Things to do

Local Attractions

Your senses will be awakened with the wonderful scenery and landscapes that the local area has to offer. Kilkee with its cosy cafes, bustling restaurants and pubs is a great base to travel along the Wild Atlantic Way and discover the wonders of County Clare.

Loophead Peninsula

With dramatic sea cliffs flanking the north side of the peninsula, and the softer shores of the Shannon estuary on the south side, it makes for two very different landscapes.

In 2010, the Loop Head peninsula was awarded a European Destinations of Excellence Award, which is an EU accolade for emerging tourism destinations which are developing in a responsible and sustainable manner. In 2013, Loop Head was named the “Best Place to Holiday in Ireland” by The Irish Times and was shortlisted in the Best Destination category at the World Responsible Tourism awards. The Loop Head Peninsula is the only Irish destination listed in the 2014 Global Sustainable Top 100 Destinations and in 2015 took the Gold medal at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.

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Scattery Island

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 unspoilt natural beauty in peace and tranquillity.   

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.

 

 

Kilkee

Kilkee is situated on Moore Bay – a beautiful horse-shoe shaped bay, the entrance of which is protected by a stunning reef known as Duggerna Rocks.

Enjoy stunning walks along the Kilkee Cliffs. Passing the Pollock Holes, the quartz-filled Diamond Rocks and a natural stone amphitheatre formed by the waves this breath-taking walk is a must do.

 

Our wonderful staff are always on hand to guide you to make the most of your time in Kilkee.

 

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Things to do

Local Attractions

From the stunning Cliffs of Moher to the beauty and flora of the Burren lunar landscape and onto the stunning cliff walk of Georges Head and awesome scenery of the Loop Head Peninsula your senses will savour a unique treat. Kilkee with its cosy cafes, bustling restaurants and pubs is at the centre of it all.

 

 

Loophead Peninsula

With dramatic sea cliffs flanking the north side of the peninsula, and the softer shores of the Shannon estuary on the south side, it makes for two very different landscapes.

In 2010, the Loop Head peninsula was awarded a European Destinations of Excellence Award, which is an EU accolade for emerging tourism destinations which are developing in a responsible and sustainable manner. In 2013, Loop Head was named the “Best Place to Holiday in Ireland” by The Irish Times and was shortlisted in the Best Destination category at the World Responsible Tourism awards. The Loop Head Peninsula is the only Irish destination listed in the 2014 Global Sustainable Top 100 Destinations and in 2015 took the Gold medal at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.

 

Kilkee

Kilkee is situated on Moore Bay – a beautiful horse-shoe shaped bay, the entrance of which is protected by a stunning reef known as Duggerna Rocks. Since the Victorian era, Kilkee has been a popular tourist destination. The Town has a unique climate, natural amenities and coveted bathing areas. At its height of popularity, the railway carried nearly 250,000 people to Kilkee annually. While the town has retained its charming 19th century Victorian atmosphere – it also has all essential, modern facilities you need to complete your perfect holiday.

 

Origin of Name: Kilkee takes its name from ‘Cill Caoidhe’ or ‘Coidhe's Church’, from the site of a little burial ground.