West Clare is an area of unspoilt, natural beauty wedged between the Shannon Estuary and the thundering Atlantic which has carved giant natural sculpture formations from the stone-faced coastline, trimmed with fine-grained, safe beaches and old-world fishing villages.
Seafaring and sea fare is ingrained in the traditions, culture and visitor amenities of the area. The 6th century monastery and 120 foot high round tower was targeted by raiding Vikings on Scattery Island. Here too was the 19th century base for the rugged Shannon pilots who ventured out as far as the Atlantic to guide sailing vessels to safe harbour. Today, Kilrush boasts an ultra modern 120 berth marina. Pleasant scenes greet the visitor along the Shannon Estuary side of the peninsula, from Ballynacally to the Loop Head lighthouse, where Clare dips its toe in the Atlantic. Contrast these scenes with the spectacular seascapes around the mackerel-swarming Bridges of Ross, the Victorian charm of the resort of Kilkee and the simple natural appeal of Quilty and Doonbeg .
West Clare means days filled with activity - sea angling, coarse and game fishing, golfing, walking, cycling, exploring, diving, or just touring - and nights of feasting on fresh seafood and home-grown produce topped with the vitality of Clare's music and song, and the hum of lively conversation.
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