The West Coast of Ireland is a hub of activity for dolphin watchers. A lone ambassador dolphin is known to roam the coast near Spanish Point. Tourists can also get a boat from the nearby towns of Kilrush, Marina, and Carrigaholt to the Shannon Estuary, which is host to a large family of bottleneck dolphins.
The beach at Spanish Point is well known for its water sports, especially surfing. During the summer months, a surf school operates on the beach and tourists can hire out surfing equipment. During the summer months there is also supervised swimming off the coast. The beach at Spanish Point, and other beaches nearby, are extremely family friendly and patrolled by lifeguards. The nearby town of Lahinch also offers a sea life aquarium and an indoor swimming pool.
For the seasoned angler, Spanish Point is paradise. The rivers and lakes in the area are well known for their abundance of trout and salmon. Rock fishing is also popular in the area.
Walking & Cycling
Spanish Point is perfect for adventurous types, as well as fans of the great outdoors. There are an abundance of small, quiet roads in the village and surrounding countryside, which are perfect for walking and cycling.
The famous Cliffs of Moher are located a short distance north, facing the Atlantic. Visitors will be stunned by the breath-taking views. It isn’t difficult to see why the area continues to be one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland. Visitors can walk along the cliff top and visit the visitor centre, which overs a great insight into how the cliffs were formed, great for lovers of geography.
Another of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, The Burren, is nearby. The Burren, a 500 square kilometre area of limestone, could surely be described as one of the wonders on the world. The limestone landscape is almost lunar-like. The landscape can be explored on foot via the old Burren roads, known as green roads. It is packed with archaeological places of interest and is perfect for walks, both long and short. Just don’t forget to bring some sensible footwear.
The nearby town of Ennis is also loved by tourists for its picturesque streets and bright shop fronts. The town is also home to the well-preserved cloister ruin of Ennis Friary, the Glor Irish Music centre and the Clare Museum, all of which are worth a visit.
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