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From Bearna to Indreabhan

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From Bearna to Indreabhán - Cois Fharraige
From the village of Bearna (Barna) some four miles west of the vibrant city of Gaillimh (Galway) the road to the Conamara (Connemara) Gaeltacht hugs the shoreline of world famous Cuan na Gaillimhe (Galway Bay). The picturesque 18-hole championship course of Bearna Golf Club looks out across the bay at the hills of Clare and the white limestone hills of the famous Burren and the Aran Islands. Set between timeless moorlands and the blue Atlantic Ocean, the coast road now meanders westward through Na Forbacha (Furbo) to the cheerful Gaeltacht village of An Spidéal (Spiddal) with its craftspeople, Irish music makers, Irish language television and film producers and a host of other creative minds visualising ideas through the Irish language. At the edge of the village is Tigh Standún, a landmard for visitors seeking the best in quality gifts and crafts from Ireland. Nearby is Ceardlann an Spidéil, a village of craftspeople specialising in vibrant tweeds, wood turning, pottery, screen-printing, knitwear, silks and leatherwear.

Roadside beaches and a sheltered harbour add to An Spidéal`s (Spiddal`s) appeal as a family holiday destination. From Spiddal Pier there are deep-sea fishing trips available out along the bay or around the stunning beauty of the Aran Islands. Move west again along the road through Indreabhán (Inverin) where a turn to the right or left will introduce the uninitiated to a world of marvellous hillside, bogland or coastal walks. Sean Scoil Shailearna, the restored primary school at Indreabhán houses a community-based insight into nature and the elements in Connemara. From the airport at Indreabhán Aer Árann flies daily to the three Aran Islands.

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