In addtion to being a mecca for surf, the conditions in Liscannor Bay make it the perfect spot for a variety of other water sports including kite-surfing, wind-surfing & sea kayaking. Kilkee Bay offers even more protection from the elements and Snorkelling and sailing are popular activities.
Kilkee is also well know for it wealth of spectacular dives. Jacques Cousteau declared that it was the best diving spot in Europe. The Kilkee Dive Centre, is a fully-equipped and caters to both beginners and experts. The Diving Centre offer shore dives from the Duggera Rocks and boat dives from the Black Rocks further out. Divers can go to depths from 10 metres (32 feet) to 45 metres (147 feet). The diverse marine life attracts divers from all around the world.
Walking 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. It will take you through the shale uplands of the southern Burren and the limestone pavements of the northern part where you will be captivated by the numerous megalithic tombs, as well as the barrows, forts and cahers. The castles of Ballinalackan, Doonagore and Newtown are fine examples of medieval remains. Burials mounds and stone tombs, holy wells and ancient cooking places, ruined churches and battered stone walls: these sights and more will help take you back through the country's fascinating past.
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. The full alphabet of what you might expect to find is as follows; Bass, Bream, Black Coalfish, Brill, Cod, Conger Eel, Dab, Dogfish, Flounder, JohnDory, Ling, Mackerel, Mullet, Plaice, Pollack, Ray, Shark, Sole, Tope, Whiting & Wrasse!
Seaworld Aquarium & Leisure Centre
Lahinch Seaworld & Leisure Centre boasts one of Ireland's largest indoor aquariums, where you can get up close and personal with a variety of sea life, including octopus, rays & sharks. Sammy Shark Playzone is a two-story maze of ball ponds, slides, scramble nets, climbing ladders and loads more to keep even the most active children happy. 'Gymworld' also boasts a full sized swimming pool with Jacuzzi, Sauna & Tanning Room.
Dolphinwatch Carrigholt offers you the unique opportunity of seeing bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment surrounded by breathtaking coastal beauty. At the mouth of the River Shannon between the Loop Head Peninsula and Kerry Head lives a group of over 100 wild resident dolphins. Imagine the magic of encountering a group of these dolphins; to watch them leap beside you and skim the water's surface and to look into the eye of a dolphin while it surfs the bow waves!
With the world famous Championship Golf Course at Lahinch just minutes away and the Greg Norman Designed Doonbeg Golf Club just a short 10-minute drive, golf enthusiasts are spoiled for choice.
The Old Course
Lahinch Golf Course is undoubtedly one of the world's great classic links. It has all the ingredients of greatness: a glorious setting, a rich history & superb natural terrain. It also has a pair of notorious blind holes, a ruined castle and goats that roam freely on the dunes.
Doonbeg Golf Course, designed by Greg Norman, is a wonderful Links Course that plays along 1.5 miles of beach and dune. The ocean is visible from the green, fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 stunning holes.
Cliffs of Moher
The majestic Cliffs of Moher, standing at over 214m against the mighty backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, is one of Ireland's premier tourist attractions. O'Brien's Tower is located on the highest cliff and is the best location from which to view the Cliffs, from this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains to the north in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs can be visited daily, year-round.
O Brien's tower open daily, March to October. Atlantic Edge is the exciting interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher's new Visitor Experience - a huge domed cave which contains images, exhibits and displays that provide information and a multi media experience for visitors to the cliffs.
The Aillwee Cave near Ballyvaughan is one of the most ancient cave systems in the Burren. It was formed by the melted waters of a prehistoric ice age, and has many incredible rock formations, including magnificent stalactites (limestone formations suspended from the cave's ceiling). A unique aspect of the cave is its bear pits - hollows that were scraped out by brown bears for hibernation purposes.
The bones of a brown bear, a species which has been extinct in Ireland for over 1000 years, were also found in the magnificent cave.
One of the world's largest free hanging stalactites can be seen in the Doolin Cave, also in the Burren area near Lahinch. To lessen the environmental effect of visitors on the cave interior, lighting has been kept to minimum and visitors are issued helmets and flashlights for a real potholing experience, as they explore the cave's rivers and passages.
The Great Stalactite is definitely the highlight of the cave, a spectacular limestone formation measuring over six metres, which makes it the longest stalactite in the northern hemisphere.
The Aillwee and Doolin Caves are 'fossil' caves, meaning that the rivers and streams that shaped them no longer rush through the caves, so they are not evolving and are relatively safe to explore.
Keen potholers can also 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.
Birds of Prey
Burren Birds of Prey Centre - Aillwee Cave
This is the largest and most varied collection of birds of prey in the country. Home to eagles, falcons, hawks and owls from around the globe, the centre seeks to educate visitors in the ancient art of falconry while raising awareness of indigenous species and environmental issues involved in their protection and conservation.
You can watch spectacular flying displays that provide the opportunity to see many species in dramatic free flight. The highlight for many visitors are the 'hawk walks' which are guided walks with an experienced handler giving you an opportunity to handle, fly and feed your own hawk.
A visit to Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park is a must for families. Here you can interact with a variety of animals, both those typically found on Irish farms, as well as more exotic species.
You can meet Betty the llama, Ossie the ostrich, and Chester, a rare and lovable Falabella pony, as well as a herd of the unusual Jacob sheep. Rare birds, red deer and a family of cute pot bellied pigs complete the picture, providing a fascinating and charming animal experience.
Children can feed and pet many of the animals, and there's also a nature walk so you can enjoy the beautiful Irish countryside.
Burren Cycling Club - Tour de Burren
The Burren Cycling Club has done an excellent job of promoting cycling through the magnificent landscape of The Burren. The Tour de Burrenis now entering its sixth year of running and numbers are continuing to grow as word spreads of the fantastic route and the detailed level of organisation and planning that goes into the event. The 2008 event had 200 cyclists and we hope that we will far surpass this number in 2009. The Tour de Burren runs in late June.
Willie Clancy Summer School
Willie Clancy Summer School - Miltown Malbay
Learn of the traditional culture, arts, language and literature that County Clare is renowned for during this weeklong exposition.
During the week, nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance.
In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (coilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school.All events happen in the town Miltown Malbay in County Clare, west of Ireland, during the week beginning with the first Saturday of July.
The weekly registration includes six classes, all lectures and recitals (except the Saturday concert) and reduced price admission to coilithe.
Lectures, recitals, concert and cáilithe are open to the public. And I'm sure you can start to imagine the craic in the evenings! The festival is held in memory of the famous local piper Willie Clancy.
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival - Looking for some unique festivals in Ballyvaughan and surrounds? The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival sees thousands of hopeful singles descend on the town annually from late August through October.
A huge singles event that has been held for 150 years, it originated when local matchmakers would invite eligible sons and daughters of farmers in the area to get acquainted at Lisdoonvarna.
The modern festival features lively celebrations, including the Lisdoonvarna Meeting, a horse race for amateur jockeys, and many parties and singles events, including the latest trends such as speed dating.
The festival closes with a grand final, in which the best-matched couple are chosen and awarded the titles of 'Mr Lisdoonvarna' and 'Queen of the Burren'.