10 Things to Do in Carraroe That You Shouldn't Miss

December 29, 2017 Renato Branum

Carraroe (Irish: An Cheathrú Rua Irish pronunciation: [ənˠ ˌça(h).ɾˠuː ˈɾˠuˑə], its official name) is a village in County Galway, Republic of Ireland. The village is within the Irish-speaking region (Gaeltacht) of Connemara, and is famous for its traditional fishing boats known as Galway Hookers. Its population is widely dispersed over Carraroe peninsula between Greatman's Bay (Cuan an Fhir Mhóir) and Casla Bay (Cuan Chasla). Carraroe has an unusual 'coral' beach, Trá an Dóilín, a biogenic gravel beach actually made of coralline algae known as "maerl".
Restaurants in Carraroe

1. Wolfhound Adventure Tours

Lee's Cottage | Ballymore West, Boyle, Ireland
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Wolfhound Adventure Tours

Reviewed By donaldehall - pasadena,ca

Wolfhound offers three tours of Ireland: Southern, Western and Northern. We took the Southern tour in August 2017. First, let me tell you what this is not. I have been on week long bike tours by five different companies, including Backroads, VBT and Sojourn. They were all just fine and very similar. Wolfhound was different. Note it is billed as Biking, Hiking and History. And indeed you got some of all these. The accommodations were nice and comfortable but not posh. It is hard to separate out whether the special aspect of this trip was due to the beautiful and interesting country or the tour guide Dave O’Conner. Probably a combination of both. Dave was without question the best tour guide I have experienced. While the other outfitter guides all have good knowledge of the sites, Dave’s breadth of knowledge was much deeper, not to mention his sense of humor. Having studied history at university he was erudite and well informed in all aspects of Ireland, from its history to its current status – political, economic and social. He toured with great sensitivity to his guests adjusting the tour for the desires of the group and the constantly changing weather.
I hope to someday book another with Dave. My colleague who went with me has done so already.

2. Eagles Flying

Ballymote, Ireland +353 71 918 9310
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Eagles Flying

Eagles Flying is a scientifically run Wildlife Sanctuary specializing on Birds of Prey and Owls. We focus on "hands on" interaction between our well trained animals and our visitors. During our educational flying demonstrations members of the audience can have a bird of prey land on their hand or have Eagles, Falcons, Hawks or Vultures stoop inches over their heads while Scientists inform in a friendly and fun way. Our visitors can also visit our unique "Touch-Zoo" where they can play and pet "Tui & Alan" our Foxes, get pick pocketed by "Grizzly" our tame Raccoon, have "Monty" our 4 meter Python around their shoulders or get up close and personal with any of the other unusual animals. Get closer than you have ever been to the masters of the sky. Eagles Flying really is an unforgettable experience and a must see for people of all ages and interests.

Reviewed By Alan N

What a great place - staff were friendly, entertaining and so welcoming, they had so much knowledge about all of the birds and were informative but kept it light hearted and entertaining. They are all very passionate and care about the birds and it’s clear that they are well looked after. Excellent day out 10/10

3. Ewings Sea Angling and Boat Charters

Rosses Point F91 CF54, Ireland
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Ewings Sea Angling and Boat Charters

Join us on board our charter boats for the most amazing experience of the Atlantic Ocean! Catch that fish you've always dreamed of catching. Feel enthralled by the wildlife and beauty on a floating eco-tourism tour. Eat the freshest fish you've have ever tasted, caught by your own hand. Sligo Boat Charters offers the best boat trips in Sligo and Donegal Bay that can be customized to do, or catch, exactly what you want. We catch more fish, offer better value for money and offer the best selection of trips and fun party ideas for beginners and experts. Simply bring wet gear and we'll provide the rest under the nurturing eye of your highly experienced and qualified skipper. Located in Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, nestled under the Benbulben and Knocknarea Mountains, we are based in the quintessential haven of the Wild Atlantic Way. Book a trip with us so you can hear the call of the seagulls, taste the salty air and experience firsthand, the magic of Sligo Bay. We look forward to welcoming you on board! Services available include deep sea angling, reef fishing, shark fishing (August-October), Coney Island water taxis (Great for a BBQ'ers, swimmers and walkers), Inishmurray Island trips, sightseeing trips and eco tourism cruises. Trips can be tailor made to suit any customer or budget and include modest half day, full day and evening trip rates for groups, individuals and children. Rods and tackle are available for hire on board, beginners and families welcome! Gift vouchers available.

Reviewed By Grahsm W

this was my first time sea fishing, and i had a great day, there was a good bunch of people on the boat, and a fair few fish were caught too, Daryl is a great host and an extremely knowledgeable fisherman and boat captain. i loved every moment and will defiantly go out again. the only down side was having to gut and fillet a load of fish at the end of a long day, but the freezer is well stocked and the recipe books are out. see you again next year Daryl, and ill bring a few more people with me next time too, as everyone i have talked to about it has said they would love to have a go aswell

4. Slieve League

Slieve League Cliffs | Near Teelin, Carrick, Ireland +353 97 00000
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Slieve League

Don't miss your opportunity to visit one of Ireland's best kept secrets and a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Located in south west Donegal along this magnificent costal driving route are Ireland's highest Sea Cliffs, Sliabh Liag. A visit to the cliffs and the surrounding region is a must on your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. Experience the local culture, heritage and people of Donegal against the backdrop of our spectacular and rugged coastline.

