Roundstone Things To Do
Roundstone is a fishing village south of Clifden. The history of Roundstone dates back to the 1800s. The founding engineer who built Roundstone was Alexander Nimmo. Alexander Nimmo was a civil engineer who hailed from Scotland and designed the bridges, roads and villages in the Connemara area during the mid 19th century. A plaque commemorates Alexander Nimmo and is located at the foot of Roundstone harbour. Roundstone is situated on the R341 road, 14 miles south from Clifden. Roundstone is also situated on the Wild Atlantic Route, stretching from Donegal to Cork. Roundstone is a very popular village for Irish traditional music throughout the summer months.
Roundstone hosts a number of festivals and horse shows throughout the main tourist season (April to October). In early July Roundstone hosts the annual Roundstone regatta where traditional Galway hooker boats compete in sea racing along Roundstone bay. Every Sunday from April to October Roundstone hosts an open food market by local producers such as bakers, garden growers and crafts people. Roundstone hosts numerous bars, hotels and restaurants. A family run hotel named Vaughan’s hotel on the main street is open from the end of March to end October every tourist season. Roundstone has two main churches (Roman Catholic and Church Ireland). The Church of Ireland just above the main street was built in the 1800s and is shaped in monastery architecture.
The Roman Catholic Church is a newer church when it was renovated in the 1960s and 70s. The Roman Catholic Church is located on the Ballyconneely road and is called Star of the Sea church. Near Roundstone for about 2km on Ballyconneely road Dogs bay and Gurteen beach is very popular with visitors and locals. The beaches have long sandy shorelines looking out onto Dogs bay and are also on the Wild Atlantic Way route and directional signage is provided on route which includes the blue wave signs with brown background. There is a music shop and jewellery making industry located across from the local national school also the site of a historical monastery is situated across from the music shop. The watch and bell tower is still exists and is where the jewellery factory and shop is situated. Car parking is free of charge on site. Nearby Roundstone we there are the remains of a 17 to 18th Century chapel and burial grounds which is a protected structure but access to the Ecclesiastical site is restricted as its on private property and permission must be sought by the local land owner. The chapel is on the Cashel Recess road (R341) about 2km outside Roundstone just before the 19th century Alexander Nimmo Road Bridge.
Nearby Roundstone Ballinahinch castle hotel is located on the Recess road about 5 to 8km from Roundstone (R341). Ballinahinch former railway station now closed but now in private ownership is located nearby. Ballinahinch castle and estate was built in the 19th century. Ballinahinch walk trails and open gardens have free access for the public. Ballinahinch estate is closed every January and is open from February onwards each calendar year.