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Activities and Attractions
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Shopping - Special Offers
Clifden Map / Maps ref. numbers
Connemara Map / Cycle Routes Drives and Day Tours
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Walk - Inishbofin Island
Roundstone / Inishbofin Island
Tide Timetable / Aqua Info
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connemara chamber of commerce warmly welcomes all visitors to the west www.visitconnemara.com Roundstone Pony Show July 14th, Farrell's Field
Pony, dog, sheep & domestic arts show - Read more page 14
Ballyconneely Pony Show July 20th-21st
Also dog show and craft show. Read more on page 14.
July 20th-August 24th
Trad in the West every Monday in July & August Station House Theatre, 8pm. Read more on page 14.
Summer Festival of Music Kylemore Abbey, Read more on page 14.
Festival of the Sea
July 27th-August 26th Cleggan-Claddaghduff
Gathering of the Crafters every Saturday
11am-4pm - Traditional Craft
Market, Clifden Town Square
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Locate venues on the maps. See number corresponding to each venue under map, page 8. 'Trad' means traditional Irish music.
E.J.King's Bar Daily 6:30-8:30pm Early acoustic trad and ballads with Mike and Peter Carey Monday 10pm-Late Trad Irish music with Sean Halpenny and Padraic Tues and Thurs 10pm-Late Trad, ballads and folk music with Slyne Heads Wednesday 10pm-Late Traditional Irish music with Michael Carey and Tom Mullen Friday 10pm-Late Trad with Michael Carey and Co. Saturday 10:30pm-Late Michael Carey Band Classic Rock Sunday 10pm-Late Traditional Music with Tom Mullen and Brian Homes
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Open 7 days Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-5 Saturday 10pm Disco with DJ Mike O'Malley
Friday 10pm-late Traditional Irish music with Richie Newman and Liam Aspell
daily 8pm-late Lively traditional Irish music, song and dance Sat and sun 11pm-late DJ 'Fiddler' Disco in the back bar
Sunday 6-8:30pm Lively early evening traditional music session with The 2 Peters
Daily 6:30pm Early traditional music session
Saturday 6:30-8:30pm Traditional Irish Music Session
Daily 9pm Lively traditional Irish music
July daily Summer Music Festival performance in the Gothic church, please visit www.kylemoreabbeytourism.ie for a full list of performances
LOWRY'S Bar Monday 10pm-late Traditional Irish music with Feichin Mitchell and Eugene Barry
Guy's Bar & Snug Wed to Sat 7:30-9:30pm Traditional fireside music session with John Durning and friends
Wednesday 10pm-late Traditional Irish music with Peter Carey and Liam Aspell
Irish Music Every Night! 6:30-9pm: Trad Irish Music with Meals 9pm: Lively Irish Trad Session
O'Malley's Bar Tues and Thurs 9:30pm Popular ballads with Lanseol thursday Dancing lessons: Kids Hip-Hop 6:30pm-7:30pm, Waltz and Jive for adults 7:30pm-8:30pm, Salsa 8:30pm friday 7pm Trad and ballads with Feichin Mitchell and Michael Carey
thursday 11th 10pm Open-mic Baskethouse
Kylemore Abbey 20 th –august
saturday 20 th 10pm John Martyn, B.B. King and beyond with twin-guitar / harmonica / clarinet 3 piece Benny and The Good Men
Thurs and Sat 10pm-late Traditional Irish music with John Gerard Walsh and Mairtin Conroy
Tuesday 10pm-late The famous Lowry's traditional Irish music session group; visiting musicians welcome
Market St, Clifden T: 095 22733
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Friday 12 th Rhythm and blues with Nick Timothy saturday 13th 10pm The original and dynamic sound of Sons of Gingerbread Contemporary Irish music
Fri and Sat 10:30pm Live music in the bar
Station House Theatre monday 8pm Trad in the West, pulsating show of trad Irish music, song and dance
wednesday 17th Singer-songwriter night with Conor Owen
the Beach day's Bar
thursday 18th 10pm Baskethouse presents Felix SonnyBoy and Nick Timothy Original and classic country blues and bluegrass
the station Bar
Fri and sat 9:30pm Live trad music session (Inishbofin)
friday 10pm Troubadour extraordinaire Felix SonnyBoy, support Nick Timothy
Irish Fare & Delicious Seafood Restaurant Quality at Pub Prices
Friday 9:30pm Irish folk music with Platform 3 Saturday 9:30pm Traditional Irish music with Féile
CONNEMARA CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF LINKS
Lunch 12-5pm Evening Meals 5-9pm
Jconneely’s bar and restaur ant
Panoramic Restaurant Open Visitors Welcome
Play 9 Holes with Club Hire for €39 Ballyconneely, Clifden T: 095 23502 / 23602
activities and attractions
Cycling On a sunny day in Clifden, the best thing to do is hop on your bike and explore; the landscape looks even more magnificent when experienced out in the fresh open air of Connemara. Mannion’s Cycles (see advert on page 9) offers a comprehensive bike rental service which includes insurance, lock and repairs. All the accessories you need are there; helmets, carrier bags, child seats and maps. Use the map on page 9 to make your own itinerary, or follow one of our 5 suggested cycle routes. Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden Originally built as a Castle in 1867
as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Learn of tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives and royal visits. It became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education. Much of the estate has been restored to its former glory. Experience the Victorian atmosphere of the restored rooms of the abbey and miniature Gothic church. Explore the magic of the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden. With nature trails, woodland walks, children's play trail, café, tea house and an excellent craft shop, Kylemore is the ideal destination for a family day out. See advert page 9.
Cleggan Beach Riding Centre
The fabulous 2,5 to 3 hour trek to Omey Island across Omey beach as seen on Horse and Country TV (Equitrekking Coastal Ireland) is an experience not to be missed. The centre also offers shorter beach rides of 90 minutes, 1 hour and half hour sessions for small children. Lessons are available up to competition standard. Cleggan Beach Riding Centre is the home of the Connemara Pony Musical Ride, and top show and dressage Connemara Ponies can be seen at the centre. For trekking they have a wide range of well schooled Connemara Ponies, Irish Sport Horses and Irish Cobs to suit all ages and standards. The times of the treks are governed by the tide so it is wise to book in advance. See advert page 11 for a discount voucher for the 3 hour and the 90 minute treks.
The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding Centre is AIRE approved and situated
right next to the most dazzling sandy beaches, beside the Connemara Championship Golf Links. If you want to discover the most spectacular coastal scenery in the area on horseback, this is the place for you. All treks are accompanied by qualified staff and both beginners and experienced riders are welcome. 1 hr treks (€30/pp) and 2 hr treks (special discount €50/pp instead of €60/pp) daily. Longer treks on request. Safety hats and boots available free of charge. From Clifden drive south to Ballyconneely village (9km), after Keogh's turn right and follow the signs to The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding (6km). Closed Sundays. See advert page 11.
