This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Clifden. To help you make friends with Clifden before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Snuggled comfortably against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Twelve Bens mountain range, conserved bog lands and the stunning coastline adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean is the city of Clifden in County Galway, Ireland. This picturesque, diamond-shaped city is one of Ireland’s most beloved destinations. It is also well connected to other major cities in the country via road and rail. There are many budget hostels in Clifden that are small yet very hospitable and sure to make your trip here a relaxed one.
As you approach Clifden, you will be welcomed by the view of the towers of the two churches on the horizon, namely St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of Ireland. Upon reaching the city itself, be prepared to be overwhelmed by its color and vibrancy due to its abundance of boutiques, gift shops, cafes, restaurants and old-fashioned Irish pubs.
To get the best out of your explorations in this city, start on foot at Beach Road which will lead you to Sky Road. En route, you will be mesmerized by the sights of the Atlantic Ocean, Clifden Castle as well as Inishturk and Turbot islands all lying in the distance. Enjoy a spectacular view of Clifden and the Clifden Bay by taking the detour to the John D’Arcy Monument, a memoir established in the memory of the founder of the city.
Explore the scenery along Bog Road and Derrygimlagh Bog where you will reach the Alcock and Brown crash-landing site. Visit the most romantic building in Ireland, the Kylemore Abbey, and walk around the Victorian Walled Gardens that lie adjacent to it. Its Gothic Church, Mitchell’s Cafe, Garden Tea House, as well as the Craft Shop and Pottery Studio are other places to enjoy here. Since every beach in Ireland is unique, drop by at the Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay beaches to take a stroll along the coast. Golfing, horse riding, cycling, hiking, fishing and scuba diving are other exciting activities that this city has to offer.
The hostels in Clifden, County Galway, Ireland, are located in the city’s center and provide a good value for your money. The hostels’ rooms are well maintained and ventilated, some even providing a beautiful view of the sea. Some basic services like Wi-Fi and breakfast tend to be free, so you have some good perks to look forward to. Book your accommodation at the earliest in one of these Clifden hostels and enjoy a carefree holiday in the city.
Written by local enthusiast for Clifden hostelsAaron Barboza