Set between the Atlantic Ocean, 12 Ben Mountains and preserved boglands, lies the town of Clifden on the Coast of Connemara. Enhanced by spectacular scenery, championship golfing, horse-riding, walking, cycling, hill walking, beaches, fishing, scubadiving, painting, national parks, abbeys, castle ruins and over 5,000 years of living history. you can take a wonderful walk up the Sky Road, it is a great way to see the wonderful backdrop to the town along with the two church spires, which give Clifden its distinctive skyline. Along the Sky Road is a gateway leading to the ruins of the old D’Arcy mansion, Clifden Castle. Once a Gothic Mansion, the D’Arcy’s lived here until 1850 when the estate was sold to the Eyre Family who lived here at intervals until the castle fell into ruin in the early 20th century.Clifden town ‘the Capital of Connemara’ oozing history, heritage, culture & traditions of Irish Music and Dance. This vibrant town has an array of shops ranging from quality gifts, souvenir, sweaters, to fashionable boutiques, antique shops and art galleries. There are many cosy coffee shops, bakery, pubs that are genuine ‘quaint-Irish’ to the more trendy where entertainment is plentiful with traditional, modern music and dance. Clifden has a reputation for the West’s ‘Gourmet Capital’ – it has the finest of restaurants from fine dining to pub food.
Kylemore Abbey more info
Irelands most visited tourist attraction – Set in the dramatic Connemara landscape, Kylemore Abbey is the no. 1 “must-see” attraction in the west of Ireland. The castle was originally built by Mitchell Henry in 1867 as a romantic gift for his beloved wife. In 1920 the Benedictine Community came to Kylemore and Kylemore castle became Kylemore Abbey. The 1000 Kylemore estate is steeped in history with tales of tragedy and romance, engineering initiatives, model farms, royal visits, spirituality and education.
Visit the estate and experience the Victorian atmosphere of the restored rooms of the Abbey, miniature Gothic Church and Head Gardener’s House. There are many nature trails, woodland and lakeshore walks and a children’s play trail waiting to be discovered. Explore the magical 6 acre Victorian walled garden where onyx Victorian verities of flowers and vegetables are grown.
Vegetables and herbs from the garden are used in the restaurant which offers traditional home cooked food made to the recipes perfected by the Benedictine nuns. The tea house by the walled garden is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views over the Connemara National Park. Open 7 days a week, all year.
Letterfrack more info
Letterfrack is a quaint small village set in the heart of Connemara in direct vacinity to some of Connemara’s main attractions. It is easily accessible from the capital of Clifden which is just a short ten minute drive away. Located at the foot of the Connemara National Park which creates a sence of atmosphere
Roundstone more info
Roundstone is a popular holiday resort renowned among artists and naturalists for the remarkable beauty of the surrounding mountains and seascapes. It has a traditional craft centre and local activities include Connemara Pottery, Connemara Jewellery and Connemara Instrument making. Connemara Farming, Connemara Fishing, Connemara Forestry and Connemara Quarrying are carried out extensively in the area.??In Roundstone you will find a busy harbour where local fishermen prepare and return with the day’s catch, featuring a mix of Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, Mackerel, Cod plus a wide variety of other fish.
The town itself boasts a good selection of Bars and Seafood Restaurants crammed full of locally caught seafood. Strolling through the town you will discover some fantastic craft shops and cafés.
The focal point of the picturesque village of Cleggan is its pier which is the closest mainland link for the islands of Inishturk and Inishbofin. These islands attract more and more visitors each year. Indeed so compelling are the islands charms that some have opted to live there permanently.There are a couple of pubs with great seafood on their menu overlooking the pier. Just off the coast about five miles away is the island of inishbofin Cleggan is the Ferry port to reach this island with boats going to the island daily. Cleggan and inishbofin are re-noun for being an ideal place for artists and writers Richard Murphy the famous poet being one of them. He lived in Cleggan for many years. Bird watching is also a favourite pass time for many who stay.