Area Highlights

  • Fishing Harbour
  • Gateway to Inishbofin
  • Pony Trekking
  • White Sandy Beaches
  • Walking Trails
  • Cycling Loops
  • Boat Trips
  • Island Hopping
  • Scenic Landscape
  • Shops, Bars, Restaurants

Description Of The Area

Cleggan, to the north of the Aughrus peninsula is a picturesque fishing village. A focal point of the village is the busy village harbour. Ferries leave the pier daily for Inishbofin Island, and there is also a ferry to Inishturk. Cleggan now receives many tourists due to having the port for transfer to the Islands, but traditionally the main source of income in the village has been fishing, supplemented by farming. Fishing continues to be an important industry and the fresh seafood is widely available in the bars and restaurants in the village. Cleggan has four bars (Olivers, Joyces, Newmans, and The Pier Bar), one grocer, and a post office. It also boasts a childrens playground, community hall, and lots of car parking spaces. During the busy season the bars are busy with traditional music to entertain visitors and locals alike.

In addition to trips to the local islands, popular leisure activities for visitors include horseback riding, fishing trips and island tours. Cleggan Riding Centre offers scenic pony trekking across Cleggan Beach and to tidal island of Omey at low tide. Sea fishing charters and island tours are also offered in the village.

A notable feature of the physical geography around Cleggan is blanket bog. Few plant species can live in the acid condition of the bog, but those that can form vegetation not found outside Ireland. Near Cleggan is a collection of prehistoric monuments including tombs, standing stones and walls.

Take some time to explore the area, stop off for some fresh seafood dishes and enjoy the atmosphere, the culture, the heritage and the wonderfully rugged scenery.

Map Of The Area