Quay Mills Holiday Apartment Kilrush

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Self Catering Apartment Kilrush Co. Clare Ireland

Getting to know Kilrush: The Shannon Dolphin Trail

Starting at the Shannon Dolphin Information Board in the town’s Market Square, the Kilrush Dolphin Trail guides the visitor on an fine tour of discovery. From Millennium Park at the end of Frances Street with the poignant dolphin mother and calf by the renowned sculptor Danny Osbourne the trail leads to the Kilrush Marina, the starting point for dolphin-watching boat trips. Directly opposite the Marina centre is the Shannon Dolphin & Wildlife Centre where one can listen to the amazing sounds from the bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon estuary, see real skeletons of whales and dolphins, learn about recent research and conservation efforts and the children can enjoy plenty of dol-fun educational activities. The walks then leads out along the picturesque coast road to the dolphin-watching site at Aylevaroo Point, which as well as offering stunning views of a large area of the estuary, overlooks an area that is known to be regularly frequented by dolphins.

Kilrush Dolphin Centre

Things to do in the West of Clare

  • Golfing [more...]
  • Watersports [more...]
  • Walking, Hiking, Cycling [more...]
  • Traditional music sessions [more...]
  • Wildlife, dolphin & bird watching [more...]
  • Sightseeing Tours [more...]

The Shannon at Cappa

What to do in Kilrush & West Clare

Activities in and around Kilrush include safe swimming, golfing, walking, angling and dolphin watching.

Watersports
Cappa Pier on the Shannon Estuary, just 1 km away from Kilrush is recognized with a European Blue Flag for safe swimming in protected, clean waters. The safe sheltered sandy beach in Kilkee enables all kinds of watersports as it is protected by Duggerna Reef, which is a natural wonder itself with some large and small rock pools full of marine life. The waters around Kilkee are among the clearest in the Atlantic ocean. A diving centre provides for the necessary equipment.
Dolphins in the estuary
Dolphin Watching
Kilrush, together with Carrigaholt, are the main access locations for those who wish to view the large group of bottlenose dolphins that reside in the Shannon Estuary. This school of breeding dolphins is unique to Ireland and is the most accessible group of dolphins in Europe. Departing from Kilrush Creek Marina a two hour boat trip operates to a strict code of standards to protect and preserve the dolphin’s environment. There are 3 – 4 sailings daily during the peak season (April-October). Outside of these months trips are subject to demand.[more...]

Golfing
Kilrush golf club has earned the title “Probably the Friendliest Golf Club in Ireland” and is a most enjoyable and yet challenging course with many excellent holes. Each only 15 mins. away are the links courses in Kilkee and Doonbeg, both with challenging holes against the backdrop of the Atlantic ocean. More famous championship golf courses are just across the Shannon in Kerry's Ballybunnion, and in Lahinch, a short drive to the North and near the Cliffs of Moher. [more...]
Music in Vandeleur garden
Traditional Irish Music
West Clare is the heart of traditional Irish music and dance. Many pubs in Kilrush and the neighbouring villages feature live sessions on many evenings throughout the year, traditional music festivals take place in the area on nearly each weekend in the summer. [more...]
Loop Head Peninsula
Angling
West Clare is a paradise for anglers! Whether angling in one of the many lakes and rivers or taking a sea angling trip from Kilrush or Carrigaholt - a most enjoyable and successful fishing adventure can nearly be guaranteed!

Sightseeing
The Cliff scenery on Loop Head Peninsula is one of Ireland's greatest natural attractions. Loop Head Drive will take you to numerous scenic outlooks as well as to cliff angling spots. A variety of rare birds, dolphins, whales and seals appear regularly on and around Loop Head. Other sightseeing options are certainly the other sights on the West coast of Clare: the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin and the Aran Islands, the Burren. [more...]