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Roundstone, on the west coast of Connemara, is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The area has been described many times as a “botanist’s delight” where many wildflowers, rare to this country, are found.

The rugged, glacially sculpted backdrop to Roundstone is the majestic mountain of Errisbeg, which rises to almost 1,000 feet.

The harbour village is an ideal base from which to explore the wonderful ice-age scoured and lake-strewn Roundstone Bog.

South of the village the crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay

Roundstone was established by Scottish engineer Alexander Nimmo in the 1820s, while building houses, roads and harbours throughout the West of Ireland.

Fishermen from Scotland settled here, and in 1835 a Franciscan Monastery was built. By the end of 1840s, it had a thriving fishing industry.

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