Reviewed By Bats7 - Northants

Staying in Killybegs we took the opportunity to go up to the Slieve league on quite a rainy windy January ......
The site is just incredible , apart from the majesty of the cliffs the area has been so thoughtfully set for safe visits to the area ensuring it is accessible to everyone. If the weather hadn’t been even some up unpredictable we would ha have walked higher but there is a developed path and viewing area that nothing is missed.
I’m sure it would be a fantastic place in softer weather to stop and enjoy nature at its best even lovely set out indestructible picnic tables that have defied every storm this year so far!!
There is a lovely looking tea room and craft shop about 5 mins away but it was closed as seasonal but I made sure would be a great little spot.
Thank you to Donegal for ensuring mighty nature is protected but accessible.

5. Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna | Arigna, Roscommon, Ireland +353 71 964 6466
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Arigna Mining Experience

Reviewed By irishview2016 - Galway, Ireland

Visited here on a quick tour with my 15 year old son - very impressed - well worth the time - extraordinary story. Thought I would go to TripAdvisor and encourage others to go along - but I see nearly everyone has given a 5...MoreHi there, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave us your kind thoughts. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time here at Arigna Mining Experience ☺️

6. Rathcroghan Royal Site

Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre | Roscommon, Co. Roscommon, Tulsk Eire, Ireland +353 71 963 9268
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Rathcroghan Royal Site

Rathcroghan, in County Roscommon, is the hidden heart of the West of Ireland. When you visit this area, just off the N5 Dublin to Westport road, you can experience the home of Celtic Warrior Queen Maeve, the Goddess Morrigan, the Cattle Raid of Cooley, and seat of Gaelic Royalty – this is the Land of Legends for over 5,000 years. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the ancestors, imagine yourself transported back through time to the age of warriors and heroes, and enjoy this fascinating slice of Irish Heritage.The Rathcroghan Complex, with over 200 ancient monuments, is the historical royal capital of Connacht, Ireland’s Western province. We have been nominated to World Heritage Status, and Rathcroghan Visitor Centre offers a BRAND NEW Rathcroghan and Medieval Tulsk exhibition (open April 2014) with fully insured guided tours tailored to suit you; whether your interest is History, Genealogy, Literature, Archaeology, Heritage, Spirituality, or Mythology. Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, in the Medieval village of Tulsk, provides professional guided tours with a qualified historian/archaeologist; plus self-guide information, maps and advice; family friendly activities, workshops and special events, and full café facilities. You can shop for unique hand crafted gifts, an unparalleled specialist book selection, and expert advice no matter what your interest in Irish Culture, History or Heritage.

Reviewed By Almostgreynomad - Sydney, Australia

Anywhere else in the world … this would be World Heritage Listed, and a major tourist attraction.
One day (maybe sooner rather than later), it will be given the World Heritage status it deserves. Before that happens, come and experience …. sheep wandering over the mounds .... on the day I went, I was the only participant on the tour … so a ‘private tour’ …
Indeed, the whole reason these sites have survived, is that the land has been used for grazing sheep / cattle. If the land had been used for industry or crops, the monuments would have been destroyed / lost.
There are over 240 archeological sites spread over a 6.5 km area, not all can be visited, as lots are on private land, so much to see and appreciate, wonder and learn.
My tour guide was the manager, Daniel, who is an archaeologist and an absolute wealth of knowledge .... I learnt so, so much .... not just about the buildings / structures, but about the mythology of Queen Maeve and the the entrance to the other world !
If you want to enter 'the other world' (Oweynagat) bring some overalls to wear over your clothes ... the entrance is narrow and muddy .....
If you are travelling in the off season, probably best to ring and book the tour .... rather than just 'turning up' !
I highly, highly recommend ..... I have visited lots of other ancient sites in Ireland, and (in my opinion), this is the very, very best. So much information to absorb ... I will have to come back for repeat visits ......
They also run lectures - so if you are going to be in Ireland for a while, ask to join their mailing list !

Sligo, Ireland 353-71-61201
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Knocknarea

Reviewed By Emma C - Hadleigh, United Kingdom

The views are wonderful and well worth the hard climb to the top. Well signed and good car park. A lovely afternoon in the sun.

8. Belleek Castle Museum

Belleek Castle | Garrankeel, Ballina, Ireland +353 96 22400
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Belleek Castle Museum

Open 7 days a week, our castle tours are a highlight not to be missed. The Tours include the history of the castle, going back to the Middle Ages. You will see the Medieval Banquet Hall, the Spanish Armada Bar and other romantic Rooms. The highlight of the tour will be the Marshall Doran Collection, the finest collections of medieval armour, jurassic fossils and antiques in Ireland.

Reviewed By TalCul

Went on tour of the castle with an excellent guide called Carol. She really brought the place alive and spent great time with us with her vivid descriptions of the history of the castle. Highlights are the bar and armoury! Would highly recommend!

9. Mullaghmore Coast

Mullghmore Coastal Drive, Mullaghmore, Ireland
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Mullaghmore Coast

Reviewed By sonyamsonyamsonyam - Dublin, Ireland

We took the Coastal route and enjoyed it very much. Mullaghmore is a small fishing village. The harbour is very pretty. We drove on the coast road to Mullaghmore head (this is where international surfers come in search of big waves called 'prowlers'. i was told that swells can reach up to 30m (approx. 100 feet).This usually happens in the Winter. There is a lovely castle visible on the approach road to Mullaghmore (private property, owned by the Mount Batton family, part of the English Royal Family) Look at the M.B.on the entrance gates to the castle!

10. Lough Eske

Donegal Town, Ireland
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Lough Eske

Reviewed By t-bonetraveller - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Located a few miles north of Donegal town, Lough Eske is still very rustic and unspoiled. Numerous points to access. A walk from the Lough Eske Castle Hotel is a nice leisurely stroll through the woods to the lake.

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