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Oughterard located 15 miles west of Galway City, is regularly referred to as
"The gateway to Connemara", will offer an enjoyable and unforgettable stay to any visitor. The very first people to set foot upon the land surrounding Oughterard were most likely hunter gatherers of the middle stone or Mesolithic age around 4,000- 3,000BC. Little is known about these early people's way of life but there are some megalithic tombs still surviving just North of Oughterard. Oughterard is the chief angling centre in Lough Corrib and its hotels, guesthouses, and pubs cater for the many anglers who come for the Mayfly dapping season in early summer, and for the "Daddy" and "Harry" in early autumn.

 

Aughnanure Castle Oughterard County Galway Ireland

Quiet Man Bridge Oughterard County Galway Ireland


Aughnanure Castle
Located just two miles outside Oughterard, approaching from Galway on the N59, is this 16th century Irish Tower House. Much of the surrounding area was occupied by the O'Flaherty clan, up until this time, but was taken over by The first Earl of Ulster, Walter de Burgo, in 1256. Standing on what is a rocky island the castle is particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watchtower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour. Access to the grounds is restricted for wheelchair users.
 
Quiet Man Bridge
The Quiet Man Bridge is located 5 miles passed Oughterard, down the Sky Road, which was the setting for the 1950's film "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The bridge is set in a bit to the left but is visible from the road and is clearly signposted.
 
Ross Castle Oughterard County Galway Lough Corrib County Galway Ireland

Ross Castle
Ross Castle (above left) is located only five miles outside Oughterard, approaching from Galway on the N59. The visible mansion was built by the Martin Family in the 17th century but there is some evidence still present of the original castle structure, built in the 15th century by the O'Flaherty Family, in its foundation.


Fishing
Oughterard is renowned world-wide for its excellent game angling in its Lough Corrib. There is also Coarse fishing available on the near-by Ross Lake. Fishing is a way of life for many that live in the area as well as a favourite pass-time for many of its visitors. Fishermen visit from all over the world to try their hand at catching its plentiful salmon and trout.

 
Other tourist attractions include viewing The Hill of Doon, playing a round of golf in Oughterard's scenic 18-hole golf course or enjoying a cruise on Lough Corrib to Cong or to Inchagoill Island, or perhaps finding out how candles are made by visiting the workshop and showroom of the Connemara Candle Maker.

Famous People

Walter Macken - actor, playwright and writer, made his home at Gort na Ganiv, Oughterard from 1951 to 1966.

 
 
 

 

 
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