Clifden Castle, Connemara – Explore Galway

The Clifden Castle

What Is Clifden Castle the history

The Clifden Castle is a manor house just 5 minutes west of the town of Clifden. It was built 1818 for John D’Arcy, the local landowner and founder of Clifden, and designed in the Gothic Revival style. It was then uninhabited after 1894 it fell into disrepair. In 1935, the ownership passed to a group of tenants shortly after and it quickly became a ruin.

The Castle

Description of the castle visit

The Clifden Castle ruins itself is still quite largely in tact with all the outside structure in place. Obvious signs of wear and tear but I was surprised by the the condition and the structure and how much was still in place.

Clifden Castle from the back

Getting down to the castle is a bit confusing if you go by Google Maps. The entrance is via a archway see below) about 400 metres before the castle down below on the Clifden side.

The arch entrance to Clifden Castle

Through the archway a 1km walk down country roads with views of the wild atlantic way coastline. Finishing off with the castle and seeing it in all its glory.

The walk and view of the Wild Atlantic Way

Where is Clifden Castle

A small 5 minute drive from the centre of Clifden about 2km along the Sky Road loop track.

How to get there

Head north on Westport Rd/N59 toward Church Hill/Sky Rd then Turn left onto Church Hill/Sky Rd. Follow the Sky road for 2.1km until you reach the archway.


This site is a free visit.

Opening Hours

Is open 24 hours a day

Grab A coffee

12 Pins coffee on the high street of Clifden is a great spot for quality coffee and little sweet treats and only 5 minutes from the castle.

12 Pins Coffee

Where to eat

Signal Bar and Restaurant in the Clifden Station House Hotel is a great spot to eat. Wide variety and selection to choose from, a recommendation would be the Station House Burger and the Brushetta but dont let us sway you to much as the restaurant menu looked impressive.

Finer Details


Sky Road, Clifden, County Galway


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Clifden castle has also been featured on our other site Chalk and Cheese Travels

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