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Activities in Doonbeg Ireland

  • Farm visits
    Sandhills House is located next door to a large dairy farm and guests, particularly children (accompanied by an adult) are welcome to visit the farm, to see daily farm work like milking the cows!
  • Birdwatching
    West Clare offers varied and rich bird habitats - migratory shore birds, cliff colonies of Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Shags. There are also Choughs and Peregrine Falcons.
  • Dolphin watching
    The Shannon Estuary is home to Ireland's only resident community of bottlenose dolphins. Over 100 dolphins have been identified at different times. The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, located adjacent to Kilrush Creek Marina provides interesting information on the dolphins. Dolphin Watching trips leave from both Kilrush and Carrigaholt and dolphins are located on 98% of trips. Sailings operate from April to October, sailing times may vary and booking is advisable.
  • Horse riding
    there are two equestrian centres witin a 15 mins. drive
  • Angling
    Sea Angling trips are available from Carrigaholt; beach angling at Doughmore as well as fishing in the inland waters are also very popular [more...]

A huge variety of activities...

Golfing Doonbeg

Golfing
Doonbeg Golf Course is a wonderful 18 hole links course just 5 minutes drive from Sandhills House. But there are many more golf courses in relatively short driving distance: Spanish Point is a 9 hole parkland course and the two magnificent 18 hole links courses in Lahinch Golf Course are all within 25 mins. to the north; Kilrush with its 18 hole parkland course and Kilkee with a beautifully located 18 hole course are less than 25 mins. to the South; Ennis has 2 courses - a 18 hole, par 70 parkland course and Woodstock Golf Club - both less than 45 mins. away. Ballybunnion and Killarney are just two of several top-class golf courses in County Kerry, which are within a hours drive from the Killimer-Tarbert Car Ferry. Green fees are welcome at all the above clubs but pre-booking is essential at Doonbeg, Lahinch and Ballybunion.

Riding in Doonbeg

Walking & Cycling
West Clare offers the visitor the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking scenic coastal and cliff walks, trails through boglands or woodlands and strolls through quiet country roads. The Long Way Round provide guided walks of one of the last truly unspoilt landscapes in Ireland. Join with Nature and learn about the history, geology, botany and wildlife of the region. While walking with Laura from The Long Way Round you'll gain access to areas of beauty which are otherwise inaccessible to visitors. As a guest of our house you avail of a 10% reduction on the walks!

If you're looking for GPS guided trails click here for a few suggestions.

Surfing in Doonbeg

Watersports
The near beaches and the clear waters off the Clare coast are perfect for all kinds of watersports. Doughmore Beach is a heaven for surfers and kite surfers; safe swimming is possible at nearby Clogher beach, in White Strand in Spanish Point, all within 15 mins; Kilkee has a diving centre providing courses and equipment; guided sea kayaking is offered from Doonbeg. Our guests can available of a discount of up to 20% for Surf lessons with the Clare Surf Safari

Sightseeing
The famous Cliffs of Moher are only 30 mins away; lesser known but equally impressing (without the crowds!) are the Cliffs of Kilkee and Loop Head Peninsula. 45 mins 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. [more...]

Traditional Music
Clare is the pulsing heart of traditional Irish music and dance. Many pubs in the vicinity have traditional sessions, traditional music festivals take place in County Clare nearly every weekend in the summer months[more...]

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