Clifden Travel Guide

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Clifden Things to Do

  • Sky Road

    I had heard of the scenic Sky Road outside Clifden and wanted to walk it when I was in the area. It is a walk of about 11km along a narrow road above the Clifden Bay. The views are very nice, but the day of my visit it was cloudy. Returning to Clifden, from the village Kingston, I took the Lower Sky Road which runs parallel with the Sky Road above....

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  • Beach Road

    When I came back to Clifden after walking the Sky Road I thought I would take the Beach Road down to the harbor before going back to the hostel. At the harbor I realised that the road continued when I saw a sign for the Boat Club and beach, so I decided to continue too. The road follows the bay, but not for very long. It ends by the Boat Club and a...

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  • Clifden Castle

    Clifden Castle was built by John D’Arcy, the founder of Clifden town, in the beginning of the 19th century. John D’Arcy married twice and had as many as 14 children. When he died the castle and town passed on to one of his sons, who sold them when he went bankrupt. The Eyre family from England was the owners for a while but then it was bought by...

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  • John D’Arcy Monument

    When I was going to walk the Sky Road I came across a sign just outside Clifden, pointing up a hill to the John D’Arcy Monument. Of course I had to go up and have a look before I continued my walk. John D’Arcy is the founder of Clifden and he founded Clifden as one of the last Irish towns in the beginning of the 19th century. From the monument...

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  • A tour around Clifden.

    Always a nice thing to do in the small towns with their colourful shop facades and the friendly faces.

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  • Kylemore Abbey and castle.

    Just 20 kms from Clifden is the superb Kylemore Abbey. Begun in 1867 by Mitchell Henry to house his family after they moved to Ireland. Taking fours to build it has 33 bedrooms and covers over 3500 sq. metres. Unfortunately his wife, Margaret died shortly after the construction so he added a mausoleum where he now lies alongside his wife.In 1882...

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  • Take a ride up the Sky road.

    At the crossroads by the church turn right and after 150 metres there is a sign for the Sky road on the left. This is a 11 kms drive gradually rising to 150 metres where there is a spectacular view over Slyne Head. There is a carpark at the end of the road where you can walk about at will.It's a shame that the road turns into a lane pretty quickly...

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  • Connemara National Park

    Connemara National Park is beautiful! There are nature and hiking trails that allow you to see the natural bogs and heaths. In places there are wooden walkways to allow you to walk through bog areas without damaging the bog (or getting wet). I've read there are wild ponies roaming throughout the park, but we saw only a couple of ponies in a pen....

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  • Kylemore Abbey

    "Mainistir na Coille Móire" is one of Connemara's famous attractions, the Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian Walled Garden is a highlight of history in the area. Nestled in an area of old oakwoods which terrace the mountainside, within the mountainous valley of Kylemore Pass with woodlands and a lake, sits the Abbey as a home to the Benedictine nuns...

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  • The steel road

    It is a great shame that the rail link between Clifden and Galway no longer exists. It must have been a spectacular line. Nowadays it could have given a valuable boost to the tourist trade. I believe that (but don't quote me) that the rails were sold to the UK as a source of metal for weapons / planes / tanks etc in WW2.At least the station area...

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  • The Sky Road

    Thankfully nothing to do with Rupert Murdock.It is in fact no more than a strip of tarmac. It's difficult to write a tip for this place as the superlatives available fall very short of the sheer beauty and majesty of the views afforded from the road. The road is about 7 miles long and runs out from Clifden, past a ruined Gothic pile, along the...

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  • Rent A Car and Enjoy The Scenary

    Our family had a rented car and we drove out from Clifden to see the beautiful scenary. We also took a day trip to County Mayo to the town where the movie Quiet Man was made starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. That was very enjoyable.

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  • Take a walk (or drive) along the Sky...

    This narrow road goes out in a big loop on cliffs overlooking Clifden Bay. You will pass the ruins of Clifden Castle which you can look around. Best of all are the views, stunning vistas of the bay and the 12 Bens mountains.

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  • Kylemore Abbey

    Unfortunately, we were too late to tour the grounds of the abbey (the abbey itself is not open for tours). We did take some photos from the parking area. The abbey is quite impressive looking and what we could see of the grounds surrounding it were gorgeous. There were just too many things to do and see around Clifden to get them all done in one...

