The great outdoors is our playground. We’re blessed to live in between the mountains and the sea. There’s adventure to be had everywhere you turn. Hiking, beaches and great cycling. It’s crowd free and cost free!
One of Ireland’s largest National Park. It’s located near the village of Letterfrack. Inside there’s an information centre and cafe. Head out into the park on one of the several looped walks. Take the low and meandering bog route, or go to the top of Diamond Hill. Names can be misleading with this ‘hill’ however, a lot of people would call it a mountain!
Glassilaun is overlooked by Mweelrea and is at the mouth of the Killary Fjord. This wonderful expanse of white sand is always very quiet. Dogs Bay is close to the village of Roundstone. Walk along the sand and then take a look over the far headland at waves crashing far out to sea. Doonloughan is our favourite surfing beach. It’s our location for surf lessons, and the starting point for our coasteering . We wouldn’t bring you to a beach that wasn’t one of our all time favourites!
There are 3 different cycle routes that start and finish in Clifden. All of these routes will take you through some stunning scenery. Choose the one that suits you, and your schedule. Route one takes in the iconic Sky Road, 16km should take you around 2 hours. Route 4 is the longest route and takes in the Bog Road, Roundstone Village and Ballyconneely, 40km. This could take you all day, with refreshments and photo stops!
Bike rental is easy from Clifden, we recommend All Things Connemara. They have a good range of modern bikes, and also have electric bikes if you want a little help on the hills!
The beautiful Sky Road heads up out of Clifden town. It climbs to a great height. Stop for a photo at the top. You can see for miles, South to Carna and Cashel, North to Inisboffin and Mayo. On a good day you can see Croagh Patrick and Achill Island. The rugged beauty and range of scenery you’ll see is hard to match anywhere in the country.
Just out from Claddaghduff village, is Omey Island. You can walk or drive to the island at low tide. Keep any eye on the rising tide, you don’t want to get stuck. Follow the arrows to guide you safely across the Strand. Huge waves crash on the far side of the island, well worth the trip over. Teampall Féichín, the ruins of a medieval church can be seen here, hiding in the sands. Enjoy a delicious open crab sandwich in Sweeneys of Claddaghduff afterwards, it’s the best crab around!
This is a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Follow the route across the bog, and learn about 2 important historic events that happened here. Marconi had the first transatlantic radio station here. Alcock and Brown crash landed safely here in 1919, after completing the first non-stop Transatlantic Flight.
Though it looks barren, it was once at the forefront of world innovation and technology, just don’t tell the sheep!