Errislannan Manor Riding Centre is a Failte Ireland and AIRE approved equestrian centre renowned for its beautiful scenery. For nearly 50 years they have taught children to love and to ride ponies. There are long or short treks (€30/hour) over heather covered moors and along the shoreline out to the end of the peninsula with hares, otters and larks for company. The ponies are homebred, safe and sound and come in all sizes. The half hour led rides for small children (€25) are popular and there are daily class lessons for older children and adults (€35/hour). Three day mini camps for the energetic, with stable management. The gardens are open with a walled garden, bluebell wood and exotic trees (garden visit €5). Coffee shop. Closed on Sundays. New - Historical Hikes with Stone Age, holy well and Famine sites, plus the Manor and Potcheen house. Located 8 km from Clifden off the Ballyconneely road. See advert page 16. 4
Jewellery Making Discover the secrets of a craft that is thousands of years old. Wander in and watch Jonathan, one of the skilled members of the O'Dalaigh family, crafting unique jewellery on the premises of the family shop, which is located in the heart of Clifden. Influenced by the Golden Age of Celtic jewellery and artefacts throughout Ireland and Europe, they also produce a contemporary organic-like designer range. See advert right. Walking The Connemara horizon is dominated by more than fifty magnificent mountains in four tightly packed ranges; the Twelve Bens, Maum Turks, Partry and Sheffrey. The most accessible way to discover hillwalking in Connemara is to climb Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park, which features an excellent wood and cut stone path. Beautiful islands also make Connemara a walkers paradise. Why not take a day trip to Inishbofin, a truly magical island where you can choose from 3 looped walks? Read more on page 12. Connemara National Park When you first
see the park, watched over by its cone-shaped mountain, Diamond Hill, you will be impressed by its stunning beauty. Enjoy the picnic area, children's playground and tea room, visit the exhibition on Connemara’s landscape, audiovisual show and Connemara ponies. Admission is free and the grounds are open all day, all year. Selfguided walks include various nature trails and hill walks. July activities: Guided Walks Wed and Fri 11am, Fun with Nature for Kids Tues and Thurs 11am. Visit www.connemaranationalpark.ie for full list of activities.
Connemara Smokehouse Ireland's first
Food Économusée, this family-run business offers regular tastings of the best quality traditional smoked salmon. Visitors are welcome at anytime. Tours every Wednesday at 3pm during June, July and August (booking advisable, children half price). Visites en français le mercredi à 2 h (réservation suggérée, enfants moitié prix). Private tours available all year (booking essential). Tours include filleting and slicing demonstrations along with explanation of salting and smoking techniques, followed by a tasting of smoked salmon. Open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm (closed weekends). Connemara Smokehouse products are available in some local shops. See advert page 11.
Deep-Sea Angling If you're a fan of deepsea angling or if it's your first time, you can look forward to an adventure on the open sea with a promise of catching pollock, mackerel, and much more! Simply book a trip on the Celtic Queen on a daily or hourly rate with John Ryan, a skipper who has over 30 years experience. The Celtic Queen is Ireland's largest and best equipped sea angling boat. You can even cook your catch on-board, or get the Connemara Smokehouse to smoke it for you! Fishing gear available for hire on-board. Departs from Clifden harbour daily. See advert page 12. Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours Tours every fine and fair day on Ireland's only glass-bottomed boat. Weather permitting, tours depart at 11am, 12:30, 2:30pm, 4pm and 5pm from Letterfrack pier on route N59 right beside the shop Avoca (#34 on map page 9) and the National Park. Tour duration: 1 hour. Booking is essential, please call in advance. See advert page 13 for contact details. The Connemara Giant sits in the gaze of the Twelve Bens mountain range and is Ireland's only late 20th century antiquity. A local tale has it that if you touch its hand, you will be blessed with the knowledge of his ancient tribe. The Giant is located in the tiny village of Recess, 13 miles from Clifden on the main N59 road to Galway City. The Giant is on view all day, 7 days, and parking is free. Registered with the Crafts Council of Ireland. See map page 9.
Locate activities and attractions on the maps. See number corresponding to each activity or attraction under map, page 8.
One of the best in Clifden!
Traditonal IRish Music Fireside session Wed-Sat 8-10pm along with food!
O'Dalaigh Jewellers Your Wedding Rings Specialists
Unique in ireland Handmade on the Premises
Connemara Marble Jewellery Finest Collection in Ireland
Have Your Name Carved
Pandora Style Beads
onto an Ogham Pendant
Main Street, Clifden (# 83 on Map p. 8) Tel: 095 22119 celticimpresssions.com
The Sky Road Justifiably famous for the
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views it affords, the Sky Road route takes you up among the hills overlooking Clifden Bay and its offshore islands, Inishturk and Turbot. Follow the signposts from Market Square and on the way be sure to climb Monument Hill. At the summit you will find a stone memorial to the town’s founder, John D’Arcy (1785-1839). See Cycle Route on map page 9.
Connemara Golf Links lies nestled between the scenic splendour of the Twelve Bens and the rugged Atlantic Ocean. From the testing dog leg opening hole to the breathtaking back 9, it has been acknowledged as the "equal to any in the world", described by US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson as spectacular and is a wonderful example of links golf in Ireland. See advert page 3.
Beaches Connemara's beaches are all individual, coming with their own different types of sand, rocks and an infinite variety of small shells. The Coral Strand in Ballyconneely is easy to access and unusual for its golden coral sand. The beaches of Mannin Bay, a collection of white sandy beaches, are another must-see. Some popular beaches are listed on page 13.
The Station House Museum is located on the site of the old Clifden Railway Station and provides visitors with a history of Clifden, the Connemara Pony, the Galway to Clifden railway line, Millars Mill and Alcock and Brown (first transatlantic flight, 1919). There is also a photographic exhibition on the Marconi wireless station (Derrigimlagh, Clifden). See advert page 14.
The Beach Road A local favourite, the Beach
Alcock and Brown and Marconi Site
Road is one of the most peaceful and serene walks in Clifden. Instead of taking a right at the fork toward the Sky Road, take a left. This will lead you downhill towards Clifden Harbour. Follow the road until you reach the Boat Club or take a right a little before that to proceed to the Sky Road, or trace your steps back to return to Clifden.
3 miles south of Clifden (see plane symbol on map page 9) is the crash-landing site of the first transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown and monument to this historic achievement. Nearby is the site of the radio transmitter station from which Marconi exchanged the first transatlantic radio messages with a station in Nova Scotia (1907).
