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Things to do

  • The Quiet Man Guided Tour

    Award winning walking tours of The Quiet Man film locations depart daily from The Quiet Man Museum bringing enthusiasts to many of the film locations including the Pat Cohan Bar, the dying man's house, the Reverend Playfair's house, the courting scenes and the fight scenes. Book Tickets

  • Visit Cong Abbey

    Explore the 12th Century Cong Abbey & the Monk's Fishing House

  • Get off the beaten track

    Enjoy the beautiful lake shore, forest and nature walks and cycles around Cong. A real gem is the Cong to Clonbur trail – discover the Pigeon Hole cave, the gorgeous White Island, and Big Island with its lovely animal wooden carvings and loop back to Cong via the karst limestone landscape.

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  • Boating

    Take a cruise on Lough Corrib or hire a rowing boat and explore the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland with its 365 islands

  • Circling the Great Western Lakes

    Take a breath taking loop from Cong through the Maam Valley and Connemara circling the Great Western Lakes and experience this beautiful region Wild Atlantic Way region

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  • Wander around Cong

    Experience one of Ireland's most beautiful villages and the only village that featured on TripAdvisor's Top Ten Irish destinations in 2018

  • Walk the Old Road

    Enjoy the Seanbothar walk (translated as the Old Road in Irish/Gaelic) the through the Connemara countryside

  • Hike or cycle around Connemara

    Prepare to be blown away by mesmerising scenery

  • Climb Mount Gable

    Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you climb Mount Gable - a gentle mountain climb suitable for all abilities

  • Take to the water

    Have fun kayaking along the Cong River to Lough Corrib

  • Wild Atlantic Way

    Explore the beautiful Bay Coast section of the Wild Atlantic Way - less than 40 minutes from Cong

  • Arts and Crafts Shopping

    Savor the award winning food village with its artisan craft shops and Ryan's Food Emporium for the best fresh fish from the local rivers and lakes.

  • Visit the 10 Caves of Cong

    Discover the ten caves of Cong – a village surrounded by underground streams and caves.

  • Local Fishing

    Enjoy some of the best inland fisheries in Europe in Lough Mask, Lough Corrib and the river Cong. Salmon, trout, pike and perch can be caught in season.

  • Swimming

    Swim at the lovely Chalet beach in Lough Corrib located on the Ashford Castle Estate, close to Lakeland House.

  • Adventure Outdoor Pursuits

    Enjoy archery, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, woodland zip-wiring, tree climbing and bike trails at Ashford Outdoors. Try orienteering, abseiling, mountain climbing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, gorge walking, raft building, sailing, caving, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing and obstacle courses at Petersburg Adventure Centre.

  • Horse Riding

    Discover the pleasure of panoramic views of lake, forest and mountain from the back of a sturdy Connemara Pony or Irish Sport Horse at Ashford Equestrian Centre, located 5 minutes walk from Lakeland House. The Ashford Castle Estate, once home to the Guinness family, plays host to underground rivers, caves, castles, towers, abbeys and ringforts […]

  • Local Archaeology

    Discover the archaeological and historical wealth of the Cong area described by one of Ireland’s leading archaeologists as Ireland’s premier ritual centre and Ireland’s most significant archaeological site outside of the Boyne Valley.

  • Visit Connemara

    Cong, only one mile from Lakeland House, is the gateway to Connemara – an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Wild Atlantic Way with dramatic and breathtaking landscapes of mountains, lakes and rugged coastlines.

  • Breathtaking Walks

    Enjoy the tracks and trails around Lough Corrib, the Ashford Castle Estate, Cong Abbey and Cong forest on foot or by bike.

  • The Hawk Walk at Ireland’s School of Falconry

    The oldest established Falconry School in Ireland offers you the chance to fly a Harris hawk around the spectacular grounds of Ashford Castle in a one hour private Hawk Walk. Within minutes of arriving, you will have a hawk on your glove and be setting off to fly your hawk or hawks in the gardens […]

  • The Quiet Man Museum

    A must for any Quiet Man enthusiasts. It is an exact replica of the White O’Morn cottage in the movie. Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts and costumes are authentic reproductions. The four poster bed, the tables and chairs which Mary Kate cherished, the thatched roof, emerald green half door and white […]

  • Visit the Museum of Country Life

    Immerse yourself in the unique stories, rich heritage and fascinating cultural traditions of our rural ancestors at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life - in Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, only 40 minutes from Cong. Free admission to explore bygone crafts and skills, traditional farming and fishing practices, ancient customs, festivals and life in the home

  • Visit Galway - City of the Tribes!

    Soak up the wonderful atmosphere in this medieval city, only 40 minutes from Cong. Enjoy the weekend markets, take a stroll on Shop Street, listen to the buskers, have a pint or an ice-cream and do some shopping.

  • Visit the Joyce Country and Western Lakes Geopark

    The landscape of the Joyce Country and Western Lakes geopark is characterised by a contrast between the uplands of the Partry Mountains and Maumtrasna, the Maumturk mountains, Ben Beg, Lugnabrick and Mount Gable to the West and the lowlands starting at the shores of Loughs Mask, Carra and Corrib to the East. The Geopark is a fine example of a glacial landscape which features numerous sediments and habitats, as well as a Karst landscape around Cong.