Stay at Cnoc Suain

Between mountains and sea, with nature at your doorstep, Cnoc Suain is an idyllic retreat. Relax in an atmosphere of tranquillity and timelessness, surrounded by 200 acres of wild heathers, bogland, hedgerows & birdsong. Our Connemara hill village blends quietly and unobtrusively with the surrounding landscape. Stone thatched cottages, dating back to 1691, nestle seamlessly into the hillside. Influenced by the surrounding fragile ecosystem, the cottages have been sensitively restored, providing accommodation of distinct character and charm, while exuding a sense of timelessness, comfort and ease.

Cnoc Suain holds the highest Platinum status in Tripadvisor’s GreenLeaders Programme consecutively since 2014. The GreenLeaders Programme recognises accommodations that engage in environmentally friendly practices, making it easier for travellers to find and book a greener stay.

“Staying in one of these cozy cottages with duvet-covered iron beds is one of the most authentic experiences you could have in Ireland.”
National Geographic

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. The walls, naturally rounded in places, 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”.

Salvaged timbers, slate, and local field stones have been used in the authentic restoration of these cottages, adding to their uniqueness. Underfloor heating is provided by renewable energy heat pumps. Bed linen and towels provided, washing machine and dryer on site. Dining / living rooms have a wood-burning stove with a starter fuel pack included. Electricity and heating is included in the rental price.

An Sceach Gheal

Sleep under the thatch in this unique 17th century thatched cottage. ‘An Sceach Gheal’, dating from c.1691,  has been sensitively restored using local field stones and reclaimed timbers. It has distinct character & includes cosy dining/living room, hand-crafted kitchen fully equipped with modern conveniences, two en suite bedrooms, one double and one single, wood burning stove and underfloor heating throughout.

This cottage is suitable for maximum number of three people, adults only. Electricity & heating is included in the price. Underfloor heating is provided by a renewable energy source. Minimum stay; 3 nights

See further details on amenities and the surrounding the area at the end of this page.

An Nead

This charming one bedroomed slated cottage nestling into the hillside, is surrounded by wild heather, bogland, hedgerows and birdsong. It has its own distinct character, and includes a living/dining room, a hand-crafted kitchen with modern conveniences, a snug bedroom with traditional cast iron double bed (with a super cosy mattress) and a spacious adjoining shower-room.

An ideal cottage in which to unwind, relax and simply enjoy nature on your doorstep.

Wood-burning stove. Starter fuel pack included. Underfloor heating provided by a renewable energy source. Washing machine and dryer close by. CD player/Radio, bed linen and towels provided. Adults only. 

Minimum stay; 2 nights

See further details on amenities and the surrounding the area at the end of this page.

Sean Teach

The 200 year old thatched stone cottage situated on the hill at Cnoc Suain, is at one with its surroundin  ancient landscape. In this magnificent setting, the Maam Turks and Twelve Bens Mountain Ranges of Connemara provide a striking backdrop, while Cnoc a Loch lake, a forest and a blanket of bogland stretches across a seemingly never ending horizon.

Within the four walls of this cottage one is reminded of the simplicity with which life was lived, and the ingenuity necessary for survival. A feeling of calmness prevails.

Places to visit

Situated in the Gaelic speaking area of Connemara (An Ghaeltacht) between the villages of An Spidéal (Spiddal) – a 5 minute drive – and Maigh Cuilinn (Moycullen) – a 7 minute drive, Cnoc Suain is ideally located for day trips to a wide range of tourist attractions.

These include The Cliffs of Moher & the Burren, Clifden & west Connemara (including Connemara National Park & Kylemore Abbey), Mayo & Westport. The Aran islands & the ancient fort of Dún Aonghasa can be accessed by ferry or by plane (with Aer Arann). Brigid’s Gardens and Aughanure Castle are worth visiting. There are places of traditional local pilgrimage and spiritual significance eg. Craogh Patrick in south Mayo, Maiméan, MacDara Island and the island of Inchighoill in Connemara.


A 20 minute drive away, Galway is a vibrant city of culture and creativity with a range of interesting venues including; literary and traditional music pubs, museums, theatres, cinemas etc which host an eclectic mix of events, exhibitions and programmes. 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. Galway’s reputation as a food destination is growing steadily with McKennas, accredited food critics, crowning Galway as “the finest city to eat in Ireland” in 2015.


Connemara is a haven for walkers of varying levels. The Twelve Bens and the Maamturk mountains in west Connemara offer mountain walks and challenging trails.

Closer to home, the environs of Spiddal and Moycullen provide relaxing and scenic walks. Within Cnoc Suain’s 200 hundred acres there are tracks and ample opportunities to explore the natural surroundings.

Cycling in Connemara is also a popular activity. The 15km scenic route between An Spidéal and Moycullen is a particular favourite with cyclists.

Freshwater fishing is available on Lough Corrib and sea-angling at An Spidéal. Golf courses, horse riding and water-sport activities are available in the area.


There is an excellent choice of restaurants, pubs, cafés, supermarkets, healthfood stores, crafts and gift shops in and around the villages of An Spidéal and Maigh Cullen. Many of the pubs in An Spidéal provide live ‘sessions’ of Irish traditional music and a great pint of Guinness! There are a number of secluded sandy beaches in An Spidéal and along the shores of Galway bay. A farmer’s market takes place in Moycullen every Friday, selling a variety local and organic produce and artisan foods.

Please inquire for pricing and availability