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What to do along the Wild Atlantic Way at Dolphin Beach

“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.”

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On the Road and Trails

Connemara is an adventure playground, from long distance, strenuous hikes and cycles along our vast coastline, to short strolls and cycles right from our own front door. These include, Clifden Castle Walk, via Clifden Castle Ruins and the Beach Rd (4 miles), and the aptly named Sky Road Loop (5 1/2 miles). Further a field within the National Park (14km) there a numerous trails for the more adventurous.

Guided walks are also available from local archaeologist and walk leader, Michael Gibbons, who provides some fascinating insights and leads enjoyable walks for all levels of fitness. Walks include The Twelve Bens and the Western Way.

Cycle hire is available from Mannion Cycle Hire (bikes delivered to our door) and All Things Connemara (electric bikes).

On the Golf Course

Ireland is renowned for its untamed and wild coastline and nowhere is that more evident than on our many links courses dotted along the coastline. One of Ireland’s more famous links courses is located within eyesight of Dolphin Beach (across the bay!) but is a beautiful 30 minute drive from the property.

The spectacular coastal scenery of our local Connemara’s Golf Club provides the perfect setting for a challenging round of golf. 18 hole courses and a 27 hole championship links.

In addition to our local course, Connemara offers visitors a variety of choice from parkland to links courses including Oughterard Golf Club, Connemara Isles Golf Club and Bearna Golf Club all within one hours drive.

On the Water

When in Connemara it is vital you experience the ocean. Afterall, the name Connemara, derives from Conmhaicne Mara meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea.

For the more adventurous, Real Adventures, a Clifden baaed adventure company, offers guests first hand experience of the Wild Atlantic Way providing guides for everything from coasteering and surfing to rock climbing and kayaking.

Deep sea shark fishing, reef fishing, fresh water fishing, private boat charter and deep sea diving are all available within close proximity to Dolphin Beach House.

For fishing queries please see Celtic Queen or Blue Water Fishing, for deep sea diving please see Connemara Fly Fishing and for fresh water fishing please see Scuba Dive West.

On Horse-Back

Calendar highlights inlcude the Connemara Pony Show which showcases our resilient local pony, and also the famous Omey Beach Races which take place in August each year.

Horse-riding is available nearby for those who would like to enjoy rising along white sandy beaches. With the Twelve Bens as a backdrop, the Atlantic Ocean at your feet, the picturesque fishing villages of Roundstone, and Cleggan and the colourful town of Clifden only a few miles away, it doesn’t come any more scenic an experience than this!

At the Golf Club there is the Point Pony Trekking and on Omey there is the nearby Cleggan Riding Centre. In addition, across the bay from Dolphin Beach is the wonderful Errislannan Riding Centre.

The Foyles are passionate, charming and ever so slightly eccentric. They own and manage the best seaside B&B in the country. The Sky Road Hilton is smaller and more comfortable than any chain hotel, and altogether more magical.”

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