Roundstone Travel Guide

  • Roundstone village
    Roundstone village
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  • O'Dowd's pub...inside
    O'Dowd's pub...inside
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  • O'Dowd's pub...outside
    O'Dowd's pub...outside
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Roundstone Things to Do

  • Connemara Loop

    Take a half a day and drive the Connemara Loop from Rounstone through Clifden and on to Letterfrack. We followed the N59 through Kylemore and turned around having driven along Ireland's only fjord in Leenaun. We took the R344 back to Roundstone, stopping at the Ballynahinch Castle.Stops along the way: hiking options and shopping in Clifden,...

  • Watch bodhrans being made

    Bodhrans are the one-sided drums used in traditional Irish music. You can see them being made by hand at Roundstone Musical Instruments.

  • Just walk around the area

    The surroundings of the Roundstone are quite varied. During our stay there, I and my SO just picked some direction and walked to see what's there. Things residing within a few kilometers of Roundstone include a nice white-sanded beach, some mountaintops with a nice view, places where the effects of tide is quite striking and other sights. For us,...


Roundstone Hotels

  • Roundstone House Hotel

    Roundstone Village, Roundstone, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

Roundstone Restaurants

  • Good place in Roundstone to have...

    Close to the fireplace, having seafood and a good Guinness...a really beutiful place where to stop in Connemara. From the front tables it's possible to see the bay.Better, if possible, to eat in the pub, even though there's less choice (in any case, for the restaurant in summer is better to call before for a reservation).Odowds is the winners of...

  • Wonderful Food!

    After a long day of driving Connemara, we ended up here on the recommendation of our hostess at the Errisbeg Lodge B&B. We were seated just at 7 as the restaurant opened and spent the next two hours in culinary euphoria. I ordered what I thought to be a simple combo - soup and salad. I had excellent seafood chowder (Americans would consider it more...

  • Great Restaurant, also for Lunch...

    We had lunch here and were served very well indeed.Wheelchair access: possible, but you need an assistant as the ramp up to the hotel is dangerously steep. Disabled restroom, though quite a small one (problem: door opening to the inside). Definitely not suitable for folks in power wheelchairs.

  • Worth the Trip

    I've posted a tip about O'Dowd's under the nightlife section as well as it is one of the establishments open latest in Roundstone. We started in the bar with a pint among what I believe were equal numbers of tourists and locals. The restaurant is a series of small alcoves and rooms.The host seated us after they were supposed to be closed and waited...

  • Chowder!

    This bright, open bar was featured in "The Matchmaker" as the bar and hotel. We found a table in an alcove and enjoyed lunch. I loved the seafood chowder on a rainy day - it was the best I had in Roundstone although I must admit that I didn't get to try the choweder at O'Dowd's.

  • The Absolute Best Seafood Chowder

    This is a cozy little restaurant and bar on the main street as you pass through Roundstone. There is a fireplace that you can sit before and you will need it if you go there in the winter like I did.As far as the price category is concerned, I can only go by the chowder. I did not look at anything else on the menu for prices. Seafood chowder. When...


Roundstone Nightlife

  • Delicious Food

    We spent a rainy evening in the bar at Eldon's playing cards and watching the rain streak the windows. The beer was great and the bar food is too. It closes around 9 (at least in June) to it isn't a rollicking hangout late at night. We loved it anyway. Casual

  • Earned its Reputation

    We wandered into Roundstone late (9pmm late in Connemara) on a weeknight and O'Dowd's and The Shamrock were the only places still serving food. We ended up eating in the restaurant because we could but would have been perfectly content choosing from their extensive bar menu (just a scaled down version of the food served in the restaurant).The pub...

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Roundstone Transportation

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    by cpiers47 Written Sep 29, 2007

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    Buses reach Roundstone only twice a week and take quite a bit of time to get there from Galway. We were limited to our number of days and so we rented a car from Enterprise (not a recommended rental company) in Galway. We were glad to have our own wheels as Connemara's towns are a bit spread out and it tends to be rainy. We passed a number of bikers braving the weather and hairpin turns.

    With a car, you can take in other places in Connemara and drive the Connemara Loop. Besides, to Americans, driving any car as tiny as the one we got is a novelty!

    Our Nissan Micra

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