Cong Village

Cong is one of the most beautiful villages in Ireland, with spectacular scenery and endless activities to keep you occupied throughout your stay. Cong is also steeped in history and heritage, with The Royal Augustinian Abbey dating back to 623 AD. 

Cong is home to Ashford Castle Hotel & Estate, recently voted the worlds No.1 hotel. 

Things To Do in Cong

Cong may be a small village, but there are lots of shops for you to explore during your stay.

  1. O’Connors Spar and Petrol Station
  2. The Hungry Monk Gallery and Gift Shop
  3. Maysonbrook Gift Shop
  4. The Quiet Man Museum
  5. Cong Pharmacy
  6. Galway Woolen Market
  7. Mrs Tea’s Boutique and Bakery
  8. Haires Cuts – Hair Salon
  9. Ryan’s  Food Emporium
  10. Rare & Recent Books
  11. Elizabeth Toher Photography

Cong is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast, no matter what you like to do.


Whatever discipline you prefer there is nowhere better to get out on your bike. Road bike – you can explore the local roads and the greater Connemara area. Mountain bike – there are endless trails to choose from in the surrounding Cong Woods. Derroura mountain bike trail is only 35min away. Bike rental can also be organised locally.


There are endless walks to suit all abilities. Cong Woods have plenty of walks to choose from, whether you want a gentle stroll or a longer hike. Why not start with a stroll around Cong village, the Augustinian abbey and visit the Monk’s Fishing House. Cong Woods has numerous trails, where you can explore many of the local caves and the Guinness Tower. Information on trails can found on Coillte website


Cong is nestled between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask two of the best salmon and trout fishing lakes in the world. Gillies and boat hire can be organised locally.

Horse Riding

Ashford Outdoors is a local riding centre where you can enjoy a trail ride around Ashford Castle Estate whether you are an experienced rider or a complete begineer. Information can be found on their website


Outdoor Activities

Ashford Outdoors activity centre is within walking distance of all the properties and is on the grounds of Ashford Castle. They have a whole range of activities keep all the family busy.
Zip Lining
Clay Shooting
Kayaking/Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Tree Climbing
Bike Hire 
Bike Tours
You can book directly on the website


Cong is home to Ireland’s oldest School of Falconry