A small but pretty bed and breakfast on a working sheep farm in the beautiful Maam valley in the wilds of Connemara. It is a bit of a drive to get to the B&B from the main road, but if you are seeking peace and quiet and respite from the tour bus crowds, it's just perfect. It is also located right on the Western Way, one of Ireland's famous long-distance walking paths, so it makes a perfect stopover if you are hiking. The rate was 30 Euros per person per night, which appears to be pretty standard for the area. The breakfasts were wonderful, with some of the best sausages we experienced in Ireland (a land of many sausages and sausage-related foods). There was also a comfortable sitting room with a gas-lit fireplace.
The owner, Philomena Lydon, offers a couple of self-catering cottages on the property as well, for those who contemplate longer stays and want to save money by doing their own cooking. One disadvantage of the location is that there wasn't really a restaurant in town, although the local pub did serve a few meagre sandwich-type options. However, the gorgeous village of Leenane at Killary Harbor (home of Ireland's only fjord) was about a 20-minute drive away and had a great restauntant called the Blackberry Cafe (book ahead!), and other reasonable dining options were available in nearby towns including Oughterard and Letterfrack. Given the beauty of the countryside, we thought being far from civilization was worth it!