Clifden and Connemara has plenty to offer in terms of things to see and do. Kevin and Sinead, who are locals to the area, would be happy to help arrange an activity or day trip for all guests staying at Seafield House, or simply make a suggestion based on your preferences.
Here are Kevin and Sinead’s top 5 favourite suggestions:
Inishbofin Island, in Irish Inis Bo Finne (Island of the White Cow), lies about 10 km West off Connemara’s coast. The island offers lots of culture, history and heritage, many amazing sights, and activities for all ages. It’s estimated that Bofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. Any trip to Connemara is not complete without a visit to Inishbofin. There’s a daily ferry services that has 3 sailings per day to and from the island.
2. Kylemore Abbey
With all its history, beautiful and peaceful surroundings, nature trails and woodland walks, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Garden, one of Ireland’s largest tourist attractions, will rank as an unforgettable experience. Although very close by car, it is well worth spending at least half a day at Kylemore Abbey.
3. Local Beaches
We have some of the most magnificent beaches here, practically on our doorstep. Two of Connemara’s most popular beaches, Gurteen and Dog’s Bay 20 minutes drive away, between Clifden and the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone. The two beaches were formed by a sand spit and tombolo. The beaches’ sand was formed not from rocks, but from microscopic animals and shells. These type of beaches are very rare, and only one other beach like this exists in Ireland. A lifeguard is normally on duty during the Summer months.
4. Sky Road
The Sky Road in Clifden is one of the best tourist attractions in Connemara. The circular route is 11km long and takes you out west from Clifden. The stunning, scenic views are difficult to match, and a viewing point, with car park, on the upper Sky Road offers an excellent vantage point, overlooking Clifden Bay. A short 5 minute detour will take you to Eyrephort Beach, which is lies directly across from Inishturk and Turbot Island and boasts shallow, clear, turquoise waters, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
5. Horse Riding
Connemara Ponies are world famous for being strong, hardy individuals, and their athleticism, versatility and good disposition. Here, in Connemara, there are a number of riding schools that offers pony trekking as well as riding lessons for adults and kids. Kevin and Sinead are more than happy to recommend one or arrange a lesson for you and/or your kids.
Other popular activities include a visit to the Connemara National Park; hill walking on Diamond Hill in Letterfrack; golf at the famous Connemara Golf Links; deep-sea fishing with John Ryan on the 52ft Celtic Queen, one of Ireland’s most luxurious and best equipped charter boats; a trip to the Aran Islands; visiting the local shops, restaurants, and enjoying live, traditional music in the many pubs around Clifden.
Whatever you choose to do, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy your trip to Connemara. Book your stay at the 3-star Seafield House Bed & Breakfast today!