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  • Drive along Sky Road

    Sky Road is near Clifden in County Galway. The road signs confused us a bit, but we finally figured out where it was. The drive up is a little scary on the narrow roads but when you get to the top there are places to park. The view is spectacular!

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Clifden Restaurants

  • Walsh’s Coffee Shop and Bakery

    I arrived to Clifden quite early, too early to check in at the hostel. I could put my big backpack in the lounge but as there were no people around and the doors not looked I didn’t want to leave my luggage unattended. I went for a walk in the town and then went to Walsh’s, which is situated next to Clifden Town Hostel. At Walsh’s you can have...

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  • The BEST Chef in Clifden

    This restaurant is a gem hidden away in the hotel. Not many people know about it as it is found in past reception but it is a beautiful intimate friendly restaurant. it is part of the Alcock and Brown hotel, right on the square in Clifden. I stayed in Clifden for a few days and I can honestly say of all the restaurants I ate in it was by FAR the...

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  • skip it!

    We read how great Mitchell’s was, but then I got a very bad over cooked monkfish and when I politely mentioned it as I could not eat but one bite, I was told I was wrong! They said "I must not like monkfish!" Well, Mitchell's, not only was that the wrong answer, it was not at all a way to treat a customer who not only cooks monkfish, but has eaten...

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  • Looks good enough to me

    I will admit that we onlt stopped by for a coffee, but this smallish restaurant seems to be really doing the business. Fresh seafood at reasonable prices in a sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere is always going to be a winning combination. They are a family run concern (French I think - but don't quote me) and have been picking up awards and...

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  • Brown's Restaurant

    This is the restaurant of the Alcock & Brown Hotel and is surprisingly big and, for a 3-star hotel, quite classy. There is a 4 course set menu for just 25 euros, and wide choice of dishes on the a la carte including many types of fish. Good wine list too. No complaints about the service, which was generally fast and friendly. All the food was...

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  • Derryclare Restaurant

    Popular restaurant overlooking the Market Square. In good weather you can eat outside. We arrived quite late in the evening and took a table just inside the door. The atmosphere inside is quite cosy. Service was fast and friendly and the food was great. The lamb stew was delicious.

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Clifden Transportation

  • From Clifden to Dublin

    On Internet I had seen that there were a few buses daily from Clifden to Dublin and I decided to take the 9:15 bus. The bus stop in Clifden is on Market Street, not even a minute away from Clifden Town Hostel where I stayed. The bus arrived in time and I left my luggage in the compartment below (large bags must be put there). On the bus I paid for...

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  • Letterfrack to Clifden

    I decided to take the 8.45 bus from Letterfrack to Clifden as the next bus wouldn’t leave until 11.00. The ticket was 5 Euro (March 2013) and it took only 20 minutes as the bus didn’t go to Cleggan on the way ( it had done that when I travelled the other way a few days earlier). The bus stop in Letterfrack is by the road opposite Letterfrack...

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  • To Galway and back

    Due to an act of gross stupity and dedicated vandalism over 60 years ago Clifden is not mart of the national rail network.At least the rather excellent Citylink company provide quick, reliable modern coach travel five times a day. The journey takes 90 minutes and can also extend past Clifden into the even more remote settlements of Cleggan and...

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Clifden Off The Beaten Path

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    by pfsmalo Written Dec 7, 2012

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    From Kylemore abbey follow on the N59 towards Westport another 20 minutes and just as you cross into Co. Mayo you'll find on the left the R355 to Aasleagh. A further 300 metres and on your right are the small falls of Aasleagh. This is the Erriff river, one of the tributaries of the Killary harbour fjord. One of the rare moments we had of rain in Ireland, there is no need really to get out of the car to see the falls. It must be quite an idyllic setting with a little more sunshine.

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    by MalenaN Written Mar 4, 2013

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    Favorite thing: There were no computers at Clifden Town Hostel and I needed to check my email so therefore I went to the library to see if they had any computers with Internet connection that I could use. They have got three computers to use and it is free for people with a library card. As it is free for people with library card the woman behind the desk let me use the Internet for free too.

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