More to do

  • Cycling
    The small country lanes invite cycling! Bicycles can be hired in Miltown Malbay
  • Birdwatching
    Loop Head Peninsula as well as the Cliffs of Moher are favourite spots for Birdwatchers.
  • Dolphin Watching
    Boats leave from Kilrush Marina and Carrigaholt. The Shannon Estuary hosts large families of bottleneck dolphins. A lonely ambassador dolphin is roaming the coast near Spanish Point and is often to be seen from the coast.
  • Riding
    Several equestrian centres provide for all abilities.


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What to do in Spanish Point Co.Clare Ireland

Spanish Point Beach

Watersports

The beach in Spanish Point is right in front of you! Its high waves rolling in from the Atlantic are popular with surfers as with swimmers. Surfing Schools operate here in summer, surfing equipment can be hired. Swimming is supervised in the season. Family friendly beaches can also be found all along the coast. White Strand in Miltown Malbay is less than 10 Mins away, and Lahinch Beach is just 20 mins. north which also has a Pool and a seawater aquarium.
Spanish Point Golf behind the house


Golf

Spanish Point has one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland. It is a 9-hole course overlooking the Atlantic ocean and in short walking distance just behind the house. If you have a low handicap and your swing is in, try the Greg Norman designed Links Course in Doonbeg, 1o mins down the coast. There are more excellent courses, the most famous being The Links Course at Lahinch, on which the South of Ireland Golf Championship is played annually. Lahinch also has the 18-hole Castle Course.
Willie Clancy Week Milltown Malbay


Traditional Music

Miltown Malbay is home of cosy traditional pubs and the world famous Willie Clancy Summer School, which takes place in early July each year. Two more Pubs are in walking distance in the Hotels nearby, the Armada and the Belbridge.

Angling

The area is a paradise for the angler! The rivers and lakes are well known for their wealth of trout and even salmon. Beach angling as well as rock fishing are possible all along the Atlantic coast line.

Sightseeing

Lahinch is a very busy seaside town with excellent shops, restaurants and Art Galleries.
The famous Cliffs of Moher stand facing the Atlantic ocean a short distance north. With its breath-taking views once you visit you will see why it remains one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions. Walk along the clifftop, visit the new visitor center or experience the cliffs from the sea on the boat which departs from the local pier at Liscannor on regular trips.
Loop Head Peninsula
The Burren are about 500 sq.kms of lunar-like limestone landscape and surely one of the wonders of this world. All the sights there, including all the archeological places of interest can be visited using the green roads which are the old Burren roads - perfect to explore this landscape on short and long walks.

Kilkee offers quite a few natural amenities around its horseshoe-shaped bay. The safe sheltered sandy beach is protected by Duggerna Reef, which is a natural wonder itself with some large and small rock pools full of marine life. Breathtaking cliff walks offer splendid scenery. This Cliff scenery all along to Loop Head Lighthouse is one of Kilkee's greatest natural attractions. Loop Head Scenic Drive will take you to numerous scenic outlooks. Dolphins, whales and seals appear regularly on and around Loop Head Peninsula. A variety of rare birds, like skuas, storm petrels and shearwaters can be seen flying past and attract birdwatchers from near and far.
The town of Ennis offers picturesque streets with colourful shop fronts, the well preserved cloister ruin of Ennis Friary, the Glor Irish Music centre and the Clare Museum - all well worth a visit.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park give an insight into Irish living in medieval and 19th century times. Knappogue Castle is surrounded by a beautiful Victorian walled garden. Medieval dinners are held in both castles.