Oughterard is a peaceful retreat just 30 minutes away from the bustling small town of Galway. This quaint and traditional Irish village serves as a gateway to the beautiful Connemara Mountain region.
Our intention was to visit Connemara; however, the unpredictable Ireland weather had other plans in mind. It honestly came as much needed forced relaxation, as we were experiencing slight exhaustion at the tail-end of a whirlwind 2-month trip around Europe.
The day we intended to visit Connemara, the forecast called for heavy rains and strong winds in that particular region. By this point, we had fallen in love with Oughterard and weren’t too disappointed that we’d instead have to spend another day in this charming town.
Accommodations in Oughterard
We booked two rooms for a few nights at a local bed and breakfast (The Waterfront House Country Home) and we couldn’t have been happier with our selection. (Toccara’s dad and step-mom joined us for a week in Ireland.)
With only 6 rooms, it is a cozy and welcoming home! Some of the rooms have distant views of the Connemara mountains. However, we elected to stay in the lake front rooms!
The house also has a communal sitting room complete with fireplace, books, magazines, and a TV. We will forever have fond memories of purchasing a few groceries from the local store and having a ‘picnic-like’ dinner in the sitting room while watching the World Cup!
Breakfast is included in the room rate. Because of limited seating in the dining room, the hosts serve breakfast in 2 rotations. You are informed of your breakfast time upon check-in.
Breakfast was made to order and included fresh meats, cheeses, yogurt, cereal, eggs, cooked meat, and fresh fruit. There certainly was no shortage of yummy options!
We experienced a little bit of overcast skies and light afternoon showers, but other than that, the weather was delightful during our time in Oughterard.
The house setup encourages relaxation! Lounge chairs and picnic tables overlook beautiful Lough (Lake) Corrib.
There are even a few row boats on property that guests are free to use!
Sam and his father-in-law share a passion for being out on the water, so they grabbed the oars and paddled over the calm waters of Lake Corrib.
Just a short walk from the bed and breakfast is an open field along the lake front. We came upon two beautiful and friendly creatures.
Oughterard’s most notable feature is Aughnanure Castle, a preserved 16th-century fortress. This castle can be reached by a 25-minute walk from the B&B or a quick drive in the car.
Just a short walk from the castle is the Oughterard Golf Club. We’re not golfers, but we are eaters and the golf club boasts a restaurant overlooking the course with a moderate selection of culinary options.
Following a light lunch at the golf club, we returned to The Waterfront House Country Home to relax and enjoy our final evening in Oughterard.
For our road-trip adventure around the Emerald Isle, we rented a car from Dooley Car Rental at the Dublin Airport.