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Activities in Doonaha on Loop Head Peninsula

  • The cottage is the ideal base for activities on Loop Head Peninsula: birdwatching, abseiling, diving & snorkeling, fishing, pony trekking, walking & cycling
  • Pony Trekking
    An equestrian centre caters for all levels of horseriding ability and experience.
  • Golfing
    The most famous golf courses are short drives away in Doonbeg, Lahinch and directly across the estuary world-famous Ballybunion Golf Club whichcan easily be reached via the Killimer-Tarbert Car Ferry. Green fees are also always welcome at the local links course in Kilkee and in Kilrush. Pre-booking is essential at Doonbeg, Ballybunion and Lahinch.
  • Swimming, Diving & Snorkeling
    Diving equipment, oxygen refills and skippered boat hire are available in nearby Kilkee, enabling the enthusiast to enjoy numerous dives in the estuary and off the rugged Atlantic Coastline. Safe Swimming is possible on our lovely little beach, 5 mins. away, as well as in Kilkee.
  • Guided walking tours are organized in nearby Carrigaholt and are perfect to get a insight into the nature and the landscape on tracks which you'll not find on any map! [more...]

What to do in Loop Head Peninsula

Birdwatching on Loop Head

Birdwatching
The area is very popular with birdwatchers from Ireland, Britain and Continental Europe. This popularity is due to the range of seabirds that breed here each summer (including Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins and Gannets), and in particular due to the autumn passage of an amazing array of seabirds and waders. The best months are August through October, when West and NW winds blow many of the passing seabirds close to shore, so allowing excellent viewing. Seabirds regularly seen here in good numbers include Manx and Sooty Shearwaters, Storm and Leaches Petrels, and Great, Pomarine and Arctic Skuas. Sightings of Little Stints, Curlew and the American Buff-breasted Sandpiper have been made, and there are many other rare species seen from time to time from local viewing points.
Loop Head
Dolphin Watching
Dolphinwatch in Carrigaholt is offering 2-hour dolphin watching boat trips to observe wild bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat and as well as nature boat trips to observe the diverse wildlife.

Fishing
The unpolluted, rugged coastline has an abundance of varied fish species, including pollack, mackarel, triggerfish and many other species of Atlantic Rockfish. Angling is possible from the piers at Querrin or Carrigaholt Village as well as at various other spots on the Shannon Estuary. Shannon Estuary charters are available in Kilkee.
Cycling the Loop Head Cycleway

Sightseeing
A drive with car or bicycle along the amazing coastal scenery between Kilkee and Loop Head Lighthouse is a must. The Loop Head cycleway passes near the cottage, bicycles can be rented in Kilkee. The famous Cliffs of Moher are only 40 mins away; a little bit further to the North is Doolin (where boats are leaving to the Aran Islands) and the unique limestone area of the Burren, a heaven for walkers, climbers and botanists. We also recommend strolling through the town of Ennis with its medieval atmosphere, while Bunratty and Knappogue Castles are only a little further apart. Medieval dinners are arranged there throughout the year.
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