The town of Clifden on the west coast of Galway, is Connemara's largest town and often referred to as "the Capital of Connemara". Situated on the Owenglen River where it flows into Clifden Bay, the town is a popular tourist destination for visitors touring Connemara.
There are many places of interest to visit while staying in Clifden accommodation such as the Connemara National Park, Twelve Bens, Kylemore Abbey, Ballynahinch Castle and Slyne Head Lighthouse.
Another popular route from Clifden is the Sky Road - an 11km drive along Clifden Bay and Streamstown Bay rising more than 150m above sea level at Slyne Head, with views of the Atlantic, Clifden Castle, coast-guard station, the islands of Inishturk and Turbot and Clifden town.
The Connemara Pony Show, organized by the Connemara Pony Breeders Society is a popular and well attended event, held in Clifden on the third Thursday in August each year. Other attractions include horse racing on the beach at Omey Island Races and the annual Clifden Regatta.
Clifden Community Arts Week takes place in late September and draws a record number of people with an interest in the arts.
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