Dolphin Beach House

Clifden, Co. Galway
Bed & Breakfast
+353 (0)95 21204

What a spot! Bang on the edge of the Atlantic with views to die for and loads of activities - go fishing, hiking, riding or put your feet up


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2

The Experience

Imagine lying in a mahogany sleigh bed watching dolphins play in the bay (if you’re lucky), then walking through a magical garden to a private cove for a swim. Youthful, vibrant, Dolphin Beach is no ordinary place. Extended and modernised, the 200-year-old farmhouse lies at the windswept edge of Europe among wild fuchsia and the light of the Atlantic. Big bedrooms are full of luxurious fun and eccentric detail: Billy’s fabulous handmade headboards, mosaic tiles, wooden ceilings, portholes, warm floors and patio doors that open with smooth precision onto quiet courtyards full of colourful pots or staggering views. The whole family are involved here and they will organise just about any activity you want – riding, deep-sea fishing, hikes, bikes. Barbara cooks with inspiration and fresh produce from the farm and the local area – Connemara lamb, organic veg grown in her neat-as-a-pin plot, wild salmon, fresh lobster. Savour it in the raised dining room overlooking Clifden Bay. After dinner, visit the bustling town by taxi, or lounge in your choice of two sitting rooms. Finally, let the sea lull you to sleep.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
28 October - 27 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner €43. Wine from €24.


Nightly price
from €55
Singles €80-€110.
3 Twin/doubles
From €100
4 Doubles
From €100
1 Single
From €55



The views are worth the journey alone - wind along the Wild Atlantic way to this homely B&B run by lovely Clodagh and her family. Food is fresh and locally sourced, rooms are bright and big and there's plenty to inspire with walks leaving straight from the door and national parks around the corner. Or simply relax on the terrace or in front of the fire.

Zoe, Sawday's inspector

Very friendly welcome. Stunning views from the breakfast room with delicious breakfasts to set you up for the day. The Sky View road (on which the hotel is situated) is great for early morning walks prior to breakfast or cycling (latter arranged through local shops in Clifden Mannion Bike hire recommended). Our room on ground floor (peacock room) had great views of sea from our bed. Our favourite Sawdays on our recent trip to Ireland.

John, Brighton&Hove

We stayed in their Dolphin Beach Lodge just below the B&B in June and it was absolutely perfect! The location right on the water is magnificent and the house itself - which is huge- is wonderful. Every room in the house has a water view and the layout is amazing with one super king bedroom at one end with the kitchen, dining and family room in the middle and the other two bedrooms (all en suite and a second super king and one queen) at the other end. A perfect location & a perfect vacarion! We were at the B&B often and the owner, Clodagh, is nothing short of fabulous. Guests seemed so hapoy!

Sherry, Westford, Massachusetts

Gorgeous place...wonderful rooms and decor. A bit out of the way, but if you are planning on staying in the area, I highly recommend this spot.


We liked Dolphin Beach a lot. It is ideally placed for visiting places in Connemara and the rest of Galway, the rooms are very comfortable and the breakfasts are excellent. We also had dinner one night and found that very good too.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from The Foyle Family

  • Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens
  • Connemara National Park
  • Roundstone & Ballyconneely
  • We are along the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Inishbofin Island