Clifden is generally regarded as the ‘Capital of Connemara’. Perched above an inlet of Ardbear Bay, with an almost Alpine setting and nestling on the edge of the Atlantic, with a magnificent background of mountains.
It is an ideal holiday centre and base for touring the wonderful countryside of west Connemara. The town itself was founded as late as 1812 by John D’Arcy of Killtulla, in east County Galway. Two beautiful churches dominate the town. The Protestant church built in 1820, is a fine structure, which contains a silver copy of the famous Cross of Cong, placed there in memory of the late Sir William Murphy.
The beautiful Catholic church, built in 1830, stands on the site of the ancient clochán, or beehive-shaped monastic stone hut, from which the town takes its name.
Clifden is situated within easy reach of many of the other interesting places in west Connemara — from Maam Cross to the Atlantic and northwards to Killary Harbour and the Partry Mountains on the south Mayo border. This sparsely populated region of superb scenic grandeur is dominated by the rocky mountain-range known as the Twelve Bens (Na Beanna Beola), and has inspired many famous painters and writers over the years.
Connemara provides probably the finest angling in western Europe for salmon, sea trout and brown trout, but lake-fishing and most outdoor pursuits, from mountaineering to bathing, are well catered for throughout the entire area.
Clifden is also the centre most associated with the breeding of Connemara ponies, and the annual Connemara Pony Show, held in the town each August, which includes an exhibition of Irish arts and crafts, has a long-established international reputation.
Clifden is a town on the coast of County Galway. It is located on the Owenglin River where it flows into Clifden Bay.
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Abbeyglen Wellness and Relaxation CentreRead More
Michelle Barry would like to welcome you to the Abbeyglen Wellness and Relaxation Centre. For… Read More+353 95 21306
Alcock and Brown Tour GuideRead More
We give walking tours and talks about the history of Alcock and Brown flight and… Read More+353 87 971 4873
Bike ElectricRead More
Bike Electric Connemara at All Things Connemara, based in Clifden on Market Street in the… Read More+353 95 22630
Black BoatsRead More
Explore the loughs and islands of Connemara’s coastline, discovering secluded bays and pirate castles. Experience… Read More+353 87 167 0084
Blue Water FishingRead More
From Giant Tunas to shoals of Mackerel the deep clean waters off the coast of… Read More+353 95 21073
Celtic Queen Sea AnglingRead More
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Clifden Camping and Caravan ParkRead More
Welcome to Clifden Camping and Caravan Park, Clifden, Connemara, Co Galway where we pride ourselves… Read More+353 95 22150
Clifden CastleRead More
Clifden Castle was built by John d’Arcy in a Gothic Revival style in the 18th… Read More
Clifden Eco Beach Camping and Caravanning ParkRead More
Clifden ecoCampsite is located on the shores of the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Less than… Read More+353 95 44036
Connemara BlueRead More
Contemporary Handcrafted Fused Glass. Member of Contemporary Glass Society and the Crafts Council of Ireland.… Read More+353 95 30782
Connemara Creative WorkshopsRead More
Whether you’re a “never-done-this-kind-of-thing-before” novice or an accomplished artist, an oldster or a youngster, there’s… Read More+353 95 41256
Connemara Day ToursRead More
Connemara Day Tours operates minibus tours. Connemara Day Tours is run by John Hannon who… Read More+353 83 849 5144
Connemara Heritage & History CentreRead More
This award winning heritage centre is situated on the N59 approximately 5 miles from Clifden-the… Read More+353 95 21808
Connemara Holiday LettingsRead More
Make your first or next holiday experience in Connemara a memorable one. At the heart… Read More+353 95 22 669
Connemara Seaweed BathsRead More
Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a hot bath of Atlantic Seawater infused with… Read More+353 85 263 4784
Errislannan Riding Centre & Connemara Pony StudRead More
Errislannan Riding Centre and Connemara Pony Stud in Clifden, County Galway offer scenic and historic… Read More+353 95 21134
Fishing In ConnemaraRead More
Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced angler, we aim to provide an… Read More+353 85 254 7271
Heritage Walks in ConnemaraRead More
The Heritage Walks of Connemara explore the historical and archaeological aspects of this lovely area… Read More+353 86 8320940
Love Connemara CottagesRead More
Love Connemara Holiday Cottages offer the largest selection of quality self catering accommodation in the… Read More+353 95 30620
Love Connemara ToursRead More
Love Connemara Tours provides guided tours of the Connemara region on our flexible hop-on hop-off… Read More+353 95 22785
Mannion Bike HireRead More
For the largest range of bikes to rent in Clifden and the surrounding area come… Read More+353 95 21160
Real Adventures ConnemaraRead More
Real Adventures are specialists in Outdoor Adventure Activities in Connemara. We offer a range of… Read More+353 85 1462526
Renew Beauty & SpaRead More
Renew Beauty & Spa is located adjacent to the Station House Hotel, with direct access… Read More+353 95 21881
Walk ConnemaraRead More
Walk Connemara offers guided walks, trekking, hill-walking, hikes and walking tours in Connemara and adjacent… Read More+353 87 629 1659
Wild Atlantic Sea SafariRead More
Robert Coohill, is the owner and Skipper of the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) 'Bluefin'. He… Read More+353 87 2461339