So much to do!

For the perfect outdoor adventure holiday in Ireland, you've come to the right place! We have a wide range of great activities for you to do, all of which are close to the hotel. Activities are suitable for kids and adults alike and easily booked at the hotel reception.

On site/premises

Tennis (rackets/balls available) Mountain bikes We’ll be happy to set out a route based on your abilities (with helmets and high visibility vests). Kayaks  Safe and easy to use ‘sit on top’ kayaks, single or two person including buoyancy aids, ideal for exploring the coastline of the bay. Stand-up paddle boards, the calm waters of Mannin bay are perfect for trying this rapidly growing in popularity water sport). In the close proximity – all easily booked at the reception for both kids and adults.

Golf:

At only 10minutes from the Hotel nestled between the scenic splendour of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic Ocean, lies Connemara Golf Links. From the testing dog leg opening hole through to the breath-taking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the “equal to any in the world” Connemara is an enduring monument to its designer Eddie Hackett. Special green fees for hotel residents available at the reception.

Surfing:

Try surfing and learn how to ride your first waves in the ideal settings only 15min from the hotel, all the equipment is provided, all you need is a towel and swimming togs. Top class surf coaches will teach you everything you need to know to get you up, surfing and looking like a pro within a matter of a few hours. The groups have very small numbers (between 6-8) meaning you get the most out of your time. Session times change every day as they are dependent on the tide, the activity is 2.5hrs long.

Coasteering

Coasteering is a fairly new adventure sport that has become extremely popular throughout Europe. And it’s amazing!  Coasteering is a mixture of adventure swimming, climbing, scrambling, jumping, and traversing the coastline.  You will be jumping from a height suitable to you, swimming through sea caves, and exploring areas of the coast that you would never normally see.  You will be provided with all the necessary equipment including wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and safety equipment.  All you need to bring is a towel, swimming togs/shorts, a second pair of old shorts to go over your wetsuit, an old pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet and a sense of adventure.

Rock climbing/abseiling

Experience the thrill of climbing and abseiling on real rock, in Roundstone only 10mins from the hotel. Rock climbing is one of the safest and most thrilling outdoor activities there is.  You can choose different levels of climbs depending on how much of challenge you would like, even if you’re a complete beginner there is something here for you.  After your climb you can experience abseiling back down to the ground, the feeling of conquering your fear and stepping over the edge is one not to be missed. All the equipment is provided and all you need to bring are runners and suitable clothing for the outdoors.

Guided trekking

Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Connemara mountains and either let the guide lead you leaving you to take in the surroundings, or demystify the art of navigation by learning how to use a map and compass. The Twelve Bens, The Maam Turks and The Mweelrea mountains in Connemara, Co Galway are all dominant topographical features in Ireland with some of the most stunning views in the country and ‘a must do’ when visiting the area. Maps and compasses are provided and we recommend you bring the following equipment; Suitable walking shoes, waterproofs, packed lunch (available from the hotel) plenty of liquid and a day sack. Hill walking days will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm. Guides will decide the best route for your group depending on experience, weather and desires.

Guided kayaking/snorkelling tours

The kayak tours in Mannin bay, Connemara, Co Galway is host to some remarkable scenery, sea life, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water ideal for snorkelling. We will take you out to some spectacular locations, here we will provide you with snorkelling gear so you can have a look for yourself at the beauty of the underwater world. If you’re lucky you may get to see the seals or dolphins swimming below.  Mannin bay is along the Wild Atlantic way and has been chosen by Failte Ireland as a location for the BlueWay snorkel and water-sports trail. Cleggan is also a very popular choice amongst our visitors, here you can experience kayaking into sea caves, through sea arches, visit the local salmon farms and see various wild life. More challenging 4 hours trips (including stops) along the way also available.  We will provide you with all the necessary equipment, all you need to bring are your swimming togs, a towel, a pair of trainers you don’t mind getting wet and lunch (available at the hotel) when booking a full day trip.

Horse riding

Errislannan Manor, home of Stephanie Brooks, is on the west coast of Ireland four miles south of Clifden. Sheltered by a surrounding wood the Manor overlooks a trout lake and is bounded by Connemara’s moors and mountains. It houses the Errislannan Manor Connemara Pony Stud and Riding Centre and is the home of the Connemara Branch of the Irish Pony Club. It is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society Connemara Gardens. Riding and trekking on Connemara ponies takes place by the hour each morning from Monday to Friday inclusive. Suitable footwear should be worn -i.e.; shoes or boots with a smooth sole and small heel. We do have a selection of boots for loan. German & French spoken, longer treks can be arranged as well as riding lessons for adults & children and pony craft courses.

Sailing camps-private courses

Clifden Boat Club instructors have a tremendous zest for the sport and enjoy nothing more than seeing a beginner get to grips with the skills of sailing. All the programmes are relaxed, friendly and affordable and they pride themselves on the success rate of their students and provide certified courses to the most advanced levels. So if you have never sailed before or wish to develop your skills, now is the ideal opportunity. All equipment (even lunch) is provided, just bring your own wetsuit/towel.

Boating/fishing tours

Whether you’re a fan of deep-sea angling or it’s your first time, you can look forward to an adventure on the open sea with the opportunity to catch a selection of fish including pollock, ray, mackerel, wrasse, turbot, conger, flounder, plaice, dogfish and even shark! Simply book a trip aboard the Celtic Queen on a daily or hourly rate with John Ryan, a skipper who has over 30 years’ experience. The Celtic Queen is one of Ireland’s largest and best equipped sea angling boat, fully insured and approved, fitted with all the most modern safety, navigational and fish handling equipment. You can even cook your catch on-board! Don’t worry if you don’t have a fishing rod, the gear is for hire on the boat. Sea angling charter trips, sightseeing and evening trips available. Departs from Clifden harbour daily.

Powerboating

Private Powerboat Trips: Martin O’Malley is a local fisherman and member of the Coast Guard with extensive knowledge of the Connemara Coast and wildlife. On his comfortable 115Hp rib he can take up to 5pers for trips to different islands, tours around Slynehead and archaeological sites, discover the local coastline flora and fauna observing the local seal colony, foraging seaweed and onshore shellfish, fishing and checking lobsterpots (bring a lobster home to the hotel and our chef will be happy to prepare it for you) Powerboat courses: Level 1 & 2 powerboat certificate. This is an excellent course for those looking for a comprehensive and practical step by step guide to all that is power boating, right in front of the hotel!
The course lasts two days and all the crucial aspects of the sport are covered to include: The type of skills you will be learning are launch and recovery, boat preparation, basic boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard, high speed manoeuvres, introduction to navigation and a lot more.

Cycling

For an up-close and personal experience with nature you can rent our mountain bikes from the reception. Take your partner or family and cycle around the stunning Connemara landscape. The Skyroad loop, Errislannan peninsula or Roundstone via bog road are just a few of the options. We’ll be happy to advise a route for your abilities, and provide you with a packed lunch for a picnic, including helmets and high visibility vests.

 

For great outdoor adventure holidays in Ireland, you know where to visit!

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