Bru na Mara is a beautiful complex just outside Carna on the Wild Atlantic Way, that combines traditional design with modern comfort. The site overlooks a small harbour, and has spectacular views of the sea, the historic Mason and St MacDara's islands, and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Situated in the south west corner of Connemara, the complex is an ideal location for touring and exploring Connemara and South Mayo. Carna, which is situated in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region) is an important centre for Traditional singing, music, and dancing, with weekly sessions in neighbouring Kilkieran. There are a host of activities within easy reach, including a number of spectacular, unspoiled white sand beaches at Moyrus, (1.5 km) Mynish (7 km) and Callowfinish (8 km). The area is also ideal for walking or cycling, with little traffic, stunning views, and the cleanest air in Europe.
- House2163 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Four Bedroom 4* House on Wild Atlantic Way.
Riona Connolly Green
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- english, Irish
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 22, 2018
About Riona Connolly Green
My Name is Riona-Connolly Green, and I am a retired second-level teacher. I live here in Bru na Mara with my husband and my dog "Spot." We have a son and daughter who work elsewhere. My family started running Bru Na Mara as a guest house in 1933, and we re-opened as a high quality totally renovated Self Catering Accommodation centre in 2003. While teaching offered its own rewards, in helping young people reach their potential over the course of the school year, operating holiday accommodation is very different in that every week new people arrive, usually desperately in need of a rest and relaxation, and at the end of their stay they leave transformed for the better.
Riona Connolly Green purchased this House in 2001
Why Riona Connolly Green chose County Galway
I grew up in this house, and running this business has given me the opportunity to meet and welcome people from all over the world, of all nationalities, and allowed me to share with them the incredible beauty of my native area which I so cherish. I have travelled all over the world in the course of my life, and it's very rare to be able to find a place like Connemara with six entirely different types of landscape within minutes of each other. (Coastal, Mountain, Bogland, Lakeland, Fjord, Meadow) So it is a matter of immense pride that people from all over the world come to the area I grew up in to enjoy it's unique culture and extraordinary natural beauty.
What makes this House unique
The air in Mace Head is so pure that it is the site of one of the most important atmospheric research stations on the European continent. The air comes directly across the Atlantic, and supports a wide variety of fragile and rare plant and lichen species. The proliferation of wild flowers and plants is extraordinary. The Views from the premises include Mountains, Islands and Coast, and at night time, you can see stars. In fact you are so far from sources of light pollution that you can see all the stars. You are right on the very edge of the entire European landmass where it is possible to get away from the world if only for a short time, and get back in touch with the beauty of nature. I can guarantee you, that wherever you are reading this, that the Carna area is about as different from where you are right now as it's possible to get. And Bru Na Mara is the ideal place to stay to enjoy this unique part of the world.
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Absolutely fabulous! Relaxing stay at the end of the world
We (four adults, four children) spent wonderful holidays at Dara, part of Riona's gorgeous seaside property Bru na Mara on the western coast of Ireland. The house and the location even surpassed our expectations and Riona went out of her way to offer helpful advice on local attractions and to make our stay agreeable. Rocky beaches, walks in fields, the tides and Spots, the adorable dog, provided plenty of entertainment for all ages. Due to its remote location and the lack of traffic, the property is ideal for small children who can run around and explore the beach at their leisure. The house was spotlessly clean when we arrived and both the kitchen and the living-room with a fireplace turned out to be very cosy, popular places for communal meals and activities. The picnic area on the porch offers absolutely stunning, unobstructed views of the coast, local fishermen and the Connemara landscape. It is difficult to imagine more peaceful surroundings. Very fond and grateful memories remain!
Perfect location. Absolutely loved it. Six teenage kids happy ...highly recommended!
The house was perfect. The location stunning. The pier was perfect daily entertainment. Wetsuits on and we had so much fun jumping off the pier at high tide. We had six kids with us aged 12 to 19 and they had a fabulous time. We discovered the beaches at Roundstone... they were beautiful and immaculately clean . A fabulous body boarding beach is Doonlaughlin at Balyconneelly. Kylemore Abbey was stunning. So much to do!!! We all loved it. And Riona was so friendly and helpful . 100% from all of us. Will miss those beautiful views of the sea ! A great holiday!