Omey Island This tidal island is accessible at low tide only. (See Cleggan Tour on page 10 for directions and see page 13 for tides.) Close to the north coast lie the ruins of Feichin's Church, unearthed 20 years ago after spending 3 centuries buried in the sand. The church is surrounded by the remains of a semi-sunken village that was wiped out during the Famine.
Clifden Castle Built c1810 by Clifden’s founder John D’Arcy, this was once his residence. From Clifden, take the Sky Road until the gateway arch (left). Stroll along a winding trail edged with a series of five standing stones (only one is original). Soon you will be led downhill and turning right to discover a magnificent view of Clifden Bay and Clifden Castle. Walking only – parking not permitted.
VERY WOOLLY JUMPERS BOOKS EGGS WINKING NODDING CONVERSATION EYE ROLLING NAME DROPPING ROMANCE BEER SMILES TALK OF WEATHER OCCASIONAL YAWNING ART HANDMADE STUFF SHEEPS WELCOMES GOODBYES find Joyce’s Craft Shop on the map, see page 9 5
KING’S PAPER SHOP
Main Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21119 Open 7 Days
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Souvenirs Greeting Cards Postcards Gifts
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shopping special offers
1. Cleanmarine Krill Oil / promotes a healthy brain and heart How Much? From €9.99-€21.99 Where? Moran's Pharmacy 2. Irish farmhouse cheeses - taste before you buy - best selection in the West! Where? The Connemara Hamper 3. Extra large Battersea Shield pendant set with garnets How Much? was €159, with this advert €139 Where? O'Dalaigh Jewellers 4. Souvenirs How Much? 20% Off with this advert Where? King's Paper Shop 5. Weird Fish Sweatshirt in a variety of colours and similar styles How Much? €59.99 Where? Hehirs of Clifden 6. Yesterday We Were in America: Alcock & Brown Historic Flight by author Brendan Lynch How Much? €9.99 for H/B Where? The Clifden Bookshop 7. Cable knit cross over cardigan crafted with 100% merino wool, also available in charcoal How Much? €66.90 Where? Cottage Handcrafts 8. Ireland's ancient game as enjoyed by Barack Obama How Much? from €15 (buy 2 hurleys, ball for free) Where? Intersport Gannons 9. Take home a little part of Clifden nightlife - Connemara Blue Bottle Clocks, battery included How Much? €38 Where? Connemara Blue 10. Claim your free Connemara Marble worry stone (worth €4) when you 'Like' the Connemara Giant on Facebook Where? Joyce's Craft Shop Locate shops on the maps. See number corresponding to each shop under map, page 8.
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shopping special offers
11. Connemara Smokehouse Smoked Salmon How Much? from €7.50 Where? Connemara Smokehouse 12. Irish Prints How Much? 10% Off with this advert Where? Siobhan's House, Home and More HALF 13. PRICE Dubarry Pink Padded Jacket How Much? €175 Where? Millars Connemara 14. Annette Gortz Dress How Much? €460 Where? Design Platform 15. Homemade Kylemore Fudge How Much? Buy 4 bars for the price of 3! / €2.95 each Where? Kylemore Abbey 16. Corona bottle pack €16, Budweiser/Carlsberg €17, Heineken/Coors Light €20, and more until July 13 Where? SuperValu 17. Oil/Vinegar Bottle, Galway Hooker range How Much? €16.50 Where? Alan Gaillard Stoneware Pottery 18. Free prescription sunglasses when you purchase complete glasses at €150 or above Where? Ní Ráighne Opticians 19. Hot pink and kelly green hoodies How Much? €19.99 instead of €24.99 while stocks last Where? Lowry's Sweater Shop 20. Magee tweed jackets How Much? from €225 Where? Stanley's Espiritu Range 75cl was €13.99 Now €7, Canto Novo Range was €13.99 Now €7, Marques 21.75clIlse Jacobsen printed raincoat How Much? €215 Where? Ohh! By Gum De Altillo Rioja 75cl was €13.99 Now €7, Excellence Saint Chinan 75cl was €15.99 Now €8, Vina Albali Gran Reserva Seleccion Privada was €15.99 Now €8, Chateau Noulet Grande Cuvee 75cl was €15.99 Now €8
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maps reference numbers
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Alan Gaillard Stoneware Pottery & Feltwork Art Studios 88 Connemara Blue Hand-Crafted Glass 90 Cullens Bistro and Coffee Shop 73 Design Platform 18 E.J. King's Bar and Restaurant 46 Foyle's Hotel / Marconi Restaurant 65 Griffin's Bar 15 Guy’s Bar 67 Hehirs of Clifden 92 Intersport Gannons 37 Jasmine Garden Chinese Restaurant 17 J.Conneely's Bar and Restaurant 42 King's Paper Shop 21 Lowry's Sweater and Gift Shop 35 Lowry's Traditional Irish Music and Whiskey Bar 61 Mannion's Bar 16 Mannion’s Cycles 20 Millars 93 Mitchell's Restaurant 3 Moran's Pharmacy 77 Mullarkey’s Bar 62 Ní Ráighne Opticians 68
O'Dalaigh Jewellers 83 Ohh! By Gum 10 O'Malley's Bar and Restaurant 70 Siobhan's House, Home and More 28 Stanley's 11 Station House Museum 14 Station House Restaurant / Station House Hotel 66 SuperValu 12 The Clifden Bookshop 64 The Connemara Hamper 89 The Quay House Guesthouse 59 The Signal Bar at Clifden Station House 100
Ballynahinch Castle / The Owenmore Restaurant Cleggan Beach Riding Centre Connemara Championship Golf Links, Ballyconneely Connemara National Park, Letterfrack Connemara Smokehouse, Ballyconneely Cottage Handcrafts, Moyard Errislannan Manor Riding Centre Inishbofin Island Discovery - Ferry to Inishbofin, Cleggan Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Recess Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden O'Dowd's Seafood Bar, Restaurant and Coffee Shop Oliver's Bar and Restaurant, Cleggan The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding, Ballyconneely
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Kylemore Abbey Summer Festival of Music
The ideal way to discover Connemara
Experience the wonderful acoustics of Kylemore Abbey's miniature cathedral.
All Types of Bikes for Hire Mountain and Hybrids
Performances Daily from 20th July–24th August
Daily & Weekly Rates
Performances include... Irish Harp, Choral Recitals, Traditional Irish,
Open Mon–Sat 9:30am–6pm Sundays 10am–12noon
Classical & Folk Genres Bridge Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21160 / 21155
MANNION'S CYCLES Mobile: 087-418-2051 www.clifdenbikes.com
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T: +353 95 52001 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.kylemoreabbeytourism.ie
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the twelve bens
No booking required. Performances are informal. Visitors are welcome to come and go as they wish. There is no additional fee to attend the performances applied to estate entrance tickets.
