Stay at The Quay House and Take an Island Hopping Day Trip!

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Island Hopping

There is nothing more refreshing than being out in the open air and nowhere better to do it than Connemara, Co Galway. The Quay House in Clifden, run by Paddy & Julia Foyle, is the perfect destination for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way and doing some day trips to the islands off the coast of Co. Galway. These islands are full of history, have magnificent scenery and are a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors. Paddy & Julia will help you plan your outing and point you in the direction of all the not-to-be-missed spots. This type of holiday is not only a great outdoors escape but also a brilliant walking holiday that is suitable for everyone in your family, young and old!

Islands

Inishbofin This beautiful island is famed for its breathtaking scenery, relaxed lifestyle and traditional Irish music. With a population of 180, it is 5 miles long by 2 miles wide and has a superb natural harbour which only takes 40 minutes to reach by sea. Inishbofin has a turbulent history and strong association with Saxon England, 17th century France and 18th century America. Its’ fragmented coastline boasts dramatic sea cliffs, deep caves and is home to a rich marine life.

Omey Island This tidal island is accessible by foot and is a gorgeous place of rock and sand, as well as being a spiritual place with secret monastic sites. Omey is home to less than twenty people now, but its’ many archaeological sites are evidence of a once thriving community, its history mirroring the many waves of change throughout the millennia. St Feichin founded a monastery here and his Holy Well is still venerated by local fishermen. The complex coastal midden sites are harrowing indications of both settlement and erosion.

Aran Islands These Gaelic speaking islands lie at the mouth of Galway Bay. This barren landscape of exposed limestone terraces ends in shear three hundred foot Atlantic cliffs and it is said that the labyrinth of stone walls holds the secrets of this magical and spiritual place. The Celtic cliff-edge fortress of Dun Aengus is of world importance and inspires all who visit. The cliffs and seas are home to gannets, choughs, otters, dolphins and whales, while the rocky crags provide a rich habitat for over 400 wild plants and flowers. A walking trip will allow you to explore the most spectacular and remote corners of these islands.

Its time to contact Paddy & Julia in The Quay House and book your exciting island hopping stay! Click here to contact.