Clifden, Co. Galway
Clifden (Irish: An Clochán, meaning "bee-hive cell"*) is the Capital of Connemara and is located on the coast on the Owenglin River where it flows into Clifden Bay. The town is linked to Galway city by the N59 and is a popular tourist destination for those touring Connemara.
Clifden is a truly welcoming town, which boasts a superb selection of traditional Irish pubs, excellent restaurants and interesting craft shops. In the area there is a wealth of activities including golf, walking, game & sea fishing, swimming, scuba diving and exploring the beautiful countryside. By night, Clifden comes alive with music and craic in the traditional Irish pubs and excellent seafood restaurants. The atmosphere in Clifden is electric during the annual Connemara Pony Show in August and the prestigious and lively Arts Festival.
There is also an 18-hole championship golf links near Ballyconneely about 13km (8 miles) from Clifden.