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A small group of cottages with the same name of the surrounding Peninsula. The area is really gorgeous, rich in breathtaking views of the coast. At the end of the peninsula stand the ruins of O'Flaherty Castle (XIII-XIV century), once home to Donald and his wife, the well-known pirate queen Grace O'Malley, married in 1546.
Visitors can spend some pleasant hour at Renvyle House Hotel, a country house which belonged to the Irish physician and writer Oliver St. John Gogarty, converted into a hotel in 1833. The hotel is located in a magnificent park where it is possible to practice various sports including golf, but maybe you'd prefer to relax in the garden while sipping a cup of tea or eating a slice of apple pie.
The peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular beaches of Connemara, from Glassilaun to White Strand and Lettergesh, which was chosen by director John Ford as a location for the horse race in the famous movie The Quiet Man.
Do not miss a trip to Derryinver, overlooking Ballinakill Harbour: from here you can go on board of a glass-bottomed boat to admire the richness of sea life (departures from the pier in front of the Ocean Alive Centre).

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