Somewhere between the Sky and the Ocean
Dolphin Beach Lodge, County Galway
Nestling on the water’s edge with abiding and awesome views across Clifden Bay, this unique holiday cottage is at once the perfect bolt-hole for those seeking to absorb the wilderness of Connemara, and the an ideal base for explorers of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Three become one..
Completely rebuilt on the foundations of three 19th century famine cottages, the lodge gazes out through panoramic windows onto an ever changing ocean.
Clever design has ensured that all the main living spaces experience uninterrupted views of the bay.
Doors are as generous as windows here, with a set of double ones leading through from the tiled entrance hall to the large open plan kitchen and dining area.
There is more than enough counter space including a central preparation island, and all the gadgets one would expect.
A breakfast bar with hi-stools serves as an informal divide to the dining area.
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If sitting in a bay window with views on three sides is not close enough to nature, and if the weather is behaving itself, you can slip through the glass doors and dine al fresco from the grand rustic refectory table.
Following through from the kitchen, you can take your choice from any of the three sofas in the living room.
Curl up in front of a roaring open fire with a glass of hearty red and nothing but the sound of crashing waves on the shore in the background, or slide back the large glass doors, breathe in that salty air, and throw another mackerel on the barbeque.
There is no escaping the views in the bedrooms either – more sliding panoramic glazing!
Neutral colours, warm pine panelling and under floor heating feature here and throughout the home.
All the bedrooms are en suite with stylish modern bathrooms and mosaic tiled floors.
The cottage is literally a stone’s throw from the pebbly beach, and a short walk through the garden finds a small sandy cove which is safe for swimming.
There are 14 acres of natural secluded landscape surrounding the house with limitless opportunities for walking or kayaking, fishing or painting - whatever takes your fancy really.
The Cottage is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home - from WiFi to video, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, videos ..
There is under-floor central heating throughout, and the house is wheelchair friendly.
If you have a particular requirement, or want an activity or guide organised be sure to tell us.
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children - The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.
Pets – No, sorry!
Out and About
This is a part of the world where the whims of the Atlantic prevail. Fabulous walks and cycle routes reveal amazing pristine beaches for swimming, windsurfing and kayaking.
A Mecca for lake and river fishing you will be spoilt for fishy restaurants.
There is so much to enjoy, we just can’t list them all, so here are just a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Try Sky walking
- Trek a Pony to Omey Island
- Go for a dip at Aillebrack
- Play a round at the Golf Links
- Savour some smoked salmon
- Cycle through the Inagh Valley
- Be moved by the music at Mullarkeys
- Catch something serious in the Ocean
- Learn to shoot safely
- Enjoy a fish supper at Mitchells
- Kayak in Mannin Bay
- Dive on a wreck
- Daytrip to Inishbofin
- Try your hand at fly fishing
- Buy a T-shirt from Conn
We had a wonderful experience at Dolphin Beach in Connemara,
and the process of renting with Unique Irish Homes was seamless. The house was exactly as shown, if not better, very clean, and Clodagh was delightful to deal with.
The location is spectacular and allowed many day trips in the area to kayak, horseback ride, fly fish and sight see.
We were sad to leave!
Jane Gates, August 2016
About the Locality
There are numerous fabulous walks, not least the famed Sky Road Loop, which passes above the cottage around the Eyrephort peninsula.
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The area is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker.
For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic eighteen hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 20K away.
Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
Every July, the Ballyconneely pony show attracts people from the surrounding county to exhibit livestock and enjoy the travelling funfair.
image Jan Ploeg
If you are interested in Dolphins, you can do no better than visit Jans website
How to get there - Car essential..
By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3 and half hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house
Clifden, known as the capital of Connemara, is just 5 kilometres away – a 10 minute drive along a narrow road or 45 minute stroll along a very scenic road.
Packed with great shops and restaurants, and catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips.
Watch out for the Arts festival in late September, and Clifden Pony Show in August.
The Connemara 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, occurs in mid August every year, and passes through Clifden. Last year the winner did it in just under 16 hours – 6.35 miles an hour!
A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral, which is formed from the skeletons of maerl seaweed. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.
On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara. Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog near Clifden.
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