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Loop 1: Sky Road 17km
Loop 2: Errislannan 17km
Loop 3: Cleggan / Claddaghduff 33km
Loop 4: Roundstone / Ballyconneely 40km
Loop 5: North Connemara 55km
See connemara.net for Google map of each route
Site of Marconi wireless station
Alcock & Brown landing site
Kylemore Abbey & Garden
Connemara Championship Golf Links
Trad Music Nightly, 8pm till late • Lunch Served Mon-Sat 12-5pm Soup Of The Day • Homemade Seafood Chowder • Fresh Seafood • Smoked Salmon Home Cooked Daily Specials • Paninis • Wraps • Sandwiches • Salads • Desserts Irish Coffee • Americano • Espresso • Hot Chocolate • Cappuccino • Latte • Macchiato • Mocha All items on our menu are available for take-away
NEW BAR NOW OPEN IN OUR HEATED BEER GARDEN • air conditioning Smoking Area • 4 Large Screens (Sky Sports Hd) & Big Screen in Back Bar Main Street, Clifden Tel: 095 21370 www.griffinsbar.ie See our events on our Facebook page.
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drives and day tours
Roundstone and Ballyconneely
From Clifden, take the R341 towards Ballyconneely and turn left at Ballinaboy bridge, driving along the Bog Road that crosses the famous Roundstone Bog Conservation Area. Turn right towards Roundstone and follow the coast road. Before entering the village, why not turn left at the bridge and spend a little while on the island of Inishnee? Then, continue driving along the coast until you reach Roundstone. In the town you will find fantastic craft shops, art galleries and the musical instruments workshop where they make Ireland’s traditional goatskin drum, the bodhrán. A Franciscan monastery was founded there in the 1830s, but all that remains now is the gateway entrance and church bell tower. Relax and enjoy a meal or a drink at O'Dowd's before returning to Clifden via Ballyconneely, where you can stopoff at Keogh’s. There are many pristine beaches in the area and the west of the village is home to the Connemara Smokehouse, The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding Centre and the Connemara Championship Golf Links. At the foot of Doon Hill, you will also find Bunowen Castle, which can be admired from the road. Photo: Gurteen
Inagh Valley and Kylemore
No visit to Connemara is complete until you have seen the majestic Inagh Valley. Leaving Clifden on the N59 heading east past Ballynahinch Lough to your right, you will see the ruins of the ‘castle on the lake’ which once served as a prison to those who had ill-treated animals. Further on you will also see the picturesque Derryclare Lake to your left. There is a small car park where you can stop-off. This is probably one of the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Then, continue until you reach Recess village where you will find the Connemara Giant and Joyce’s Craft Shop, home to the famous Connemara Marble. Turn back towards Clifden; after about 500 metres turn right (before the narrow bridge) onto the R344, which will finally take you through the Inagh Valley. Meandering past Lough Inagh, the Twelve Bens are to your left, with the Maumturk mountain range to your right. This is a stunningly beautiful scenic route, taking you past turf stacks, sheep and glorious countryside, until you emerge at the other end of the valley. Here you can either turn left to return to Clifden and visit Kylemore Abbey and Garden on the way, or turn right to extend your tour further towards Leenane and Killary Harbour. Photo: Derryclare Lake
Fits perfectly into a small bag when out foraging on the Seashore
Cleggan and Claddaghduff
From Clifden, take the N59 towards Westport, and at approximately 5km outside the town turn left towards Claddaghduff. A couple of miles further along Streamstown Bay you will see the ruins of Doon Castle on your left. Omey Island is next, accessible by car or on foot at low water, by crossing acres of firm sandy beach. Follow the direction poles in the sand on your way across, but make sure you check the tide timetable on page 13 beforehand! Omey has a wealth of antiquities. Teampaill Féichín can be found on the northern side of the island, a medieval church built on a 7th century Christian settlement that was covered in sand until 1981. St Féichín’s well can also be found to the west, just above a rocky inlet. Returning to the mainland, continue towards Claddaghduff and then on towards the working fishing village of Cleggan, home to Oliver's Bar and Restaurant and Cleggan Beach Riding Centre. From the pier you can also take the ferry to Inishbofin. See page 12 for further information. Then, either take the bog road back to Clifden or continue to Moyard via Ballynakill, and then turn right on your way back to Clifden. Photo: Inishbofin Harbour
Renvyle Peninsula and Leenane
Dominated by Tully Mountain, the Renvyle Peninsula offers panoramic sea views and a slice of the old Irish way of life. Take the N59 towards Westport. The peninsula is signposted left at the Quaker village of Letterfrack. The villages of Tully Cross and further on, Tully, have a number of real old-Irish bars where a pint of Guinness goes down well. At Tully Cross, continue towards the end of the peninsula to see the ruins of Renvyle Castle. There are stunning views across Ballynakill Bay and, on a clear day, you can see the conical mountain of Croagh Patrick, County Mayo. Returning to Tully Cross, take the left turn by the church and follow the elevated coast road towards Little Killary Bay. Shortly after, turn left to stop off at the glorious sandy beach of Glassilaun. Continue along Lough Fee until you reach the N59, where you can either turn right to return to Clifden, or left towards Leenane. This quaint village is located at the head of the spectacular Killary Fjord and boasts one of the finest views in the country. The rugged countryside is completely unspoilt. The majestic mountains of Ben Gorm and Mweelrea bound the calm waters of the Killary, and the Maumturk, Sheffrey and Twelve Bens mountain ranges perfectly frame the view. In the heart of Leenane you will find a museum and cultural centre, shops and bars, and you might hear tales of when Hollywood came to the locality to film ‘The Field’, starring the legendary Richard Harris. Photo: Glassilaun Beach
See connemara.net for a Google map of each drive. See also page 12 for further information about Roundstone or Inishbofin.
