Self Catering Accommodation Guide to Kilkee, Co Clare, Ireland
Kilkee is a charming and very beautiful seaside town on the western coast of County Clare. Kilkee has long been one of Ireland's foremost holiday destinations with hundreds of repeat visitors returning every year. Kilkee overlooks the beautiful semi-circular sweep of sand, which slopes very so gently into the Bay and is protected from the Atlantic weather by the Duggerna Reef. Favoured by the warmth of the Gulf Stream and protected from the might of the Atlantic, Kilkee has a well-deserved reputation as the safest bathing place in Ireland, and the beach has been awarded the Blue Flag in recognition of this.
Co. Clare and Kilkee are also famous for Traditional Irish Music. Traditional groups play in hundreds of pubs throughout the area and visitors to Kilkee have a wide range of Fleadhs to choose from.
Diving and water sports in Kilkee
Shannon Dolphins Cruises from Carrigaholt and Kilrush
Dolphin Watch will take you on a memorable boat trip to the mouth of the River Shannon, home to over 100 Bottlenose Dolphins. As part of the boat trip guests will encounter a variety of sea birds, grey seals and maybe a few surprises along the way...
Nevsail watersports in Kilkee is training centre for people of all ages and proficiencies who may be interested in watersports such as sailing, windsurfing, power boating, kayaking, canoing and much more. The Nevsail Centre is recognised bu the ISA (Irish Sailing Association) and all instructors are fully qualified.
Waterworld - Splash into Fun
Treat the whole family, young or old to a splashing great day out in Kilkee's Waterworld.
Explore the under water world of Kilkee Bay with Kilkee Subaqua Club and experience the magic of the ocean floor with its spectacular coral reefs and abundance of fish life.
In the past sea-weed baths were very popular and were regarded as beneficial to the health. Today their modern successor is the Thalassotherapy Centre in Grattan Street. A variety of sea based therapies are provided here by fully qualified therapists.
Places of interest in Kilkee and the surrounding area:
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Clare is also steeped in magical history, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are among the places that are evidence of this. Bunratty heritage village is probably best known for its Castle and Folk Park . Built in 1425, Bunratty Castle was restored to its former splendour in 1954 and it is now recognised as the most authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Evenings of entertainment, song, dance and medieval feasts are held almost every night at the castle and folk park.
The peaceful village of Bunratty has developed around the Castle and is modelled on the old style of the adjacent Folk Park.
From Kilkee visitors can explore the Aran Islands with regular ferries from Doolin (approx an hour drive from Kilkee) to the Irish speaking Island of Inishere (the smallest of the quaint Islands). While on the Islands why not purchase an Aran Sweater which was traditionally made by the wives of local fishermen. Each complex stitch of the Aran Sweater has a mythical meaning attributed to it, claiming to symbolise wishes of wealth, happiness and the in case of fishermen, a good catch.
Cliffs of Moher
The spectacular world renowned Cliffs of Moher are just less than an hours drive from Kilkee. Here you can stand on the edge of Ireland and watch the furious Atlantic waves crash against the world famous cliffs.
The Burren (Gaelic: Aill Bhuì meaning yellow cave)is a totally unique landscape of limestone which spans 250 sq kilometers through the North Western corner of Co. Clare. For the chance to view all the Burren has to offer why not take the Burren Way Walking Route which is a 28 mile (45 km) signposted walking trail from Liscannor, along by the Cliffs of Moher, onto Doolin and into Ballyvaughan.
The Aillwee Caves
The Aillwee Caves is just over an hours drive from the seaside town of Kilkee and is probably the most famous of the many ancient caves that are hidden beneath the limestone landscape of the Burren. The cave itself features an underground river, waterfall, some very impressive stalactites & stalagmites along with animal remains including bears and many ancient relics.
Kilkee Golf Course is an 18-Hole championship course situated on the road toward George's Head which stretches along the spectacular cliffs. Green fees are moderate at this friendly club and visitors are more than welcome.
Places to eat and restaurants in Kilkee
- The Strand Restaurant
- Keane's Bar & Restaurant
- Hickies at Bayview Kilkee
- The Pier Restaurant at Bayview Kilkee
- Naughtons Kilkee
- Murphy Blacks Restaurant
- The Diamond Rocks Cafe
- The Pantry