“Great style, great food, astonishing views out of the ocean and, best of all, a feeling of being far, far away from it all, cast adrift out here on the mercurial Sky Road. Dolphin Beach works because it has the space and elegance of a small hotel, with the intimacy of a country house, but its style is sui generis. It’s a place that makes you feel a million dollars”
John McKenna, Bridgestone Irish Food Guide
Dolphin Beach is uniquely located on the Sky Road with the Atlantic ocean at the bottom of the garden. There is no music or noise apart from the sound of the sea.
Dolphin Beach is split between two properties, Dolphin Beach House is for B&B guests on a per night basis and Dolphin Beach Lodge for self-catering guests on a weekly rental basis. Please refer to each respective page to choose your accommodation.
Our restaurant serves simple, freshly prepared dishes using only local ingredients mussels, wild salmon, lobster, Connemara lamb, our own produce and home baked breads & scones. Dinner is served most evenings; reservations should be made when booking your room.
Most of our vegetables and produce is locally sourced from meat and fish suppliers in Clifden.
Dolphin Beach provides the ideal base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way from. On your doorstep, is a stony beach with a sandy cove for swimming . Nearby, you have access to Ireland’s finest coastline and a breath of activities which include everything from adventure based sports with Real Adventures, to mountain hiking in Connemara National Park. Golfing, sailing and surfing are all accessible nearby too.
Dolphin Beach is located 3 miles outside the town of Clifden, on the aptly named Sky Road on the edge of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Clifden is just over an hours drive north-west of Galway City and Dolphin Beach is 15 minutes drive west of the town.
"Gorgeous ocean view..."
On warm evenings they open up the sliding doors at the Dolphin Beach House and shift tables outside to the patio. The dining room has a gorgeous ocean view out to the islands beyond.
"Laid back and very beautiful..."
Dolphin Beach, it’s the best place, probably my favourite place in the world. It’s run by a lovely family, the Foyle’s and it’s really laid back and very beautiful with mad, quirky stuff in the room.
"Nowhere more magical..."
On a sunny day there is nowhere more magical than Dolphin Beach House. The views across the water to Slyne Head and Ballyconneely Bay are the best that wild, untamed places can supply.
"Peace, perfect peace."
Peace, perfect peace. Quirky, eclectic - and fabulous: Dolphin Beach House is a place you'll remember, and go back to. Dolphin Beach is a very special place, off the beaten track, quiet, hugely comfortable and overlooking a vast empire of sea and wilderness. Ireland unspoilt. It's also cleverly designed, with bedrooms tucked away downstairs, and angled so as not to overlook one another. … Fortunately we stay for dinner: minted soup served with three homemade breads, followed by salmon from Cleggan and really fresh vegetables including a yummy carrot puree. Strawberry rhubarb crumble to finish. Small wine list priced between €24 and €30. Simple but spot on. This is the best kind of Irish hospitality you can find: quirky, welcoming, innovative, professional. A memory to savour and a place to return to.
"A pure drop of Connemara magic."
Dolphin Beach is only 10 minutes out of Connemara's 'capital village', Clifden, but it feels a world away, perched on a bank right above the shore, with a most spectacular view of sea, peninsulas and islands. The food's fresh, local and delicious, and there are board games to while away stormy days. Altogether, a pure drop of Connemara magic.
"Dolphin Beach is no ordinary place."
"Imagine lying in a mahogany sleigh bed watching dolphins play in the bay, then walking to a private sandy cove for a swim, collecting breakfast eggs on the way back. Dolphin Beach is no ordinary place.
With four generations and 100 years of hospitality experience, the Foyle family are well equipped to look after your every need whilst here in Connemara.
Billy & Barbara Foyle established Dolphin Beach House in the 1990’s and their children, Clodagh and Fearghus have now taken over the reins having recently redeveloped the property and added a new beachside self-catering option for guests..