About the property
- Apartment452 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Properties ranging from 1-4 bedrooms, sleeping 2-8 and 1-2 bathrooms
Bru na Mara is a beautiful complex just outside Carna on the Wild Atlantic Way, that combines traditional design with modern comfort. The site overlooks a small harbour, and has spectacular views of the sea, the historic Mason and St MacDara's islands, and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Situated in the south west corner of Connemara, the complex is an ideal location for touring and exploring Connemara and South Mayo. Carna, which is situated in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region) is an important centre for Traditional singing, music, and dancing, with weekly sessions in neighbouring Kilkieran. There are a host of activities within easy reach, including a number of spectacular, unspoiled white sand beaches at Moyrus, (1.5 km) Mynish (7 km) and Callowfinish (8 km). The area is also ideal for walking or cycling, with little traffic, stunning views, and the cleanest air in Europe.
Riona Connolly Green
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- english, Irish
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 15, 2018
About Riona Connolly Green
My Name is Riona-Connolly Green, and I am a retired second-level teacher. I live here in Bru na Mara with my husband and my dog "Spot." We have a son and daughter who work elsewhere. My family started running Bru Na Mara as a guest house in 1933, and we re-opened as a high quality totally renovated Self Catering Accommodation centre in 2003. While teaching offered its own rewards, in helping young people reach their potential over the course of the school year, operating holiday accommodation is very different in that every week new people arrive, usually desperately in need of a rest and relaxation, and at the end of their stay they leave transformed for the better.
Riona Connolly Green purchased this Apartment in 2001
Why Riona Connolly Green chose County Galway
I grew up in this house, and running this business has given me the opportunity to meet and welcome people from all over the world, of all nationalities, and allowed me to share with them the incredible beauty of my native area which I so cherish. I have travelled all over the world in the course of my life, and it's very rare to be able to find a place like Connemara with six entirely different types of landscape within minutes of each other. (Coastal, Mountain, Bogland, Lakeland, Fjord, Meadow) So it is a matter of immense pride that people from all over the world come to the area I grew up in to enjoy it's unique culture and extraordinary natural beauty.
What makes this Apartment unique
The air in Mace Head is so pure that it is the site of one of the most important atmospheric research stations on the European continent. The air comes directly across the Atlantic, and supports a wide variety of fragile and rare plant and lichen species. The proliferation of wild flowers and plants is extraordinary. The Views from the premises include Mountains, Islands and Coast, and at night time, you can see stars. In fact you are so far from sources of light pollution that you can see all the stars. You are right on the very edge of the entire European landmass where it is possible to get away from the world if only for a short time, and get back in touch with the beauty of nature. I can guarantee you, that wherever you are reading this, that the Carna area is about as different from where you are right now as it's possible to get. And Bru Na Mara is the ideal place to stay to enjoy this unique part of the world.
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Wonderful sea shore view.
We received a lovely warm welcome from our hostess. She was really helpful with regards to where to visit.
The cottage was spotlessly clean and all our needs were provided for.
We were upgraded to a bigger cottage with lovely views.
Fabulous relaxing holiday
An absolutely stunning place looking out to sea, Rhiona was friendly and very helpful and shared her knowledge of the local area. The cottage was lovely and homely with everything we needed. An absolute treasure of a find.
Seaside, idyllic apartment.
What an absolutely beautiful, spotlessly clean, and cosy apartment. My wife and I stayed one week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves; beach walks, countryside drives and visiting county Connemara. Rionna is a delightful knowledgeable and lovely host. We highly recommend this place.
Christmas in Ireland
My Fiance and I stayed here for 3 nights over Christmas. We had the little apartment on the side which included a beautiful bedroom and en suite bathroom as well as a fully equipped kitchen and a really cozy living room. The apartment itself was immaculate and also decorated for Christmas for us! Riona went out of her way to welcome us and made sure we were taken care of the whole time. The location was fabulous for short trips around the Connemara area, I'd definitely recommend a car! The views were stunning in every direction.
A very nice place to stay. Very quite and picturesque. The hostesses are very hospitable. The rooms are comfortable and clean. Wi-fi is available. Probably, it is a little bit hard to find the way to the pier if you are traveling by the car.
Very highly recommended!
Bru Na Mara is a very nice place for enjoying the sea, the air and the surrounding beautiful nature of Connemara. It is a beautiful and cosy location at the end of a little road. The seaview with some little isles is salving.
We felt very comfortable and being welcomed by Riona. Her information helped us to discover local places and to plan day trips in Connemara. We liked walking along the coastline behind the house and loved it beeing sometimes guided by her cute dog. We liked the landscape and the atmosphere very much, especially the bog with the sheeps, the coastline and the mountains. We enjoyed the daytrips to the Island of Inishbofin and a walk on Diamond hill or to some sandy beaches and also to Galway-City.
We appreciated cooking at home and to buy and taste the local products and also to go out to Pups and to enjoy the delicate seafood.
Staying there gave us great impressions!
Bru Na Mara is 5 km South West of Carna village beside Mace Pier. Go through the village of Carna, take the first left turn after approximately 2.5 km west of Carna. At the next Y junction keep right and turn right at the next junction after approximately 300 metres. Continue down this road until you reach the house at Mace Pier. Bru na Mara provides traditional yet ultra modern self-catering accommodation 'at the quiet end of Europe'. Ideal for cycling, hill-walking, rock-climbing, treeking, horse-riding, golf, pitch and putt, swimming, surfing, scuba-diving, canoeing, fishing, boating, sailing and sailing festivals. A haven for botanists, bird-watchers, artists and writers. Renowned for Irish language, traditional singing, music, dance, pre-historic and medieval remains. Good food and drink available locally in a relaxed athmosphere. The area is famous for its lamb and seafood. Within driving distance of Roundstone, Clifden, Letterfrack, Kylemore Abbey, Killary , Aran Ils. Other Activities: painting, pitch and putt ,Scuba Diving.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Fees No additional mandatory fees 100 euro Refundable Damage Deposit is due at check in. Fully refundable at check out subject to damage inspection. Guests are required to contact Riona prior to arrival with an approximate arrival time. Deposit required. HomeAway Payments Check-in-time after 6 pm Check-out-time 10am Owner's Cancellation Policy 100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.