastal touring route in the world.
From the breathtaking Twelve Bens mountain range in the north to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara is a place of contrasts, colours, wilderness and warm welcomes. Heading west from Galway city, the villages of Connemara will stretch out before you like a colourful road map just waiting to be explored. Check out Wild Atlantic Way for more information.