Family Day Trips
CONNEMARA DAY TRIPS
Our location in the heart of Connemara give us a collection of great days out for all the family and the perfect location to explore the local sites. Check out our summer break offers here
Connemara National Park
Connemara is renowned for its picturesque setting and beautiful scenery. Situated on the N59, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. One of its most popular climbs is The Diamond Hill Loop. Gravel footpaths and wooden boardwalks ease your passage over the bog as you approach the mountains, with a steady climb up the western slopes to the summit ridge. The ridge is a narrow fin of quartzite roughly half a kilometre long, which culminates in a cairn that marks the 445m-high summit.
Omey Island in Claddaghduff is accessible at low tide every day by crossing acres of firm sandy beach, either in a car or on foot. Simply follow the direction poles in the sand that mark the way across, but be sure to check the tide timetable beforehand as you will be stranded if the tide comes in! Omey Island has a wealth of antiquities. The ruins of Teampaill Féichín (Feichin’s Church), a medieval church built on a 7th century Christian settlement lie close to the north coast. The church was covered in sand until 1981 and it is surrounded by the remains of a semi-sunken village that was wiped out during the Famine. St Feichin’s Holy Well can also be found to the west, just above a rocky inlet.
Beaches of Connemara
Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, the point at which Connemara meets the Atlantic is home to miles upon miles of sandy beaches which are renowned the world over. From the rolling green hills leading to the shores of Glassilaun to the crystal waters and white sands of Dogs Bay, voted one of British Vogues Top 10 Beaches in the World, there truly is something for everyone. If it's soft currents for paddling or family friendly activities you're after we would recommend the beaches around Roundstone, such as Gurteen and Dogs Bay. For a scenic walk with a dramatic backdrop look no further than Silver Strand in Renvyle.
The Hotel is less than a 30 minute drive from Kylemore Abbey, the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. Originally built in 1868, it has home to The Community of Benedictine Nuns since 1920. Facilities include a visitor’s centre, restaurant, Gothic Church, Victorian gardens, lake and mountain walks, pottery, craft and souvenir shop. Discounted tickets are available at our hotel reception along with a map of the area.
You can walk, cycle or drive up the Sky Road. Justifiably famous for the views it affords, the Sky Road takes you up among the hills overlooking Clifden Bay. When you reach the highest point you will see a car park and viewing area on the left (5.5km from Clifden). This is one of the most impressive panoramic vistas around Clifden.
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All of these can be done as day trips from the Clifden Station House hotel and we have maps available at reception for all of the area.