Top Choice Gardens in Kilrush

Vandeleur Walled Garden

This stunning 'lost' garden was the private domain of the wealthy Vandeleur family – merchants and landowners who engaged in harsh evictions and forced emigration of local people in the 19th century. The gardens lie…
Nature Centre in Kilrush

Shannon Dolphin & Wildlife Centre

This research facility monitors the 100-plus bottlenose dolphins swimming out in the Shannon and houses exhibits on the playful cetaceans, a species unique to the area.
Arts Centre in Ennistymon

Courthouse Studios & Gallery

Ennistymon has a healthy arts scene. These studios are in a renovated 1800 building with ever-changing exhibitions on two floors from local and international artists.
Historic Site in Scattery Island

Scattery Island Visitor Centre

A free exhibition on the history and wildlife of Scattery Island is housed in its visitor centre, housed in a restored cottage at the end of the pier. The centre also offers free 45-minute tours of St Senan's Monast…
Historic Building in Loop Head

Loop Head Lighthouse

This working lighthouse, complete with Fresnel lens, rises up above Loop Head.
Church in Kilrush

St Senan's Church

St Senan’s Catholic church has a lovely rose window and contains eight detailed examples of stained glass by well-known early 20th-century artist Harry Clarke.
Waterfront in Kilrush


The western coast's biggest marina at Kilrush Creek in Kilrush.The western coast's biggest marina at Kilrush Creek in Kilrush.
Beach in Doonbeg

White Strand

White Strand (Trá Ban) is a quiet beach, 500m long, backed by dunes, partially engulfed in seaweed and supplying some of the flattest skimming stones you'll ever lay your hands on. It's along a turning north of town…
Beach in Doonbeg

Doughmore Bay

A long 2km stretch of sand further to the north of White Strand, Doughmore Bay is popular with horse riders and locals walking their dogs.
Castle in Doonbeg

Doonbeg Castle

The surviving little 16th-century castle tower next to the graceful stone bridge over the Doonbeg River is all that remains of Doonbeg Castle – its entire garrison hanged face to face in pairs when it fell.