Clare is a county of startling beauty, easily explored along the Wild Atlantic Way. From the Cliffs of Moher, a 214m testament to Mother Nature’s creativity, to the Burren, an otherworldly limestone landscape, this is a county where beauty and history meet. A holiday heaven, this county allows you to indulge in everything from high-octane surfing to relaxing spa treatments.
Unspoiled natural beauty and a spectacular coastline are not the only assets of County Clare. The hospitality of its people, the traditions of Irish Music and Dance, colourful small shops and cozy pubs, traditional cottages and houses are just a few of the attributes of this area.
Walk The Burren
The Burren’s landscape is characterised by a rich variety of swirls, tiers, cliffs, caves, hollows and bare pavements that have been formed by glacial, tectonic and human processes. Explore the Burren Way, the walking route developed between Lahinch and Ballyvaughan in North Clare.
The area around Lahinch can offer you everything in shore fishing, from the latest Irish record Bass, a mere 17 lb 13 oz taken from the shore at Doonbeg, to Porbeagle and Blue Shark off Green Island near Lahinch.
Deep Sea Fishing
Protected by the stone-faced shield of the towering Cliffs of Moher, the bay is renowned as a top sea angling destination where anglers have been known to haul in a wide variety of species on one trip.
Keen potholers can traverse the fascinating and extensive network of ‘active’ caves in the Burren, where rainwater streaming down from the acidic shale hills burns holes in the limestone and causes streams of water to flow underground, continually sculpting the cave systems. Many of the vast labyrinths of caves formed in this way are still unmapped and caves near Lahinch, such as Poulacapple and Slieve Elva, present a real challenge for expert cavers.
Below is a detailed list of attractions and some of the various things to do within easy reach of Lahinch:
Adventure Kayaking Tours
From Doolin, North Clare offers an array of exquisite scenery as well as a large variety of sea life, including sea birds, seals and dolphins.
Near Ballyvaughan, this is one of the most ancient cave systems in the Burren.
Aran Doolin Ferries
Sailing from Doolin to the Aran Islands from March to October.
Located in Shannon, an aviation education centre, flight simulation centre and aviation museum.
Atlantic Diving School
With dive sites in Doolin, Quilty, White Strand and Miltown Malbay, they offer all levels of recreational and professional scuba diving training courses
Experience a window on Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th centrury castle and 19th century Folk Park.
Burren Adventures Ltd Ballyvaughan & Doolin
Operating from both Ballyvaughan and Doolin, providing diving for every level.
Burren Birds of Prey Centre – Aillwee Cave
The largest and most varied collection of birds of prey in the country.
Burren Outdoor Education Centre
Offering a wide range of adventure and outdoor activities which include caving, canoeing, sailing, orienteering, rock climbing and hill walking.
Clare Kayak Hire
Based in Lahinch and providing kayak tours on the river locally and tours from the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, all year round.
Cliffs of Moher
Standing at over 214m against the mighty backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions.
Paintballing adventure, set in 25 acres of natural woodland, just outside Shanagolden, County Limerick.
Check out all that the region has to offer including: p;laces to go, things to do, where to stay and what’s on.
From Carrigholt, Dolphinwatch offers you the unique opportunity of seeing bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment surrounded by breathtaking coastal beauty.
The Great Stalactite, one of the world’s largest free hanging stalactites is definitely the highlight of the cave, a spectacular limestone formation measuring over six metres.
Foynes Irish Coffee
The story of the birth of Irish Coffee and its connection with flying boats as explred at the Foynes Flying Boat & Martime Museum in County Limerick.
Kilkee Diving And Watersports Centre
Regarded as one of the best diving locations in Europe, the centre in Kilkee is fully equipped with the most modern equipment.
Killaloe & Lough Derg
A majestic lake located between the counties of Clare, Tipperary and Galway.
Lahinch Surf Experience
A surf school and surf rental company, providing everything you need for a great surfing experience.
Lahinch Surf School
Based at the beach hut on the promenade, providing a friendly, safe and fun introduction to the exhilarating art of surfing.
Shares and invites you to share delicious recipes.
Moher Hill Open Farm
Interact with a variety of animals, both those typically found on Irish farms, as well as more exotic species.
Based in Kilkee, training courses are provided in sailing, windsurfing, power boating, kayaking and canoeing to children and adults, from beginners to intermediates.
A distance of just 54kms from Lahinch via the N85.
Learn to kite surf, power kite or buggy with County Clare’s only full-time Kite school.
Home of Munster Rugby and the Munster Rugby Museum & Stadium Tours.
Wild Atlantic Way
Located along one of the world’s most diverse and spectacular coastlines, Lahinch is on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.