Activities from the Clifden Eco Beach Campsite
There are many activities you can do from the campsite without getting into a car.
One kilometre of coastline with excellent crystal-clear bathing water quality provides the perfect water trail discovery for all kinds of sea-borne activities, including safe swimming, angling, crabbing, scuba diving, kite surfing, boating & fantastic ‘drift snorkelling’ along the estuary of Streamstown Bay.
Enjoy a coastal discovery of ecological & geological listed sites, these are among the best examples seen anywhere in Europe.
There are beautiful coastal beach walks within the park, with longer self-guided walks to & around the picturesque tidal island of Omey.
There are a number of cycling routes you can do from the campsite which include the Sky Road Loop, Cleggan Loop and the Roundstone Loop.
Activities in Connemara
Pony Trekking & Horseback riding Holidays in Connemara
Enjoy some fabulous Beach Horseback Riding/Trekking on the Wild Atlantic Way, Omey Strand or Cleggan Beach, Clifden, Connemara. Cleggan Beach Horse Centre are offering a 10% discount* to our campers. (www.clegganridingcentre.com)
Clifden Deep Sea Fishing/Angling
Clifden Sea Fishing on the Wild Atlantic Way with John Ryan & his Celtic Queen invites you to fish in Clifden on probably the best fishing waters in Europe. The scenery in this area is spectacular on land and at sea with a great variety of seabirds and wildlife, including seals and dolphins. Individuals are welcome, but why not get a group together (up to 12 persons) and arrange an unforgettable day – Fishing, an Island trip and a Picnic on board. Get a Special 15% discount* when you stay on the Clifden eco-Campsite. (http://celticqueen-seaangling.itgo.com)
Diving on the shores of Connemara
Why not discover the exiting marine biology on the shores of Connemara with a snorkelling or scuba diving course? Scuba Dive West are offering a 10% discount* for campers staying at the site. (www.scubadivewest.com)
Connemara/Clifden Kayaking Experience
Explore Ireland’s Atlantic coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way by kayak, learn new skills and enjoy spending time kayaking with your friends along the stunning Connemara coast.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is known as Ireland’s most romantic castle. Located in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway, set in the most idyllic location. Get 10% Discount* Tickets at Clifden Eco Campsite.
Killary Cruises Connemara
No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The nine-mile-long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm. A purpose-built cruise ship, which can accommodate up to 150 passengers, has been designed to offer the maximum of comfort and safety to guests, and also to offer them uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery which makes the Killary such a unique place to visit. Get discount tickets at Clifden Eco Campsite. (www.killarycruises.com)
Clifden Eco Campsite supports local indigenous crafts & our local pottery shop is well worth a visit. Workshops lasting 1 hour to a full day can be arranged through us at special rates* at Alan Gaillard Stoneware Pottery near Clifden. Gaillard Pottery was first created in the early 1970’s in Dublin by Alan Gaillard Shattock and has recently re-opened at his new purpose-built studio in Clifden, Connemara. Using all-natural raw materials for his glazes Alan produces a range of stoneware pottery which includes table & ovenware, lamps, giftware and individual one-off pieces that are ideal for wedding presents or as gifts for special occasions. A new addition to Alan’s work combines intricate beach-combed driftwood, uncannily moulded by the sea into life-like forms, with hand-built ceramic bases, which are totally unique. (www.alangaillard.com)
Kiln-formed fused glass by Ben Crow, inspired by the colours and moods of the spectacular landscape of Connemara. The infinite blues of the sky, rivers, lakes and sea inspired the name ‘Connemara Blue’. Treat yourself to one of the fused glass workshops. Available all year round, each individual workshop is adjusted to your own skill level. From absolute beginner to seasoned glass worker, customised classes are available for everyone. (www.connemarablue.com)
Connemara National Park
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands.
A number of walking trails beginning at the Visitor Centre offer walkers a variety of scenic routes and nature trails through the park. Stunning vistas from the 400-metre high Diamond Hill include the distant islands of Inishbofin, Inishturk and Inishshark, and the turreted Kylemore Abbey. The park is also home to Connemara ponies, red deer and an enormous variety of birdlife, including skylarks, stonechats and peregrine falcons.
Inishbofin is boasting a magnificent scenery from cliff top walks, to the sea on all sides, to white sandy beaches and an abundance of rare flora and fauna.
It houses Heritage and History Sites Including: The 17th star shaped defence, Cromwell’s Barracks,
St. Colman’s Abbey, The Blowhole, Sea Stacks and The Bird Sanctuary.
Activities to be pursued on Inishbofin include: Exploring the Island by Foot or Bicycle, Water Based pursuits such as Swimming and Diving, Deep Sea and Shore Angling. The Island houses seal colonies, and many species of rare birds and wildlife.
Derrygimlagh Discovery Point
Visitors can discover the stories of this famous site and its 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.
Steeped in history, The Derrygimlagh blanket bog, close to Clifden, is a rugged and wild landscape with 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.
Killary Sheep Farm
A traditional working mountain farm with approx. 200 ewes and lambs roaming freely in the mountain overlooking Killary Fjord, on the Wild Atlantic Way. On our farm we run mainly blackhead horny sheep which are most suited to survive on the mountains during the harsh winters. At Killary Sheep Farm visitors can view the following demonstrations sheepdog demonstrations, sheep shearing demonstrations, turf cutting demonstrations. (www.killarysheepfarm.com)