Activities

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Walking

The area is a walker’s paradise whether following a planned route or just ambling along country roads and beaches, of which there are many. You will find a folder of 20 different Connemara walks in your house or follow the road signs around the countryside which indicate good routes for walking or cycling.

Connemara Loop – further walking information

Paul Phelan at Walk Connemara for guided walks and tours.

John O’Halloran, Walking Guide, Moyard, phone: +353 (0)86 393 9507

Cycling

Bicycles can be hired throughout the year from Mannions shop, Clifden   +353 (0)95 21160

Or contact James Kane at Connemara Adventure who can drop off bikes for hire to your door or organise guided cycling tours  +353 (0)87 358 3797

Golf

Connemara Golf Club is a championship links course overlooking the Atlantic. From the testing dog-leg opening hole through to the breathtaking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the “equal to any in the world”. They offer very reasonable green fees all-year-round. Or why not use your time off to take golf lessons with a view to improving your swing or just getting started.

Tel: +353 (0)95- 23502/+353 (0)95- 23602

Horse Riding

A number of riding schools in the area offer pony trekking or lessons for all ages. Try Errislannan Manor, Tel: 095 21134 email errislannanmanor@eircom.net or Cleggan Riding School Tel : 095 44746

Sailing

Whether you are sailing to Clifden or wish to go sailing in Clifden, contact Clifden boat club which is located at the end of the Beach road. They offer Sailing courses throughout the summer.

Adventure and Water Sports

Two of the country’s best adventure centres are located within 30 minutes drive from Clifden. They offer daily and weekly courses for both adults and children in sailing, windsurfing, orienteering, kayaking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, waterskiing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, amongst others;   www.killaryadventure.com or www.delphimountainresort.com   Or

www.realadventures.ie For private guided activities in or around Clifden including hill walking, rock climbing, kayaking on Clifden bay and surfing – for individuals or groups – All equipment provided, so no excuses !

You can also go scuba diving in a most beautiful area, north of Clifden. The Scuba Dive West Centre is one of the most established dive centres in the country and offers courses for all levels.

Cruises and Boat Charters

The Killary Fjord Cruise is a 1.5 hour cruise along Ireland’s only Fjord with an interesting talk on the history of the area. There are several sailings daily between April and October.

The Brazen Hussy – is a solid, ocean-going boat for day charters around the Connemara coast and islands, sea fishing or whale and dolphin watching. Tel: 086 2795118

Fishing

Connemara is world-renowned for its fresh water and sea fishing. Here are some useful contact details.

For daily group fishing charters leaving from the Quay in Clifden contact John Brittan at www.seafishingireland.net Tel: 095 21073 or John Ryan on Tel: 095 21069.

For fresh water fishing contact Simon Ashe  at Ballynahinch Fishing or see Lough Inagh Lodge Fishing.