Clifden

Clifden (An Clochán)

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 Centre

Abbeyglen Wellness and Relaxation Centre

Michelle Barry would like to welcome you to the Abbeyglen Wellness and Relaxation Centre. For our hotel guests, we have created a place where you can come to relax, unwind and leave the stress of everyday life behind you. Come ...

Alan Gaillard Stoneware Pottery

Alan Gaillard Stoneware Pottery

Alan Gaillard Ceramics and Irish Pottery is now in production at his eco-friendly studio in Clifden, Connemara. His studio is probably the first near-carbon-neutral pottery in Ireland as Alan generates 75% of all energy used in the house, workshop and ...

All Things Connemara

All Things Connemara

We are called All Things Connemara which primarily is a retail shop bringing together Products, Services and Activities which showcase and promote Connemara’s beautiful heritage and community when we say heritage we mean Past, Present and Future.

Bike Electric

Bike Electric

Bike Electric Connemara at All Things Connemara, based in Clifden on Market Street in the heart of Connemara, for all your Electric Bike Rentals and Tours. Making cycling accessible and less strenuous to all the public with the hire of ...

Blue Water Fishing

Blue Water Fishing

From Giant Tunas to shoals of Mackerel the deep clean waters off the coast of Clifden are full of exciting possibilities for all fisherman. Deep sea angling on one of Ireland’s best boats. Groups, individuals, novices and experts all welcome. ...

Celtic Queen Sea Angling

Celtic Queen Sea Angling

We invite you to fish with us in Clifden on probably the best fishing waters in Europe. The scenery in this area is spectacular on land and at sea with a great variety of seabirds and wildlife, including seals and ...

Celtic Shop & Tara Jewellers

Celtic Shop & Tara Jewellers

Established in 1974, the Celtic Shop and Tara Jewellers has been a most popular choice for visitors to Connemara for the past 30 years, who have a discerning eye for quality. Experienced staff ensures that you receive personal attention and ...

Clifden Bookshop

Clifden Bookshop

Clifden Book Shop, situated on Main Street in Clifden, capital of Connemara, opened its doors in December 1997. It was set up to cater for a niche market of visiting tourists and a broad range of local customers who have ...

Clifden Camping and Caravan Park

Clifden Camping and Caravan Park

Welcome to Clifden Camping and Caravan Park, Clifden, Connemara, Co Galway where we pride ourselves on our traditional family style approach in welcoming visitors old and new to the park. At Clifden Camping and Caravan Site we cater for tents, ...

Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle was built by John d’Arcy in a Gothic Revival style in the 18th century, about 1750. The house was only lived in for about 90 years before it was abandoned in the 1840′s. Few photographs remain of this ...

Clifden Eco Beach Camping and Caravanning Park

Clifden Eco Beach Camping and Caravanning Park

Clifden ecoCampsite is located on the shores of the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Less than ten minutes from Clifden town and two minutes from the small scenic village of Claddaghduff on a safe, white, sandy, private beach in walking distance ...

Connemara Blue

Connemara Blue

Contemporary Handcrafted Fused Glass. Member of Contemporary Glass Society and the Crafts Council of Ireland

Connemara Day Tours

Connemara Day Tours

Connemara Day Tours operates minibus tours. Connemara Day Tours is run by John Hannon who make's it his goal to offer an excellent service in order for his clients to enjoy and make the most of their stay in Ireland. ...

Connemara Heritage & History Centre

Connemara Heritage & History Centre

This award winning heritage centre is situated on the N59 approximately 5 miles from Clifden-the capital of Connemara. It offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. History presentation ...

Connemara Horse & Country

Connemara Horse & Country

Connemara Horse & Country, Tack shop in Clifden, Co Galway stocking all the top brands including Equiline, Pikeur, Charles Owen, Tredstep, Caldene, Horseware & much more.

Cottage Handcrafts

Cottage Handcrafts

Cottage Handcrafts is a family run business, situated in Connemara, Ireland. It stocks a wide selection of Irish knitwear, from the traditional handknit Aran sweater to cosy, contemporary knits and woolen accessories, handmade jewellery, handmade pottery and glass, knitting wool ...

Design Platform

Design Platform

Design Platform has been in business for over 10 years and has built up a large clientele from all over the country who know that a trip to the shop is an "absolute must" when visiting Clifden!

Errislannan Riding Centre & Connemara Pony Stud

Errislannan Riding Centre & Connemara Pony Stud

Errislannan Riding Centre and Connemara Pony Stud in Clifden, County Galway offer scenic and historic treks over moors and around the coast, as well as lessons, cross country riding, livery and pony camps. Errislannan Manor Riding School is on Errislannan ...

