If you planning to stay for a while, and want to venture out for the day, there are a wide range of local attractions throughout County Clare. The choice is broad and varied and there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few of our suggestions:
Loop Head Peninsula:
Take the scenic coast road across cliffs and alongside the sea. Visit villages such as Kilkee, Kilbaha and Carrigaholt along the way. View the Loop Head lighthouse from the ground, or venture inside for a guided tour. The Bridges of Ross are also a great stopping point, with the option of a coastal walk to see the fantastic view.
Scattery Island – ‘Yours to Explore’ :
Framed within the calm waters of the Shannon Estuary, Scattery Island is truly a unique visitor experience on the Wild Atlantic Way. Visitors will be amazed at the wealth of historic sites, including five Churches, a Cathedral, a magnificent Round Tower, Napoleonic War Artillery Battery and a working lighthouse. Today the island is completely uninhabited, and visitors can explore its ancient historic sites and experience its unspoiled natural beauty in peace and tranquility.
Depart by ferry from the picturesque Kilrush Marina through the Lock Gates out onto the Shannon Estuary, and soak up the local sights as you cruise past Hog Island and Cappa village. Arrive to Scattery Island and step back in time, as you walk in the footsteps of the Saints & Scholars of Scattery Island with a local guide. Highlights include panoramic views of Co. Kerry & Co. Clare and a range of iconic sites. Learn the island’s fascinating story and see the abandoned homes of the last islanders who lived here until 1974.
Scattery Island offers a great family day out this summer! Pack a picnic and take an island swim while you’re there, or simply enjoy a safe outdoor space for the children to explore with its array of rabbits, birds and flowers.
Daily service operates during the summer months and departs from Kilrush Marina – Visit www.scatteryislandtours.com for more information. or phone (085) 2505512.
Cliffs of Moher:
Voted as one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland and definitely not to be missed! The cliffs are 214m high and presents plenty of breath-taking walks, views and tours. Perhaps add to this a view from the ground taking a guided boat trip around the Cliffs of Moher from the Doolin ferry point.
A fabulous opportunity to see Dolphins in their natural habitat. Two locations offer guided Dolphin Watching Excursions locally; ‘Dolphin Watch’ based at Carrigaholt, and ‘Dolphin Discovery’ from Kilrush. Perhaps add a boat trip to Scattery Island from Kilrush to see and learn about the island’s sea and river faring history and outstanding views back to the West Clare coastline.
The Burren National Park:
If walking or hiking is your preference, perhaps venture to the historic and famous Burren National Park and sample on of the seven walking trails. Varied in length, climb and grade there is an option for all experience levels.
A favourite day out for many as there are many local options; though some do have restrictions during the summer for dogs. For sea swimming and sandy beaches try the local Whitestrand. Free parking is next to the beach and its approx. 5km from the camp site so this is easily accessible by walking or bicycle as an alternative option. For surfing rather than swimming, or simply a great walk along a long sandy beach, try Doughmore Beach in Doonbeg which runs alongside the famous Trump International Golf Links and Hotel. Free parking is available near the beach.
The internationally famous Trump International Golf Links and Hotel is located in Doonbeg and offers a fantastic links course parallel to the beach and sea. The local town of Kilkee hosts an 18 hole links course providing spectacular views out to sea from the elevated location and the town of Kilrush hosts an 18 hole course with water, bunkers and trees throughout its parkland location. Lahinch Golf Club is also located 32km / 20miles from the campsite.