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Crucán Rua, Ballard, Clonbur, Co. Galway

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Snugly located between Loughs Corrib and Mask, the village of Clonbur is blessed with a number of lakes, streams, mountains and woodlands. Crucan Rua is situated on the southern face of Mount Gable,and as 1 of the highest houses in Co. Galway, offers stunning views over Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. With 3 bedrooms, offers accommodation for groups of up to 6 people.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Salthill, Galway 65 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Ireland West Airport Knock 60 km, Nearest railway: Galway 60 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Boat available
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The spacious interior of this carefully designed country cottage has been tastefully furnished to perfectly combine modern convenience with old Irish style.

The lounge has a relaxed ambiance with its wood/turf burning stove, oak floors, doors & antique furniture.

The downstairs contain the lounge, a galley kitchen with all conveninces, a shower room and 2 bedrooms, one a master with King sized bed, the other has 2 single beds.

The upstairs contains another bedroom with 2 single beds and a separate bathroom.

There is a Tv and DVD player in the lounge along with a DVD library for your entertainment.

About this location

The Western Ireland region

Town: Loughs Corrib and Mask have earned international acclaim from discriminating anglers and Clonbur is centrally located for both lakes. Another place of unique beauty is Lough Coolin, a small lake set like a glittering gem in the foothills of Mount Gable, just 3 miles from Clonbur. For the more adventurous, Mount Gable is an easy climb of about one hour's duration. The effort is worthwhile because the views of Lough Corrib, stretching away to the south, Lough Mask to the north and the Connemara mountains to the west, are spectacular and breathtaking.

Alternatively, a short drive towards Cong and a turn right will bring you to the famous Pigeon Hole, the site where 66 steps in a huge cleft in the limestone floor of the Ashford Castle woods lead to a vast underwater cavern. This contains one of the many underground streams that flow from Lough Mask to Lough Corrib.


Crucan Rua is an ideal base for Fishing and Hill walking, being situated half way up Mount Gable overlooking Lough Corrib. The climb to the top of Mount Gable takes approximately an hour, but you are well rewarded witj some of the best views in the country.

Not only Lake Corrib provides plenty of opportunities for the fishing and boating enthusiast -the whole area is a true angler's paradise, with Lough Mask, Lough Nafooey, Killary Harbour and many streams as well as river Finney and canal joining Mask and Corrib nearby. There are excellent opportunities to catch brown trout with the odd chance for a Salmon. Trout Fishing is free, a salmon licence can be purchased in the local villages.

Other watersports include kayaking, canoeing, sailing and swimming, which is safely possible from the nearby Outdoor Education Centre.

A variety of marked walks have been established in the Clonbur and Cong areas. Detailed maps are available in the cottage.

Another great way to experience our lovely landscape is by bicycle! Bicycles can be hired in the village of Clonbur.


There are several excellent golf courses within a 30 minute drive, including Ashford Castle, Ballinrobe, Claremorris, Tuam and in Galway. Mini Golf can be played in the village of Cong.

The Cong area is a low-lying area with some spectacular karst development and where all of the drainage of the Lough Mask catchment discharges via underground routes. Many caves are to be viewed and include Kellys Cave, BallyMcClancy Cave, the Pigeon Hole and the Dry Canal.


If you just come here to relax you have picked the perfect location! Surrounded by the most beautiful lakes and rivers this is an oasis of calm and tranquility in one of the most scenic and picturesque parts of Ireland.

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20 Sep 2014


"Wonderful stay!"

We stayed at this gorgeous house with its amazing views in July. Our children absolutely loved the house and the space to run around and play in the garden. The house was immaculate with everything yo… More

30 Aug 2014


"Tout simplement merveilleux"

Une grande location, à 5 ou 6 on y est bien au largeUn grand salon, très spacieux avec le feu de tourbe qui accueille et que l'on a refait pendant tout le séjourUne vue sur le lougn et ses îl… More

Glad you enjoyed your stay... Penny and Jessie miss you (dogs

6 Jul 2014


"Fabuleux, cadre exceptionnel et apaisant"

Gîte fonctionnel , déco soignée. Accès pas facile, heureusement que les propriétaires viennent nous maison est à flanc de montagne d'où le cadre a couper le souffle, la vue s… More

Thankyou for the review. We are glad you enjoyed the cottage and it's views.
We hope you also enjoyed the welcome hamper.
Maybe we will see you again sometime.

22 May 2014


"Unbelievably perfect!"

This place is like a dream! It is secluded and quiet and just plain gorgeous. The location is great if you are looking for peace and quiet on your vacation. I had seen pictures of the view before we came and the pictures do not do it justice. Niamh and her husband are great hosts and made us feel very welcome. Will definitely be back!

Delighted ye enjoyed the Cottage guys!
See you on your next trip back.

Niamh and Family

30 Apr 2014


"The epitome of Irish hospitality!"

If you're going to Connamera, you must stay at Niamh's cottage - a guaranteed idlyllic Irish holiday. The communication was prompt; assistance in finding this peaceful mountain lake retreat… More

We are so Glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Crucán Rua.
Hope to see you back again soon


21 Oct 2013


"The perfect Irish stay"

A stone cottage in the countryside overlooking a lake from and elevated position what more could you want from a Irish holiday. Well Niamh is one special host, friendly, generous and knowledgeable. Op… More

It was absolutely lovely to meet you guys....
Delighted ye enjoyed your stay in Clonbur.
Thank you for the chocolates and wine ;)
Wishing you and your family all the best in the future x
Niamh and Family

21 Sep 2013


"Just Great!"

We totally loved our stay at Crucan Rua! Everything was just great and perfect: the wonderfull view onto the biggest lake Irelands, the warm and friendly welcome, the lovingly furnished house and the … More

Glad ye enjoyed the stay guys... It was lovely to meet ye.
Maybe our paths will cross again in the future.
Penny misses ye ;)

26 Jun 2013


"great cottage stay"

This was probably the best lodging I've had in Ireland. The setting, with a tremendous view, was peaceful and conducive to relaxing, and yet the cottage was well equipped with every convenience … More

Delighted ye had a good time and ye were lucky with the weather :)
Looking forward to meeting ye again.


10 Mar 2013


"Wonderful family getaway"

We were just delighted with our stay at this beautiful cottage. The cottage sits up high on a hill with gorgeous lake views. We felt so welcome when we arrived with a plentiful food basket filled with the necessities and some Irish breads and meats. We especially appreciated the fruit basket as well. The wood stove was a lovely to come back to after days out exploring the chilly Irish Countryside. We definitely recommend hiking the mountains behind the cottage, we enjoyed some amazing views. Thanks so much to Niamh for providing us a nice long weekend away from home.

Glad you guys enjoyed the break... i'm sure the fire was also a lovely memory of being in usa!
You were lucky with the weather too, which was nice :)

Take Care
May our paths meet again sometime.


3 Dec 2012


"Idyllic location, fantastic value"

We stayed here over the weekend, the photos that are shown here are beautiful but the reality is even more gorgeous, we will be back again next summer, when will hopefully include some fishing on our … More

Delighted you enjoyed the stay... You're welcome back anytime :)

Until we meet again next year
Take Care


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    Niamh H.

    • 2 Years listed

    75% Response rate

    Calendar last updated:17 Feb 2015

    Based in Ireland

    Languages spoken
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