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Welcome to Cnoc Suain, a restored 17th century Connemara hill-village.

Enjoy engaging and informative Day experiences and immersive Residential programmes when you explore aspects of Irish culture, nature & heritage at Cnoc Suain.

Original, Natural, Fun!  -  only a 25 minute drive west of Galway city.

As Irish/Gaelic speakers, musicians, natural scientists, teachers and owners of Cnoc Suain, we, Dearbhaill Standún and Charlie Troy invite you to join us in our restored 17th century hill-village  - 'Conamara clochán' -  set on 200 acres of stunningly beautiful ancient landscape, overlooking mountains, lake, bog and sea.

Enjoy a capitivating introduction to local Irish culture & nature in this international award winning Connemara hill-village. The Day Experiences are presented in English.

Traditional Music Session

Fáilte go Cnoc Suain, tearmann chultúrtha i nGaeltacht Chonamara.


Tearmann aoibhinn, fianaise ar stair na muintire, údar cultúrtha ar shaothar na nglúnta a bhí, lón anama dá bhfuil le teacht.

Cultúr           |         Dúlra          |         Dúchas

Cnoc Suain hill-village & it's Gaelic Cultural Experiences, unique and without precedent in Ireland, has won numerous national & international awards including:-

2010 Guardian Green Travel List

Cnoc Suain promotes sustainability, endeavours to create environmental awareness and to nurture creative talent, particularly among the young.

2010  ' Global  Vision  Awards '  Winner

"A beautifully restored hill-village that literally sits on layers of history, Cnoc Suain offers a thorough immersion in local culture."   Travel + Leisure Magazine.

2009  'Ethical Travel Award'  Winner

"A place quite unlike any other, where Irish traditions are alive and kicking." The Guardian.

2009 Barr 50 Gnó le Gaeilge

Tugann an scéim aitheantas do ghnóthaí agus do comhlachtaí a dhéanann iarrachtaí an Ghaeilge a úsáid agus a chothú ina gcuid gnó féin. Bhí Dearbhaill Standún ainmnithe.

2007 Connemara Heritage Award Winner

Cnoc Suain, Conamara - ensuring the future of the past while nurturing the culture of the present.

2011 LAMA Awards

Cnoc Suain was nominated by Galway County Council to represent Galway county in the Best Heritage Project section of the 2011 LAMA awards.

2012 EcoTourism Ireland Gold-Cert

EcoTourism Ireland has awarded a Gold-Cert to Cnoc Suain for The 'Bog & Beach' Experience. Fáilte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board are among the members of the awarding body.

Standing Stone"A Sense of Place"

Cnoc Suain is situated in a Gaeltacht - Irish/Gaelic speaking area - steeped in traditional music, song & dance and rich in the unique flora & fauna of Connemara's Bogland wilderness.

The smooth upright granite standing stone, c.1000 B.C, witness to the passage & changes of time, is positioned on top of the hill at Cnoc Suain and represents a special place of pre-historic burial.

Cnoc Suain, Conamara

"Serving as a trailblazer and a powerhouse in promoting sustainability and mindfulness of the earth's - and mankind's - precious resources."   Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Cultural       |        Natural       |       Sustainable




Corporate  Option

"a fusion of unique Irish / Gaelic experiences"

Cnoc Suain offers an exclusive personalised small group Day programme for Corporate and Incentive groups.

Cultural Experiences

Discover local Irish culture while participating in a lively & enjoyable  "Connemara Gaelic Cultural Experience" or by joining us for the 'Folkloric' Evening - a relaxed Irish evening of music, song, dance & storytelling.

Charlie with Guests

Private groups, with their own transport, may  reserve these programmes. Please contact Cnoc Suain for times & details.

Where we are

Cnoc Suain is situated on the southern foothills of the east Conamara Mountains, 6 km north of the coastal fishing village of  An Spidéal, and overlooking Galway Bay, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.

Located between the coastal fishing village of An Spidéal (Spiddal) and the lakeland village of Maigh Cuilinn (Moycullen), Cnoc Suain is ideally centred for day trips to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands, west Conamara and County Mayo.

Galway City, a 25 minute drive from Cnoc Suain, has many fine restaurants, pubs and cultural attractions. The world famous Galway Arts Festival is staged annually in July for two weeks.

You can view a map of our location here.

Photo Gallery

Horse & Lake

We have prepared a Photo Gallery of Cnoc Suain.

Bíonn siúlach scéalach

"The traveller has tales to tell"


Private Holiday Rental

Two of our cottages in the Lower Village - An Baile Iochtair - are available for Private Holiday Rental on a self-catering basis.

At Cnoc Suain (meaning "restful hill"), thatched and slate-roofed stone cottages, some dating back to 1691, and providing modern conveniences (discretely) for the comfort of our guests, exude peace, tranquility, comfort and ease.

Programmes & Activities

Engaging learning experiences are offered in an atmosphere of warm hospitality, conviviality and fun.

Whether travelling independently or with a group, you will find here at Cnoc Suain many opportunities to explore and enjoy wondrous aspects of Irish culture, language and natural history, in the company of tutors, guides, musicians and storytellers, who share their expertise with enthusiasm.

Choose from our scheduled residential programmes and events, or allow us to devise a tailormade programme to suit your particular group. Specific programmes for academic, alumni and corporate groups are also available.

Cnoc Suain is a sustainable destination suited to the discerning traveller seeking distinctive places and immersive experiences.

The Irish Times wrote:
Cnoc Suain is not preserving Irish language, music, traditions and crafts to enshrine them. This is no theme park; it is a place of living culture, oozing with pride and determination to share some of the joys of its heritage.

Cnoc Suain's Guiding Principle

Cnoc Suain is dedicated to presenting Irish culture, nature & heritage with the sophistication and high standard which befits it, without compromising its integrity and authenticity.

Recent News

Apr 16
Category: General

Cúirt International Festival of Literature offers an afternoon of music and history at Cnoc Suain