Now that you have arrived on the coast, why not try your hand at Kayaking and Stand up Paddle Boarding (SUP). Kayak Rentals and SUP Tours/Lessons & Rentals at the White Strand on the Wild Atlantic Way (5 mins from the Armada Hotel) all year for groups. Weekends from May onwards and every day from the start of July to the end of August. It's a really safe place to try sea kayaking for all the family.
Spanish Point Golf Club presents a challenge to all categories of handicap golfers and is a fantastic place for the game. Spanish Point Golf Club is situated just 3 km south of Miltown Malbay on the N67 and a stone’s throw away from the Armada. This is a mature and beautiful 9 hole Classic Links course which covers an area of over 5,000 yards for 18 holes (par 68). Overlooking the beach at Spanish Point it offers fine views with typical West Coast of Ireland Atlantic conditions, which adds to the challenge for the golfers.
Beyond the grounds of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, you can now explore a new 20km coastal walking trail in Clare which will bring you along one of the most magnificent landscapes in Ireland. From Liscannor and Hags Head in the south, along by the majestic Cliffs of Moher, to Doolin in the North, with views over Aill Na Searrach, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, this trail follows the line of the Cliffs and passes through the grounds of the visitor centre. The thousands of seabirds make the Cliffs a magical place and if you are lucky, on your stroll, you will hear and see the Cliffs Buskers playing traditional Irish music along the Cliff pathways. Talking telescopes are dotted along the paths as you go.
As one of Clare's oldest equestrian establishments Daly’s Equestrian Centre is unique in offering such a wide range of horse riding experiences, from horse riding lessons for all levels of ability, to exhilarating beach riding, full-day treks to the world-famous music village of Doolin, to trekking in stunning scenic routes. There is a great variety of treks to suit all levels of ability from kids pony camps to challenging rides for the more experienced rider.
Doolin Cave is home to the Great Stalactite. At 7.3 metres (23 feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere. 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. Extend the adventure from underground to overground following a Farmland Nature Trail that takes a looped waslk around the cave setting. The nature trail is home to indigeous species of flora along with rare and miniature breeds of animals.
On the western seaboard of Ireland there are places where the distinction between land and sea is blurred. The west Clare peninsula in County Clare, guarding the northern shore of the Shannon estuary is one such place. The Shannon estuary is home to Ireland’s only resident group of bottlenose dolphins. Over 100 dolphins have been identified using the estuary at different times; calves are born each year and are usually encountered in the groups. There is nothing like the sighting of a dolphin to lift the spirit.
The best way to get around our region is by bicycle ! Quiet traffic-free side roads and country lanes allow you plenty of perspectives for a deeper insight into the beauty of the country and its' people. Marked cycle routes include: West Clare Cycleway, Loop Head Cycleway, Dolphin Cycleway, Burren Cycleway, Dolmen Cycleway. For the casual cyclist, bicyles are available at the hotel or can be hired locally in Miltown Malbay.
LOOP HEAD CYCLEWAY
Cyclists keen to experience the Loop Head Peninsula on two wheels will be relieved to learn that the peninsula has a very gently undulating topography, with almost no daunting hills.
The Loop Head Cycleway, favourite testing ground of triathletes, is a 65km circuit starting and ending in Kilkee, hugging the Shannon to the South and the Atlantic to the North.
Touring bikes are available for hire at Loop Head Bike Hire.
Tailor made walks are available all year round. They range from gentle one-hour strolls to day-long strenuous hill walks. The half-day long walk is the most popular one, lasting about two and a half hours. The walks can take place in the rugged interior of the National Park or along the Burren’s spectacular coastline. All the outings feature the limestone pavement, wild plants and monuments of the region. All Burren walks are looped and off-road.
Sail to the Aran Islands! There are daily sailing to the Aran Island from Doolin or Cruise under the Cliffs of Moher. or Cruise under the Cliffs of Moher. Visit the spectacular Dún Aengus fort on Inis Mor, get away from it all on Inis Meain or take a quick trip to the smallest one – the beautiful island of Inis Oirr. Hopping from our island of Ireland to our local islands is an experience loved by many, there is so much beauty here. Or take a Cruise under the Cliffs of Moher. Admire the scale and majestic beauty of the Cliffs of Moher on our 1-hour voyage from the waterline.
Experience the thrill and excitement of surfing the waves at Spanish Point beach or Lahinch ! Nothing like it
The Burren climbing area is beautiful, with amazing cliffs and spectacular views. So why not go climbing and try abseiling in the heart of the Burren! Whether you're a complete novice or an advanced climber, there will be a climbing level to suit you.