Top Choice Gardens in Kilrush

Vandeleur Walled Garden

Within a 170-hectare forest 800m south of the centre, this stunning 'lost' garden was the private domain of the wealthy Vandeleur family – merchants and landowners who engaged in harsh evictions and forced emigratio…
Top Choice Waterfall in Ennistimon


Accessed through an arch by Byrne's Inn, Ennistimon's cascades are quite a sight after heavy rain when they surge, beer-brown foaming, and you risk getting drenched on windy days in the flying drizzle. Beyond the ca…
Island in Kilrush

Scattery Island

This uninhabited, windswept and treeless island in the estuary 3km southwest of Kilrush was the site of a Christian settlement founded by St Senan in the 6th century. Its 36m-high round tower, the best preserved in …
Lighthouse in Loop Head Peninsula

Loop Head Lighthouse

On a 90m-high cliff, this 23m-tall working lighthouse, complete with a Fresnel lens, rises up above Loop Head. Guided tours (included in admission) take you up the tower and onto the balcony – in fine weather you ca…
Museum in Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

Wedged into the hillside, this modern centre has a spiralling exhibition covering the fauna, flora, geology and climate of the cliffs, and an interactive genealogy board with information on local family names. Free …
Beach in Doonbeg

White Strand

Secluded White Strand (Trá Ban) offers safe swimming sheltered from the Atlantic swells. With a Blue Flag rating, the 250m beach is patrolled by life guards in summer. It's 4km northwest of the village. Clare Kayak …
Museum in Kilrush

Shannon Dolphin & Wildlife Centre

The 170-plus bottlenose dolphins swimming out in the Shannon are monitored by this dedicated research facility. In addition to learning about its latest research, you can listen to acoustic recordings and watch a 20…
Beach in Miltown Malbay

Spanish Point

With dazzling views of the setting sun, this lovely beach also offers excellent walks north of the point amid the low cliffs, vast ledges of stone, rock pools, coves and isolated beaches.
Beach in Doonbeg

Doughmore Bay

A long, sweeping 2km stretch of golden sand, Doughmore Bay is 8km north of the village. There's often good surf here; rent equipment in Lahinch.
Ruins in Doonbeg

Doonbeg Castle

The surviving little 16th-century tower next to the graceful stone bridge over the River Doonbeg is all that remains of Doonbeg Castle – its entire garrison was hanged in 1595 by the O'Briens, who had lost the castl…