The north Connemara hills are steeped in sheep and wool tradition. The leisurely pace of life and peaceful local atmosphere are best depicted by sheep lying on the main road heedless of traffic.
Well trained dogs gathering sheep on the mountain are a joy to behold. There was a thriving wool hand craft industry in Leenane 100 years ago and here in the Sheep & Wool Centre the special arts of carding, spinning and weaving are demonstrated live.
1989 saw Leenane chosen as the location for The Field. Filming took place in the village and at Aasleagh Church. The field itself is twelve kilometres from the village.
A visit to Leenane is the beginning of a lifelong love affair with not just the village, but with wild Connemara: we hope you enjoy your visit and that you will come again.
The breathtaking scenery equals or surpasses anything else that Ireland has to offer. Killary is the only true fjord in Ireland. It lies placidly between two rows of guarding mountains, combining mountain ruggedness and the calmness of the sheltered waters.
Leenane is surrounded by mountains of particular interest to geologists because of their mixture of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. Climbers can also take advantage of breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Climb the trackless mountain all unseen, with the wild flock that never need a fold, Alone oer steeps and foaming falls to lean, this is not solitude; tis but to hold converse with natures charms and view her stones unrolled."
Leenane is a place famous for the beauty and contrast of the location. The balance of sea and mountain offers gorgeous scenery and stunning nature that is to be experienced by all. Situated at killary harbour it rests under the Maamturk mountains on the Galway-Mayo border. Evidence of ancient tomb and potatoe ridges tells us that the area has been inhabited since prehistory. Leenane has a lot to offer to tourists as it has long been attracting people who wish to take a break from their busy lives and want to come out to the country to take a break and experience some nature.