Killary Harbour

Killary Harbour Things to do

Killary Harbour Things to do
Killary Harbour Things to do

Killary harbour in Connemara Co. Galway is Irelands only 3nd fiord.  The fiord is approximately 10-13km in length.  The fiord can be reached by the N59 from Clifden heading north towards Leenane village on the Westport road.  The fiord/harbour acts as a natural county border with Galway to the south and Mayo to the north. The Fiord is of glacial formation.  We can drive along the harbour using the N59 or the R335 routes heading towards Westport or Louisburgh.  The fiords centre is approximately 45 metres deep. The fiord is surrounded by 3 mountain ranges of the Twelve Bens, Maumturk mountains and Patry mountains.  The lone mountain of Mwelrea stands to the north shore of Killary and is 814 metres in height.  The landscape is of world Unesco heritage and is protected by The National Parks and Wildlife services.

Visit Salmon Fishing Farm

For many years Killary harbour had salmon fishing farm which is still in existence. Ashleigh falls which is situated at the east end of the fiord is a natural waterfall that is 6-8 foot in height and can be accessed on the Louisburgh road on the R335 road approximately 2km north of Leenane village.  Killary fiord is on the main Wild Atlantic Way route and is easily signposted by following the brown background signs with blue waves on the main routes.  Along Killary harbour there are alot of attractions and places to visit when visiting.  Killary boat tours host sailing throughout the main tourist season from the Beginning of April towards the end of October.  Tours takes approximately 90 minutes and tickets can be booked on board or online.

Visit Delphi Resort Centre

Among the other attractions in the local area is the Delphi resort and adventure centre which includes a four star hotel and produces home produced cooked meals.  Delphi resort centre is approximately 10 minutes from Leenane on the R335 Louisburgh road.  Among the other attractions along Killary is the Killary Adventure Centre, built in the late 1990s caters for Hostel Accommodation that includes an outdoors adventure centre.  The centre is situated on the N59 Clifden to Westport road and is located 5 minutes north of Leenane.

Enjoy Leenane village

Leenane village which surrounds Killary Fiord is situated on the shore end of Killary Fiord.  Leenane is approximately halfway between Clifden and Westport on the N59 road.  The population of Leenane is approximately 450 persons.  The village of Leenane is situated in the Maam Valley. Among the local attractions in Leenane village is Hamilton’s bar, The village grill, Leenane seaweed baths, Leenane wool and sheep museum and The Leenane Hotel. The main stone bridge linking Westport and Clifden N59 road was originally built in the early 1800s by Alexander Nimmo who designed and built Roundstone village, was subsequently destroyed by a landslide in 2007 from heavy rainfall.  A new bridge was built in 2009 to replace the old structure but still retains a stone like appearance from the original bridge but is now wider than the old bridge with a longer span with reinforced concrete material.   Leenane hosts the Walking Festival every May and Autumn Crafts festival in mid September.