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The bay is good for swimming, albeit in a bracing sort of way...
Sports & Games
One of Ireland's oldest courses, established in 1894, with a new 9-hole (to add to the previous 18-hole) course...
Health & Wellness
This excellent fitness centre has a swimming pool, a workout room (with plenty of gym machines) and a sauna. You can swim for as long as you please, but children are only allowed at off-peak times (10am to 5...
The Schull Watersport Centre hires out sailing dinghies (€60 per half-day) and snorkelling gear (€15 per day), and can arrange sea-kayaking sessions (a two-hour session costs €30) plus other activities, like sailing...
When the sun goes down, Dublin lights up with an energy that makes nighttime sightseeing in Ireland’s capital an exciting experience...
Boating & Cruises
The open boats you can charter at Ross Castle offer appealing trips with boatmen who define 'character'. It normally costs €10 from Ross Castle to the Muckross (Middle) Lake and back; €15 for a tour of all three lakes.
Roaring rapids, splash slides and pirate ships are all part of the water park Splashworld , as well as ‘balmy temperatures all year-round’. It’s open for about three hours a day during the week, and six at weekends.
Nature & Wildlife
Much of the Cooley Peninsula is protected and is home to various species of birds including godwits, red-breasted mergansers, buzzards, tits and various finches. Ask at the tourist office for information on the trail.
A 2km vestige of this historic line survives near Moyasta on the Kilkee Rd (N67) 6km northwest of Kilrush. Run by volunteers, the beautifully restored steam-powered trains shuttle back and forth over the open land.
On the edge of town, Carton House is home to two outstanding 18-hole championship courses designed by Colin Montgomery and Mark O’Meara respectively; the former is the current host of the European Tour's Irish Open.
Hiking & Trekking
Just northeast of Kingscourt is the 225-hectare Dún an Rí Forest Park . There are colour-coded forest walks (all under 4km long), with picnic places and a wishing well. Along the river, look out for mink and otters.
This golf club is known – somewhat optimistically – as 'Augusta without the Azaleas', but it is still one of the best parkland courses in Ireland, stretching over 6...
To the south of town, quad bikes can be rented from Country Quads , which also has a fun computer-simulated indoor shooting range (€100 per group per hour) where you can fend off attacking bears, flying pheasants and...
Aquaventures Dive Centre charges €115 for a full day's diving including gear; a half-day snorkelling trip costs €40...
The scenery at this renowned golf club – designed by St Andrew's Old Tom Morris in 1891 and remodelled by Harry Vardon in 1906 – is as spectacular as the layout, which can challenge even the lowest handicapper.
Hires out equipment for kayaking, surfing and snorkelling, and also runs sailing, kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing courses for children and adults, plus land-based activities like archery and rock climbing.
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