Anvil Farm - home from home for Birdwatchers!
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.
The best place for birdwatching in Clare are the Bridges of Ross on Loop Head Peninsula. The Keating family does not only run this B&B but also owns the land around this scenic area and are happy to show you the best places for birdwatching around
Laura Foley's "The Long Way Round" provide guided walking tours in many parts of the peninsula - walks which you would otherwise not find yourself! [more...]
There are five eighteen-hole championship courses within drives of 10 min. - 40 min., including Doonbeg Golf Links and the renowned links course at famous Lahinch GC. Directly across the estuary in North Kerry, is the world-famous Ballybunion Golf Club, host to the Clare PGA Tour Event, the Murphys' Irish Open in 2000. This can be reached via the Killimer-Tarbert Car Ferry which is approx 45 mins. from Anvil Farm. Golf can be arranged for you at the local course in Kilkee.
Green fees are always welcome at all the clubs mentioned, but pre-booking is essential at Doonbeg,
Ballybunion and Lahinch.
Diving & Snorkeling
Diving equipment and skippered boat hire available locally. Oxygen refills available in nearby Kilkee, enabling the enthusiast to enjoy numerous dives in the estuary and off the rugged Atlantic Coastline.
The unpolluted, rugged coastline has an abundance of varied fish species, including pollack, mackarel, triggerfish and many other species of Atlantic Rockfish. Angling from the cliffs at nearby Kilbaha, or Carrigaholt Village, both of which have slipways and sheltered Piers. Atlantic and Shannon Estuary charters are available in Kilkee. [more...]
The hiring of Bicycles can be arranged !
Dolphin Watching - take a boat from a near-by port to meet one of the schools of Dolphins that have made the Shannon Estuary their home. More at www.DolphinWatch.ie
The equestrian centre is just a short drive - you can see the locality and go for a trot on the local beaches - all levels of horseriding ability and experience are catered for.
Carmel Madigan's Loophead Summer Hedge School
offers workshops and nature walks - click here for more information