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Kilkee, Co. Clare

Kilkee in Co. Clare is one of Ireland's foremost holiday destinations. It is located on the Atlantic Coast of Co. Clare facing a beautiful semi-circular sweep of sand, which slopes very gently into the Bay.

Favoured by the warmth of the Gulf Stream and protected from the might of the Atlantic, Kilkee has a well-deserved reputation as the safest bathing place in Ireland, and the Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag in recognition of the absence of pollution.

Kilkee is for walkers too. The walk along the coastline to the Diamond Rocks is one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating in the world.

Other local attractions include Golf, Waterworld, Scuba Diving, Fishing, Thalassotherapy, Horse Riding, Dolphin Watching, Tennis, Snorkelling and Touring.

Local Amenities

  • Sandy Beach
  • Sea Angling
  • Golf
  • Scenic Walks
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Water Sports
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Pubs
  • Restaurants
  • Swimming Pool
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Deep-sea Diving
  • Walking Trails
  • Historical Sites

Local History

The area surrounding Kilkee has many fascinating places to visit some of which are as follows:

The Burren is a totally unique landscape which has captured the imagination of many. It comprises of huge pavements of limestone called clints with vertical fissures in them. The Burren provides a microclimate for various plants and flowers and also provides some of the most truly spectacular views in Ireland. Corkscrew Hill with its vista across Galway Bay and the view from Ballinalacken Hill from where you can see across to the Aran Islands.

The Aillwee caves are another site worth visiting. 10,000 years old, it is one of the most spectacular caves anywhere.
Just North of Kilkee, on the Coast of West Clare, you will find the famous Cliffs of Moher defiantly standing as giant natural ramparts against the aggressive might of the Atlantic Ocean. They rise in places to over 215 meters and stretch for almost 8km.

Co. Clare and Kilkee are also famous for its Irish Traditional Music. Traditional groups play in hundreds of pubs throughout the area and the festive calendar has a wide range of Fleadhs to choose from.

Some of the other places and towns within driving distance worth a visit include Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora, Loop Head, Ennis, North Kerry via the Killimer/Tarbert Ferry and Lahinch.

Gardens

Vandeleur Walled Garden - Kilrush County Clare
Vandeleur Walled Garden
Kilrush, Co. Clare
The secret world of the walled gardens at Vandeleur, Kilrush had lain forgotten for years. The house belonging to the surrounding 420 acres of wooded demesne was first planted in 1712, the house was burnt in 1887 and finally demolished in 1973. B ...
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Golf

Ballybunion Cashen Course
Ballybunion Golf Club
Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
Course Type: Links
Founded in 1906 Ballybunion Golf Club is an institution of the golfing world. The character of both courses is unique, both true links set amongst the finest sand dunes the world has to offer. They hug the ruggedly breathtaking Atlantic Ocean coa ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Loop Head Lighthouse
Loop Head, Co. Clare
Loop Head Lighthouse station is the major landmark on the northern shore of the Shannon River. The surrounding coastline is of a dramatic character with cliffs sculpted by Atlantic storms where rock ledges and caves are home to seabirds, seals an ...
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What's On

Ennistymon Farmers Market - Co Clare - Saturday Morning
Saturdays 10am-2pm

Address:

West Clare Art Gallery on the Ennis Road Ennistymon

Contact:

Cate Conway - 086 053 6644
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Tourist Attractions

Listowel Castle - Listowel County Kerry Ireland
Listowel Castle
Listowel, Co. Kerry
Listowel Castle originated in the 13th century but the present castle was probably built in the 15th century by the FitzMaurices. The castle stands in a strategic position on an elevated bank overlooking the river Feale and is one of the best exa ...
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Wedding Venues

Doonbeg Lodge - Wedding Venue  County Clare
Doonbeg Lodge
Doonbeg, Co. Clare
At Doonbeg Golf Club on Doughmore Bay, The Lodge offers very luxurious accommodation - and, although it is a private club, there is limited visitor access to both golf and accommodation when available. The contrast between the wild landscape ...
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Local Recommendations

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Comments

8th June 2007
Bob Nixon
This is a lovely seaside town with great walks, the area also has some of the most dramatic cliffs in Ireland and they rival those at nearby Cliffs of Moher, but they don't have the crowds or the entry fee!

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