Enjoy exploring beautiful County Clare. There are lots of interesting places to visit, things to do and fantastic food too.
If surfing is your thing then no doubt you have heard of Lahinch. Even if surfing is not your thing there is still lots of do whether a walk on the beautiful beach or a game of golf or beautiful drives in the area.
Beware the rapid changes in the weather if you do decide to take on the beach walk as we went from sunshine at the start of our walk to then being pelted with hailstones followed by torrential rain on a spring day so dress for all eventualities.
Lahinch is a good spot to stop along the Wild Atlantic Way and it was a good base to explore the nearby attraction of the Cliffs of Moher and the other towns close by.
We loved the healthy food on offer in DODI on Main Street (https://www.facebook.com/dodicafe/). We also checked out Joe’s Café nearby (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Cafe/Joes-cafe-187928861251270/). While there we stayed in the Lahinch Coast Hotel & Suites (https://www.lahinchcoasthotel.ie/) which had been recently refurbished and the food was good there too.
From there we explored Spanish Point which we visited on a wild windy day so we got to see the stunning waves crashing to land. A beautiful rugged scenic location.
We got to experience Kilkee on a bright spring morning with only a few children around enjoying the vast beach and bay that day. Again it was time for food and this time we checked out the local tea rooms and learned about the loop head tourism initiative (https://www.loophead.ie/) and all the great activities and attractions on offer for the next time we visit the area.
Cliffs of Moher
Photo by Leighton Smith on Unsplash
A visit to the area is of course not complete without a visit to the famous Cliffs of Moher. I have visited here on numerous occasions and can see the impact of its popularity so be prepared to queue for all services and to get your perfect spot to take the fabulous photos. Due to the large crowds it attracts my best tip would be to arrive early, you can book your ticket online. Also bring a packed lunch/food snacks if you do not have the patience to queue for food. Again this is another place where you should dress for all occasions as sunshine, wind and showers can all be present within minutes on your visit.
The amazing views are worth all of the effort. If you can, do walk out to all of the various look out points to see all of the views and the cliffs from the various vantage points. Get those magnificent photographs and memories of the marvellous natural cliffs.
O’Briens Tower and the Atlantic Edge Experience are worth checking out.
This is a pretty colourful town. Please do stop off here rather than passing through on your way to Lahinch or the Cliffs of Moher. Little Fox is absolutely fantastic (https://www.facebook.com/littlefoxennistymon/). You just have to go check it out and enjoy the food experience. Thank you to the person in Lahinch who recommended it to us. We have since learned that due to the pandemic the place has been permanently closed. We will have to try some other places in Ennistymon on our return.
Enjoy exploring County Clare. We will definitely be back.