Moran's Pharmacy over 100 years in business est. 1911
Discover Connemara's most stunning beaches and Coastline on horseback
Beginners and Advanced Riders Welcome! We speak English, French, Dutch and German A.I.R.E. Approved
Professional and Personalised Healthcare
Hay Fever Treatments • Antihistamines Insect Repellent • Sunscreen • Toiletries First Aid Supplies • Passport Photos Main St, Clifden Tel:095 21273 moranspharmacy.com
Traditional Smoked Salmon Saumon Fumé Visitors Welcome Tours and Tastings Share the Roberts family's incredible passion for handmade quality food Read more on page 4
Closed on Sundays
The Point Pony Trekking
and Horse Riding Centre
Ballyconneely, Co. Galway (beside beaches and Connemara Golf Links) Tel: (0)95 23685 / (0)87 246 82 94 thepointponytrekkingcentre.com
Buy our products online at smokehouse.ie Tel: 095 23739 Email: email@example.com Bunowen Pier, Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Clifden, Co.Galway
walk inishbofin island
Cloonamore and the north-east Road, track, cross country / 8.5 km / approx. 3 hours Read more about Inishbofin on page 12 / see ferry times on page 16
From the new pier, gain the vantage point of the High Road via Pound Road behind the small shop. Our route heads east, and beneath us we see the safe anchorage of the inner Pond at the head of the harbour. The ruin on the small island opposite the old pier is what remains of a fish-curing station dating from the turn of the century. Our route passes along the spine of the large glacial deposit that underlies the island’s meadows and pastureland. Turn sharp left where the road begins its descent towards the east end village. On the right we overlook the fertile slopes of Cloonamore (Cluain Mór, the big meadow) and the beach at the east end of the island. Away in the distance the mainland mountains of Mayo and Connemara provide a backdrop to this dramatic seascape. The cone of Croagh Patrick rises to the north, behind the Mayo mountains. The track now winds its way out onto the commonage, rough grazing and rocky outcrops. Our route soon requires us to pick a way across land to the eastern track, which is quite visible. Those that have time may wish to explore the cliffs around Dún na hIníne, where solitude allows time to slip away. The track brings us onto the beach and a paved road. A right turn at the end of the beach brings us onto the Low Road back towards the harbour. Less than a mile on, a ruined 13th century church built by the O'Malleys is standing in the grounds of the original 7th century monastery founded by St Colman. In the island’s cemetery, ancient
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above: Dún na hIníne
graves lie close to the modern [two cross slabs can be found here which are probably the earliest monuments to have survived on the site]. Church Lough, in this fertile valley, supports reed-beds and other vegetation, which in turn provide cover, food and nest sites for a wide variety of birds. Field boundaries and sod walls grow rich with wildflowers along the route here, especially where artificial fertiliser and herbicides have not been used. A detour, left down the short steep hill, could end the walk at one of the island’s pubs. Straight ahead, past the post office, is the route to where we started at the new pier.
More about walking on page 4. See also connemara.net for more walks. Source: 'Walking in Connemara: Shorter Walks to Explore the Hidden Connemara' Connemara Tourism 1996. Available at The Clifden Bookshop - see advert page 10.
Omey and Sellerna Treks
with this voucher - the 3 hour Omey ride is great value at under €20 per hour
Valid until end of September 2013. Groups and families: please note that you only need to bring one voucher.
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Seafood Bar, Restaurant
& Coffee Shop
DOONMORE HOTEL Restaurant & Bar
Overlooking Roundstone Harbour
Fresh Seafood Daily
Awards Best Gastro Pub Galway and Connacht 2011, Michelin Bib Gourmand 2013 2013 Recommended Bridgestone Guide, Georgina Campbell, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, BIM Seafood Circle
Choose from over 20 premium Irish Whiskeys Selection of Irish Craft Beers
Serving Food All Day 9am to 10pm
Managed by the Murray Family for Three Generations
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Roundstone, Co. Galway Tel: 095-35809
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roundstone harbour village
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island of the white cow
Perched on the edge of the Atlantic on Connemara’s west coast lies Roundstone, built in the 1820s by Scottish engineer Alexander Nimmo. Roundstone is a charming village drawing its picturesque and peaceful character from its harbour and the soothing presence of the ocean, which is never far from one’s view. It’s no wonder the area is popular with visitors, has been the inspiration of many books and has served as the location for some high-profile Hollywood movies. Strolling through the town you will find some fantastic craft shops, cafés, bars and restaurants and a farmers market every Sunday. Take time to relax in O'Dowd's, Connemara's oldest pub. Look out for your chance to beat an Irish traditional drum, the bodhrán. The rugged backdrop to the village is the small mountain of Errisbeg, which rises to about a thousand feet. South of the village you will also find the breathtaking crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay. Photo: Galway Hooker at Roundstone Regatta
Inishbofin was just awarded the Best Island Holiday prize in the Irish Times Best Place to Holiday competition. For a taste of island life, take a boat trip to Inishbofin, 8km long by 3km wide, population 200. The 'Island of the White Cow' is located 10km west of Cleggan, 30 minutes by ferry. This is a small paradise that features all the best that Connemara has to offer – a rich history, stunning Atlantic coast scenery, spectacular walks and Green Coast Award beaches with crystal clear waters.
Further information at roundstone.ie
Inishbofin Island Community Centre, Tel: 095 45895 Further information at inishbofin.com
The island's visitors are given an extraordinary chance to come in contact with some of Connemara's best preserved heritage – Bronze Age landscapes, a Cromwell’s 17th century star-shaped fort, ancient burial grounds and a ruined 13th century church standing on the grounds of an original 7th century monastery founded by Saint Colman. Three looped walks, the Middlequarter Loop, Westquarter Loop and
Cloonamore Loop afford panoramic views of the Connemara mountains and the island’s cliffs, sea stacks and seal colonies. (See Things to do - Places to Visit on connemara.net for maps.) Inishbofin is also a breeding area for many species of birds and is indeed one of the rare places in Ireland where the threatened Corncrake can still be heard calling across the island. Inishbofin is also famous for its musical heritage and it continues to be a haven for music lovers with sessions held regularly during the summer months. Inishbofin really is the perfect place to explore and unwind. Visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation (see adverts above/below). Tickets to Inishbofin can be bought on the ferry itself (see ferry timetable on page 16 and advert below).
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Marconi R e s t au r a n t Open Daily 6–9:15pm Early Bird Menu (6-6:45pm)
2-course €22.95 or 3-course €25.95 choosing from our À la carte menu
Sat 13th July The original and dynamic
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Special Accommodation Rates Available Daily Please inquire Main Street, Clifden Telephone: 095-21801
tide timetable galway
Felix SonnyBoy support Nick Timothy
Sat 20th John Martyn, B.B. King & Beyond with 3 piece
Benny & The Good Men
See music schedule on page 3 for full list of gigs.
