Dan O’Hara Homestead

Located near Clifden overlooked by the majestic Twelve Ben Mountains, Dan O’Hara’s Homestead shares the history, heritage, culture & traditions of Connemara. The centre is based around the restored pre-famine cottage of Dan O’Hara who was forced to emigrate in the 1840′s when he was evicted from his home. There is an audio visual Story and reconstructions of a crannog, ring fort & clochaun. One of the highlights of the centre is the guided tour to the Hilltop View and the visit to Dan O’ Hara’s Cottage.

Connemara National Park

Located 11 miles north of Clifden, Connemara National Park is a must-see for visitors to the area. When you first see the park, watched over by its mountain, Diamond Hill, you will be impressed by its stunning natural beauty. Take time to enjoy self-guided tours, picnic area, audio visual show and exhibition on Connemara’s Landscape.

Clifden Castle

Built around 1810 by Clifden’s founder John D’Arcy, it was once his residence. A walk to Clifden Castle is essential. It is approached through a beautiful entrance arch and gothic walls along a winding avenue edged with a series of 5 standing stones (only one is original). Clifden Castle is now a romantic ruin overlooking Clifden Bay.

Killary Fjord & Killary Cruises

Irelands only Fjord, this truly is a sight to be seen, whether viewed from the many vantage points on your route through the valley, or indeed on one of the many boat trips that can be taken, either way it’s a must see on any trip to beautiful Connemara. Take a cruise with Killary Cruises and their purpose built cruise ship which has been designed to offer the maximum comfort and safety to our guests, and also to offer them uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery which makes the Killary such a unique place to visit.

The villages of Connemara

Leenane, home to the film adaptation of the great John B. Keanes “The Field”, is well worth a stop. Roundstone Fishing Village, a Connemara gem, and home to Ireland’s Master Bodhran maker, Malachy Kearns – head for the Franciscan monastery and learn all there is to know about this unique Irish instrument.

Kylemore Abbey

Home to the Benedictine Nuns, Kylemore Abbey was built as a castle in 1868 in the Irish neo-gothic style. A trip to the Abbey is a must on your Connemara itinerary, with its beautifully restored rooms, church and of course the famous Victorian walled garden, set against the rugged beauty of the Connemara wilds, it’s positively enchanting. The Craft and Retail Shop at Kylemore is known worldwide, stocking a unique range of goods to satisfy every taste.

Connemara’s Beaches – Dog’s Bay Stroll

Just off the Clifden to Roundstone road, Dog’s Bay, famous for its foraminiferal sands, is a stunning beach. The dunes have recently been the focus of intensive efforts to stem coastal erosion by planting grass – visitors are requested to respect the signs restricting access to the dunes. Gurteen Bay lies at the eastern side of the tombolo. Swimming is a must at both beaches!

Island Hopping – Inishbofin

Inishbofin is a beautiful Island, 6km in length and 3.5km wide, with several magnificent sandy beaches which are safe for swimming. The Island (population of 200) has 2 pubs, post office and a grocery shop. It is also well known for its excellent traditional music sessions. All ferries depart from Cleggan Pier (20 minutes drive from the Clifden Station House Hotel). The journey takes 40 minutes. Inishbofin Ferries for timetable.

Golfing Connemara @ Connemara Golf Links

This Eddie Hackett-designed golf course is set in stunning, rugged countryside. The back nine has been described as the equal of any in the world. Ballyconneely Tel: 095-23502/23602