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Carraroe Holiday Village Connemara - Carraroe Connemara Co. Galway

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Located in the Connemara Gaeltacht village of Carraroe in County Galway, Carraroe Holiday Village is the perfect location for touring Connemara, Galway and the Aran Islands. There are 10 traditional three star cottages and three four star houses. The holiday village is set amongst the stunning beauty of Connemara's landscape. 

The four star lodges are beautifully designed and decorated, of modern construction and feature oil fired central heating and an open fireplace. The lodges have 4 bedrooms which include: ( Upstairs) 1 king bedroom en suite, 2 double bedrooms   and 1 bathroom with bath and shower WC and washbasin. (Downstairs) 1 double bed room and a downstairs bathroom with shower cubicle WC and washbasin. Kitchen/dining/sitting room open plan. (Some of the lodges have twin beds so please request this at reservations stage if required)


The three star cottages are also of modern construction and feature an attractive open plan loft style twin bedroom, an enclosed double bedroom, and a bathroom with a toilet and sink upstairs.  There is a single bedroom downstairs and a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. 

Connemara itself is irresistible, its towering mountains, rivers and lakes and wonderful sea views. The scent of peat fires and the soft sound of Irish, for this is the Gaeltacht where Irish is the first spoken language. These are just some of the elements that combine to make this unique part of Ireland.

Activities nearby include golf, tennis, hill walking, sailing and fishing. The Connemara area offers something for everyone, all set in a beautiful landscape.

There is a small and basic playground onsite at Carraroe Holiday Village but a 15 minute stroll will bring you into the Village where there is a really well equipped playground.

4 Star Lodges (sleep 8 people) SUN-SUN BOOKINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST

All of our lodges are of modern construction and feature oil fired central heating and open fireplace with enclosed gardens and WiFi. They also have dishwasher and washing machines.

3 Star Cottages (sleep 5 people)

All of our cottages are of modern construction and feature an attractive open plan loft style bedroom, an enclosed double bedroom and a downstairs single bedroom. These units do not have dishwasher or washing machine. There is a laundrette onsite if required.

PLEASE NOTE: Strictly NO PETS allowed at this property. We ask that guests please respect the owners wishes.

Towels are provided at the lodges but are not in the cottages so you will need to bring along your own.


Connemara itself is irresistible, its towering mountains, rivers and lakes and wonderful sea views. The scent of peat fires and the soft sound of Irish, for this is the Gaeltacht where Irish is the first spoken language. These are just some of the elements that combine to make this unique part of Ireland.

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hill Walking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing

Things to do:


The coast of Connemara has many beautiful beaches. The most famous of these is the coral strand in Carraroe, otherwise known as Trá an Doilín. This is a mere two-mile walk from the center of the village and should not be missed. For those who prefer soft sandy beaches many can be found in Carraroe and the surrounding area.

The Aran Islands

A trip to Connemara would not be complete without a trip to one of the three Aran Islands. There are two means of transport to the islands, by ferry from the port in Rossaveal, only five miles from Carraroe Village, or by plane (which only takes eight minutes), from the airport in Inverin.

The Gorumna Islands

Much more accessible than the Aran Islands one can travel to these by car as they are connected to the main land via a series of bridges. The islands are beautiful, particularly in the summer when the weather is fine.


There are an abundance of fishing opportunities in the West of Ireland with the countryside crisscrossed by streams, rivers and lakes. There are fishing clubs, schools and guides available in the area with licenses for Coarse and Game fishing starting from as little as €12.00 and absolutely free should you decide to fish off the rugged Atlantic Coastline.

Galway City

Galway is a charming city with winding cobbled streets and a wealth of history. Small enough to explore in one day, it is a fascinating mixture of old and new. With its many shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants it is a real treat for food lovers. Not to be missed is the market, held every Saturday from early in the morning; here one can buy crepes, bagels, sushi and curry as well as various handcrafted mirrors, jewelry, and paintings. Get there early to make the most of this popular market as some goods often sell out early on in the day.


There are two multi screen cinemas in Galway, including the newly built Eye cinema, which brings a whole new level of comfort to your cinema experience. The second is the Omni-plex, located just a few minutes walk from the city center, this is conveniently located, right beside Mc Donalds and across the road from both the Galway Shopping Center and the bowling alley.


Galway is a fantastic city for any shopper. From Brown Thomas – a top class department store, to smaller boutiques, and the most popular high street shops, such as Next, Topshop, Oasis etc. Galway also boasts a wide variety of craft shops selling beautiful hand made goods of all kinds. Art galleries, bookshops and toyshops galore, there really is something for everyone.

Rainy days

Galway has plenty of options for those rainy days, these include bowling, laser quest and snooker halls opposite the omniplex cinema near the center of the town. The Aquarium in Salthill is also very popular with both adults and children alike.


The traditional seaside resort of Salthill, is a mere 35 minutes drive from Carraroe, here you will find facilities to please everyone. Why not take a walk along the prom and stop for a coffee in one of the coffee shops or bars, or spend the day in Leisureland, with its indoor swimming pool and kiddies pool for winter, and the funfair rides in the summer. If funfair rides are not your cup of tea then relax and enjoy a game of mini-golf. There’s so much to do in Salthill you’ll be spoilt for choice, and at the end of the day, relax and “Watch the sun go down on Galway Bay”.