A lovely house, tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean & well equipped.
We had a wonderful holiday in Dara Bru Na Mara! Excellent location beside the sea in a remote part of Connemara. The grounds outside the property are meticulously kept. Our children really enjoyed climbing the rocks & stones alongside the sea. The inside of the house is spacious & very clean. The kitchen was well stocked with crockery & utensils. The beds were comfortable & had nice bedlinen. The WIFI was reliable & satellite TV was available. The oil fired heating is set to come on morning & evening, we also lit the fire one day that it was stormy.
Riona was a very nice lady, informative about local attractions & readily available to answer any questions.
We visited Inishmore island, Connemara National Park (climbed Diamond Hill), Kylemore Abbey, Clifden, Roundstone, Cong, went pony trekking in Ballyconneely, visited Dog's Bay, Gurteen's Bay & the local Mweenish beach, enjoyed it all thoroughly.
Very beautiful travel
We had a great time in Ireland. We loved the Connemara and the home of Riona . The house is beautiful , clean and spacious . Riona was a great help to visit the area . We will return with pleasure.
Thank you for spending Christmas in Dara. It was a great pleasure meeting you and your lovely family. I trust that you will cherish your fond memories of Bru na Mara for a long time to come. Riona.
An oasis of calm
We stayed here for two weeks. It was very quiet and relaxing, right on the edge of the ocean (we even saw whales one morning). Riona is the perfect host, knowledgable about the local area and history, hospitable and allows you your space. The apartment was well presented, and the views are superb.
Not too far away from the edge of Europe
The location of Riona's cottage is exceptionally beautiful. While in front of the door the wild Atlantic was raving, in the hinterland you may get lost among sheep, stones, erratic boulders, bogs and countless lakes. BTW bogs, unbelievable for us that sundew and butterwort just grow beside the road in the ditch. In the Alpine Foothills, South of Munich (Bavaria), you can find them only in limited areas and if you - at all - were lucky to see them, than it would be a sensation. Riona provided us with welcoming food and drinks and delivered a lot of useful information which - to say the truth - we were unable to follow completely. Caught with some particularities such as flowers, rocks, landscape formations we only could grip a small part of our resolutions. It turned out that Riona is still an expert in rocks giving us some necessary hints.
Soon we got familiar with Riona's home, especially due to her approach to protect the environment by reducing waste and separating bins, cans, paper etc. We felt like being at home. The tiny sleeping room will be kept in our mind forever. What a stunning view towards the sea! We're afraid we won't have this in heaven again!
Bru Na Mara is 5 km South West of Carna village beside Mace Pier. Go through the village of Carna, take the first left turn after approximately 2.5 km west of Carna. At the next Y junction keep right and turn right at the next junction after approximately 300 metres. Continue down this road until you reach the house at Mace Pier.
Bru na Mara provides traditional yet ultra modern self-catering accommodation 'at the quiet end of Europe'.
Ideal for cycling, hill-walking, rock-climbing, treeking, horse-riding, golf, pitch and putt, swimming, surfing, scuba-diving, canoeing, fishing, boating, sailing and sailing festivals. A haven for botanists, bird-watchers, artists and writers. Renowned for Irish language, traditional singing, music, dance, pre-historic and medieval remains.
Good food and drink available locally in a relaxed athmosphere. The area is famous for its lamb and seafood. Within driving distance of Roundstone, Clifden, Letterfrack, Kylemore Abbey, Killary , Aran Ils.
Other Activities: painting, pitch and putt ,Scuba Diving.
Additional information about rental rates
Fees No additional mandatory fees 200 euro Refundable Damage Deposit is due at check in. Fully refundable at check out subject to damage inspection. Guests are required to contact Riona prior to arrival with an approximate arrival time. Deposit required. HomeAway Payments Check-in-time after 6 pm Check-out-time 10am Owner's Cancellation Policy 100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.