Leenane and North Connemara
"...Probably the best scenery in Ireland"
Be prepared to hold your breath in awe as the approach to Leenane is spectacular from all directions. This pretty, old world village lies nestled between the Mweelrea, Devil's Mother and Maamturk Mountains and faces onto Killary Harbour - Ireland's only Fjord.
The beautiful village of Leenane, snugly situated at the head of Killary Harbour, is often aptly described as the 'Gateway to Connemara'. The roads from Maam, Clifden, and Westport meet at this point. Killary Harbour extends ten miles inland and with the mountains rising steeply on either side provides what is probably the best scenery in Ireland.
Walkers have access to Mweelrea, Sheefry, Paltry and Maumturk Mountains. Leenane with its surrounds is a haven for geologists due to a great variety of sedimentary, volcanic and metamorphic rocks. There is good fishing in the local Erriff and Delphi rivers. Well known beauty spots include Aasleagh Falls and Doolough Valley, scene of the tragic famine walk.
A film adaptation of John B. Keane's famous play "The Field", directed by Jim Sherdian, was made in Leenane in 1989. Well-known stars taking part included the late Richard Harris, John Hurt and Tom Berrenger. Visitors can visit many of the locations used as sets in the film. In more recent years the famous Kelly Family from Germany used Leenane as the setting for a singing album. There is something for everybody with facilities for adventure sports, cruising on Killary, mountain climbing and fishing. These, combined with good accommodation and food, make Leenane an ideal holiday location.
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