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.
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.
SPRING IN CONNEMARA
Spring is a beautiful time to visit Clifden and to celebrate the longer evenings we offer some wonderful value midweek breaks during these months. Stay in the Clifden Station House & enjoy the best of Connemara; dine on Killary Mussels in the picturesque village of Leenaun, feel the bracing ocean air and hear the waves wash the shore at Dogs Bay or explore the wonderful Clifden Castle ruin (above) with its breath-taking view over Clifden Bay. All of this is within a short drive of the Hotel, where you can wind down the evening in warm hospitality.
2 Night Midweek breaks with dinner on one evening f rom €149 pps
2 Night Midweek breaks with dinner on two evenings from €210 pps
2 Night Midweek Self-Catering Apartment stays f rom €140 per night
MARCH WALKING BREAKS
What better way to discover the best of Connemara than with our 4 Night / 3 Day Guided Walking Breaks. Go off the beaten track and see the hidden heartlands of the area, guided by local historian and student of Archaeology John O’Halloran. All walks are moderate in difficulty and suitable for all ages and abilities. Make sure you pack suitable clothing and footwear for all terrain and weather.
Omey Island, Kylemore Estate, Inishbofin, Killary Fjord, Tully Mountain and the Inagh Valley are some of the routes guided by John. Typically 6-8km each, taking up to 4 hours, the walks are a social and light-hearted way of exploring the region. Evenings are best spent relaxing in Renew Spa and Leisure Club, before dining on some of the areas local specialties in the Carriage Restaurant or Signal Bar & Restaurant.
Package Includes: 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Checking in on:
Monday March 14th
Monday March 21st
€390 per person sharing
€550 single occupancy
Connemara is an ideal location to unwind, destress and connect. Escape from the pace of everyday living and join us for one of our Wellness Escape packages. You will be guided throughout your stay by the fantastic Eva Witek, a leading industry professional. Each package features daily activities such as Yoga and Pilates, Meditation, Chi-Gung(Tai Chi) and many more. During your stay you will also have access to our full leisure-centre facilities. During your wellness break you will be able to select from a special menu available only to our Wellness Breaks guests. Create your perfect wellness package by adding a Spa Experience at our Renew Spa Centre.
Pilates | Yoga | Meditation| Chi-Gung
Package Includes: 4 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast &
All Wellness Activities
Checking in on:
Monday February 7th
Monday February 14th
€340 per person sharing
€480 single occupancy
EASTER FAMILY BREAKS
This Easter, choose from our 3 and 5 night Family Packages with complimentary Railway Kids Club and Swimming Pool included. The 3 Night stay offers B&B, and dinner for all each evening. The 5 Night stay offers B&B each day, and dinner for all on 4 evenings of your choice. (Terms & Conditions Apply)
Easter Family Packages: 2 Adults and 2 Kids in a Large Family Room:
Family 3 night stay from €780*
Family 5 night stay from €1,265*
*Prices for larger family packages and 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!
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. Our new Wine List offers great variety across the new and old world, with something to suit all tastes.
April & May: 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast only €299 pps
June: 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast only €325 pps
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.
3 Night Family Packages available from €870 for 2 Adults and 2 Kids.
5 Night Family Packages available from €1,265 for 2 Adults and 2 Kids.
Self Catering Apartments available from €300 per night.
Connemara Championship Golf Links is nestled between the scenic splendor 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.
Book a Midweek May or June Golf Break with Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and a Round of Golf from only €165 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.
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.