The Capital of Connemara, Clifden, Co. Galway

Updated On: March 10, 2022

Welcome to Clifden…The Perfect Place to Get Away

The capital of Connemara in Galway is the gorgeous Clifden that is the perfect escape from busy city life. Don’t get us wrong though because Clifden is packed with so many great things to do. Whether you away with your family, friends or children there is something that everyone will enjoy here. With its range of attractions its also full of some of best restaurants, bars and hotels. Clifden is an excellent base point to explore the wonders of the countryside that is located in.


Things to do in Clifden

Twelve Bens/ Twelve Pins

You must take a trip to the ‘Twelve Bens’ in Clifden which is a mountain range that consists of sharp-peaked quartzite. It’s not an easy walk to do but we think its worth the pain. The unique landscape offers breathtaking views that make for an unforgettable experience. This kind of activity would be more suit to experienced walkers and mountaineers interested in a challenge.

Connemara National Park

Another touristic attraction in this town is the Connemara National Park. Which is one of six national parks in the Republic of Ireland. This park offers you a variety of walking trails and a great visitors centre. Within the visitor’s centre, you can explore different exhibitions that focus on the landscape of Connemara. There are also different events organised for children as well as a tea room to enjoy some food. The best part of all its completely free to enter the visitor’s centre.  If you would like to find out more check out their website.

Errislannan Riding Centre

If you have always wanted to try some horse riding then this is the perfect place to do just that. At this riding centre, it provides lessons for both children and adults with different experiences. So if this is your first time don’t let that put you off as the amazing staff will help you feel comfortable. You could also just check out the stunning horses and ponies that live here. children can even take part in Pony craft courses. There is also a beautiful garden here that is opened to the public. If you would like to find out more check out their website.


North West Coastal Tour

One thing you cannot miss out on is exploring the coastal towns located between Clifden and Leenane where you’ll be impressed by the amazing sea views on display. You’ll start your journey on Sky Road which is a long drive along Clifden Road and Streamstown Bay. With views of the Atlantic, Clifden Castle, coast-guard station, the islands of Inishturk and Turbot and the town. This is an unmissable experience so get in you’re car and explore this amazing coastal tour. Stop along the way at the different locations and get out to really experience the beauty of the place.

The Dan O’Hara’s Homestead

At this attraction, you can explore the heritage and history related to Connemara in this family-run farm. The hill farm is run by the Breathnach/Walsh family and put a lot of effort into their award-winning centre that related to the culture and tradition of the area. You can check out some of the farm animals while you are visiting from the cattle, sheep and world-famous ponies. The centre is also based around the restore prefamine cottage which belonged to Dan O’Hara. Guided tours are available where you’ll experience traditional farming activities. Such as sheep herding, soda bread making and more in an educational and fun environment. If you would like to find out more check out their website.

clifden farm
clifden farm

Lough Corrib

Another thing to do in Clifden is to visit Lough Corrib known as the second largest freshwater lake found in Ireland. It holds around 300 different islands here and the most popular one being Inchagaoill. It’s the perfect location for some water activities such as boating, canoeing, kayaking and more. Its also recognised as one of the best fishing spots in Galway.


Real Adventure Connemara

If you looking to try something different while you are here we suggest checking out Real Adventures Connemara’ who specialise in outdoor adventure activities. There are so many activities which you could try from Coasteering, rock climbing, paddle boarding, surfing and more. No matter your experience or age here you’ll be welcomed to take part in whatever catches your eye. This is a really fun and exciting attraction that the whole family or friends would enjoy. Make sure you check it out and if you want to find out more visit their website.

Clifden Resturants and Bars

No matter where you go you always want to know about the best place to eat and drink in the area. That’s why we decided to create a list of best Clifden restaurants and bars for you to check out if you plan on visiting.


Mitchells Restaurant

This family-run restaurant is spread out over two floors that offer open fires, a cosy and friendly atmosphere that makes for a great dining experience. This restaurant first opened in 1991 and husband and wife Kay and JJ really pride themselves on using the best fresh and local produce. This is one of the best seafood restaurants that you must try but they also provided many meat and vegetarian dishes as well.

Off the Square Restaurant/Bar

This is another seafood restaurant but you wouldn’t expect any less as Galway is one of the best fishing locations. They also used the best of the local fish coming from the pier and it tastes amazing. This is one of Clifden’s most popular location for celebration, where you’ll find a great choice of food and drink to suit whatever mood you are in.

E.J.Kings Bar and Restaurant

This restaurant was established over 100 years ago and is steeped in history that is run by the King family. It has been known to be a place where you’ll find writers, artist and filmmakers. The restaurant has a very good reputation for amazing food and drink and a place where you can expect to have a good time.

Guys Bar 

Another restaurant to check out is Guy’s bar which is located on the main street of Clifden. Again like many of the bars and restaurants in this area, it has a long history starting back when it first opened its doors back in 1903. Today it’s a great bar to relax beside the turf fire and enjoy the company of your friends an family. The bar boasts a wide-ranging menu that I’m sure everyone will find something that they like on it.


Clifden in Connemara Galway is a really amazing place that you need to check off your list when exploring places in Ireland. The town offers many interesting, fun and relaxing activities and attractions that make for a perfect trip away. You’ll be mesmerised by the beautiful coastal views and you’ll be wanting to come back for more.

Have you ever been to Clifden or other parts of Galway? We would love to hear any experiences you have 🙂

Also, don’t forget to check out some of our other blog post that might interest you; Connemara -Galway, Laois, Kilkenny, KildareBallintubber Abbey, O’Connell Street, Dunguaire Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Bundoran Donegal.

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