Top 10 Things to do in Cleggan, Ireland

July 24, 2017 Diedre Savory

Cleggan (Irish: An Cloigeann meaning head) is a picturesque fishing village in County Galway, Ireland. The village lies 10 km (7 mi) northwest of Clifden and is situated at the head of Cleggan Bay.
Restaurants in Cleggan

1. Cleggan Beach Riding Center - Horseback riding on the beach

Cleggan, Connemara, Co. Galway, Cleggan, Ireland +353 83 388 8135
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Cleggan Beach Riding Center - Horseback riding on the beach

Reviewed By Claire D - Dublin, Ireland

Went on the 1.5hour trek with Judy as our guide. We were a mixed bag of beginners and intermediates and Judy was able to cater to all of us. Even with a nervous rider we were given the best horses to suit our needs and the horses were excellently trained.
The scenery was beautiful and Judy was a friendly and fun guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our trek and will be back!

2. Sky Road

Clifden, Ireland
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sky Road

Reviewed By André L

If you are around the Connomara National Park or Clifden, then this is a must because it's just a quick trip to a fantastic (and free) view!
Even with loads of wind and rain, it was worth it. Must come back when there is some sun.

3. Renvyle Beach

Tully Beg, Renvyle, Ireland
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Renvyle Beach

Reviewed By John F - Southport, United Kingdom

huge expanse of white sand-very clean beach-beautiful scenery; we took our dog who really enjoyed it too! There is parking for about 10 cars too.

4. DK Connemara Oysters Ltd

Ballinakill Bay, Dawros, Letterfrack, Connemara, Dawros More, Ireland +353 87 918 6997
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5 based on 9 reviews

DK Connemara Oysters Ltd

Oysters have been farmed in Ballinakill Bay, Connemara since 1893. It is one of the oldest oyster farms in the country. Our oysters are served in local hotels and restaurants as well as being exported worldwide. Join us on our farm tour & see how oysters are grown over a 3yr period from seed to plate. As part of the tour enjoy the taste of a Connemara Oyster fresh from the water.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

We enjoyed a hugely interesting tour of the Connemara Oyster Farm this week. Situated in the stunning scenery of Connemara we were treated to an educational and entertaining insight in to the world of an oyster and oyster farm. Thanks to David who looked after...MoreThank you for your kind words & delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us so much.

5. The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking

Keeraun More, Ballyconneely, Clifden, Ireland +353 95 23685
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5 based on 113 reviews

The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking

Reviewed By Tuxilla - Province of Genoa, Italy

We went to the Point for a two hour ride. We expected it to be beautiful, but it proved absolutely breathtaking. The owner is a man of few words, but he knows how to match horse and rider. I was given a tall Irish hunter, but the majority of the horses an the center are the sturdy and balanced Connemara ponies. Philip, our young guide, was extremely kind and helpful, providing us with information on the horses and the place. Riding on rocks and grass we reached the Beaches, where we trotted in front of the Atlantic. An incredible place to ride, truly.

6. Cottage Handcrafts

8km from Clifden, Moyard H91 YR58, Ireland +353 95 41029
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5 based on 12 reviews

Cottage Handcrafts

Nestled amongst the rugged landscape of the Twelve Bens Mountain Range, you will find Cottage Handcrafts, our family run business established in 1975. Our shop is filled to the brim with knits and crafts that showcase the best in Irish craftmanship and design. Upon entering our quaint cottage, you will discover an extensive selection of knitwear which we have lovingly sourced from all over Ireland. We offer so many styles to keep you warm from the traditional handknit Aran Sweaters to contemporary capes, jackets and woollen accessories. Our craft range includes the world famous Connemara Marble, handmade pottery and jewellery, local crafts, knitting wool, and paintings from local artists.

Reviewed By solomon5 - Florida

In Ireland's craft shops, you will find a lot of woolens. They are beautiful as were the ones here, but our climate makes them useless. Jewelry, on the other hand, knows no climatic limitations. We looked for a long time and I tried on many things. I finally chose a Connemara marble and silver necklace. My husband got a great money clip with the mechanism he likes; we were both happy. The staff was both patient and helpful and the shop was spacious and uncrowded.

7. Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Kylemore, Ireland +353 95 52001
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Set in a dramatic landscape, Kylemore is an ideal destination for a day out. From it’s beginnings as a romantic gift in the 1860s to becoming home to the Benedictine Nuns in 1920, Kylemore is steeped in history and tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives, model farms, royal visits, spirituality and education. Experience the Victorian atmosphere of the restored rooms of the abbey and gothic church. Explore the magical Victorian Walled Garden, nature trails and woodland walks.

Reviewed By lancstraveller2000 - Blackpool, United Kingdom

What a really magnificent tourist attraction. The house is spectacular with an amazing if not somewhat tragic history.. The grounds are extensive with some breath taking views. The Victorian walled garden was very relaxing. Everything gave an insight of how people used to live. I had lunch in the cafe, which was of an excellent quality with a good choice. The food and drink pricing was just okay, but definitely towards the top side of what could be considered value for money. They clearly have a captive audience and don't have competition from a cafe just around the corner. There is a fairly large gift shop but I have to say that I was very disappointed with the offering, which on the whole was expensive, and there seemed to be very little in here for the genuine tourist..

8. Cleggan Beach Riding Centre

The Masters House, Cleggan, Ireland +353 95 44746
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Cleggan Beach Riding Centre

Reviewed By MayoForSam - Galway

Myself and my 2 kids (14 and 11) went for a 90 minute ride at the Cleggan Riding Centre during a brief visit to the area. Helmets and boots are provided when you get there. 3 horses were selected for our use and we were shown the basics before we headed off for the beach. Even though we were total beginners, the 2 girls who accompanied us were confident that we could handle our steeds. We even managed a few trots on our way to the beach through some narrow lanes. One incident to report - there were some loose horses when we got down to the beach who had to be corralled as they were antagonizing our horses. And unfortunately, I got a bit too brave in trying to get my horse to trot along the beach - he hit a soft spot on the sand and I went flying! Luckily, I hit the ground rump-first and I wasn't badly hurt, just a bit shaken. I got back in the saddle straight away, offering assurances to out instructors that I was fine. Overall, we really enjoyed our ride (although my son got the heeby jeebies and didn't make the ride back from the beach) and would recommend a horse ride as a good way of enjoying the local countryside.

Tooreen, Moyard, Ireland +353 87 690 8137
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5 based on 3 reviews

Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio

Reviewed By Catherine M

Had a fantastic visit to this gallery in Moyard Connemara. Artist Bernie Dignam gave us a tour of her gallery and we were able to view her fantastic pieces of work . Absolutely stunning location . Worth a visit next time you are in the west and are looking for a beautiful piece of art!!!

10. Avoca

Clifden - Westport Road, Letterfrack, Ireland +353 95 41058
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4 based on 37 reviews

Avoca

Reviewed By Clurdy - Somerset

Really interesting mixture of locally produced and international goods. Large shopping area, lots to look at. Parking a bit tricky and sadly no cafe but coffee machine! Helpful staff who manage a large area between them efficiently.

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