Welcome to Roundstone village which lies on the western arm of Bertraghboy bay in Connemara, Co. Galway, 48 miles (77km) north-west of Galway city. This Connemara village is beautifully set on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in Ireland overlooking the Atlantic at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain.

Today Roundstone is a popular holiday resort renowned among artists and naturalists for the remarkable beauty of the surrounding mountains and seascapes. It has a traditional craft centre and local activities include Connemara Pottery, Connemara Jewellery and Connemara Instrument making. Connemara Farming, Connemara Fishing, Connemara Forestry and Connemara Quarrying are carried out extensively in the area.

In Roundstone you will find a busy harbour where local fishermen prepare and return with the day’s catch, featuring a mix of Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, Mackerel, Cod plus a wide variety of other fish. The town itself boasts a good selection of Bars and Seafood Restaurants crammed full of locally caught seafood. Strolling through the town you will discover some fantastic craft shops and cafés. Roundstone has a wide range of accommodation available for the potential visitor, CaravanParks, Bed and Breakfasts, Self-Catering, 2, 3 and 4 star hotels, there is something for all tastes and budgets. For more information, visit our accommodation section to select the type of accommodation that suits you the best, and if you didn’t find what you are looking for, you can visit trivago.ie for more options and alternatives.

More About Roundstone Village

The village was founded in the mid 1820s by the celebrated Scottish engineer Alexander Nimmo who, as engineer for the Western District, built houses, roads and harbours throughout the West of Ireland. It was then settled by Scottish fisher folk. In 1835 a Franciscan Monastery was established in Roundstone and by the 1840s 75 houses had been built and the village supported an active fishing industry and a population of some 400 people. The village derives its name from the Irish “Cloch Na Ron” or Rock of the Seals.

Around Roundstone

The vicinity is rich in points of historical, geological and scenic interest. The remains of numerous early Christian settlements have been found on the islands along this coast. At the northern point of Inishnee, the long island across the bay from Roundstone, stand the remains of an ancient monument to Saint Brendan. From the island’s southern, point, an impressive lighthouse casts its beacon across Croaghnakeela and St. Macdara’s islands out over the Atlantic Ocean. Two miles north of Roundstone lie the ruins of a 15th century Dominican Priory founded by the O’Flaherty family. The bell tower of the Franciscan Monastery is an impressive nautical landmark used by local fishermen and is now the central feature of the Michael Killeen Park.

Haven For Art and Artists

Over the years Roundstone village in Connemara has attracted national and international artists to work in Roundstone. Roundstone thus features in many famous works of art. In Roundstone itself, you will find numerous works of art in local peoples homes and local businesses. There are also galleries such as Yvonne Kings Studio and the Stable Gallery which features more contemporary art. Artists also exhibit in the bars and Hotels.​

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This history was published at the end of 2021 and was a project driven by time provided by the Covid pandemic and the fact that Nimmo’s village will be 200 years old in 2024. 

All profits will be used for projects in Roundstone. It has been decided that funds will be used for the Tidy Towns Competition and helping a return of music tuition in the national school, which disappeared during the pandemic. It is also being proposed that a heritage committee could plan on how to use funds to raise awareness of local history, with 2024 making that more relevant. 

Due to generous sponsorship and good sales before Christmas the book is already in profit.
In the village all outlets selling the book for 20 euro are taking no profit. Outside the village 5 euro is taken. Usually bookshops take 40% profit from book sales but all agree to reduce that to 25% because profits are for local projects or charities.

It is available in the following outlets: Clifden Book Shop; Books At One, Letterfrack; Kenny’s Bookshop, Galway; Charlie Byrnes, Galway; Moycullen Bookshop, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Keoghs, Ballyconneely.In Roundstone it can be bought in the XL Shop, O’Dowd’s, The Shamrock and Malachy Kearns Bodhran Shop.As the summer approaches, this number will increase. Most of the bookshops also do online sales.