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Camping in Clifden Campsite Clifden Connemara Galway

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Camping in Clifden

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Fantastic weather hitting the West Coast 19 degrees @ the Clifden ecoCampsite. Looking good for the June Bank holiday too!!!

Tour de Conamara - Cycling Event in Connemara Ireland

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Tour de Conamara — Cycling Event in Connemara Ireland

25% discount to all participants of the Tour de Conamara & 10% to supporters. Advance booking required.

Terms & conditions apply & may be subject to change.

Clifden ecoCampsite Unique Geology

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Clifden ecoCampsite is internationally renowned for its unique geology. Rock outcrops along the beaches from the campsite to Omey Island is quite impressive, providing an outstanding opportunity to see what happens deep inside the Earth's crust when magma rises into it & volcanoes erupt at the surface. These rock outcrops are the best examples seen anywhere in Europe & are a listed site.

Students visiting from Leeds University UK.

Clifden ecoCampsite Awarded Gold Standard in Ecotourism

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Clifden ecoCampsite are delighted to have achieved a Gold Standard Award by EcoTourism Ireland. EcoTourism Ireland is one of the first eco labels in Europe to be recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Clifden ecoCampsite Eliminates Single Use Bottled Water

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Recognizing the negative environmental & socal impacts of bottled water, Clifden ecoCampsite has undertaken several efforts to reduce consumption of single use bottled water on our park. Prior to arrival visitors are encouraged not to import water to the park as there is an excellent quality supply available onsite as well as sustainable discounted water bottles for purchase. Clifden ecoCampsite has banned single use bottled water containers. The change was inspired by the necessary beach clean ups required every other day, the efforts involved in recycling the plastic on site & the health implications of drinking water from plastic bottles. There are numerous environmental concerns with bottled water the production and consumption of bottled water consumes energy, pollutes the environment, and contributes to global warming. Producing the plastic bottles uses energy and emits toxic chemicals. Transporting the bottled water across hundreds or thousands of miles spews carbon dioxide into the air, complicating our efforts to combat global climate change. And in the end, empty bottles are piling up in landfills. Bottled water also has significant social implications for communities. Not only does bottled water contribute to a global lack of drinking water, it also causes local inaccessibility to water. In privatizing water, bottling corporations limit access to an essential resource that many believe should always be public..

Storms expose archaeology on Omey island off Connemara on Wild Atlantic Way

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Storms expose archaeology on Omey island off Connemara

Midden sites among coastal features damaged from Kerry to Donegal

Archaeologist Michael Gibbons at the area on Omey Island where prehistoric remains were revealed by damage caused by the Atlantic storms.

Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Destruction wreaked along Connacht’s coastline in the recent storms has exposed archaeology dating back to the Neolithic period on Connemara’s Omey island. Large linear archaeological deposits of up to a metre thick have been exposed on the western and northern shorelines of the tidal island off Claddaghduff.

Two sets of medieval burial sites, traces of sunken dwellings and parts of a Neolithic bog, which had been covered over millenniums by shifting sands, have been revealed.

Clifden-based archaeologist Michael Gibbons has classified the weather impact on Omey as “spectacular”, but says that many important archaeological features, such as midden deposits, have been destroyed along the Atlantic rim in the “severe beating of Connacht’s coastal dunes” since mid-December.

Kitchen middens, or shell heaps, are ancient waste repositories which offer invaluable clues about diet and lifestyle of our predecessors.

Out on Omey in recent days, as winds and swell began to ease, Mr Gibbons confirmed that sand-cliff sections up to 100 metres long had revealed the archaeological deposits.

The burial sites now visible were part of a medieval settlement excavated in the 1990s by Prof Tadhg O’Keeffe of University College Dublin, when an earlier storm revealed traces of a monastic enclosure, he said.

The sunken houses of which there are traces date from the 18th and 19th centuries, while the churning up of an ancient bog by recent tidal surges has turned blue sea to brown. Mr Gibbons estimates the bog, at the base of the sand cliffs, to be at least 6,000 years old.

Féichin Mulkerrin, who works for the Office of Public Works, said middens on Omey were affected. Twenty metres of sand was dislodged in the swell on the northwest, while the sea came right up to the gate of the new graveyard. “We haven’t had tides this high since 1991 and previous to that in 1963, and it was the series of tides that really made an impact, affecting all of the islands,” Mr Mulkerrin said.

