Kilkee is an ideal base for exploring County Clare. The following four itineraries are suggestions for pleasant day trips. For a visit to any of the facilities it is important to telephone in advance for days and times of opening.
Loophead Peninsula Drive
At the bottom of O'Curry Street leave Kilkee at the Marine Hotel roundabout on R473.
This scenic road trip, part of the Wild Atlantic Way, takes you in a leisurely circle around the spectacular coastline of Loop Head.
On the southern coast it takes you through Querrin, Doonaha and Carrigaholt, up through Cross and on to Kilbaha. From there it’s a straight run to the tip of the peninsula, taking in a visit to the lighthouse if you wish, and a walk to Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Rock, looking out for dolphins and whales.
Along the northern coast, the drive passes the access point for the Bridges of Ross and a turn for the Church of the Little Ark. Then it’s back through Cross before making a sharp left and heading for some of the most dramatic scenery on the Irish coast. You’ll pass dizzying cliffs and improbable seastacks as the drive steers you back to Kilkee.
In many places the road is wide enough for only one vehicle so please drive carefully.
Vandeleur Walled Garden & Centre
Kilrush , Co. Clare
Scattery Island Tours Kilrush
Scattery Island Ferries Ltd,
Int Tel: +353 (0)65 9051327 Local 065 9051327
Cliffs of Moher & The Burren
Take the N67 northwards through the villages of Doonbeg, Quilty and Liscannor. The Cliffs of Moher are very well signposted. The cliffs themselves and the Atlantic Edge interpretative centre are one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and are a wonderful experience for a day out.
The Burren, is known as the land of the fertile rock. It is Ireland’s flagship heritage landscape from flora and fauna, geology to archaeology,agriculture to community, no matter what it is about the Burren that interests you, there is something for everybody...
The landscape, the unique panoramas of grey that provide such a stark contrast to Ireland’s proverbial ‘forty shades of green’. The Burren hills are teeming with such geological oddities as labyrinthine cave systems, disappearing streams and lakes, tiered hillsides and oddly dissected pavements.
Take the N67 to Kilrush and at the entrance to the town take the N68 straight to Ennis. Ennis is the county town of County Clare and is one of the most picturesque towns in Ireland with its quaint narrow streets and its famous sculpture trail. The tourist office is situated in the town centre just off O Connell Street and is a useful source of local knowledge (Tel. 065 6828366).
Right beside the tourist office is the exciting display of artefacts going back to the Bronze Age including some found in Kilkee. Interactive audio-visual experiences make this a must see place for all the family.
This monastic settlement founded in 1240 and in a very good state of preservation was centre around which Ennis grew. Well worth a visit.