In many ways Clifden is a typical seaside resort, in that it can feel crowded and touristy in summer, but slightly faded when empty. That said, it has sandy beaches, a dramatic coastline, and plenty of attractive Victorian buildings. Although you certainly could base yourself here, most visitors will probably experience it as a welcome stop on a tour of the Connemara countryside; somewhere to happily wander for an hour or two. If you prefer somewhere even more off the beaten path, take a detour to Roundstone (Cloch na Rón) on your way out of town. About 24km (15 miles) south on R341, it’s a smaller, sleepier fishing port, with pristine beaches.