The “Capital” of Connemara, lies 50 miles Northwest of Galway and an hours drive from Carraroe. This popular tourist town has truly magnificent scenery, wonderful shops and restaurants, and of course the famous site of the former Marconi wireless Station, where in 1919 Alcock and Brown landed after that historic flight. The Sky Drive is not to be missed: Take the High Road and you will climb to 500ft and see Inishturk and Turbot, a truly amazing sight, take the Low Road and you will be rewarded with equally spectacular scenery.

The Clifden Arts festival takes place in late September – a 10 day celebration of the arts.

Kylemore Abbey

A beautiful neo-gothic Castle, built by the English industrialist Mitchell Henry in 1868, and was sold in 1920 to the Benedictine Nuns fleeing war-torn Belgium, the Castle then became an Abbey. The Nuns later opened an international boarding school here. The gardens were restored in 2000 and a complimentary shuttle bus takes visitors to the Victorian walled garden. Gifts can be purchased in the Pottery and the craft shop.

The Cliffs of Moher

Located in County Clare this is a popular day-trip for holidaymakers. With the scenic drive and spectacular views this is well worth the trip.

Places To Eat:


Tí an Táilliura 

This bright and spacious pub is the newest pub in the village and serves a wonderful breakfast until twelve o clock daily. Ti an Tailliúra also serves a good range of sandwiches and soup throughout the day. Their coffee is second to none. Enjoy traditional Irish music at the weekends.

The Royal Villa

Carraroe’s newest restaurant, the Royal Villa is a treat for even the most difficult to please. It serves a fantastic variety of oriental food and also caters for the less adventurous diner, with options such as steak and duck. Their famous barbecue spare ribs are not to be missed. The Royal Villa also provides a very efficient takeaway service at a reduced price, for lazy nights in front of the TV.

An Cistin

A pretty, Old World pub, very popular with the locals, serves traditional Irish food at lunchtime daily at a very reasonable price. Traditional music at the weekends also.

Hotel Carraroe

A charming restaurant overlooking the grounds and gardens of the hotel, which serves dinner from six until nine in the evening and lunch from twelve thirty until three o clock daily (Summer months only).

An Fheadóig

Tasty burgers and fish n chips at a snip (and only two minutes walk away).


An Chéibh

This traditional Irish pub serves a wide variety of foods, but is especially popular for its renowned breakfasts. Pop in on your way to the ferry in Rossaveal or have a tasty and very reasonably priced meal in the evening, before settling down to an entertaining night of live music.



This restaurant is located in the center of Spiddal village and serves a fantastic selection of seafood. As Spiddal is located right on the coast and only several miles from Rossaveal, a major fishing port, you can rest assured that the fish will be as fresh and delicious as can be!


This should keep the kids and the kid in you happy, one of Irelands favourite chip shops only a few miles down the road just in case of emergencies.

Jackies Bistro

Located on the outskirts of the village itself, Jackies is in fact at the center of Spiddals craft village, where one can pick up a wide variety of homemade and handcrafted wares. Jackies bistro serves delicious homemade goodies, from her famous chocolate biscuit cake to scrumptious sandwiches.

An Cruiscin Lán

A small, attractive hotel located in the center of the village, An Cruiscin Lan has a full three course menu, which is very reasonably priced. An attractive feature is the outdoor terrace where one can enjoy an after dinner coffee, whilst enjoying spectacular sea views.


White Gables

A long-time favorite traditional restaurant, this charming restaurant is as pretty as a picture, looking in fact very like an old fashioned Christmas card. This is a cosy restaurant, which serves top class food, and has service to match. Reservations may be required.



This charming nautical themed pub serves a wide variety of food, from snacks, such as soup and sandwiches to a full three course meal, and is very convenient for a quick bite to eat after a long day at the beach. Situated on one of the loveliest beaches in Connemara, this popular .bistro boasts fantastic views of the Atlantic.


From Galway, take the coast road through Spiddal and follow the signs for An Chearhrú Rua which is gaelic for Carraroe . It is approximately a 30 minute drive from Galway City.


From Galway, take the coast road through Spiddal and follow the signs for An Chearhrú Rua which is Irish for Carraroe . It is approximately a 30 minute drive from Galway City.  Clifden is a 55 minute drive away.  Carraroe Village itself is tiny but you can walk into the village from the Lodges and Cottages.  

Carraroe is on a peninsula so you are surrounded by safe and beautiful beaches - including the famous Coral Strand.

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  • Linen Provided
  • Television
  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Hairdryer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Central Heating
  • Patio Furniture
  • Patio Area
  • Dishwasher
  • Open Fire
  • Non-Smoking
  • No pets allowed
  • Coffee Machine
  • Shower only (no bath)
  • 4 ring hob
  • Childrens playground close by
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Heating & Electricity an extra charge
  • Cot available on request
  • Saor View

Carraroe Holiday Village Lodges

  • Property Type
  • Sleeps
  • Bedrooms
    4 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    3 Bathrooms
  • Dream Ireland Rating
    Cloud Rating

Carraroe Holiday Village Cottage

  • Property Type
  • Sleeps
  • Bedrooms
    3 bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    2 Bathrooms
  • Dream Ireland Rating
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