Traditional Cottages at Cnoc Suain
Two of our cottages in the Lower village - An Baile Iochtar - are available for private rental on a self-catering basis.
With nature at your doorstep, Cnoc Suain is an ideal retreat for writers, researchers, artists, poets, or persons wishing to take some time out in the midst of nature and quietness, where the only intrusion, in this timeless atmosphere, is the melodic sound of birdsong.
Our village blends quietly and unobtrusively with the surrounding pristine landscape. Stone thatched cottages, dating back to 1691, nestle seamlessly into the hillside.
All of the cottages, influenced by the surrounding fragile ecosystem, have been painstakingly restored, and provide accommodation of distinct character and charm, while also exuding a sense of timelessness, comfort and ease.
The cottages are heated using renewable energy heat pumps, in keeping with our environmental philosophy on conservation and sustainability.
Salvaged timbers, slate, and local field stones have been used in the sensitive restoration of the cottages, adding to their uniqueness.
The luxury lies in the simplicity - Cottages simply furnished, using handcrafted furniture and traditional cast iron beds. Modern conveniences are provided - discreetly - for the comfort of guests. Brightly coloured kitchens have all necessary cooking equipment. Rounded in places, the walls create a soothing interior of soft colours, and reveal small cosy bedrooms - most of them with private shower-rooms, and all as "snug as a ships cabin".
A Complimentary Offer
At Cnoc Suain, self-catering guests, during the months of June, July and August, may avail of the ‘Conamara Irish Culture Experience' programme (or equivalent alternative) free of charge. This complimentary offer is available on the Saturday morning of departure, starting at 11.00 and finishing at 12.45 approx.
An outline of the Cultural programme - a cultural immersion in local Gaelic culture and nature - can be viewed on the PDF below.
The villages of An Spidéal (Spiddal) and Maigh Cuilinn (Moycullen) have a variety of restaurants, cafés & pubs. Many of the pubs provide ‘sessions' of Irish traditional music in the evening or at night. An Spidéal is a 5 minute drive and Maigh Cuilinn is a 7 minute drive from Cnoc Suain
Shops, supermarkets, & pharmacies provide a wide range of products with many of the shops open until 10.00 pm approx. A Farmers Market is held in Moycullen village each Friday. Moycullen has an Internet Café and a Health Food Shop "Evergreen". Doctors and dentists are available in both villages. An Spidéal also has a well equipped Medical Centre. Galway city has three modern ‘high tech' hospitals.
Sunday Mass is available in the Roman Catholic churches in both villages - An Spidéal offers mass in the Gaelic language and Maigh Cuilinn offers mass in English. Other Christian denominations conduct religious services in Galway city.
Galway city is a 25 minute drive from Cnoc Suain through either Spiddal or Moycullen. Galway is a vibrant city and hosts a range of cultural venues - theatres, cinemas, a museum, bookshops. Many city restaurants have developed a reputation for good food. There are plenty of pubs and cafés, with a range of music from Irish traditional to rock & jazz.
Galway is a ‘festival town' with a wide range of annual events - the Cúirt poetry festival, the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races (horse-racing), the Film Fleadh (the Film Festival), The Oyster festival.
Places to visit
Cnoc Suain is ideally located for day trips to a wide range of tourist attractions. The Cliffs of Moher & the Burren, west Conamara & Clifden, Mayo & Westport. There are places of religious importance eg. Craogh Patrick in south Mayo, Maiméan in west Connemara and MacDara Island in south Conamara. The Aran islands & the ancient fort of Dún Aonghusa can be accessed by ferry or by plane (with Aer Arann). Brigid's Gardens and Aughanure Castle are also places of interest.
There are many easy scenic walks in the environs of Spiddal and Moycullen. The Twelve Bens and the Maamturk mountains in west Connemara are well suited to mountain walking. Freshwater fishing is available on Lough Corrib and sea-angling is provided at Spiddal Pier. There are a number of golf courses in the area and horse riding is available close-by.