THINGS TO DO
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.
CLIMB THE DIAMOND IN CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK
A number of walking trails beginning at the Visitor Centre offering walkers a variety of scenic routes and nature trails through the park. 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 enormous 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.
PICK UP SOME HANDCRAFTED SOUVENIERS
Located on the town square, Connemara Blue is the home of glassmaking in Connemara. From elegant bowls to beautiful wall panels, everything is hand-crafted on the premises and fired in their own fusing kilns. Across the square you will find O’Dalaigh’s Family Jewellers, where you can see the jewellery being made in their open plan workshop. Their unique Connemara Marble Collection means you can carry a piece of Connemara with you always.
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 range of accommodation to suit all, from 2 and 3 Bedroom Apartments, to newly refurbished Hotel rooms.
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 deluxe 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 wifi throughout.
The deluxe four-star, 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 and camp beds are available on request.
All Apartment Guests enjoy full use of the Hotel Facilities including our swimming pool and leisure club, and our younger guests can attend the Railway Kids Club which runs during holiday periods.
This Summer, choose from our 3, 5, and 7 night Family Packages based on 2 Adults and 2 Children sharing (aged under 16).
The 3 Night stay includes B&B, and dinner for all each evening.
The 5 and 7 Night stays include B&B each day, and dinner for all on 4 evenings of your choice.
(Terms & Conditions Apply)
Summer Family Packages:
Family 3 night stay from €769
Family 5 night stay from €1,190
Family 7 night stay from €1,489
Interconnecting Rooms available on request.
FAMILY DAYS OUT
SET SAIL TO INISHBOFIN
Inishbofin is a small island 40 minutes from the mainland by ferry. It offers looped walks with spectacular views of the island’s Wild Atlantic scenery, and Cromwellian Castle ruins. It’s home to award winning sandy beaches, strewn with shells and with crystal clear waters. Bring a picnic, rent a bike on the island, and explore this truly unique destination.
CRUISE THE KILLARY FJORD
Relax on board the Killary Cruise and enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic landscape that you won’t get from your car (pictured top). The fjord’s sheltered waters are perfect for mussel farming & you will see the ropes at several points on the way. After the cruise you can savour the local mussels in Leenaun in a local cafes or restaurants, or Lonely Planet recommended Misunderstood Heron.
HORSERIDE ACROSS THE STRAND TO OMEY ISLAND
With treks available for riders of all abilities and ages, Cleggan Equestrian Centre can take you on a relaxing 2-3 hour trek to Omey Island across the incredible expanse of the tidal Omey Strand. They offer a wide range of Connemara ponies, Irish cobs and Irish Sport Horses. Hats and boots are also available. The times of the treks are governed by the tide, so it is wise to plan and book in advance.
FIND ADVENTURE ON THE OPEN SEA
Real Adventures are a local company offering a range of activities that will get you active and rediscovering the fun of the outdoors. Join them in Mannin Bay, for coasteering, kayaking, rock climbing, or surfing with your friends, family, and loved ones to truly experience the Irish coast. Ideal for the young and young at heart! You can choose from morning, afternoon, and evening sessions, and Real Adventures provide all equipment. All you need are togs, a towel, old shoes, and a sense of adventure!
EXPLORE THE BEACHES OF CONNEMARA
Is there anything quite as nice as a day spent on the shores of Connemara’s beaches? Paddle, swim or gaze over the ocean, enjoying fun filled days and long balmy evenings. From Coral Strand to Dogs Bay, Glassilaun to Mannin, Connemara has a some of the world’s finest.
For swimming we would recommend Dogs Bay in Roundstone. For a stroll along white sand with incredible views it has to be Renvyle Beach, and for a peaceful walk on a hidden gem look no further than Glassilaun.
GOURMET DINING BREAKS
Enjoy a midweek getaway 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.
We are also delighted to introduce a new and extended Wine List this Spring, carefully selected by James Miley of Vineyard Wines. James has grown up in the Wine Business, with both of his parents honing their knowledge over decades of experience. James worked with Febvre and Tindall Wines before starting his own company. Our new Wine List offers great variety across the new and old world, with something to suit all tastes.
Connemara Championship Golf Links is nestled between the scenic splendour of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic Ocean. From the testing dog leg opening hole through to the breath-taking back 9, the course is a test for all levels. After a day on Connemara Championship Links, return to the Clifden Station House and relax in our Leisure Club & Spa, followed by dinner and drinks in our Carriage Restaurant. Our convenient town Centre location leaves you with a short stroll to the vibrant nightlife of Clifden.
Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and a round of golf from only €110pps.
CLIFDEN ARTS FESTIVAL
Each September, Clifden comes alive with the longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Festival. It is now heading into its 44th year and yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in the 2021 programme.
Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre and performances.
Why not book one of our Gourmet Dining Breaks and indulge all your senses with a cultural trip to the West. The festival will run from September 15th-22nd. Once finalised the full programme can be viewed & tickets purchased at https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/
“Clifden Arts Festival is Ireland’s best kept secret”
– Kazuo Ishiguro, Author & 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
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.