Fishing

Excellent salmon and brown trout fishing on Cong river and Lough Corrib. Gillies and boats can be arranged.

Walking

There are endless walks through Cong woods and Ashford Castle Estate. For the more adventurous there’s nearby Mount Gable and the Connemara mountains. The famous Croagh Patrick is only 45 minutes drive away.

More information can be found on the Coillte website.

Cycling

For road cyclists there are routes through Connemara to suit all. Many of the routes have been used on the Tour or Ireland and boast some breath taking scenery.

Mountain bikers have many cross country routes through Cong/Clonbur Woods and the Demoura MTB Trail only 30 minutes away in Oughterard.

More information can be found on the Coillte website.

Golf

Cong is an excellent base for playing some of the finest golf courses in the west of Ireland. Ashford golf course, Westport golf club, Ballinrobe golf club, Connemara links Ballyconnelly and Galway Bay golf club are all within driving distance.

Horseriding

Ashford Equestrian Centre provides training or treks through Cong Woods and Ashford Castle Estate.

The centre is a mere 5 minute drive from the Cosy Loft.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Excellent canoeing and kayaking is on offer on Cong river and Lough Corrib. Available through autumn/winter on the famous Cong Dry Canal.

Falconry

Irelands School of Falconry offers an unrivalled opportunity for you to fly a Harris Hawk on the spectacular grounds of Ashford Castle.

Information can be accessed through the Falconry School website.

Cave Exploration

The Cong area has some unique karst developments where all the drainage of Lough Mask discharges via underground routes, creating many spectacles such as the Pigeon Hole and Ballymagibbon Caves.

 

There are many different activities and attractions close by, something to suit every interest and energy level.

Just a few notable attractions include:

ASHFORD CASTLE

The world famous Ashford Castle Hotel dates back to 1228 and was once the estate of the Guinness family, before becoming a luxury 5 star hotel in 1939. Situated on the shores of Lough Corrib its large estate has spectacular gardens and trails.

THE QUIET MAN

In 1951 the famous movie ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara was shot in the west of Ireland with most of the scenes shot around Cong Village and the local area, where many of the locations can be seen today.

CONG ABBEY

Founded in 632 A.D. by St. Feichin as a monastary, this site was chosen by Turlough Mor O’Connor, High King of Connaught and of Ireland as the Royal Augustinian Abbey of Cong which was built in 1120 A.D. for the order of the Augustine. The Royal Abbey of Cong is one of the finest examples of early architecture in Ireland.

LOUGH CORRIB

Lough Corrib is the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland at 42,000 acres in size. It stretches 33 miles from Cong to Galway City. The lake is famous for its brown trout fishing and for its spectacular views with the Connemara mountains as a back drop. Daily cruises leave from Ashford and Lisloughrey piers and visit Inchagoill island with 5th Century monastic ruins.