The Leenane Hotel

Leenane, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Built in the 1790s at the entrance to Leenane village as a coaching inn, this hotel is only separated from Killary Fjord by the main road. Nearly all the bedrooms have a magical view, and it is worth waking at first light to savor the fjord in the early-morning mist. You may have to share that view, as this is a popular touring base among both Irish and overseas visitors, with its busy bar and a pleasantly old-fashioned hotel restaurant serving a three-course dinner. Check out the website for good dinner-B&B deals, which can halve the price. Local rack of Connemara lamb and salmon from the fjord usually feature on the menu. The residents' lounge recalls a previous era, with its assorted shabby-chic chairs and sofas. The biggest treat here, especially after a day in the open, is the seaweed baths, in which you share a tub of heated salt water with a bucket full of freshly picked seaweed (also bookable by nonguests). The bigger guest rooms are in the newest wing.


  • great value
  • comfortable and atmospheric one-stop base


  • some of the older bedrooms very small
  • lighting rather dim in bar and lounge


Phones: 095-42249


66 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Nov.–mid-Mar.Breakfast