Clifden, County Galway
Clifden, nestled amidst breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful rugged coastline is one of Ireland's most loved towns. Located in the West of of the country, Clifden is the largest town in Connemara, which of course is an outstanding jewel in Ireland's scenic crown. Below you’ll find information on some of the attractions in this beautiful area in County Galway.
Beach Road Walk
A local favourite, the Beach 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 down toward Clifden harbour. Follow the road until you reach the Boat Club or take a right a little before to head up onto the Sky Road or go back to Clifden.
The Bog Road
The superb scenery of the Bog Road is a true ecological adventure. Take the R341 towards Ballyconneely and turn off left at Ballinaboy, striking off along the Bog Road that crosses the famous Roundstone Bog conservation area, turning right into Roundstone, back towards Ballyconneely and returning to Clifden.
Alcock and Brown Vickers Vimy
The non-stop 1800 mile voyage from Newfoundland to Clifden, landing in Roundstone bog at 8.40am on 15 June 1919, took sixteen hours and twelve minutes. Alcock and Brown, both British, experienced extreme flying conditions - fog, drizzle and a broken radio. They navigated using only basic optical instruments and often became disorientated, sometimes finding themselves flying upside down. Disaster nearly struck more than once, before they finally crash-landed near Clifden. They were only slightly injured and were recovered from the bog by soldiers and workers from the nearby Marconi radio station, securing a £10,000 Daily Mail prize and the crew's (and Clifden's) place in history.
Inishbofin (Island of the White Cow) lies seven miles off Galway's coast. It is estimated that Bofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 - 4000 B.C. The first documented history of the island dates from early Christian times. As you sail around the tower and signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell's 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason. The first reference of Bofin comes from the 17th Century. Again, it has often been related how St. Colman, himself of Connacht origin, defended the Celtic custom of the dating of Easter at the Synod of Whitby in 664. Several safe sandy beaches strewn with shells and with crystal clear water make swimming, snorkelling and diving a joy. For the more adventurous, crystal clear water makes for spectacular diving. Inishbofin has become an important centre for traditional Irish music and song with its own Ceilí band. Inishbofin plays host to many visiting musicians and artists.
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