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Bru Na Mara - Dara-Bru na Mara

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Dara-Bru na Mara

Dara is a modern, four-star, fully furnished 4 bedroom, pine-floored 250 sq metre house. It is scenically situated at the edge of the Atlantic, in a calm, peaceful, relaxing atmosphere overlooking a small harbour. It is ideal for family holidays or touring groups, as it is an ideal base for exploring and enjoying South and West Connemara, with its panoramic views of coastline, islands, inlets, hills and mountains. The spectacular surroundings, rich in both flora and fauna are also ideal for fishing and birdwatching. The beautiful unspoiled white sand beaches at Moyrus and Mynish are also extremely popular with children. The house is the ideal base for a comfortable, restful and relaxing holiday, with so much outdoor activity on your doorstep.

About the property

Bru Na Mara

Bru na Mara is a beautiful complex just outside Carna that combines traditional design with modern comfort. The site overlooks a small harbour, and has spectacular views of the sea, the historic Mason and St MacDara's islands, and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Situated in the south west corner of Connemara, the complex is an ideal location for touring and exploring Connemara and South Mayo. Carna, which is situated in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region) is an important centre for Traditional singing, music, and dancing, with weekly sessions in neighbouring Kilkieran. There are a host of activities within easy reach, including a number of spectacular, unspoiled white sand beaches at Moyrus, (1.5 km) Mynish (7 km) and Callowfinish (8 km). The area is also ideal for walking or cycling, with little traffic, stunning views, and the cleanest air in Europe.

Property Manager
Riona Connolly Green
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, Irish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 January, 2017

Available Rentals


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(64 traveller reviews)

Dara-Bru na Mara
average rating of 4.9375 based on 64 reviews

A lovely house, tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean & well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday in Dara Bru Na Mara! Excellent location beside the sea in a remote part of Connemara. The grounds outside the property are meticulously kept. Our children really enjoyed climbing the rocks & stones alongside the sea. The inside of the house is spacious & very clean. The kitchen was well stocked with crockery & utensils. The beds were comfortable & had nice bedlinen. The WIFI was reliable & satellite TV was available. The oil fired heating is set to come on morning & evening, we also lit the fire one day that it was stormy.

Riona was a very nice lady, informative about local attractions & readily available to answer any questions.

We visited Inishmore island, Connemara National Park (climbed Diamond Hill), Kylemore Abbey, Clifden, Roundstone, Cong, went pony trekking in Ballyconneely, visited Dog's Bay, Gurteen's Bay & the local Mweenish beach, enjoyed it all thoroughly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very beautiful travel

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Ireland. We loved the Connemara and the home of Riona . The house is beautiful , clean and spacious . Riona was a great help to visit the area . We will return with pleasure.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for spending Christmas in Dara. It was a great pleasure meeting you and your lovely family. I trust that you will cherish your fond memories of Bru na Mara for a long time to come. Riona.
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An oasis of calm

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two weeks. It was very quiet and relaxing, right on the edge of the ocean (we even saw whales one morning). Riona is the perfect host, knowledgable about the local area and history, hospitable and allows you your space. The apartment was well presented, and the views are superb.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not too far away from the edge of Europe

  • 5 of 5

The location of Riona's cottage is exceptionally beautiful. While in front of the door the wild Atlantic was raving, in the hinterland you may get lost among sheep, stones, erratic boulders, bogs and countless lakes. BTW bogs, unbelievable for us that sundew and butterwort just grow beside the road in the ditch. In the Alpine Foothills, South of Munich (Bavaria), you can find them only in limited areas and if you - at all - were lucky to see them, than it would be a sensation. Riona provided us with welcoming food and drinks and delivered a lot of useful information which - to say the truth - we were unable to follow completely. Caught with some particularities such as flowers, rocks, landscape formations we only could grip a small part of our resolutions. It turned out that Riona is still an expert in rocks giving us some necessary hints.

Soon we got familiar with Riona's home, especially due to her approach to protect the environment by reducing waste and separating bins, cans, paper etc. We felt like being at home. The tiny sleeping room will be kept in our mind forever. What a stunning view towards the sea! We're afraid we won't have this in heaven again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Lovely memories with an amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the DARA at Bru na Mara with my father for his birthday this year from 22nd to the 28th of May and it had been the most beautiful and wonderful vacation we have ever had. It's literally a dream, something you would read about in a novel or see in a movie, but you'll be experiencing it in reality. Coming from New York City, this little sanctuary on the west coast of Ireland carried me to another world in which I still live from time to time. Riona is the most adorable lady you can imagine and we bonded instantly and I think of her and her wonderland often and so dearly. The house is immaculate to say the least, the cleanness, comfort and tasteful decor were only few of the extraordinary qualities this place had to offer.. and I can't wait to be back there with my family again!!! Thank you Riona for bringing such delight into our lives! We miss you and we will see you again soon!!!

Shelly & Haining Luan

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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sejour septembre2015 , bru na mara lieu magique

  • 5 of 5

au bout du monde , une location parfaite , de gentilles attentions a l'arrivée(nourriture , documentation...)la mer et l'ile de St mac Dara comme horizon, les murets et une nature si romantique...Rionna est charmante et toujours prête a donner un conseil ou un renseignement. Que demander de mieux pour découvrir le Connemara?

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
133 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Connemara Championship Golf links
Nearest Train
80 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
80 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Car: recommended

Bru Na Mara is 5 km South West of Carna village beside Mace Pier. Go through the village of Carna, take the first left turn after approximately 2.5 km west of Carna. At the next Y junction keep right and turn right at the next junction after approximately 300 metres. Continue down this road until you reach the house at Mace Pier.

Bru na Mara provides traditional yet ultra modern self-catering accommodation 'at the quiet end of Europe'.

Ideal for cycling, hill-walking, rock-climbing, treeking, horse-riding, golf, pitch and putt, swimming, surfing, scuba-diving, canoeing, fishing, boating, sailing and sailing festivals. A haven for botanists, bird-watchers, artists and writers. Renowned for Irish language, traditional singing, music, dance, pre-historic and mediaeval remains.

Good food and drink available locally in a relaxed athmosphere. The area is famous for its lamb and seafood. Within driving distance of Roundstone, Clifden, Letterfrack, Kylemore Abbey, Killary , Aran Ils.

Other Activities: painting, pitch and putt ,Scuba Diving.



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in County Galway in Europe

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom - 3 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • 1 double,1room with 3 singles, 1 room with 2 singles, 1 room with 1 single, fold-up and cot also available.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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