So you are looking for authentic Irish Culture in the west of Ireland! Look no further than Cnoc Suain (restful hill), a restored 17th century hill-village set in 200 acres of Connemara’s ancient bogland – in the heart of the Irish Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking area) – and only a 25 minute scenic coach drive west of Galway city.
Enjoy stunning views of the Connemara coastline, the Burren and the Aran Islands on the drive to An Spidéal (Spiddal) village and on towards Cnoc Suain, home of Dearbhaill Standún – musician & native speaker – and Charlie Troy – natural scientist and teacher – who, together with their team, offer you a unique and memorable immersion in Irish culture, nature & heritage.
The original and natural surroundings of Cnoc Suain, with its authentically restored thatched and slate-roofed stone cottages is the perfect setting for this award-winning Connemara Gaelic Cultural Experience.
A fascinating insight into living indigenous Irish culture, the experience itself – lasting 2 hours approx. - is presented in English and celebrates Connemara’s traditional music, song, storytelling, Céilí dancing and food.
Marvel at the mysteries of Connemara’s ancient Bogland and the secrets of Bog Bodies & Sphagnum moss, the little wonder plant! Experience Connemara thatched cottage traditions and local food tasting. Hear the lyrical Gaelic language of Connemara in poetry and song. Learn an Irish folk (céilí) dance!
Cnoc Suain has won a number of international awards, including a 'Global Vision Award' from Travel + Leisure and a 'World Ethical Travel Award' from the Guardian, for its commitment to sustainable tourism and its exceptional cultural offering.
Experience 'Real Ireland' at Cnoc Suain!
What people say about Cnoc Suain:
“A place quite unlike any other, where Irish traditions are alive and kicking.” The Guardian.
“A beautifully restored hill-village that literally sits on layers of history, Cnoc Suain is a trailblazer in promoting sustainability and offers a thorough immersion in local culture.” Travel + Leisure.