Activities and leisure options are extensive! All of them can be enjoyed against the many dramatic natural backdrops in the area. But also those who are not so eager to engage in the many activities available will enjoy the peace and tranquility and contemplate the view from the house.
Walking and Cycling
The green roads are the old Burren roads and are perfect to explore this landscape on short and long walks. The Burren Way is a signposted long distance walking trail between Lahinch, Ballyvaughan and the Burren National Park. The Doolin/Cliffs of Moher walk is an exciting way to experience the Cliffs of Moher. The quiet backroads of North Clare are perfect for cycling! Several cycle loops are established in the region (one of which passes near the house), bicycles can be rented in Doolin and Kilfenora.
Discovering the Flora
The Burren offer an abundant diversity of flowers and plants, never planted by man. Many of these are botanists delight. Among the most exotic and unexpected is the Mountain Aven, whose main habitat is northern Scandinavia and the Spring Gentian, whose natural home is in the slopes of the Alps. A near neighbour is the Maidenhair Fern, a stranger from the Mediterranean cosily nurtured in the sparse damp soil in the warm shelter of the fissures. A guided walking tour will introduce you to the unique flora and fauna in the Burren.[more...]
Birdwatchers from near and far flock to the West of County Clare which has an international reputation for the numbers of rare species that pass through these parts. The Cliffs of Moher offer excellent views of breeding seabirds such as kittiwakes, puffins, razorbills, fulmars and guillemots. Further along the west coast, Ballyvaughan Bay is good for wildfowl, waders, divers, ringed plover, oystercatcher and terns!
Golfing on the West Coast of Ireland
can enjoy the proximity of nearby courses like the Links in Lahinch just 20 minutes away. More beautifully located courses along the West coast of County Clare can be found in Lahinch, Doonbeg, Spanish Point, Kilkee and Kilrush!
Swimming & Surfing
The beach in Lahinch (20 min. away) is famous with surfers from all over the world. It is also a great beach for swimming, as is the beach in Fanore, 25 min. along the coast to the North. Especially children will enjoy Seaworld (Swimming Pool Aquarium) at the Strand Promenade in Lahinch
Fishing on the Atlantic Coast
have a huge choice of lakes, rivers and several spots along the coast line. Fishing trips are leaving from Doolin, Liscannor and Doonbeg. Booking our house entitles you to reduced rates with Doonbeg Adventure fishing trips![more... ] You can also fish from the pier in Doolin!
Doolin has long been associated with great Irish music sessions, and was home to a great traditional Irish whistle player, the late Micko Russell. Every night the pubs in the village are loud with the sound of fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán, and pipes. Many guests join the locals in the music and the dance. Set dancers also flock to Kilfenora, home of the Kilfenora Ceili Band.
The Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna is a family-run business offering finest Quality Food Products from carefully selected raw materials including Salmon, Trout, Mackerel, and Cheese. The Burren Smokehouse is part of the Burren Ecotourism Network which is a circle of 20 businesses located in the Burren who are committed to offer environmentally friendly services to tourists coming to the area.