Beaches and The Islands

The region boasts many safe and sandy beaches. Noted holiday resorts include Lahinch and Milltown Malbay and Kilkee.

Salthill, on the Northern Shores of Galway Bay has a number of safe beaches from which to chose. Swimming, sunbathing, sail-boarding, snorkelling, sea-angling and high board diving can all be enjoyed here. On the Southern shores of Galway Bay there are many beaches around Ballyvaughan.

Carrigaholt village faces east into Carrigaholt Bay on the Shannon and has a lovely safe beach. Kilkee is a popular holiday resort since Victorian Times, spread along a lovely crescent beach in Moore Bay. In the past the affluent families of Limerick City built summer villas, "lodges", close to the beach which offered safe swimming, ocean breezes and interesting walks.

Silver (or White) Strand, to the north of the Spanish Point, offers excellent swimming. Lachich has a lovely long beach and promenade. It is also popular with surfers. Clahane beach to the west of Liscannor village is a popular and safe bathing place. Fanore (Golden slope of the beach) has a fine beach and extensive sand dunes.

Cruises and Islands
Choose to cruise the majestic Shannon or take a trip to one of Clare's beautiful islands. The Derg Princess, a 48-seat river bus, will take visitors on a short cruise from historic Killaloe into Lough Derg, the largest of the Shannon's spectacular lakes. Take a 30 minute Ferry trip to the Aran Islands from Doolin, one of the last outposts of Gaelic Civilisation where Irish is still spoken or take a catamaran from Liscannor.

You can also visit Scattery Island, by ferry from Kilrush Creek Marina. Scattery is the site of a monastic settlement and features a round tower and a number of ancient churches.

Holy Island lies just over 1 km from Mountshannon and is notable for its early monastic remains which date back to the 7th century. A small boat operates a number of daily sailings to the island, according to demand.