If you’re seeking amazing mountain views and a spectacular coastline, the picturesque little fishing village of Roundstone should be top of your list. A bustling harbour, traditional bars and top class seafood restaurants and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination in Connemara. Read on for more…
The popular seaside resort of Roundstone is located in the heart of Connemara, at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain and overlooking the Atlantic. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery on all sides it’s a fantastic base for a relaxing break.
Founded in the 1820′s by Scottish Engineer, Alexander Nimmo, the village was populated by Scottish fishermen. A Franciscan Monastery was built in 1835 and within 5 years the village had a prosperous fishing industry. Roundstone’s name comes from the Irish “Cloch Na Ron” (Rock of the Seals).
The locality has many historical, geological and scenic points of interest. The remains of an ancient monument to St. Brendan can be found on Inishnee (a small island in Roundstone Bay) and you’ll also come across the remains of various other Christian settlements on nearby islands. The ruins of a 15th century Dominican Priory can be found 2 miles north of Roundstone.
For a holiday memento the village has a traditional craft centre where you can buy pottery, musical instruments and
silver, Celtic jewellery as well as hand crafted stoneware.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors Roundstone has a lot to offer. Nearby Dogs Bay and Gurteen Beach are great for swimming or just splashing about, or you can enjoy a pony trek on one of the famous Connemara ponies. Check out nearby Connemara National Park or you can climb to the summits of Errisbeg Mountain or the 12 Bens Mountains.
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