Hill-Walking The Connemara skies are dominated by over fifty magnificent mountains in four tightly packed ranges, the Twelve Bens, Maum Turks, Partry and Sheffrey. The mountains though only 2,000 ft in average height have been described as the 'Alps in Miniature'. Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park offers a most enjoyable and safe way to discover the benefits of hill-walking.
Omey Island This beautiful island is accessible at low tide every day. Close to the north coast of the island lies the ruins of Temapall Feichin (Feichin's church), having only being unearthed some 20 years ago, after spending three centuries buried in the sand. Around the church lays the remains of a semi-sunken village wiped out in the famine years.
Golfing In Ballyconneely just 12 km outside of Clifden sits the Connemara 18 Hole Championship Golf Links. With rolling greens and the beautiful beaches of Alliebrack alongside this is one of the most picturesque golf courses you'll probably ever play on. Tuition is available and there is a practice are for your convenience. Clubs are available for hire, as are buggies.
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. Clifden Castle is now a romantic ruin overlooking Clifden Bay.
Alcock & Brown Located 4 kms outside Clifden and 1 km from Lough Fadda House is the crash landing site of the first transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown (1919). The monument to this historic achievement situated on top of Errislannan peninsula overlooking the original site is worth a visit for its spectacular views across to Ballyconneely.
Marconi We are right beside the site of the first commercial transatlantic wireless radio transmitter station from which Marconi exchanged the first transatlantic radio messages with a station in Nova Scotia in 1907, which is one of the discovery points on the Wild Atlantic Way. There is a beautiful loop of walking trails and interactive viewing points of the Marconi station and the Alcock & Brown landing site. The walk is approximately 5km, with the history told across seven points along the walk.
Horse Riding The Connemara Pony is a very gentle and amiable breed and well suited to the local terrain. There are a number of trekking stables along the coast from Ballyconneely, Errislannan and Cleggan all of which offer ponies for all riding abilities and treks varying in difficulty as well as leisurely walks along the beach and hillside. Its an excellent form of exercise for all the family and a great way to see the country.
Kylemore Abbey Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is the most visited attraction in the west of Ireland. Allow yourself plenty of time to fully explore the estate which includes the restored rooms in the Abbey (Ground Floor Only, the neo-Gothic Church, Mausoleum, extensive woodland and lake shore walks and the stunning Walled Garden. The Abbey itself was known as Kylemore Castle until 1920 when the Benedictine order of nuns made it their home. The Abbey was home to the Kylemore Abbey Girl’s school until 2010. Although the Benedictine nuns still own and use most of the building the ground floor is accessible for visitors who can get a glimpse of what life was like in this fascinating building built 150 years ago. Follow the self guiding panels which begin in the Front Hall to learn about Kylemore’s many fascinating twists of fate down through the years. Attend a History Talk or Audio Visual Presentation for a full background to the estate and the people who have lived, worked and prayed there.
Activity Booking If you fancy turning your hand to one or many of the myriad of activities on offer in the Clifden area, Breege will only be too happy to offer you advice on where to go and assist in any booking in advance if you wish. Why not have a chat about it over breakfast!