Clifden Area Things to Do
Clifden and its surrounding areas are located West in Co. Galway on the Atlantic Sea Board. Clifden town was founded by John Darcy who was a landlord and Estate Owner in or around c.1812. Alexander Nimmo also built the roads and harbours in the Clifden Area. Clifden is a Market town which forms of a diamond streetscape formation. Clifden is built on a Drumlin ridge extending down to sea level towards Clifden beach and harbour.
The current population of Clifden today is around 2150 people. Clifden has a number of Hotels and Guesthouses notably the Station House Hotel (site of former Clifden to Galway railway), Abbey Glen, Foyle’s Hotel and Alcock and Brown hotel. Clifden town and area has a number of gift shops such as Tara Jewellers and Millar’s Shop on the Main Street.
Clifden is the starting point for the famous Sky road loop. The road is approximately 10-12km in length where the road rises for about 50 to 100 metres. Among the views on top of the Sky road are Eyrefort beach, Inishturk and Turbot Islands in the distance. The Sky road is one of the most famous drives in the world outlined by Trip advisor. Clifden Castle built by John Darcy sits at the base of the Sky road and is accessible by foot from the Clifden Boat Club. The John Darcy monument which sits overlooking Clifden town is located along the Sky road just outside Clifden (1.5km) and is accessible by foot.
Clifden town has numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. Among the most popular place for food and drink are Griffins Bar, Off the Square, Walshs cafe, EJ Kings bar, Guys bar and for popular music Lowry’s Bar is always very popular in the evenings. For fast food Supermacs restaurant on the Galway road is open 7 days a week!
During the Tourist season from April to October Clifden has a number of festivals; The St Patricks Day parade takes place on the 17th of March, Connemara pony festival takes place during Mid August and during late season the Annual Clifden Arts Festival takes place during mid to late September. The Clifden Arts festival now celebrates its 40th Birthday in 2017.
Among some famous landmarks and buildings in Clifden which were built during the mid 19th Century is the St Josephs Church (R.C), Christ Church, Clifden Courthouse and St Marys Chapel (in ruins). St Josephs and Christ Church overlooks the whole town of Clifden and can be seen from the main roads when driving into Clifden. Another popular attraction is the Clifden Harbour built by Alexander Nimmo and John Darcy during the mid 19th Century is located on the Beach road which is a 10 minute walk from the town centre. The harbour now includes a nature/environmental telescope to view a close-up of the seals and birds.