Killary Fjord, Connemara – Ireland

Killary Harbour is one of the three glacial fjords in Ireland, being formed during the last ice age in a process called glaciation where glaciers moved through the landscape cutting a deep valley where they moved.

The 16km fjord separates County Galway from County Mayo, with the harbour at the centre reaching a depth of 45m. From the harbour you can see Leenane village behind the harbour view point, Leenane Hill, Binn Mhór Mountains, Mweelrea Mountains, and Ben Gorm Mountains.

On the southern side of the fjord you can find a grass-covered road along which you can find ruins of an old famine village where a large population had attempted to sustain themselves before 1845 where famine devastated the region.

It is recommended to truly appreciate the beauty of the region taking a boat tour will allow you to fully enjoy the scenery of the fjord and surrounding mountains. Take a look at for more information.

The fjord is also famous for it’s angling and has a wide range of species such as mullet, mackeral, herring, salmon and trout.

While that at the fjord be sure to look out for birds and mammals such as seals, otters and bottleneck dolphins.

You can find more information about the animals of the fjord on the information board images below.


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