Clifden Townhouse Activities
Clifden Townhouse is perfectly located within walking distance of the beautiful and colourful town of Clifden, noted as being The Capital of Connemara. As it is in a small quiet residential area, it is most suitable for families or walking/fishing/golfing groups.
It consists of two double rooms (one en-suite), one twin room, one single room and a bathroom upstairs. Downstairs has a large kitchen/dining area with patio doors leading out to a patioed area and large garden with mountain views. There is a separate sitting room with opens fireplace. A utility room with washing machine and dryer and a downstairs toilet. Convenient Key lockbox entry.
Very close to supermarkets, restaurants and the the various interesting shops that Clifden has to offer. Also interesting things to do in the area;
A walk to the seashore.
From Clifden town centre, locate Supervalu and walk down past Bank of Ireland. Keep to the left and walk down the hill past the playground and The Quay. After approximately a half hour walk along the scenic coastline, you will reach Clifden Beach. The Boat Club is a nice place to stop for a refreshment. You can either return the same way or else on return, take the first left onto a small boreen where you will pass by the gates of the ruin of Clifden Castle ( it may be a bit muddy but feel free to walk down to the Castle itself if you feel up to it!). This boreen will connect you to the Sky Road, turn right and you will be on the road back into Clifden town passing the wonderful Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.
Reach for the sky
Clifden is famous for its Sky Road, a drive of stunning beauty and part of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is well signposted from the town centre , pass Abbeyglen Castle Hotel and not long after you see the Castle Gates, the road will separate into the lower and upper roads. The lower road goes downhill towards the sea and will give you a very close up view of the landscape, but the upper road is most popular because of the views it offers over the entire area. Or you can do both and drive in a loop doing the upper road first. Here you will find unbeatable views of the Connemara countryside, the Atlantic Ocean, The Islands, and the coastline of Co. Mayo to the North, and Co. Clare to the south. There is a car park and viewing area at the highest point with plenty of room to park and take photographs.
The Derrigimlagh/Marconi Walking Loop provides visitors with a five-kilometre trail through an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Derrygimlagh bog complex. Steeped in history, The Derrygimlagh blanket bog, close to Clifden, is a rugged and wild landscape with two major claims to fame. Pilots John Alcock and Arthur Whitten 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. Follow signs towards Ballyconneely.
The Connemara National Park is situated in North West Connemara and covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Within the park is a Visitor Centre and Tea Rooms, nature trails, woodland walks, children’s playground and the very popular Diamond Hill walking routes which offer panoramic views of the Connemara countryside and coastline. Native species of birds and animals can be seen and the largest mammal in the park is the native Connemara pony.
Admission is Free into the Park, Visitor Centre, Audio Visual Theatre and all events. The Visitor Centre is open daily, 9am to 5.30pm from March to October. The park grounds are open daily 9.00am-5.30pm all year round.
Kylemore Abbey Take a guided tour of the Abbey, visit the Victorian Walled Gardens and enjoy a well-earned break in the wonderful on-site café and restaurant. Hidden in the woods you will also find the stunning Gothic Church built for Margaret Henry the woman who inspired the building of Kylemore Castle in the late 1860’s.
Inishbofin Island lies 10km off the Connemara coast. The island is accessed by a 30-minute ferry crossing from the picturesque fishing village of Cleggan, just a 15-minute drive from Clifden town. Inishbofin Island is a haven of beauty, boasting magnificent scenery from cliff top walks to white sandy beaches and an abundance of rare flora and fauna at every turn. The ferry service is operated by Inishbofin Island Discovery and timetables can be found on www.inishbofinislanddiscovery.com