For Connemara, add 5 minutes. HW: High Water LW: Low Water
July Time metres
July Time metres
Thursday 11 LW HW LW HW
01:29 0.9 07:48 4.6 13:39 1.1 19:58 4.8
Thursday 18 HW LW HW LW
01:07 4.1 07:19 1.6 13:50 4.2 20:02 1.6
Friday 12 LW HW LW HW
02:03 08:22 14:15 20:33
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02:26 4.2 08:32 1.4 14:59 4.4 21:09 1.3
Saturday 13 LW HW LW HW
02:40 09:00 14:52 21:11
1.0 4.4 1.3 4.6
Saturday 20 HW LW HW LW
03:32 09:33 15:59 22:07
Sunday 14 LW HW LW HW
03:19 1.1 09:40 4.3 15:35 1.5 21:55 4.4
Sunday 21 HW LW HW LW
04:31 4.7 10:29 0.9 16:53 5.1 22:59 0.6
Monday 15 LW HW LW HW
04:05 1.3 10:29 4.2 16:27 1.6 22:48 4.2
Monday 22 HW LW HW LW
05:22 11:18 17:42 23:47
Tuesday 16 LW HW LW HW
05:01 11:28 17:30 23:52
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Tuesday 23 HW 06:09 5.2 LW 12:05 0.5 HW 18:28 5.5
Wednesday 17 LW 06:06 HW 12:36 LW 18:44
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Wednesday 24 LW HW LW HW
00:32 06:55 12:50 19:13
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Fishing Information Permits available from 10am to 11am* daily at Stanley's, Clifden map #11 *Sundays 11am to 12pm Boat Rental €25 per day Trout Fishing No charge for children under 16 on the lakes. Daily rate: €10 / Weekly rate: €30 Salmon Fishing Also requires a state licence. Owenglen River daily rate: €25 / weekly rate: €80 Deep-Sea Angling Aboard The Celtic Queen departing from Clifden Harbour daily. Further information on page 4. Advert page 12. Evening Angling Trips From 6-8pm, departs Letterfrack pier (on N59). Booking is essential, please call John Mongan on 087-6461189. Connemara Smokehouse Get your own fish smoked, and even shipped home! Advert page 11. Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours 1 hour sea tours departing daily. Tours are weather dependant. Read more on page 4. Advert below. Beaches See red numbers corresponding to each beach on the Connemara map, page 9: Coral Strand 1, Mannin Beach 2, Dog’s Bay 3, Gurteen 4, Aillebrack 5, Omey Strand 6, Glassilaun 7, White Strand 8.
Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours
“Committed to breeding from the oldest and strongest bloodlines”
Tours Every Fine and Fair Day
Booking essential - tours are weather dependant
Departs 11am, 12:30, 2:30pm, 4pm and 5pm
in the Heart of Connemara
tour duration: 1 hour
on the N59 beside Avoca shop and the National Park #34 on map page 9
Tickets available from Avoca shop or on the boat
Clifden, Co. Galway T: 086 2564495 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.manorconnemaraponies.ie
sound of Sons of Gingerbread
Where ponies are a way of life
Telephone: 095-43473 / 087-6461189 13
serving lunch & evening meals
Fresh Seafood traditional Irish Cuisine
Bistro & Coffee Shop
Bar & Restaurant
Enjoy the spectacular views from our restaurant while you dine!
Desserts homemade in-house
Value dining Menu
from our À la Carte menu 2 Courses €21.95 3 Courses €24.95
Live Music Nightly! See music schedule page 3
Market Street, Clifden tel 095-30001 Find us on Facebook.com/omalleysbarrestaurant
events and festivals
wine No corkage fee
Great Food at Reasonable Prices Casual Dining Seafood • Connemara Lamb Stew Beef ‘n Guinness • Lasagnes • Chicken Dishes Market Street, Clifden Tel: 095 21983
Roundstone Pony Show, July 14
The Roundstone Pony, Dog, Sheep and Domestic Arts Show, starting at 10am, Farrell's Field, is a great day out for all the family, friends and visitors to Roundstone. The charming harbour village is a great place to unwind and relax. Read more about Roundstone on page 12.
Kylemore Abbey's Summer Music Festival, July 20-August 24
Majestic music fills the air as Kylemore Abbey launches its third annual Summer Music Festival. Taking place in the Gothic church located on the grounds of the Kylemore estate, performances range from traditional Irish music to the soothing and serene tones of the Irish harp and to vocal performances of Irish folk songs and Latin Vespers sung by the Benedictine nuns in their newly opened chapel. This year, Kylemore is delighted to welcome a number of international choirs from the USA, Norway and Germany. Performances will take place daily at 3pm. Visit
Ballyconneely Pony Show, July 20-21
The 28th Ballyconneely Pony Show is held on Saturday, 12pm-5:30pm and Sunday, 10am-6pm in Ballyconneely Village, just 15 minutes drive from Clifden Town. There will also be dog show, a craft show and even a bonny baby competiton.
Please visit facebook.com/ballyconneely.ponyshow.
www.kylemoreabbeytourism.ie for a full list of performances or call 095 52001.
Trad in the West, Mondays in July & Aug
All Ireland Champion Marie Walsh presents Trad in the West, a sparkling and pulsating show of traditional Irish music, song and dance. Clifden Station House Theatre, 8pm, admission €15. Family and group rates available. Booking advisable, please call 095 21699.
Clifden Raft Race and Family Day Out July 13, 1pm, Clifden Beach / Boat Club
The Raft Race is the Clifden Lifeboats biggest annual fundraising event and is a great day out with raffles and prizes, live music, a barbecue, boat rides, kid's pirate photos, face painting, the RNLI mascot, and more. Please visit clifdenlifeboat.org.
Inishbofin Pub Quiz, every Wed in July
This fundraising quiz takes place every Wednesday at 9pm on Inishbofin in July. All you need is a team of up to four people, a team name and a €20 entry fee. July 17th Doonmore Hotel, 24th Galley Restaurant, 31st Inishbofin House Hotel. Read more about Inishbofin on page 12.
Connemara National Park Talks
Every Wednesday in July, there is a talk in the audiovisual theatre. All talks are free and start at 8pm. 'Flowers of the Blanket Bog' by Breandan O'Scanaill on the 17th (to be confirmed, call +353 95 41054), 'Galapagos Island Odyssey' by Miriam and Michael Harris on the 24th, and 'Investigating Bottlenose Dolphins on the West Coast of Ireland' by Milaja Nytanen on the 31st. For updates visit www.connemaranationalpark.ie.
