We have some recommendations for you during your stay in Teach Bríd. These are just a sample of all the area has to offer.
Let’s start with food & drink
The nearest Restaurant/Pub/Grocery Store is Keogh’s in Ballyconneely [map], 4 km from the house. Converse with locals and tourists alike in this iconic meeting point. Brendan Keogh offers a complimentary “home delivery” service if you decide to have a little tipple while enjoying your time there. The restaurant serves up high quality local fare at reasonable prices. Travel a little further and you’ll find everything you need – and want! The list is too long to include everything on offer, but below we’ll mention our “go to” favourites.
€ = great food at a value price | €€ = a little more up-market | €€€ = special occasion, but worth it!
- Keogh’s, Ballyconneely: Restaurant |Pub [map] €
- Sweet Nothings: Vegetarian/Vegan Cafe, Ballyconneely €
- Connemara Sands, Ballyconneely. Hotel |Bar food €€ | Excellent “Erriseask” Restaurant €€€
- Guy’s, Clifden. Restaurant |Pub [map] €
- Marconi Restaurant in Foyle’s hotel, Clifden €€
- Vaughan’s Roundstone House Hotel, Roundstone, Restaurant [map] €€
- O’Dowd’s, Roundstone, Restaurant |Pub [map] €
- The Shamrock, Roundstone, Restaurant |Pub [map] €
- Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Recess, Hotel/Restaurant/Bar | For the special and unforgettable occasion. Choose the “Fisherman’s Pub” for great food in a more informal setting, or the elegant Owenmore Restaurant for a real treat. [map] €€€
- Rossleague Manor Hotel, Letterfrack, Hotel |Restaurant [map] €€€
- E.J. Kings, Clifden, Pub |Restaurant [map] €
- Mitchell’s, Clifden, Restaurant | Fresh local seafood and more [map] €€
- Oliver’s, Cleggan, Pub |Restaurant | Seafood Chowder is the best around [map] €
- Steam Coffee Shop – Great coffee | Delicious homemade food [map] €
- Off the Square, Clifden | All day breakfast when you need it [map] €
If you need a Taxi
We regularly use local taxi driver Robert Mitchell (+353 87 416 1796), but recommend booking him in advance, especially during peak holiday times and weekends. If Robert can’t look after you himself, he will do his best to find you an alternative. Also, there are plenty of taxis available in Clifden to get you home after a night out!
Shopping in Clifden
The nearest convenient grocery store for all your essential needs is Keogh’s in Ballyconneely. Below are some of our favourite shopping venues in Clifden. Most are in the town centre. Lidl & Aldi are just outside the town on the Galway Road.
Gifts & Home Interiors
Sightseeing and What’s on
There’s so much to see and so much going on, that our list below can only scratch the surface. But they are our favourites! Click What’s On for a visitor guide packed full of essential information about Connemara. The latest issue is available in local shops. Also, check out the Connemara Ireland website for a listing of upcoming events.
- Derrigimlagh 5km interpretive looped walk takes you gently across spectacular blanket bogland scenery, revealing the remarkable history of the area. The site is home to two outstanding transatlantic technological achievements – the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station, set up in 1907 by Giugliano Marconi and the landing site of Alcock & Brown’s first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919.
