Best of Clifden, Co Galway

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Set amid the dramatic scenery of the Connemara on Ireland’s west coast, Clifden draws both art lovers and visitors eager to explore the outdoors. Galleries and craft shops showcase the work by local artists and artisans around town, while narrow shoreline roads take you quickly out of town past the sparkling lagoons and inlets for which Connemara is famous. Clifden is also a requisite stop for seafood lovers. Inland, Connemara National Park has some outstanding hiking amid bogs, mountains, lakes and forests. 

The Connemara coast is packed with highlights. About an hour's drive from Clifden, you can take a boat tour out on Killary Fjord and take in the view of mountains plunging into the sea. It’s also a fine place for a scenic drive or a hike in the countryside. You can take a walk along the riverside trails of Aasleagh Falls and look for salmon attempting to leap up the cascade. Connemara is a great spot for horseback riding, with the chance to ride along on the beach. On hot days, you can cool off with a swim in one of Connemara’s sheltered lagoons (a particularly safe place for young swimmers). For something completely different, you can go on a guided seaweed foraging tour along the shore. You’ll learn how to forage, cook and use a wide variety of seaweed for both its culinary and therapeutic properties. The highlight of the foraging walk is taking a seaweed bath.
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Map of Family Road Trip in Ireland: Athlone, Clifden, Lahnich & Dublin - 7 Days
Family Road Trip in Ireland: Athlone, Clifden, Lahnich & Dublin - 7 Days

Take the family on an epic adventure through Ireland on this seven-day self-drive tour. Land in Dublin and hit the road, driving to the town of Athlone for historic castles and gorgeous scenery. Then, set off for the Connemara region, where you'll enjoy a beach day on the beautiful Coral Strand and take a sunset kayak tour of Mannin Bay. Walk the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, learn to surf on the beaches of Lahnich, then head back to Dublin for more castles, parks, and museums.

There's plenty of sand and surf as you roadtrip along Ireland's west coast
Map of Ireland Castles & Coast Family Road Trip - 14 Days
Ireland Castles & Coast Family Road Trip - 14 Days

Explore the castles and coastline of the Emerald Isle on this two-week family adventure. Choose your own pace as you wind your way from Dublin to the wild west coast and onto the iconic landscapes of the Ring of Kerry. Along the way, you'll hang 10 in one of Europe's best surf spots, capture the kids' imaginations in historic castles, and hike and bike through scenic national parks before circling back to Dublin for some educational fun at the Epic Museum.

Explore the Killarney National Park with the whole family
Map of Ireland South & West Family Road Trip - 10 Days
Ireland South & West Family Road Trip - 10 Days

This 10-day, self-drive Irish adventure is ideal for families with kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Starting in Dublin, you'll drive west to Athlone and then continue on a loop around western and southern Ireland, visiting the Connemara region, the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and other natural and cultural highlights. Along the way, you'll enjoy a range of fun activities and outings—from touring "haunted" castles to sunset kayaking and adventurous hikes.

View of Achill Island
Map of Hiking Ireland's Atlantic Way - 8 Days
Hiking Ireland's Atlantic Way - 8 Days

Immerse yourself in the culture and nature of western Ireland on this 8-day hiking trip. Enjoy hearty Irish pub meals, spend your days hiking on the rocky cliffs and wind-swept moors, and spend the night in comfortable accommodations in town. See medieval and prehistoric ruins and hear stories of bygone eras as you explore Mayo County's highlights: iconic Croagh Patrick, beautiful Clew Bay, and the stunning views of Killary Fjord.

Visit historic castles and landmarks, like the Rock of Cashel
Map of Discover Scotland & Ireland: Castles & Cuisine - 13 Days
Discover Scotland & Ireland: Castles & Cuisine - 13 Days

On this 13-day jaunt through Scotland and Ireland, you'll visit iconic landmarks and immerse yourself in local culture. In Scotland, visit Edinburgh Castle while enjoying food and distillery tours. Then fly to Northern Ireland and experience Belfast before heading south to iconic Irish highlights like the Cliffs of Moher and Kilkenny Castle—eventually winding down in raucous Dublin with tasty visits to the Jameson and Guinness factories.

the sea cliffs at Downpatrick Head on the coastline of County Mayo, Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way Self Drive Adventure - 14 Days

Get ready for mile after mile of unforgettable memories. On this road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way— the longest defined coastal route in the world—you'll enjoy rugged scenery, gorgeous coastline, and off-the-beaten-path adventures from County Donegal’s remote Northern Headlands down to the picturesque southern peninsulas.

The path from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher
Map of Heart of Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Clifden, Doolin & Killarney - 11 Days
Heart of Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Clifden, Doolin & Killarney - 11 Days

Discover some of Ireland's most iconic natural landscapes on this unforgettable 11-day road trip. Starting in the capital of Dublin, you'll strike out toward the west coast to admire the beaches, castles, and villages of Connemara and County Clare, then hop on a ferry to the remote Aran Islands. Your trip winds down in Killarney with kayaking and cycling around the national park, before circling back to Dublin for a final night on the town.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
Map of Road Trip Adventure on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way - 15 Days
Road Trip Adventure on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way - 15 Days

Explore Ireland's famous Wild Atlantic Way on this adventurous 15-day road trip. Start in Dublin, where you'll walk the River Liffey and visit historic Trinity College. Then, it's off to Cork and Kenmare for a drive of the scenic Sheep's Head Loop and the ancient stone circles of Bonane Heritage Park. Travel via cable car over the ocean to Dursey Island, drive the rugged coastlines of the Ring of Kerry, and hike to the top of the majestic Sliabh Liag before returning to Dublin for museum visits and whiskey tastings.

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