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One of Ireland’s original beach resorts, Kilkee has earned a treasured place in the hearts of seaside-seeking families and it repays their loyalty generously. Accommodation and entertainment are plentiful, and for a free show, you can always rely on the sea for spectacular waves.
Kilkee has few rivals when it comes to bathing resorts. The Blue Flag beach curves in a majestic semicircular sweep of smooth, pristine sand, buffed daily by the Atlantic tides. With virtually no current and a very gradual slope, the beach is ideal for swimming and bathing.
Kilkee is an ideal base for exploring the wonders of the Loop head Peninsula. Take a circular drive from Kilkee, starting at the Marine Hotel roundabout on the R473. A whitewashed lighthouse stands guard at the very edge of Loop Head, a wild unspoiled paradise of birds, cliffs, wild flowers, and the turbulent Atlantic.
Take the N67 to Kilrush and take a boat trip from the marina to Scattery Island (Inis Cathaigh) in the Shannon Estuary. Named after a mythical sea serpent, the island is home to the ruins of a 6th-century monastic settlement established by St Senan. You should also visit the ruined 16th-century O'Cahane castle and the 18th century battery built as defense against a French invasion.
Launched in 1985, the Hell of the West Triathlon is an aptly-named challenge comprising a 1.5km swim, 44km cycle, and 10km run in Kilkee. You can participate as part of a relay team, or as a solo competitor. Register in March for the June event.
Kilkee celebrates its seafaring heritage in July with the Kilkee Maritime Festival. Highlights including the Plundering Pirate fun run, a raft race, currach regatta, barbecue on the pier, and sandcastle competition.
Inspired by Che Guevara's visit to Kilkee in 1961 (he and his entourage were fog-bound en route from Prague to Havana), the Che do Bheatha Latin-American Cultural Festival celebrates all things Latin-American, as well as the links between Che and Ireland. (His great-grandfather was Irish, and the iconic Che poster was created by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick).
Held in honour of an acclaimed local fiddle and concertina player, the Nell Galvin Traditional Music has been held in Moyasta, Kilrush, since 2003. It attracts musicians from locations as far apart as Achill Island and Australia for music sessions and classes in fiddle, tin whistle, flute, concertina, sean nos dancing, brush dancing, and set dancing.
Poised at the very tip of the peninsula, Kilbaha Lighthouse opens to the public every summer, giving visitors the opportunity to climb to its upper section and admire magnificent views of the Atlantic. There is a fascinating interactive exhibition on the history of the lighthouse, which provides great insights into how the operation of the facility has changed through the years.
Take to the seas around Kilkee with watersports including paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing. Or if you want to see what is under the surface, Kilkee is a prime location for diving. (Indeed marine explorer Jacques Cousteau listed it among the top 5 diving sites in the world). Divers can descend to depths of between 10 metres and 45 metres to see a diverse range of marine life.
The Strand Races are one of Kilkee’s most colourful events. The horse races date from the 19th century and still take place on the beach over two days in September. The course is created by setting up poles on the beach, and the race starts when the tide goes out.
1km from Kilkee
For a perfect holiday destination, stay within walking distance of Kilkee beach and town centre (approx. 10 minutes' walk). On-site, family-friendly facilities accompanying these three-bedroom holiday homes in Kilkee include tennis courts and a children's play area.
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0km from Kilkee
Located on the grounds of a Kilkee hotel, this development consists of two-bedroom self catering apartments within a 5-minute walk of the beach and the picturesque town of Kilkee. Kilkee is an ideal location for a family holiday, with attractions including Kilkee Waterworld, dolphin watching, beautiful cliff walks, Kilkee Golf Club, a pitch and putt course, and Kilkee Thalassotherapy.
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Located on the grounds of a Kilkee hotel, this development of 3-bedroom holiday homes is within a 5-minute walk of the beach and the picturesque town of Kilkee. Each three-bedroom holiday home features a double ensuite bedroom, one twin room, and one single. The kitchen/dining room is fitted with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, fridge, and cooker, and there is a separate sitting room. Bed linen is included.
0.5km from Kilkee
This cluster of beautiful holiday homes is located near the sea on the Lahinch Road in Kilkee. The development consists of 15 beautifully designed, spacious, detached holiday rentals, which have the added benefit of individual private gardens and patio areas. The three-bedroom properties sleep 6.
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0.4km from Kilkee
This three-storey house is ideally located within the town of Kilkee and is just a 7-minute walk from the beach. With two ensuite bedrooms, it is perfect for couples and families.
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11.6km from Kilkee
Ground-floor accommodation comprises one twin and one double room. The lovely open-plan kitchen/living/dining area is situated on the first floor. The master double ensuite is located on the second floor and has a private patio area. All houses have views of the Shannon Estuary.
0.7km from Kilkee
Stay at a superb apartment close to Kilkee town centre in County Clare. These beautiful Kilkee holiday rentals are both modern and spacious and are located beside the sea, close to all local amenities.
Enjoy your stay at this development of modern, spacious apartments at Spanish Cove, Kilkee in County Clare. The apartments are ideal for a relaxing break away, as they are close to the local beach and all amenities, including Waterworld and golf courses. These stylish apartments are comfortable and spacious, accommodating five people in three bedrooms, including one double ensute, one single, and one twin. Private car parking is available. Kilkee is a charming seaside town known as one of Ireland’s main tourist centres, and it also has a lively nightlife.
19.1km from Kilkee
These bright, modern holiday cottages are situated on an attractively landscaped site with their own tennis court, within 5 minutes' walk of all amenities, including a village and a Blue Flag beach.
This luxurious detached holiday home offers excellent accommodation in the charming seaside town of Kilkee in County Clare. This house has everything you need to make your vacation both a pleasant and a memorable one.
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