Connemara and Mayo Pictures
This picture was taken off the road from Leenane to Louisburgh (Mayo) in the Doo Lough Pass area. It shows the northeasterly slope of the Mweelrea Mountains, the highest mountain range in the area. Driving along this road is an awesome experience! The scenery  changes constantly: If you start out in Leenane, what you see will very much remind you of a Norwegian fjord. Then, you're driving through a narrow mountain valley, and around Doo Lough you have the impression of being beamed right into the Scottish highlands. As you approach Louisburgh, the landscape dramatically opens up towards Clew Bay, providing a startling contrast to the narrow fjord landscape around Leenane.
This is a northerly view across Killary Harbour  towards the Mweelrea range.
The coastal landscape around Cleggan, Connemara 
Ireland's Holy Mountain, the Croagh Patrick. Not necessarily a good example for wise filter usage... 

Regional Links
Plenty of links to places and services in the region. 
Mayo - Naturally
Info on towns and places in Mayo and Connemara
Croagh Patrick -- A Virtual Pilgrimage
Very impressive site, giving quite a good impression what this place is about
Croagh Patrick Multimedia Gallery
A page containing a number of beautiful pictures and videoclips around Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay
Achill Island, Mayo
Award-winning website about this scenic island
Towns in Co. Mayo
Clickable Map of most of the places seen and described here
Westport Page at
Westport is one of the major towns in County Mayo. This site contains some nice pictures and a moving story about an incident which happened during the Great Famine last century. 
Connemara Page at
Kylemore Abbey
 One of the region's tourist attractions. Most of the property is a renowned catholic boarding school for girls. Homepage
This is the homepage of a region-based web designer with excellently designed pages and lots of links to interesting websites 
Map of the region

Wheelchair "Access"

Well, what do the pictures look like? As you may have already guessed, this ain't  "paved paradise"!  But don't despair -- the picture isn't completely grim. There are accessible toilets at the Alcock & Brown Hotel in Clifden and in the visitor's centre at Connemara National Park.  These are the ones that I've come across and was informed of. But I'm quite positive that there are more. Most of the "visitors centres" (almost every village has one now!) have been built within the last five years with public funding, so chances are pretty good they put in facilities for the disabled. 

Mayo even has its own Independent Living Center in Newport, but they haven't put any access information on the web yet. Still, giving them a call might be a good idea.

The terrain is very hostile, and there really isn't any other way to explore it than driving around in your car. Some of the valleys have pretty flat  floors, which means that roads and driveways could be used by wheelchaired folks for hiking purposes. If you plan to do this, my suggestion would be to buy a detailed map (1:100 000 or higher) and determine the steepness by looking at the elevation lines.  Car traffic is quite low, but there will always be a risk in sharing narrow roads with cars. Use every means available to make yourself visible. 

Be sure to drop me a line if you have something to comment, add or rectify! 

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