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The charming Connemara fishing village of Cleggan is the perfect place to chill and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. At its heart is a busy harbour which is the departure point for the islands of Inishturk and Inishbofin.


Cleggan is tucked away in the north-west corner of Connemara and the perfect place to hide away from the world. Meaning ‘head’, this is a magical place where the sea influences the shape of the landscape - and affects the lives of all who live in its presence.

The original pier was built in 1822 by the noted Scottish engineer, Alexander Nimmo and is the focal point of this picturesque village today. The harbour is the closest mainland link for the islands of Inishturk and Inishbofin which attract thousands of visitors each year.

Like the rest of Connemara poverty, famine and natural catastrophe caused massive emigration in the 1800’s and 1900’s. In 1927 twenty-five fishermen from the area drowned during a freak storm in the Cleggan Disaster when they were mackerel fishing in the bay, devastating the local community.

Cleggan has always had appeal for writers and artists notably the poet Richard Murphy and novelist John McGahern who both lived here.

A climb to the top of Cleggan Head, where the remains of a watchtower constructed during the napoleonic wars exist, is a must for visitors. From here you can feast your eyes on village houses clustered around the harbour, High Island, and the Twelve Bens to the east – and the distinctive hills of Mayo including Croagh Patrick, and Achill Head to the north.

Take a stroll down Omey Strand and explore fascinating archeological sites including the remains of the 7th century church of St. Feichin, or at nearby Sellerna beach you will stumble upon the wedge tomb. You can enjoy deep sea angling, lake fishing, boat trips to Inishturk and Inishbofin, pony trekking, pitch & putt and diving in Cleggan. And when the sun goes down feast on the freshest of seafood and have the 'craic' in one of the local pubs.

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