2023 Hotel Brochure
THINGS TO DO IN CONNEMARA
DRIVE THE SKY ROAD & EXPLORE OMEY ISLAND
A part of the Wild Atlantic Way driving route, very few places in Ireland can match the rugged beauty and range of scenery that can be seen from the Sky Road. Enjoy the panoramic view of the beaches of Connemara and the nearby islands, including Omey. Continue the drive to Claddaghduff where at low tide you can drive across the strand on to Omey Island.
DISCOVER CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK
A number of walking trails offer a variety of scenic routes and nature trails through the park (pictured left). Stunning vistas from the 400-metre high Diamond Hill include the distant islands of Inishbofin, Inishturk and Inishshark, and the turreted Kylemore Abbey. The park is also home to Connemara ponies, red deer and an wonderful variety of bird-life.
EXPLORE KYLEMORE ABBEY & WALLED GARDENS
A longstanding historical landmark in Connemara, Kylemore Abbey has recently undergone renovation & extension to the visitor experience. Explore rooms which have never before been open to the public, stroll through the incredible Victorian walled gardens, and stop for tea & scones in their award-winning cafe.
WALK OR CYCLE A SECTION OF THE CONNEMARA GREENWAY
Two sections of the Connemara Greenway are currently open to the public and are perfect for an afternoon stroll. Dooneen Greenway can be started from the hotel and is a 7km round trip. It’s best for views of the Twelve Bens & Roundstone Bog. The Ballynahinch Greenway is a short drive from Clifden. Once there, it’s a 12km round trip through forest and the Derryinver Lakes.
LEARN THE HISTORY OF DERRIGIMLAGH
Steeped in history, The Derrygimlagh blanket bog close to Clifden is a rugged and wild landscape with two major claims to fame. Alcock and Brown crashed-landed in the bog in 1919 after completing the world’s first transatlantic flight. They landed close to a wireless telegraphy station which had been set up 14 years earlier by Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi. It was also here that the world’s first transatlantic communication took place. Hire a bike, navigate around tiny lakes and peat bogs, and discover this unique and beautiful area.
SUMMER IN CONNEMARA
Is there anything quite as nice as a summer day spent on the shores of Connemara’s beaches? Paddle, swim or simply stare over the ocean, enjoying fun filled days and long, balmy evenings. Connemara is one of Irelands iconic destinations.
Clifden is the perfect base to experience all that the area has to offer, for the young, the young at heart and anyone looking for a break away from it all.
The Clifden Station House has a wide range of Accommodation options, from Family Rooms to 2 Bedroom and 3 Bedroom Self Catering Apartments. All Hotel & Apartment guests enjoy full use of the Hotels Leisure Club and Swimming Pool, as well as the Railway Kids Club.
The Clifden Station House Theatre screens Kids Movies daily, so there is lots to do no matter the weather.
GOURMET DINING BREAKS
Enjoy a 3 night getaway this Autumn with one of our Gourmet Dining Breaks. This package includes Bed & Breakfast along with a 3 Course Meal each evening. Our award winning Head Chef Pascal Marinot has curated a menu using the finest local fresh produce and featuring some of Connemara’s most famous exports; Killary Mussels, Connemara Lamb, Cleggan Bay Crab, and more.
A native to Provence, Pascal has a traditional approach to French Cooking and Cuisine. Having lived and worked in Connemara for the last 30 years, he has applied this approach to the regions favourite dishes, with wonderful results.
From only €349 per person sharing
SELF CATERING APARTMENTS
Located in the courtyard of the hotel, a short 5 minute walk from the town square, Clifden Station House Apartments offer a choice of two and three bedroom self-catering suites. If you are planning an extended holiday in Clifden, or travelling with family, the ideal choice is to book one of our self-catering apartments. Each suite is self-contained and is fully equipped with TV, microwave, fridge, hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, and high speed Wi-Fi throughout. The two-bedroom apartment consists of one master en-suite double bedroom, one twin bedroom and a bathroom. The three-bed unit consists of one en-suite double bedroom and either one double bedroom or one twin bedroom. There is also a third single room and another bathroom. Baby travel cots are available on request. All Apartment Guests enjoy full use of the Hotel Leisure Club & Swimming Pool. Railway Kids Club runs during school holidays from 3pm-9pm daily.
OCTOBER GUIDED WALKING BREAKS
This October, check in on either Monday the 2nd, Monday the 9th or Monday the 16th of October for 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in the Clifden Station House Hotel, with guided walks of some of Connemara’s most beautiful areas.
Tuesdays walk is a journey through history with a gentle climb up Cleggan Head. Neolithic Tombs, Bronze Age Farms and Settlements, and a Napoleonic Watch Tower are explored on this 9km looped walk. Moderate in difficulty, the walk takes between 2 and 3 hours. Walkers meet our guide at Cleggan Public Carpark at 11am.
On Wednesday we depart from Cleggan Pier and take the ferry to the island of Inishbofin. It is ahome to the ruins of Cromwell’s barracks, and Dún Gráinne, the remains of a fort used by the legendary Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s pirate queen, as well as the ruins of a Celtic fort dating to 1000 B.C. The Westquarter loop takes in some of the most stunning Atlantic Coast scenery in Connemara offering views of the Island’s blow holes and sea arch, sea stags where the Island seal colony can be seen, the Dún More Cliffs and Iron Age promontory fort ruins, picturesque Trá Gheal beach and famine road. It is an 8km Easy to Moderate Looped Walk, taking approximately 3.5hrs. Walkers meet at Cleggan Pier at 11am.
Thursdays walk is Derrigimlagh Discovery Point and Inishnee. On the Derrigimlagh looped walk you’ll pass the scattered remnants of the world’s first permanent trans-Atlantic radio station, built by Marconi more than a century ago and burned to the ground during the Irish War of Independence. Close-by is a white aeroplane wing-shaped memorial to Alcock and Brown, who crash landed, uninjured, into Derrigimlagh Bog in 1919 at the end of the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic. Following this journey through history, you’ll visit the small island of Inishnee in Roundstone Bay is connected to the mainland by a narrow bridge (located about 2km from Roundstone) and is a wonderfully unique destination. Home to a small local population, Inishnee offers a glimpse into the peace and tranquility of Connemara. Combined these walks cover 9km and are flat, easy walks, taking approximately 3-4 hours. Walkers meet at Derrigimlagh Car Park at 11am.
Monday the 2nd, Monday the 9th or Monday the 16th of October
€490 Per Person Sharing Double/Twin
€690 Single Occupancy
RENEW SPA AND LEISURE
Renew Spa and our Leisure Club are the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the wild beauty of Connemara. Avail of complimentary Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room & Jacuzzi for all residents, or visit Renew Spa to indulge in a Hot Oil Back Massage, a Dermalogica Facial, or a detoxifying Wild Atlantic Seaweed Body Wrap.
(Sauna, Steam Room & Jacuzzi are subject to guideline changes)
For well over a century, Millars Connemara has been trading in Clifden, Co. Galway. Steeped in tradition and style, Millars continues to excel as one of the most superior stores of its kind in the country. Since then the shop has grown and evolved into a unique shopping experience, combining traditional with contemporary. Over the years many famous guests and visitors have passed through the doors, including Prince Rainer and Princess Grace of Monaco who visited the store for the first time in 1967 and returned again in 1979.