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Connemara Area  

Connemara is one of the most western regions of Ireland and one of the last unspoilt regions of Europe. Though relatively small it consists of almost every geological feature, from the Majestic Twelve Pins Mountains to the East, through meandering rivers, horseshoe lakes, extensive stretches of rugged moorland, protected boglands, National Parks and scenic valleys.



Connemara is surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean. Its shoreline, though only 300 miles along from the southern boundary of Galway Bay to the Killary Fjord at its northernmost point, embraces some of the most beautiful clean unpolluted beaches, both sand and coral, quiet undiscovered walkways, craggy rocks and challenging cliffs for the daring outdoor enthusiast. Probably its most striking feature is the abundance of off-shore islands, many now uninhabited, but accessible daily for island-hopping expeditions. These provide a safe haven for many forms of wildlife, most notably puffins, seals and several migratory birds.

A holiday in Connemara can be tailored to suit everyone’s needs. When it comes to daytime outdoor activities one is spoiled for choice, from hill walking, cycling, angling, pony trekking, scuba-diving, golfing, sea-cruises, heritage tours, garden tours or just a solitary back-road stroll- its all here!

Active Holiday-Makers

Hire a bicycle- from one of the many suppliers in town and go explore the quiet lanes and byways in the area, meet the locals and see nature at its best away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Make use of the new and modern indoor sports centre open to visitors

Take all day walks on the famous Sky Road.

Walk on one of the rugged Bens mountains and take back a photograph of the magnificent view to prove you did climb it!

We specialise in walking and angling groups of all sizes. We arrange everything before arrival if required. We can provide transport from point of entry and daily to each chosen activity.

Explore the many facets of the protected bogs within the area with rare plants and wildlife.

Tours- Tours of the Connemara National Park, Connemara Sea- Life Museum and Kylemore Abbey are extremely popular and can be booked prior to arrival with Nee Coaches -the longest serving transport provider in the west.

History and Heritage

Michael Gibbons guided tours and archaeological walks, Dan O’Hara’s heritage farm or visit the nearby Connemara National Park to soak up the area’s history & heritage.


We have it all in Clifden- Salmon fishing on some of the best rivers and lakes- Brown Trout on all Loughs belonging to the Clifden trout anglers association who also hire out boats- Deep Sea fishing in fully registered and insured modern boats and sea shore fishing.


The well-known “Connemara Trail”, horse trekking from Galway to Clifden, stay overnight in town, while the Errislannon Manor riding centre offers day horse riding. Nearby at Cashel is an indoor equestrian and dressage school. In August the world famous Connemara Pony Show is held in the town, a venue for all pony lovers.


Within the town of Clifden you can find a complete range of shops with special emphasis on crafts and gifts. We have one of Ireland’s major tweed weavers in the town, there are country stores and shops selling hand knits and fashion garments, crystal, jewellery in silver and gold. If you like to see craft workers you can visit the local hand weaver or see the hand made pottery being made.


You like food and wine? In the town of Clifden you can find gourmet delights in our famous restaurants, wine bars and excellent hotel restaurants- serving a wide range of fare including fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes and traditional Irish food and of course the pubs sell bar food all day.

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