I am going to split this Clifden Eco Beach Camping post in two, the camping side things and the snorkelling information.
Camping: After being disappointed last year that this beautiful campsite was full, we knew we had organise another trip and luckily they had space for us.. booking in advance is recommended. After taking a slight detour we eventually arrived in Clifden, stocked up on supplies and continued out along the coast for about 10 minutes to the campsite. Driving in the winding sandy driveway, with cows to one side and white horses to greet us on the other, it was a good start! We checked in at the reception which is a great old homely mobile home. On check in we were given some seeds which was such a lovely touch, I got basil and carrots seeds! Tajana then greeted us and then showed us about the facilities and gave us a choice of either a spot overlooking the beach or a spot called the honeymoon spot… we went for the latter!
The facilities include spotlessly clean toilets and showers, a campers kitchen with fridges, a freezer, microwave, kettle, sinks for washing dishes and tea/coffee-making facilities. Also provided was lots of information about the site and surrounding areas, fire pits can be rented for small fee and they provide free charging of phones, cameras etc, which is much-needed when you are in a tent! Of course not forgetting the gorgeous white sand beach.
On the eco side of the things, they have banned single use bottles as they have clean fresh water that they treat from their own well, so use glass or refill bottles you have. There is recycling facilities and you can contact the reception if you want to compost your waste. The campsite is low density so you are never too near your neighbours and also it is because the campsite is on a protected and fragile ecosystem called Machair. The small flowers amongst the grasses are just beautiful and dainty.
The atmosphere here is amazing, relaxing, warm and welcoming. Other campers were really friendly too. There is a great sense of calm and such peace and quiet. The owners Chris and Tajana have a real passion for their surroundings and are very welcoming and willing to help. They seem to be on top of everything knowing what is going on, which gives a great sense of security. I couldn’t recommend this place more and can’t wait for our next trip.
Also there are plenty of things to do nearby. Myself and Dan went off driving about the area each day, we did the sky loop road which has great views, we went to explore the tidal island of Omey just a kilometre or so away from the campsite, walked about Clifden town and adventured out towards Cleggan, Ballyconeely and other small villages.