Clifden is known as the capital of Connemara and nestles between the Ttwelve Bens mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of Clifden Bay. It is located 50 miles from Galway on the N59 road and is recognised worldwide for its rich landscape and heritage. Whatever your taste in a holiday whether it’s a relaxing retreat or an action packed activity holiday, Clifden is an ideal spot to base yourself while exploring the region. Families will enjoy visiting the many sandy beaches in the area and swimming in the crystal clear sea, or participating in the many adventure activities available locally. Couples, young or old will enjoy the beautiful walks in the area and relax afterwards with a Guinness or two in the many pubs. Although Clifden can be very popular, particularly in the summer months, there is always a relaxed atmosphere and it is a very family orientated town.
Derrigimlagh Looped Walk
The Derrigimlagh/Marconi walking loop provides visitors with a five kilometre trail through an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Derrygimlagh bog complex. Visitors can can discover the stories of this famous site and it’s past history. The walk is made all the more interesting by a number of engaging and attractive features along the route, which are designed to engage visitors and encourage them to interact with the history of the location. The walk is easily accessible from Clifden town. Steeped in history, The Derrygimlagh blanket bog, close to Clifden, is a rugged and wild landscape with an 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. Today the location of the Marconi wireless station is home to a memorial cairn dedicated to the pair. Hire a bike, navigate around tiny lakes and peat bogs, and discover this unique and beautiful area. Image Credit: Pat Moore/Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
Come visit us at Clifden Campsite & Caravan Park and discover the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. It’s inspiring, renewing, relaxing and invigorating. The Wild Atlantic Way is yours to experience however you choose. – 2500 km – 160 Discovery Points – 15 Signature Discovery Points – 26 Islands to discover – 150 Hidden Gems It is a wonderful way of discovering Connemara’s natural beauty. Here, the Atlantic Ocean’s force carved wild coastlines, jagged cliffs, inlets, deserted beaches and strands and created an unforgettable coastal route. While driving, biking, or hiking along the Wild Atlantic Way, many lesser known lanes and trails, leading down towards the sea or up into the hills can be discovered. The views are breathtaking!