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Posters • Postcards
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Kitchenware • Bedding • GIFTS souvenirs • SWEETS • and more market ST, clifden Tel: 095 21119
what's on the menu? Connemara Golf Links The bar and restaurant
at Connemara Golf Links offer you breakfast, lunch or dinner, all while admiring some of the most breathtaking views Connemara has to offer. Serving homemade scones, desserts, sandwiches, seafood chowder and a wide selection of favourites and fesh local seafood dishes. Children's menu available. Visitors welcome – have a bite to eat or just relax with a drink and take in the beautiful surroundings. Free Wi-Fi available. Advert page 3. Cullens Bistro and Coffee Shop This long established family business (since 1950s) has a bright and cosy dining area. Serving local seafood platters, a variety of wraps (seafood, chicken, cheese, etc.), kebabs, Connemara lamb stew, beef 'n Guinness stew, smoked salmon and prawn salad, fish and chips, etc. Please leave room for their exquisite desserts all made in-house from fresh ingredients. Lunch 12-5pm, evening meals from 6:30pm. Daily specials available. Advert page 14. Doonmore Hotel The restaurant in Murray’s Doonmore Hotel, Inishbofin serves 4 course evening meals from 7:30pm. The menu offers a range of dishes including fresh seafood and lobster on request. Soup, chowders and desserts are all homemade and their delicious brown bread and scones are baked daily. Their renowned bar food is available daily 129pm. The famous chowder and freshly caught crab dishes bring people from all corners of the world again and again. Advert page 12. E.J.King's Bar and Restaurant Set on the Square in Clifden, E.J.King's are famous for their fresh seafood and traditional Irish dishes. Food is served in both the bar and the restaurant every day. Why not try the value dining menu, 2 courses €22.50 or 3 courses €24.95, offer includes a free Irish coffee if you dine between 5:30 and 7:30pm. And yes they cater for little ones. Live music 7 nights a week. See what customers have to say on tripadvisor.com. Visit ejkings.com for menus. See music schedule page 3. Advert above.
Griffin's Bar A local favourite and Clifden’s
premier sports bar. Lunch is served MonSat 10am-5pm. The bar food menu features
freshly prepared soup of the day, homemade seafood chowder, fresh seafood (subject to availability), smoked salmon, home-cooked daily specials, paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Enjoy a game of pool or darts. Look out for live matches on the big screen TV and impromptu music sessions. See schedule page 3. Advert page 9.
Guy's Bar and Snug Relax in a cosy setting where old and new traditions meet. Guy's extensive menu includes summer seafood specials, traditional fish and chips, beef and Guinness stew, burgers, vegetarian and gluten-free options all homemade from locally sourced suppliers where possible. Savour fine wines, exclusive herbal teas and excellent coffee and take-away oven baked pizzas – see advert below. Trad music sessions in the evenings. See schedule page 3.
Visit guysbarclifden.com for menus. Advert page 5.
Jasmine Garden Chinese Restaurant offers
authentic Chinese cuisine at reasonable prices. Experienced head chef Raymond Wong brings to you delicious Chinese dishes with that homemade taste that will be sure to please all patrons. The restaurant has two spacious dining rooms which are tastefully decorated with exotic pieces of Chinese furniture. Takeaway available. Open 7 days. Weekdays 5:30pm-11:30pm and weekends 5:30pm-late. Advert below. J.Conneely's Bar Located on the edge of the Atlantic, J'Conneely's Bar boasts one of the most spectacular views you are likely to experience in Clifden. Their balcony is the ideal spot to enjoy fresh local seafood and a pint of Guinness while gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean. Try the Atlantic Seafood Chowder, mussels, oak-smoked salmon or their now famous Whale of a Fish. Join in on the outstanding Lively Irish Music Session every evening from 6:30pm. Advert page 3. Kylemore Abbey's Mitchell's Café offers a range of home-cooked meals in a stunning setting. Try a traditional Irish dish using ingredients from the Victorian Walled Garden and recipes bestowed by the Benedictine nuns. The Tea House, located by the walled
garden, is another haven where you can relax while taking in the breathtaking views of the Connemara National Park. A wide range of Irish artisan products are available to take home. Advert page 9. Mannion's Bar Seafood specialists in a traditional bar setting serving from 12-9 daily. Try the Fresh Local Seafood Chowder, Connemara Smoked Salmon, Homemade Fishcakes, Traditional Fish and Chips or Killary Mussels. If fish is not your dish, Mannion's are also famous for their Connemara Lamb Irish Stew and Fresh 100% Irish Beef Burgers. Great value Taste of Connemara menu, children's menu available. Advert above. Marconi Restaurant is a charming familyrun restaurant managed personally by the Foyles for over a century. The focus is on fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally where possible, specialising in seafood and traditional Irish favourites. The Marconi is set in distinctive surroundings, full of artefacts covering the history of Connemara and the hotel. Expect a professional, friendly service and creative cooking offered at a fair price and in a relaxed ambience. Advert page 13. Mitchell's Seafood Restaurant Since opening almost twenty years ago, this family-run restaurant has long attracted visitors for its excellent seafood and imaginative cooking of the freshest fish and shellfish. There is also a great choice for non-seafood eaters. 3 course value menu €25.95 all evening Sunday to Friday. Saturdays & Bank Holiday weekends only available until 6:30pm. Advert page 16.
O'Dowd's Seafood Restaurant, Bar and Café
Established in 1840, O'Dowd's is the oldest pub in all of Connemara, family-run for four generations. Enjoy a great pint of Guinness in this historic setting or outside overlooking Roundstone Harbour. Unmissable fresh local seafood – try their famous seafood chowder! Bar food 12-9:30pm, restaurant 5-9:30pm. Next door is the Café, open 9:30am-6pm and serving freshly-made dishes to take away or eat in. Wi-Fi available. Advert page 12. Oliver's Bar and Restaurant The Restaurant, open from 6pm-10pm (booking advisable), overlooks the busy fishing harbour in the quaint village of Cleggan, where most of their fresh fish comes from. Sample a wide range of local fish and meat dishes, complemented
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by the finest vegetables and salads. Seasonal highlights are the salmon, Connemara lamb and delicious varieties of flatfish. You can also pick your own live lobster from their chilled seawater tank. Advert page 16. O'Malley's Bar and Restaurant Indulge in the finest of food while overlooking one of the most spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Food served daily from 8am until late. The menus offer a wide variety such as Irish stew, chowder, fish and chips, oysters, mussels, sea bass, steak and pasta. Relax afterwards with a drink in the bar and enjoy the live music sessions. See schedule page 3. Advert page 14. The Beach Day's Bar Established for almost a century and very well located on Inishbofin's waterfront, Day's Bar has a welcoming feel to it. Great pints of Guinness, selection of world beers, wines and spirits. Food served daily 12-9pm. The ethos is around locally-caught seafood and local organic produce where possible. The local waters offer lobster, crab, mackerel and the humble pollack, all of which are featured seasonally. Advert page 12. The Connemara Hamper Clifden's only cheese shop and award-winning deli (where you can taste your cheese before you buy it) offers a range of lunch ideas. Their lovely baguettes are very popular and are among Connemara's tastiest. Enjoy a fresh cup of Illy coffee. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Advert above. The Owenmore Restaurant at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel insists upon using only the freshest of ingredients available, pursuing the organic option where possible.This 2 Rosette restaurant offers the discerning diner the best of locally caught fish, game and other local produce. In the Fisherman's Pub, where a less formal menu is available, guests can enjoy a pint with the local fishing guides. Advert page 16. The Signal Bar in the centre of the Station House Courtyard in Clifden is the tastefully restored station master’s house and train platform, a period building offering a place to relax and enjoy superb food, drink and hospitality. The menu, served from 12-9pm daily, features mouth-watering dishes made with the finest, freshest ingredients, among which are daily specials of fish caught in the surrounding waters. Live music on selected nights. See schedule page 3.
