Lough Inagh Lodge – Elegant Connemara

Just a very short drive up from the well travelled N59 between Galway and Clifden, the Inagh valley is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in Connemara. This is a paradise for walkers, anglers and anyone even mildly susceptible to the wild beauty of the great outdoors.  Lough Inagh Lodge is one of the very few habitations visible in this privileged spot, and I can’t think of a better base for exploring the best Connemara has to offer.

On the warm and sunny Sunday I visited there were lucky guests drinking al fresco in the summer sunshine.  The interior is warm and cosy with two sitting rooms, a pub which serves snacks all day, a room devoted to all the walking and fishing gear and an AA Rosette awarding dining room which serves hearty meals in the evening.

All the rooms here are named after famous writers and are decorated in traditional country house style. The front facings rooms have stunning views over the lake and mountains.

And those views over Lough Inagh towards the Twelve Bens truly are indeed unforgettable. Right from the front door you can stroll down to the lake or take one of the many trails that crisscross the valley, including the stunning Western Way. I met a couple who were enjoying a well earned pint after a four hour walk along the Western Way and they told me it was one of the finest walks they had ever taken – I’m adding that to my list of things to do on my next trip to Connemara!

For those less strenuously inclined, Kylemore Abbey and its famous Victorian walled garden is just a short drive away and there’s also a great walk up Diamond Hill from nearby Connemara National Park.

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Connemara, County Galway

Ryan Eiland, Editor, Best Loved Hotels.