Area Highlights

  • Killary Fjord
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sea Cruises
  • Killary Sheep Farm
  • Leenane Mountain Walking Festival
  • Leenane Atumnal Festival
  • Activity Centre
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Uninterrupted Scenery

Cottages in Leenane

Description Of The Area

Leenane, located at the head of Killary harbour on Irelands only fjord probably boasts the the most beautiful scenery in the whole of Ireland. The surrounding majestic mountains encompass the calm waters of Killary Bay and the Maumturk and Twelve Ben mountain ranges perfectly encapsulate the beauty of the Leenane area.

The rugged countryside is completely unspoilt and beautiful waterfalls tumble from the hills toward the bay. Leenane is famous for its stunning contrasting landscape and the varied beauty of its location. It is this uniqueness which has been attracting artists, sportsmen, geologists and leisure-seekers for many years. Leenane is a mecca for the outdoors type. The surrounding hills and trails are world famous for hill walking and all levels are catered for.

Water sports are available on Killary Bay, and Killary Adventure Centre offer many of these activities, amongst other activities at their purpose built adventure centre which blends invisibly into the landscape. If you fancy some bungee jumping, cliff diving, high ropes or clay pigeon shooting, to name but a few, the this is the place for you. The centre caters for all, from the mild adventurer to the adrenaline seeker. The Delphi Adventure Centre is also in the area, located on the Louisburg Coast Road on the Mayo side of Killary Harbour. Scuba Dive West is located in Lettergesh, a short drive away.

The area offers lots of angling on its rivers and on the sea. Killary harbour provides a home to a wide range of fish, crustaceans, shellfish and seaweeds. Even the basking shark can occasionally be found at the mouth of the bay. Visible in the landscape are the ancient tombs, ruins of old famine villages, and the markings of old potato ridges providing a distinctive pattern in the hills.

The roaming sheep dot the many high hills, and salmon can be seen leaping through the beautiful Aasleagh falls at the head of the fjord. For those looking for a cruise in the harbour and bay, Killary Cruises offer fjord tours on their comfortable and spacious luxury catamaran, with case and bar on board. Killary Cruises also offer evening cruises with live music during the summer months. For the land lovers, visit Killary Sheep Farm where visitors can view sheepdog demonstrations, sheep shearing demonstrations and turf cutting demonstrations; a fantastic day out.

Kylemore Abbey is a short drive away, on the road to Letterfrack. There is lots to see at The Abbey as well as the Gothic Church, Victorian Walled Gardens, Craft Shop, Pottery Studio, Tea Rooms and the peaceful walks around the Lakes and Woodlands .

The bars, restaurants, cafes and shops in Leenane village will provide the visitor with lovely locally sourced food and goods. Enjoy a drink while watching the calm waters of Killary Harbour, or watch the sunset while dining in one of the many fine restaurants.

The Annual Leenane Mountain Walking Festival offers participants a unique combination of mountains and sea over a weekend of stunning mountain and coastal walks in breathtaking scenery.

The Leenane Autumnal Festival is held over the last weekend of September annually. It celebrates all things autumnal, with a focus on traditional food, arts and crafts from this exceptionally beautiful part of the country.

Map Of The Area