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

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Abbeyglen Wellness and Relaxation Centre

Michelle Barry would like to welcome you to the Abbeyglen Wellness and Relaxation Centre. For… Read More

+353 95 21306



Alcock and Brown Tour Guide

Alcock and Brown Tour Guide

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Alcock and Brown Tour Guide

We give walking tours and talks about the history of Alcock and Brown flight and… Read More

+353 87 971 4873



Bike Electric

Bike Electric

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Bike Electric

Bike Electric Connemara at All Things Connemara, based in Clifden on Market Street in the… Read More

+353 95 22630



Black Boats

Black Boats

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Black Boats

Explore the loughs and islands of Connemara’s coastline, discovering secluded bays and pirate castles. Experience… Read More

+353 87 167 0084



Blue Water Fishing

Blue Water Fishing

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Blue Water Fishing

From Giant Tunas to shoals of Mackerel the deep clean waters off the coast of… Read More

+353 95 21073



Celtic Queen Sea Angling

Celtic Queen Sea Angling

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Celtic Queen Sea Angling

We invite you to fish with us in Clifden on probably the best fishing waters… Read More

+353 95 21069



Clifden Camping and Caravan Park

Clifden Camping and Caravan Park

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Clifden Camping and Caravan Park

Welcome to Clifden Camping and Caravan Park, Clifden, Connemara, Co Galway where we pride ourselves… Read More

+353 95 22150



Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle

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Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle was built by John d’Arcy in a Gothic Revival style in the 18th… Read More

 



Clifden Eco Beach Camping and Caravanning Park

Clifden Eco Beach Camping and Caravanning Park

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Clifden Eco Beach Camping and Caravanning Park

Clifden ecoCampsite is located on the shores of the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Less than… Read More

+353 95 44036



Connemara Blue

Connemara Blue

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Connemara Blue

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

+353 95 30782



Connemara Creative Workshops

Connemara Creative Workshops

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Connemara Creative Workshops

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 Tours

Connemara Day Tours

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Connemara Day Tours

Connemara Day Tours operates minibus tours. Connemara Day Tours is run by John Hannon who… Read More

+353 83 849 5144



Connemara Heritage & History Centre

Connemara Heritage & History Centre

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Connemara Heritage & History Centre

This award winning heritage centre is situated on the N59 approximately 5 miles from Clifden-the… Read More

+353 95 21808



Connemara Holiday Lettings

Connemara Holiday Lettings

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Connemara Holiday Lettings

Make your first or next holiday experience in Connemara a memorable one. At the heart… Read More

+353 95 22 669



Errislannan Riding Centre & Connemara Pony Stud

Errislannan Riding Centre & Connemara Pony Stud

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Errislannan Riding Centre & Connemara Pony Stud

Errislannan Riding Centre and Connemara Pony Stud in Clifden, County Galway offer scenic and historic… Read More

+353 95 21134



Heritage Walks in Connemara

Heritage Walks in Connemara

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Heritage Walks in Connemara

The Heritage Walks of Connemara explore the historical and archaeological aspects of this lovely area… Read More

+353 86 8320940



Love Connemara Cottages

Love Connemara Cottages

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Love Connemara Cottages

Love Connemara Holiday Cottages offer the largest selection of quality self catering accommodation in the… Read More

+353 95 30620



Love Connemara Tours

Love Connemara Tours

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Love Connemara Tours

Love Connemara Tours provides guided tours of the Connemara region on our flexible hop-on hop-off… Read More

+353 95 22785



Mannion Bike Hire

Mannion Bike Hire

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Mannion Bike Hire

For the largest range of bikes to rent in Clifden and the surrounding area come… Read More

+353 95 21160



Real Adventures Connemara

Real Adventures Connemara

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Real Adventures Connemara

Real Adventures are specialists in Outdoor Adventure Activities in Connemara. We offer a range of… Read More

+353 85 1462526



Renew Beauty & Spa

Renew Beauty & Spa

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Renew Beauty & Spa

Renew Beauty & Spa is located adjacent to the Station House Hotel, with direct access… Read More

+353 95 21881



Walk Connemara

Walk Connemara

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Walk Connemara

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 Safari

Wild Atlantic Sea Safari

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Wild Atlantic Sea Safari

Robert Coohill, is the owner and Skipper of the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) 'Bluefin'. He… Read More

+353 87 2461339