About Oughterard

Oughterard, on the shores of Lough Corrib, is a lovely historic village, with its traditional stone fronts and a 16th century castle, set at the gateway of the beautiful Connemara Mountain area. Its variety of attractions, accommodation and businesses make it the ideal location to experience a small Irish Village and a base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery surrounding it.

View of Main Street 

The lively coloured shop-fronts and well-maintained architecture allows the village to perfectly blend old Irish charm with contemporary levels of service and comfort. The final crowning jewel is the lovely Owenriff River running through Oughterard starting in the Connemara mountains and emptying, at the edge of town, into Lough Corrib.


Lough Corrib, running alongside Oughterard, is the largest lake in the Republic and it not only offers some of the most spectacular views around but it is a world-renowned fishing spot. The fresh water trout and salmon bring fishermen from all over the world to try their luck. See our fishing information.

There are many lovely drives to take around the area as well as trails for those who enjoy walking and hiking.

Please see our attractions section for all the popular spots to visit. It is also only 17 miles from Galway City, the third largest city in the Republic, offering both Irish souvenir shopping as well as a taste of European styles. 

The Connemara Mountains, just West of town, provide some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. The rocky landscape, turf field, scattered lakes and sheep dotting the mountainsides are sights you will never forget.