The town of Clifden is the centre of the Connemara region, commonly known locally as the capital of Connemara. This small town is one of the most picturesque in the country and exudes a vibrant atmosphere stocked full with shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés. It’s a scenic delight both in the town and the surrounding landscape. There are two magnificent spires from the historic churches located in the town centre overlooked by the impressive backdrop of the Twelve Pin Mountains.
The Sky Road is an 11 kilometre circular route you can take from Clifden which brings you through the rugged landscape of Connemara while overlooking the rolling tides of the Atlantic Ocean. The Sky Road splits in two along the route offering a lower road and an upper road. The upper road is the more popular option as it gives the best vantage point for stunning views over Connemara and out over the ocean. At the highest point of this upper road is a car park where you can park up, get the camera out and get some beautiful photos. From here you’ll find gorgeous views of Clifden Bay and the offshore islands Inisturk and Turbot.
The Connemara region is one of the most beautiful untouched landscapes in all of Europe and there’s plenty of attractions found throughout. The landscape consists of sprawling grasslands, lakes, forestry and a mountain range perfect for a hike. The local community are some of the last remaining native Irish speakers in the country and are very welcoming, especially if you try your hand at a couple of words of Irish.