What to Do

Loop Head Peninsula

Whether you're an ardent adventurer or a laid-back observer, Loop Head has something to offer everyone.

There is no shortage of things to do ....

Irelands greatest river opens out to the Atlantic Ocean at Carrigaholt on the Loop Head Peninsula, County Clare, home to Europe's largest group of bottlenose dolphins.

Guided walks can be arranged from heritage walks to monastic walks, some of the walks have spectacular swimming coves hidden away. 

Electric bicycles are a wonderful way to explore the quiet cliff roads and lane ways of Loop Head. You can choose to head out on your own adventure or arrange a tour with the local bike company. E-bikes are extremely user friendly and are ideal for all fitness levels. 

Feel the freedom as you take to horseback and blow away the cobwebs with a canter across the beaches of West Clare.

Enjoy a fishing trip in the rich fishing grounds where the Shannon estuary meets the mighty Atlantic ocean. The Atlantic ocean on the west coast of Clare is renowned for its abundance of fresh fish species. 

Visit https://loveloophead.com/ to discover everything Loop Head has to offer.


The Cliffs of Moher

One of Ireland’s favourite visitor experiences, the Cliffs of Moher tower over the rugged west Clare coast.  Walk the safe, paved pathways and view the famous Cliffs on Europe’s western frontier and enjoy the spectacular vistas over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. Their natural beauty has inspired artists, musicians, and poets for generations, as well as absorbing scientists and geologists, drawn by the unique landscape in which they sit.  The Cliffs of Moher, the most famous cliffs in Ireland, will leave you awestruck, creating memories that will stay with you forever.

Book your trip at https://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/ 


Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is located in the south-eastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The Park land was bought by the Government for nature conservation and public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen.  For more information see the Burrens dedicated website https://www.burrennationalpark.ie/ 


Surfing & Water Activities


Spanish Point Beach

A beloved surfing destination, right on your doorstep.

For more information about all surfing lessons for both young and old, click the link below:



White Strand

White Strand Beach located just a few kilometres from Red Cliff Lodge offers multiple water activities that are suitable to all.



Lahinch Beach

Lahinch Beach is renowned for surfing and many surfers travel from all over the world to catch a wave on this stunning beach. There are multiple surfing schools along the promenade in the bustling town of Lahinch. There is something for all ages in Lahinch.




The Aran Islands

The Aran islands are located just off Galway and Doolin. Why not take a trip and Explore Inís Mór the largest of the Aran Islands and home to Dun Aonghasa. Inis Meaín and Inis Oírr are the smaller of the two islands. The islands are a place of natural beauty with a unique landscape. Ferries are weather dependent and available from Rossaveal (leaving Galway city) all year round and from Doolin  (Cliffs of Moher) from April to October. Log onto:getting-to-inis-mor for more information.


Scattery Island

Inis Cathaigh or Scattery Island is an island in the Shannon Estuary off the coast of Kilrush in county Clare. Awarded the European Destination of Excellence for 2017 (EDEN). Scattery Island will amaze you. Today the island is uninhabited and you can explore its ancient historic sites and experience its unspoilt natural beauty in peace and tranquillity.




Doolin Caves

The award-winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre is home to the Great Stalactite. 

At 7.3 metres (23feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in Europe. The Great Stalactite, suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier, is truly astounding. 

Visitors can hardly believe that it was formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years.

To book your tickets visit https://doolincave.ie/ 


Aillwee Caves And Birds Of Prey

Pay a visit to the spectacular Aillwee Caves, Ireland’s Premiere Show Cave; Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely Cave tour. The tour consists of a 35-minute stroll through the beautiful caverns unveiling a unique Burren underground landscape.   

The Birds of Prey Centre has been educating and entertaining visitors with dynamic flying displays set against the dramatic Burren Landscape, since 2008. The centre offers dynamic flying displays where the visitor can interact and get up close and personal to the birds, a home to eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls from all over the world. An awareness of raptor conservation both in Ireland and internationally is also important.  

Book your tickets on https://www.aillweecave.ie/  



A walker is spoilt for choice in County Clare. Clare is every walker’s haven, with walks to suit everyone, young and old.


Local Beaches

Red Cliff Lodge being ideally situated, the guest has multiple choices of walking routes along sandy beaches. Our team will be on hand to offer the best beach in our locality for your enjoyment. 



Slieve Callan Walk

Short hike to the top of West Clare's highest mountain. Excellent views all around on a clear day - from Mt. Brandon in the South to the Connemara Hills in the North, including the West Coast of Clare, the Aran Islands, the Silvermine Mountains in Limerick, East Clare and the Burren. Waterholes on a very few portions of the track possible, boots recommended - especially for the usually wet top of the hill. Newly installed closed gate on start of track, if you do not want to climb it take the return route both ways.


Cliffs Of Moher Walk

Ideal for the seasoned walker. A stunning linear route, which takes 4.5 hours to complete.

With a remote, exposed cliff-top path, this strenuous walk requires a high level of fitness. Challenging walkers with narrow, steep ascents and descents, flagstone steps, farm tracks, local and regional road; it can be quite challenging due to the uneven surface of the cliff, but the walker is rewarded with astonishing views of the cliffs and spectacular scenery.

This trail starts/ends on road from the villages of Liscannor and Doolin, before moving onto protected paths at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre. It then steps up a gear, as the trail becomes more isolated and demanding, with no barriers, handrails or seaward fencing.

Afterwards, rest and relax in one of Liscannor’s or Doolin’s welcoming pubs and cafés.


The Burren Walking Trails

There are seven way-marked walking trails in the Burren National Park and Slieve Carran Nature Reserve. The walks vary from a short thirty-minute loop walk to a three hour walk over limestone hills. Details of each of the walks are outlined below and a Walking Trails Map is available for download (JPEG 1.64MB) Each trail is signposted with colour-coded markers. The trails traverse a limestone landscape which can be uneven and steep in places, so care must be taken. Please be aware that none of these trails are wheelchair accessible. For trail advice, you can contact us at the Burren National Park Information Point from April to September.


Kilkee Cliff Walk

The Kilkee Cliff walk is a scenic 2 to 3 hour (8km) moderate loop walk along the Kilkee Cliffs starting the Diamond Rocks Café, Pollock Holes car park. This stunning walk starts from the unmissable natural swimming pools known as the Pollock Holes and passes great places of interest, a natural amphitheatre carved into the cliff face formed by the waves over thousands of years, a natural blow hole in the rock face known as the Puffing Hole and next arriving at Intrinsic Bay, named after a ship which sank along with all 14 people on board in 1836.

From here you start the return journey with a moderate to steep climb before joining the main road back to Kilkee. For a short, 4-kilometre walk, turn left here and head back towards Kilkee town. For this 8-kilometre loop walk, turn right along the coast until you come to a left turn. This road has beautiful views over the town coming down Moveen Hill taking you back to Kilkee.



There are a number of great golf courses in county Clare. It is home to some of the best courses in the country. Golfing is part of the culture in Clare offering up a number of unspoiled Irish greens. Courses offer a varied experience dependent on how ambitious you are. Right next door to Red Cliff Lodge is Spanish Point Golf course, offering views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Trump International Golf Links is only 15 min drive and Lahinch golf club a 20 minute drive. In county Clare you will have the opportunity to play some of the finest, award winning courses Ireland has to offer.