Cong sits between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. Lough Corrib is the second largest lake in Ireland and reputedly home to 365 islands – one for every day of the year.
Corrib Cruises offer lake cruises every day of the year. The morning cruise departs from Ashford Castle and Lisloughrey Pier and is an excellent way to see the many sights along the lakeshore. A commentary is provided throughout the voyage.
During the summer months there is also a two hour afternoon sailing which stops over on the historic island of Inchagoill. The cruise includes a guided tour of the island and music on the boat.
Cruises can be arranged for groups at any time of the year.
Lough Corrib and Lough Mask are known all over the world for the quality of their trout fishing and Cong has been the traditional centre for fishing the waters since the 19th Century. Brown trout fishing is generally available from February to September.
Lough Corrib and the Cong River are home to some of the best salmon fishing in Ireland. There is a salmon hatchery in Cong, and so there is a large run of salmon returning to the hatchery. Salmon Licences may be purchased in the village.
Boats can be hired locally and there are many gillies available to guide visiting fishermen.
Ryan's Hotel has been home to fishermen from all over the world, some of them this year returning for their 47th year.
The Ashford Equestrian Centre offers trail rides, hacks and carriage rides in the Cong Forest for all ages and abilities from beginners to experienced riders. Located just ten minutes walk or a few minutes drive from Ryan’s Hotel the Centre also offers a range of adventure activities including archery, kayaking, zip lining and clay pigeon shooting.
Ireland's School of Falconry is located in the grounds of Ashford Castle and offers you an opportunity for you to fly a hawk under the supervision of an experienced instructor. The School of Falconry is the oldest established school in Ireland and offers a choice of sixty or ninety minute hawk walks.
Cong offers a nine hole, 2996 yards par 35 golf course at Ashford Castle. The course was designed by the Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett. Golf Bag Hire is available.
Ballinrobe Golf Club
Just ten minutes from Cong, Ballinrobe Golf Club's championship course is idyllically located on a 300 acre estate. The 7,100-yard, par-73, course was laid out and designed by well-known architect Eddie Hackett and the contoured greens, which are 80% sand based, are playable all year round. World renowned Irish golfer, Padraig Harrington, described Ballinrobe Golf Course as "..The finest championship golf course in the West of Ireland".
Claremorris Golf Club
Claremorris Golf Club is located just 30 minutes from Cong. The course was designed in 1927 by Tom Craddock. The 18 hole parklands course is a par 73 layout measuring 6,143 metres and lies in a beautiful setting with mature oak, ash and elm trees a feature on many holes. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy this true test of golf.
Westport Golf Club
Westport Golf Club, which played host to the 2002 Smurfit Irish P.G.A. Championship, is a magnificent 18 hole 7000 yard, Par 73 parkland course with breath taking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. The course is located around 40 minutes from Cong.
Ballinrobe is a country racecourse in a beautiful setting.
Race nights have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere that is evocative of the west of Ireland. There are nine races each. Please see our Events guide for more information.