The townland of Recess encompasses a number of small rural communities where the small scale farming of cattle and sheep is one of the main livelihoods. While travelling from Galway to Clifden, chances are that you will pass some sheep on the road along the way – and this will most likely be near Recess!

A small but charming strip of shops makes up Recess village, with Joyce’s Craft Shop and Art Gallery providing a genuinely good reason to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Recess is the home of the famous Connemara green marble and don’t forget to visit the Connemara Giant in the car park opposite to make a wish.

Maméan is a local hilltop pilgrimage site and is well worth a hike for those inclined to experience the spectacular views it affords. The remote townland of Bun na nGnoc connects Maméan to the Inagh Valley and is a perfect example of unspoilt Irish rural countryside.