Self Catering Accommodation Guide to Doonbeg, Co. Clare, Ireland.

About Doonbeg

Doonbeg (Gaelic: Dunbeg meaning small fort) is a small village in West County Clare between Kilkee and Miltown Malbay. There is an Old Stone Bridge in the centre of the village which is over looked by Doonbeg Castle. Doonbeg River flows through the village and enters the Atlantic Ocean at Doonbeg Bay. Doonbeg has a lovely small beach called White Strand and Kilkee’s Golden Sandy Blue Flag Beach is just 10kms away.

Festivals in Doonbeg

Doonbeg Jazz Festival

Doonbeg Jazz Festival draws huge crowds to Doonbeg and the Clare area over the Whit weekend in June every year.

Willie Keane Memorial Weekend

Willie Keane Memorial Weekend is a weekend of traditional Irish music and dance in memory of one of Doonbeg's best known sons. Willie Keane was a an exceptional traditional Irish Dancer who made several TV appearances and toured the US showcasing his Irish dancing talents.

Activities in Doonbeg and the Surrounding Area:


Doonbeg Golf Club is one of if not the most prestigious golf courses in the area. This beautiful and very scenic course, over looking the Atlantic Ocean is a must for anyone who appreciates a challenging round of golf, some fresh Atlantic air and breathtaking scenery.


At Bourke's Tackle Shop, Shannon Estuary and Atlantic Charters in Kilkee (7 miles from Doonbeg) you will receive:

  • Extensive local knowledge of fishing in West Clare
  • Charter boat trips to some of the best fishing spots in the area
  • Information and assistance for anyone interested in shore angling
  • Scenic boat trips to the mouth of the estuary where you can go dolphin, whale and bird watching
  • Maps & tide tables (a must for anyone who plans on fishing the area)

Water Based Activities in Doonbeg and the Surrounding Area

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...

Water Sports

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.


Explore the under water world of Kilkee Bay with Ocean Life and experience the magic of the ocean floor with its spectacular coral reefs and abundance of fish life.

Thalassotherapy Centre

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 to Eat and Restaurants in Doonbeg

Clare Towns and Villages Within Driving Distance of Doonbeg: