Ireland’s only fjord

Killary Harbour is classified as Ireland’s only fjord. It is located beside the beautiful village of Leenane which is often aptly described as the Gateway to Connemara. It forms a partial border between counties Galway and Mayo and on its northern shore lies the mountain of Mweelrea, 817 metres high. The fjord extends around 16km (10 miles) towards the sea 45 m deep at its centre. The mountains rise steeply on either side and provide some of the finest scenery in Ireland. The nearby Erriff and Delphi rivers offer fishing opportunities, fished in the past by British princes and most famously by Jack Charlton, the Ireland football manager and honourary Irishman. The film adaptation of John B. Keane’s famous play The Field, directed by Jim Sheridan, was also made in Leenane in 1989. Well-known stars involved in the production included the late Richard Harris, John Hurt and Tom Berrenger. Visitors can view many of the locations that were used during filming, including one of the pubs in the village.