- Connemara Smokehouse – just a few minutes walk from our house [map]
- Alcock & Brown monument & landing site – first non-stop transatlantic flight June 1919 [map]
- Station House Museum – lots of info about Alcock & Brown, Marconi wireless station, Great Western Railways, Connemara ponies [map]
- Clifden Castle [map]
- Connemara National Park [map]
- Inishbofin Island [map]
- Kylemore Abbey [map]
- Local drives:
- Ballyconneely – Ballinaboy – Roundstone – Ballyconneely (Bog road)
- The Sky Road loop, Clifden
- Máméan loop (Recess)
- Inagh Valley loop (Clifden – Letterfrack – Kylemore – Recess – Clifden)
- Leenane – Ashleigh Falls
- R335 from Louisburgh to Leenane heading south is stunning on a nice day
Festivals (Check links for dates):
- Leenane Mountain Walking Festival: Usually in early May
- Tour de Conamara Cycling Event: Usually last week in May
- Connemara Rugby 7’s: Usually 1st weekend in July
- Roundstone Pony Show: Usually 2nd Sunday in July
- Connemara Pony Show Clifden: Usually 3rd weekend in August
- Roundstone Regatta: Usually 3rd weekend in July
- Errismore (Ballyconneely) Races: right on our doorstep – usually last Saturday in July
- Omey Races: Usually last Sunday in July – tide-dependent
- Dolan’s Art Auction – Ballyconneely: Usually August Bank Holiday weekend
- Tour de Bog charity cycle: usually a day or two after the August Bank Holiday weekend
- Clifden Regatta: Usualy 1st weekend in August
- All Ireland Dog Show – Roundstone – Usually 1st Monday in August
- Clifden Arts Festival: Usually 2nd 3rd week in September
- Ballinrobe Races
Connemara’s Championship Golf Links [map] is just a few minutes from the house. When playing Connemara you are always mesmerised by the landscape around you. Whether it’s Slyne Head Lighthouse, the Twelve Bens Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean or Granuaile’s Castle, there is something special on every hole. The club has a modern clubhouse bar, coffee shop, restaurant, proshop, practice range and putting green. The pro shop has everything you need from golf carts, rental clubs, tuition and all top clothing brands.
Hill Walking, Hiking & Trekking
See Ordinance Survey “Discovery Series” maps of the area (numbers 44 & 37). We are situated adjacent to the fabulous Aillebrack beaches and one of the officially recognised Connemara walks, so you can literally put your boots on and step outside! Connemara is a walker’s paradise, covering all ability and experience levels. More info on local hikes & walks here.
See Ordinance Survey “Discovery Series” maps of the area (numbers 44 & 37). There are many safe cycling routes you can take from our doorstep. Clifden is a cycle hub where you can easily hire bikes – Mannions – CycleTours Connemara – including electric ones for those seeking the thrill without the effort!!. There are a number of official cycle loops nearby. One of my favourites is the 40 km Ballyconneely – Roundstone loop. If you’re around in August, don’t miss the “Tour de Bog” charity cycle around this loop. There’s also a more rigorous annual 80/140 km “Tour de Conamara” held in May each year.
There are at least two options close by. The Point Pony Trekking [map] is based within walking distance of the house. Great for adults, kids and families. Errislannan Manor Pony Riding is located on Errislannan Peninsula, just a short drive away.
Both the Bluewater & Celtic Queen are operated from Clifden Harbour, fishing for species such as Pollack, Cod, Coal fish, Wrasse, Conger Eels, Ling, Dogfish, Bull Huss and Blue Shark. A day’s fishing commences from around 10 am, arriving back in Clifden at c. 6 pm. The excellent fishing grounds are close by and both operators cater for beginners and experts alike. Great day out!
Fresh water fishing
Connemara’s lakes and rivers are famous for Brown Trout and Salmon, attracting visitors from all over the world on annual pilgrimages. See here for more info.
If you haven’t done it, then you should try it! Scubadive West offers introductory as well as full qualification and specialist courses.
Real Adventures Connemara is a mobile adventure business providing a wide range of fun outdoor activities from coasteering, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing, hill walking and stand-up paddle boarding. They operate from a number of nearby locations, depending on the particular activity. Great for teenagers and adults alike.
Delphi Adventure Resort is based in Leenane. Experience the thrill of zip-lining, or stick to the ground in the adventure tunnels. Tour the beautiful Connemara by bike, or explore the Killary glacial fjord by kayak… and much more besides.
Spa Treatment & Massage
Treat yourself to a detoxing Voya Seaweed Bath and a choice of Therapeutic Massage Treatments, Scrubs and Healing & Hydrating Seaweed Wraps at the Connemara Sands Hotel in Ballyconneely.
Serious Sailing & Power Boating
Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but just letting you know West Galway School of Navigation is on our doorstep, offering various courses to the leisure boating sector including:
- Navigation Courses
- International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
- Powerboat Courses
- VHF Radio Courses
- Radar Operator’s Courses
- Diesel Engine Courses.
Just in case of emergency…
There is a Medical Practice in Clifden +353 95 21224 [map]. Take the road out towards Cleggan. The entrance is on the left as you go around that tight corner just after the Sky Road junction.
The nearest Garda Station [map] (our police force) +353 95 22500 is located in Clifden on the Galway road.