Midden deposits extending from inner Galway Bay, up by Dog’s Bay near Roundstone to Mulrany in Mayo were lost, with one of the oldest in Connacht, a late Mesolithic midden site on the Renvyle peninsula, also being a casualty.

Cromwell’s fort on Inishbofin was hit, according to Mary Lavelle of D’Arcy’s Orchard on the island’s east end. “On the same night that we lost the harbour light, a lump was taken out of the fort on the harbour side,”she told The Irish Times.

On neighbouring Inishark, which the last 24 residents were forced to quit in October 1960, there was evidence that the graveyard close to shoreline was damaged, Ms Lavelle said.

In the Ballyconneely area of Connemara, the “bawn wall”, or enclosure around Bunowen castle, was undermined by the sea swell. Bawnmore is best known as a former home of Grace O’Malley, who married Dónal an Chogaidh O’Flaherty there in 1546.

“The biggest damage has to be the whole system of coastal midden sites, which may also be affected on the Donegal and Mayo coasts and which contain pottery, seeds, charcoal and other evidence of coastal settlement,” he says.

In Kerry, the wreck of the Sunbeam lying on Rossbeigh beach was lifted in the storms, prompting a court application for protection by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The ship, built in 1860, foundered in 1903; is a national monument as it is more than 100 years old.

The department said it had received a number of reports of damage to monuments on the west and south coasts and two reports of very minor damage to State monuments in the east. It said was in “ongoing contact” with regional staff and partners in the heritage sector, including the Office of Public Works and local authorities in the most affected areas, to identify the full extent of the damage to archaeology.

However it would be a number of weeks before the full scale of it became apparent.


Connemara Wild Atlantic Way

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Clifden eco Beach Camping & Caravanning Park is situated on the shores of the beautiful scenic 'Wild Atlantic Way' at the estuary of Streamstown Bay. Unique to the park is an ecosystem called 'Machair', listed as a priority habitat in Ireland under the EU Habitats Directive. This is a highly specialized & complex sand dune habitat system that is confined globally to the north West Coast of Ireland & Scotland. It comprises a flat or gently undulating sandy plain that develops in an oceanic location with a cool, moist climate resulting in rich bio-diversity.

To date eight species of bumblebee occupy this Machair habitat, additionally the ecosystem borders the West Connacht SAC. These are marine habitats which are important for Bottlenose Dolphins that frequent these shores. Seven Natura sites are within a 5 km radius of our campsite with Natura 2000 being a European network of important ecological sites.

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Ok, well if truth be told, it was a cross between the perfect carlsberg moment and a touch of faulty towers. Yes, the Kenny’s had their first family camping trip and survived :-)


Not only did we survive, but we had a magical time and precious family memories were made.


“Back in the days” pre- kids, myself and Mr. Kenny were, what you would call, biker campers. we would camp at biker festivals, which usually involved a long spin on hubby’s motorbike, across the seas to the Bulldog bash. A weekend of drink, music, and festival fun.


So with this being our first experience of proper camping; as in, family camping. We weren’t quite sure what to expect or bring, so we brought what seemed like, half the house with us. Rain gear, sunny gear, airbeds, gazillions of sleeping bags and pillows, lamps, lights, toolbox, and what seemed like, half the kitchen.

We bought a camp stove and a cool fold out picnic bench last week. The picnic benches are genius. I never seen one before Nana showed us hers, that she had bought years ago and we borrowed twice from her recently, so we were delighted to spot them in Tescos last week, for a very reasonable 33 euro, so we snapped it up. Argos sell them too, as seen below.


I highly recommend it. They are easy to fold up and don’t take up much room and comfortably fit a family of four.

Funnily enough, every tent seemed to have one outside.


We wanted the kids to experience a proper camping adventure, so we packed up the cooler box, dry food box and snacks and treats. I made homemade soup, a quiche and a yummy apple pie just before we left, for a few home comforts and off we set, on our great adventure into the wild :-) .


After a three hour car journey, through some stunning scenery, we arrived at Actons beach side camping site. Wow is all I can say. scenery is breath taking.


We purposely chose a site that didn’t have a playground, as to me, the whole purpose of this trip, was for family fun and a chance to switch off from modern life and go back to nature. If we were on a site with a playground, the kids would just want to be pushed on the swings for hours on end and sure our garden here resembles a playground, as it is.


