Ferienhaus Cottage River Shannon Estuary Irland

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Moyasta Cottage

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Ferienhaus am Shannon Estuary Irland
Moyasta Cottage Shannon Estuary Kilkee Kilrush Co Clare
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Activity offers nearby on Loop Head Peninsula

  • Pony Trekking
    Carmen's Riding centre in Querrin (15 mins. away) caters for all levels of horseriding ability and experience, and is providing entertainment for the whole family
  • Dolphin Watching
    Dolphin watching tours from Carrigaholt (20 mins., Dolphinwatch.ie is winner of ecotourism awards) offer 2-hour boat trips in the season to observe the bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat as well as nature boat trips to observe the diverse other wildlife in the Estuary. Dolphin watching tours are also offered from Kilrush Marina.
  • Walk in yoga classes and labyrinth
    at Pure Camping (purecamping.ie), 15 mins. away
  • Poetry, art and creativity workshops
    The Loop Head Summer Hedge School combines an exploration of the unusual flora and sea weeds on the seashore of the Loop Head peninsula with poetry, art and creativity workshops, and wild food foraging Expect shoreline poetry readings, tea, philosophy and art sessions, rocky shore explorations and guided botanical walks. (see Carmelmadigangallery.com

More Things to do in West Clare

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  • Sightseeing Tours [more...]
Sightseeing

A drive along the amazing coastal scenery between Kilkee and Loop Head Lighthouse is a must. The famous Cliffs of Moher are only 40 mins away; a little bit further to the North is Doolin (where boats are leaving to the Aran Islands) and the unique limestone area of the Burren, a heaven for walkers, climbers and botanists. Also recommended is a stroll through the shopping streets of Ennis with its medieval atmosphere, as well as visiting Bunratty Castle & Folk Park which features many traditional buildings from the area. Medieval dinners are also arranged there throughout the year.

Moyasta Cottage

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Things to do around Moyasta Cottage

Cliffwalk in Kilkee
Walking & Cycling
The brilliant Kilkee Cliff Walk is one of the most popular things to do offering magnificent sea and cliff views throughout. As the Kilkee Cliffs are nowhere near as popular as the Cliffs of Moher, the chances are you’ll only meet a handful of people as you stroll along. Russell Crowe said that the cliff walks in Kilkee were the best in the world!
The Loophead cycleway can be explored individually (bikes available in Kilkee). Click here for more suggested walking & cycling routes in the area.

Watersports in Kilkee
Swimming, Diving & Snorkeling
Safe Swimming is possible on several little sandy beaches at the estuary, ~15 mins. away, as well as on the beach in Kilkee. Jacques Cousteau claimed the waters of Loophead were the best diving in Europe. The Pollock holes at Kilkee's westend are a favourite bathing and adventure spot not only for the kids! The Kilkee Diving And Watersports centre (diveireland.com) offers diving activities as well as deep sea angling, dolphin trips, sailing lessons and jet skiing. On offer are full organised dive tours, full rib and equipment hire. Surfing, Kayaking, Coasteering, Sailing courses for adults and kids are offered by nevsailwatersports.com

Sightseeing
A drive along the amazing coastal scenery between Kilkee and Loop Head Lighthouse is a must. The famous Cliffs of Moher are only 40 mins away; a little bit further to the North is Doolin (where boats are leaving to the Aran Islands) and the unique limestone area of the Burren, a heaven for walkers, climbers and botanists. Also recommended is a stroll through the shopping streets of Ennis with its medieval atmosphere, as well as visiting Bunratty Castle & Folk Park which features many traditional buildings from the area. Medieval dinners are also arranged there throughout the year.
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Traditional Music and dance
Traditional Music and dance
Traditional Irish music is available in many pubs in local villages and towns watch out for signs in windows of pubs, weekly at the Teach Ceol on Thursdays in Kilrush in the summer; in Moyasta (festival in September ), Carrigaholt, Kilrush and the wonderful internationally renowned Willy Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay. It is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school, held annually in the first week in July with nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attending daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances and exhibitions are run by the summer school. Find out more about traditional music in Clare [here...
Angling in West Clare

Fishing
The best time to fish in the Estuary, is during the first hour of the flood tide and around high water. Flounder and bass can be expected while bottom fishing with lugworm and crab and at strong tide spinning or free lining for bass and sea trout is possible. Ray and monkfish are caught here also in the slacker waters inside the estuary. Sea angling trips can be arranged with local licensed operators carrying anglers to fish the abundantly rich coastal waters of the Atlantic and the Shannon Estuary - Cod, Ling, Hake, Haddock, Wrasse, Red Gurnet, Mackerel, Pollack, Conger, Tope and Shark. The rocky outcrops on the Dunlicky coast road in Kilkee are suitable for spinning for Pollack and great mackerel fishing, but you need to be extemely careful wespecially hen angling from the rocks. Fresh fish can be bought at at the farmers markets in Kilrush on Thursdays or in Kilkee on Sundays. Also watch out for local men selling fresh mackerel early mornings from 8 or 9 am on the corner outside Hickeys bar when the Mackerel are running.
Loop Head
Birdwatching
Over forty-one species of birds have been recorded in Poulnasherry Bay. It is a designated SPA, an important ornithological site and an important breeding area for Brent Geese. Loop Head is very popular with birdwatchers from all over the world. This popularity is due to the range of seabirds that breed here each summer (including Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins and Gannets), and in particular due to the autumn passage of an amazing array of seabirds and waders. The best months are August through October, when West and NW winds blow many of the passing seabirds close to shore, so allowing excellent viewing. Seabirds regularly seen here in good numbers include Manx and Sooty Shearwaters, Storm and Leaches Petrels, and Great, Pomarine and Arctic Skuas. Sightings of Little Stints, Curlew and the American Buff-breasted Sandpiper have been made, and there are many other rare species seen from time to time from local viewing points, some of threm in walking distance from the house.