Lettergesh Beach

June 2010

We should declare our bias about Connemara. To us it's the nicest place in the whole country and it also has the nicest swimming places. And if you get the beaches in good weather then it's quite spectacular.

So Lettergesh is just one of Connemara's great places to visit and swim. The water here on a fine day is crystal clear and not too deep. Like many places on the west coast the water can be a couple of degrees colder than other parts of the country. However, it's clearness and freshness make up for that.

Apart from the lovely water there are great views across to the Mweelrea mountains in Mayo and behind you are the impressive mountains of Benchoona and Garraun.

The beach itself is quite well sheltered and at one end you can scramble across a small promontory which leads you to another equally nice stretch of beach

We're not sure but was part of 'The Quiet Man' filmed here?

There is a large, gravelly car park and you would be able to carry a buggy across a small rocky stretch to the beach. There isn't wheelchair access.

Directions

 
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From Leenane take the R 59 for Clifden. After a few kilometres take the right turn for Tully Cross. You pass two lakes and keep on this road until you pass Connemara Camping on your right. Soon after this there is a signpost for Lettergesh Angling which, in true Irish fashion, brings you to the beach

Ordnance survey Map No. 37

 

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