CLIFDEN: Centrally located with a variety of Restaurants, Pubs and Shops, Traditional Music and Craic, Sailing, Trout, Salmon and Sea Fishing, Hill Walking, Cycling.
Highlights are The Connemara Pony Show and the Clifden Arts Festival, there is also a St Patricks Day Parade, and the Connemara Pony Sales are a great day out.
Clifden is a pretty market town built on the banks of the Owenglen River. It is regarded as the Capital of the area and you are guaranteed to visit the town wherever you stay in Connemara.
Clifden is great base for a self catering holiday as you will not need the car to enjoy the busy evening life. There is an amazing choice of pubs and restaurants serving great food, and there is always a variety of live music even at quiet times of the year. There are pubs that still enjoy an old lifestyle and atmosphere, (Lowrys Bar have won Best Traditional Bar in Ireland a number of times) and those that are younger and trendy. It is 60 miles from Galway on the N59 road and a capital town of Wild Atlantic Way. We have some great holiday Cottages in Clifden so browse the properties we have listed.
There is a busy social calendar here with lots going on, from week to week there are events and festivals.
Major highlights of the year being The Clifden Pony Show, Clifden Arts Festival and a Saint Patricks Day Parade. The Pony Show will take place 10th 11th and 12th September in 2021 and the town will fill with people eager to see the iconic Connemara Ponies compete for rosettes and trophies.
Dont worry if you dont own a pony you there are plenty of pet classes you can enter too. A photo of the winner of the dog fancy dress usually makes its way into the Irish times write up alongside the Champion Stallion.
The Arts festival is one of the top arts festivals in Ireland and you can be spoilt for choice there are so many things to see and do. Taking place at the end of September there is theater, cinema, artists and musicians, local and international and the Festival parade and fireworks to top it all off. The tickets for the top performers are eagerly sought after, but you can book ahead if you visit Clifden Arts Festival website. At the end the beach road there is a nice beach where the kids can play and swim and a childrens playground on the way. There are many other sandy beaches in the area which are a short drive away, and numerous stunning walks including the Sky Road which is world famous for its views of the Atlantic and the Connemara Mountains, and the Derrygimla Bog Walk which features some clever interactive information on Marconis first transmissions of radio signals across the Atlantic, and the first flight across the Atlantic by Alcock and Brown. A commemorative statue of the pair has recently been erected in Clifden celebrating the centennial of their trip. This is a bronze copy of a statue that has stood in Heathrow Airport for many years.
Clifden is the main shopping town in the area with food shops selling local products as well as several large supermarkets. There is a farmers market on a Friday with all sorts of local produce on sale.
If you like to spend an afternoon shopping there is a good variety of shops selling everything from fashionable clothing to tweeds and much more.
Stanleys Shop is the go to for the fisherman where advice, fishing tackle and permits are available. The fishing in the area is good with lots of brown trout lakes,a salmon river and lots of shore angling marks for the sea angler. There are deep sea charter boats in the area too. Bikes can be hired in the town at Clifden Bike Shop
Clifden Boat Club is near by at the end of the beach road.They have a well run Sailing School where lessons and courses are available during the summer and Easter breaks for young people and adults. There is more information on the Clifden Boat Club website The Clifden Boat Club clubhouse has a cosy bar and café, this is a popular destination for a walk down from the town alongside the Owenglen inlet.