What Acton’s provide is way better.

Acton’s Camping and Caravanning Park is located on a private secluded beach at the estuary of Streamstown Bay. Unique to the park is an eco-system called ‘machair’, listed as a priority habitat in Ireland under the EU Habitats Directive. This is a highly specialized and complex sand dune habitat system that is confined globally to the north West Coast of Ireland and Scotland. It comprises a flat or gently undulating sandy plain that develops in an oceanic location with a cool, moist climate resulting in rich bio-diversity, flora and fauna of importance can be seen throughout the park.


We were greeted by the lovely Tatjana and Kris and after a tour of the site, we were shown our choice of pitches. We chose a sheltered pitch, as we had what we call, a fair weather tent.

(Note to oneself.. Never buy tent online, unless you have seen the type of tent before and know that it is good. the word “bargain” isn’t always a good thing).


We pitched our tent and had our dinner, before exploring the site further. The beach is amazing. Gorgeous white sand and on that evening, we had the whole beach to ourselves.

After lots of fresh sea air, we settled back in the tent and got some sleep. The kids were great. Understandably, they were giddy as they had never slept in a tent before and also because they were sharing an air bed.

I, however didn’t sleep too well. It was so windy outside and our tent really wasn’t designed for such weather.


The Saturday morning, we were up early and made a cooked breakfast. There is something lovely about eating your brekkie outdoors, listening to the sound of the waves and breathing in the smell of fresh summer air.

After brekkie and freshening up, we took a walk along the beach and jumped through the waves, made sand castles and collected shells.



You can walk over to Omney Island on low tide, but the weather wasn’t looking too good, despite the heatwave we were promised for that weekend.



It rained most of the day, but in true camper’s style, we threw on our wet gear and made the most of it. A bit of rain never hurt anyone, did it..

Our tent however had a few puddles. It certainly wasn’t designed for rain, but thankfully we had airbeds which keep us up off the ground.

After a few very heavy downpours, We drove out to Omney Island via Claddagh Duff and despite the rain, we had a great time exploring.




On the way back to the campsite we stopped off in Clifden and had a wander around the town. With the rain coming and going we decided we would cheat slightly and have dinner in a restaurant, as we wouldnt be able to cook up a feast in the rain. (note to oneself, bring our gazebo next time for cooking equipment, as could cook in rain then).

We ate in off the Square restaurant and the food was lovely and great value for money. They had 3 options on the daily specials. Myself and himself both had the herb coated cod, mash and veg… yummy and huge portion. The kids picked from the kiddies menu. Little man got a pasta dish (it was HUGE) and little miss got half portion of roast dinner. (again huge portion) They got a scoop of icecream and choc sauce afterwards and we got a jug of diluted blackcurrant between us and altogether it was 32.50 euro. Very good value.


With a full belly, we headed back to the campsite and spent an hour flying our kite. then hired an eco fire pit from reception for 10 euro. It comes complete with kindling, wood and special wooden firelighters. We had a great night sat around the campfire toasting marshmallows, chatting and watching the stars and the gorgeous big moon.



we did however have a little hiccup, when the zip broke on the door of the tent, but we improvised and made a new door with the the help of some cable ties and extra material. (I told you we brought half the house)


Again the kids slept great and we spent Sunday morning down on the beach before heading home.


A successful weekend and a memorable one. We had a fab time, despite the rain, the puddles and the broken door and we are looking forward to many more adventures next year in a new waterproof tent :-)


My tips for a first time family camper


* Airbeds are very comfy and practical.


* Bring Hot water bottles for kiddies


* Bring pillows and extra sleeping bags


* Torches are great for toilet trips and also a little night light for tent.


* Games such as Jenga or snakes and ladders, or cards are good to have in tent incase rain strikes.


* Bring skewers for toasting marshmallows.


* Rain gear for the whole family is a must, if camping in Ireland

Clifden Arts Festival 2013 Accommodation Clifden ecoCamping

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the 36th Clifden Arts Festival

We would like to welcome all visitors, patrons, new friends and old to the 36th Clifden Community Arts Festival. As each September rolls around an artistic energy pulses through Clifden as music, poetry, theatre, dance and the visual arts come together to enthrall and entertain. None of these events could exist without YOU the audience.