About Cuinne Cottage

An 18th century traditional Irish cottage ‘Cuinne’ has been tastefully refurbished to encompass the comforts of modern living yet retains the charm of some original features such as the half door, stone hearth and low doorways. Set in mature, enclosed gardens the cottage is located in a small farming community 3kms from the town of Headford and 23kms from the medieval city of Galway. The air of tranquillity that pervades the area of approximately a dozen cottages makes it a wonderful place to relax.
The garden provides the perfect location to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the peaceful countryside whilst also providing ample parking, bar-b-que, and garden furniture.

Here are just a few interesting things to do and places to visit whilst on holiday in ‘Cuinne’

  • Falconry at Ashford Castle, Cong
  • Horse Riding at Ashford Castle Cong, Cloonboo (N84), or Salthill near Galway City. Also further away in Connemara.
  • Historical & Archaeological tours from Cong
  • Dry Canal, Cong
  • Ashford Castle, Cong
  • Set for the Quiet Man film of the 1950’s, Cong
  • Sheepdog Demonstrations at Lough Nafooey beyond Clonbur
  • Walking & Cycling
  • Boat trips on Lough Corrib, Killary Harbour, Connemara coast and to the many Islands off the Galway and Mayo coast.
  • Climb Croagh Patrick
  • Connemara National Park
  • Beach & Promenade at Salthill
  • Medieval City of Galway
  • Ruins of Ross Errily Abbey, Headford
  • Ballintubber Abbey, off the Castlebar-Galway road
  • Museum of Country Life, Castlebar
  • Horse Racing at Galway and Ballinrobe
  • Fishing on Loughs Corrib, Mask and Carra
  • Burren Landscape, Co Clare
  • Pallas Go-Karting near Loughrea
  • Horse Museum near Loughrea
  • Leaflets with detailed information on all the above activities can be found in the cottage.

The Area

On the borders of counties Galway and Mayo ‘Cuinne’ is 10kms from Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second largest lake and renowned fishing centre. Loughs Mask and Carra, also great fishing lakes are within 20kms.

Headford Town is a lively market town with restaurants, pubs, supermarket etc. For further information see www.headford.org Lough Corrib is famous with anglers from all over Europe and hosts several competitions during the fishing season, the most famous being the Mayfly at the end of May.

Headford is a very historical area with many ruins going back to the 12th & 13th Century. Ross Errily Abbey is one of the finest examples of monastery ruins in the country. Moyne and Kinlough Castle ruins are examples of 13th Century Norman Keeps located just outside Headford Town. The Joyce Country Drive runs by the top of the road and is approximately a 160km drive through Connemara, a looped tour out of Galway city, taking in Killary Fjord, Connemara National Park, Cong village and many more interesting sights. The coast of Connemara has many beautiful unspoilt beaches while the nearest beach is just 22 kms away at Salthill, Galway City.

The medieval city of Galway is 500 hundred years old, located on the West Coast of Ireland and famous for its arts. A university town, it is a centre for music and culture, home of Macnas Street Parades and the Druid Theatre. Drama and music can be found most days on the city streets. Its coastal position provides the city with much in the way of marine adventures and activity, sailing, windsurfing, etc.

Salthill promenade and beach are just west of the city centre.

Winter in Galway is busy but in Summer the activity is non stop! Pubs full of character, ceol and craic go leor make up all the ingredients for an exceptional holiday in the West!

Galway is the largest county in Connacht. Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second largest lake separates the mountains of Connemara from the farm lands of East Galway. Connemara is a spectacular area with a vast expanse of mountains and lakes, peat bogs and moorland. It has inspired poetry and song throughout the years. The landscape is constantly changing making touring a pleasure.

From south Galway down into County Clare the limestone hills run to the dramatic coastline of the western seaboard. Around Kinvara you may see the old currachs, the Galway Hooker, with its red sails out at sea. The coastal drive from Kinvara to Lisdoonvarnagh is approximately 160 kms and affords a detailed look at the famous Burren area which is now a protected area with renowned fauna and wildlife.

The Gaeltacht is the heartland of Irish culture and you will still hear Gaelic being spoken today. It is an adventure that offers endless possibilities continuing a linguistic tradition that stretches back centuries. The signposts are now all in Gaelic solely so hopefully you won’t have difficulty finding your way around the map!

All along west Connemara there are sandy beaches and a dramatic coastline, an enthralling place for the visitor to explore.

Mayo is a county with a great variety of scenery and unspoilt natural environment, rural landscape, rugged mountains, impressive rock terrains and the lure of the wild have something to offer the most discerning visitor. The scenic beauty of County Mayo rivals the best in Ireland with spectacular drives.

The mystical islands off the western seaboard are the spiritual home of traditional Irish music. Here you will experience a relaxed pace of life, wonderful scenery and warm hospitality. The ancient forts are rich in history and wild in spirit. There are an abundance of sights with quaint villages and old customs which make an unforgettable holiday and great memories.

Distances from Cuinne

  • Westport - 75kms
  • Shannon Airport - 110kms
  • Dublin - 243kms
  • Cork - 230kms
  • Belfast - 395kms
  • Rosslare - 315kms
  • Clifden - 81kms
  • Ireland West Airport, Knock - 74kms

Main Features

  • Irish Tourist Board Approved
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5/6
  • Oil Fired Central Heating
  • Solid Fuel Stove in Livingroom
  • Fully Fitted Kitchen
  • Dishwasher, Microwave
  • Bed Linen and Towels Provided
  • BBQ & Garden Furniture Supplied

Useful Links

  • Information about Headford, Galway
  • Go Karting in Galway
  • Fishing on Lough Corrib
  • Visiting Co. Mayo
  • Galway Tourism
  • Holiday Home in Rosslare