G Stanley & Son Ltd.

G Stanley & Son Ltd.

A warm welcome to Stanleys of Clifden,Tax Free Shopping at Stanleys, Clifden, Connemara. For the past six generations we have prided ourselves on supplying the best quality products and services to our customers. Steeped in tradition, Stanleys shop originally opened ...

Hehirs Of Clifden

Hehirs Of Clifden

Hehirs is a family run business in the heart of Clifden, Connemara, run by Michele Hehir & Brian Hehir. We are an eclectic store, with unique and unusual Ladies & Gents Fashions, Irish Kniitwear, Footwear and Outdoor Clothing.

Lavelle Art Gallery

Lavelle Art Gallery

Representing artists in Connemara since opening in 1988, The Lavelle Art Gallery is situated in a two-storey yellow townhouse on the Main Street that has been in the Lavelle family for six generations. It houses an eclectic and vibrant collection ...

Love Vintage

Love Vintage

Love Vintage is located on Market St. We sell vintage clothes & jewellery, also new clothes, jewellery, books, gifts and loads more!

Lowry’s Sweater & Gift Shop

Lowry’s Sweater & Gift Shop

Lowrys Sweater & Gift Shop is a family run store carrying a large selection of Irish made goods. We stock Traditional & Designer Sweaters & regular sweaters at low to mid range prices. We stock rainwear,hats,caps & accessories,rugby & t-shirts ...

Lughnasa

Lughnasa

You'll find us on Bridge Street in Clifden, Connemara. Lughnasa specialises in handmade crafts and gifts from the West of Ireland and beyond. Traditional willow baskets, handmade soaps, bespoke jewellery, and a lot more.

Mannion Bike Hire

Mannion Bike Hire

Mannion Bike Hire is located in Clifden, County Galway. It has a range of adult and children's bicycles available to rent so visitors and locals can explore the town and the surrounding Connemara area. For the largest range of bikes ...

O`Dalaigh Jewellers

O`Dalaigh Jewellers

O`Dalaigh family have been making unique, quality Jewellery for people all over the world since 1973.

Ohh! By Gum

Ohh! By Gum

Supplying many fair trade and sustainable fashion labels for kiddies and grown ups. Chosen as "The Best Boutique in Ireland" by the Irish Times and in the "Hot Press' top 30 shops in Ireland.

Quinn’s Craft and Hobby

Quinn’s Craft and Hobby

Quinn's is a locally owned Craft and Hobby supply shop in Clifden. Quinn's carries a large selection of knitting and crochet items, cross-stitch kits, scale models and much more.

Renew Beauty & Spa

Renew Beauty & Spa

Renew Beauty & Spa is located adjacent to the Station House Hotel, with direct access from hotel bedroom floors and is one of the finest spas Connemara has to offer. The ideal treat to yourself during your stay in Connemara. ...

The Bens Music and Picture Framing

The Bens Music and Picture Framing

Wide selection of irish traditional, folk, ballads, and country C.Ds and DVDs available. Albulms of almost all Local Musicians available. Musical Instruments and accessories. Bodrans can be personalised with family crests/coat of arms and custom designs. Personalised Gifts and Picture ...

The Conn O’Mara Shop

The Conn O’Mara Shop

Conn O'Mara's is a Craft shop with the Best of Irish made and designed crafts. We are the home of Connemara's local and famous brand Conn O'Mara who has lots of adventures running through the mountains and beaches of Connemara ...

The Furniture Store

The Furniture Store

For all your home furnishing check out The Furniture Store. Clifdens leading supplier of quality sofas, beds, tables, chairs and everything in between.

The Little Tin House

The Little Tin House

The Little Tin House is a home decor shop based in Clifden. We have a whimsical mix of carefully selected vintage treasures and modern home accessories with that quirky flair. We also supply chalk paint and are happy to help ...

WellBean Healthstore

WellBean Healthstore

Wellbean Health Food Store & Juice Bar- supplies expert advise on health supplements, skin care & special dietary needs.

Whistlestop

Whistlestop

Whistlestop first opened in Clifden, Co. Galway in 2000 and is now located on Market Street in the centre of the town. Inside our bright and airy shop you will find a large selection of gifts, home furnishings, garden products, ...

Whitethorn Gallery

Whitethorn Gallery

The Whitethorn Gallery showing works by some of the best contemporary artists that Ireland has to offer, together with a number of fine European artists. We also participate in a number of shows and exhibitions around the country annually.