What to do in West Clare
A 5 minute drive will take you to the renowned Greg Norman designed Doonbeg links Golf course, luxury Hotel and Spa. The other renowned Golf courses in Kilrush, Kilkee, Spanish Point and Lahinch are all less than half an hour from the house.
Surfing and Swimming
Doughmore Strand is famous for surfing, its beautiful sand dunes, long beach walks and horse riding. It is unsafe for swimming, but there's a beach near the cottage, as well as safe beaches in Doonbeg (White Strand), Kilkee, Quilty, Spanish Point and Miltown Malbay. Kilkee also has an indoor pool, which is open in summer.
The area has excellent sea and freshwater fishing opportunities. Annageragh River which runs not far from the house is famous for trout fishing. More about fishing in West Clare as well as about Atlantic and Shannon Estuary Charters can be found here.
Walking and Cycling
Kilometers of quiet country roads make for perfect walking and cycling. The West Clare Cycleway passes near the house. Cliff and Beach walking are also possible near the cottage.
Dolphin & Bird watching
Tours for watching the Dolfin families in the Shannon Estuary take place from Kilrush Marina and from Carrigaholt. Loop Head Peninsula is also a great place for Birdwatching, but you don't have to go that far - Lake Donnell is nearby and a favorite rest spot for migrating birds.
Kilkee has a beautiful sheltered beach and is also starting point of the Loop Head Drive leading along spectacular cliff scenery to Loop Head Lighthouse. The bustling market town of Kilrush with it’s beautiful marina is just 15 minutes drive away. Boat trips to Scattery Island commence in Kilrush Marina. The town of Miltown Malbay is 10 kms away and offers the annual Willie Clancy Summer School each July which attracts thousands of visitors who are passionate about traditional Irish music and dance. The famous Cliffs of Moher and its state of the art interpretive centre Atlantic Edge is also only a 30 min. drive away.
Read more about all the activities possible in the Doonbeg and West Clare area here