At Home in Ireland : Connemara Self Catering Cottage at Clifden Glen

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It had been just over a year since our last visit to Clifden, Connemara in the western-most reaches of County Galway. My husband and mother were with us this trip, which gave us an incentive to return to the area, though one never really needs a reason to return to the beauty that is Connemara.

Read more about Clifden and activities in Connemara

While we love Irish bed and breakfasts, we opted for the privacy of a Connemara self catering cottage at Clifden Glen for our (too brief) stay.

Connemara Self Catering Cottages
Connemara Self Catering Cottages

Stay in a Connemara Self Catering Cottage at Clifden Glen

Our 3 bedroom/ 2 bath cottage was located at the edge of Clifden on N59. Situated in the Clifden Glen development of holiday homes, the house allowed us all a bit of privacy and space.

As our visit took place in early October, only a few cottages around us were inhabited and the on-site pub was closed. But none of that mattered as we were busy exploring the wild beauty of the region and nearby Clifden had everything we would need.

Hill Walking at Connemara Self Catering Cottages
Hill Walking above Clifden Glen

The Cottage

The three bedrooms in our cottage were perfect for our family. The master bedroom, on the main level, had a double bed and en-suite bath. My girls shared an upstairs bedroom with twin beds, their “very own nightstands with lights”, and a door directly into the bath. My mother had a chance away from all of us with a room down the hall.

Cozy fire in Connemara self catering cottage
Cozy fire in Connemara

The cozy living room was a lovely place to relax in the evenings, especially when we lit the fire. And the kitchen had everything we needed to put together meals from our grocery shopping expeditions (Clifden has 3 large gorcery stores so you'll find anything you may need easily.)

Around the cottage we found quite a bit to do outdoors. A large playground was just down the hill, while a walk into the hills the rise behind the cottages led to salmon pools and ruins of a famine village.

Salmon Pools in Connemara
Salmon Pools in the hills above the cottages
Clifden Glen Self Catering Cottage Fast Facts
Clifden Glen is at the edge of Clifden, just a few kilometers from town. Staff are on site, with household laundry handled weekly.Grocery shopping can be done in Clifden at SuperValu, Lidl or Aldi.

The Connemara Hamper offers local delicacies including Irish farmhouse cheeses, smoked salmon, and locally baked breads. Two local butchers are also available- Moran's Butchers and Malone Butchers. And be sure to visit Walsh's Bakery for sweet treats!

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Clifden Glen Holiday Cottages playground
Clifden Glen Holiday Cottages playground and tennis courts






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