Chinese restaur ant
For further information please see our entry on page 4.
Take-away pizza menu
Tel: 095 21134 Riding Centre Near Clifden
Oven-baked homemade pizzas
GUYS BAR & SNUG
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topped with fresh tomato and basil sauce
Main Street, Clifden T: 095-21130 visit guysbarclifden.com
Authentic Chinese Food Take-Away and Delivery Service
Market Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21174 15
Irish Knitwear and Gifts
5 miles from Clifden on the Westport Road
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Parking Information See symbols on Clifden map Public car park behind Clifden Tourist Office St. Joseph’s Church car park, 9am-6pm daily € Parking in town, pay-and-display parking meters € SuperValu underground car park First hour free
Opening Hours À Banks Monday 10am-12:30 and 1:30pm-5pm
Post Office See symbol on Clifden map Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm / Sat 9:30am-1pm Where else to buy stamps? Distributor outside Clifden Post Office, Kylemore Abbey Craft Shop, Ferron's in Roundstone Also post office at office hours
ATMs and Banks Sweeney Oil - ATM Clifden map #7 SuperValu - ATM Clifden map #12 Bank of Ireland Clifden map #56 AIB Bank Clifden map #98
Tues-Thurs-Fri 10am-12:30 and 1:30pm-4pm Wednesday 10:30am-12:30 and 1:30pm-4pm Bike Hire Clifden map #20 Mannion's Cycles See advert page 9 Church Times Clifden Church of Ireland Sunday Service 11:30 Clifden RC Church Mon-Fri 9:30, Sat 19:00, Sun 11:30 Ballyconneely Catholic Church Sunday 10:00 Roundstone Catholic Church Sunday 12:00 Roundstone Church of Ireland Sunday Service 10:00 Station - Police p Garda ) 095 22500 See symbol on Clifden map Health See surgery symbols on Clifden map Clifden Medical Practice ) 095 22272 #1 Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin ) 095 21141 #2 Dr. Sophie Faherty, Women Clinic ) 087 2226783 #4 Dr. Aonghus Flavin ) 095 35851 Roundstone Dr. Alex Michel ) 095 43465 Tully, Renvyle Clifden Dental Practice ) 095 22731 Sarah Casey Physiotherapist ) 086 3896130 Laundry Service Not self-service Hillview Launderette Clifden map #99 Shamrock Dry Cleaners & Washeteria Clifden map #55 Ferrons Shop (Roundstone) Collections at 3pm Mon-Fri Library Opening Hours See Clifden map symbol Mon, Wed 2:30pm-6pm and 6:30pm-8:30pm Tues, Thurs, Sat 10:30am-1pm and 2:30pm-6pm Fri 10:30am-1pm, 2:30pm-6pm and 6:30pm-8:30pm
New Summer À La Carte and Tasting Menus now available.
Public Toilets Beside coach park - pay to use See Clifden map Supervalu public toilets See opening hours below Supervalu Opening Hours 8am-9pm daily except Friday 8am-10pm Take-Away Locate restaurants on Clifden map Connemara Hamper, Griffin's Bar, Guy's Bar, Jasmine Garden, SuperValu Tourist Information Office ) 095 21163 See symbol on Clifden map Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30am-5:50pm
Waste and Recyclables Schedule Week for Recycling: July 15-19 Weeks for General Waste: July 8-12 and 22-26
Collection day varies depending on your location, please check with Barna Waste on 1890 300 450.
Western Veterinary Clinic ) 095 22209 Clifden Business Park Wi-Fi / Internet Access See map symbols E.J. King's Bar, Guy's Bar, Lowry's Bar, Mannion's Bar, Station House Hotel, O'Dowd's Café, Connemara Golf Links, Joyce's Craft Shop Emergencies, Dial 112 or 999 h For Clifden Hospital ) 095 21301 See map symbol
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Eireann ) 091 562000 v Bus Departing Clifden Clifden Library
Weekdays: 8:15, 9:30, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 Sundays: 13:40 and 20:15 Departing Galway Weekdays: 8:30, 11:15, 13:00, 17:30 and 18:15 Sundays: 10:15 and 18:15
) 091 564164 v Citylink Departing Clifden Clifden Library
Daily: 7:15, 9:15, 12:00, 15:15 and 18:30 Departing Galway New Coach Station Daily: 9:00, 12:00, 14:30, 16:00 and 17:30 Ferry to Inishbofin Island
Tickets available on the boat. Adult return €20, child 5-12 €10, student 12+ €15, family rates available.
Departing Cleggan Mon, Wed & Thurs 11:30am 2:00pm* 6:45pm Tue & Fri 11:30am 2:00pm* 7:30pm Sat & Sun 11:30am 2:00pm* 6:45pm Departing Inishbofin Mon, Tues & Fri 8:15am 1:00pm* 5:00pm Wed, Thurs & Sat 9:00am 1:00pm* 5:00pm Sun** 10:00am 1:00pm* 5:00pm * Weekends in May and daily in June, July and August ** and Monday of Bank Holiday Connecting bus service to Cleggan - Citylink departing Clifden daily at 10:30, 13:30, 17:30 Petrol Stations Topaz, Main Street, Clifden Map #80 Sweeney Oil, Galway Road, Clifden Map #7 Ferron's, Roundstone / Keogh's, Ballyconneely Acton's, Letterfrack (Moyard) / Rogans, Tullycross Taxi Service to and from Clifden The Taxi Company ) 095 30000 Chris O'Neill ) 095 21444 / 086 8593939 Noel King Roundstone ) 087 9582398 Robert's Taxi ) 087 4161796 Sky Taxi ) 095 22299 / 087 6664048
3 Course Value Menu €25.95 all Evening Sunday to Friday. Saturdays and Bank Holiday weekends only available until 6:30pm.
In the Fisherman’s Pub where guests can enjoy a pint with the local fishing guides, a less formal menu is available.
Open Daily 12-10pm from March to October 16
Published on Jul 9, 2013
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