Activities & Attractions

Surfing

Lahinch has become renowned as one of the foremost Surfing locations in Ireland, as well as other watersports including Kitesurfing and sea Kayaking. Some of Ireland’s top waves are located here, and many renowned surfers in Ireland, are local surf instructors who are both qualified in surf coaching and trained as lifeguards.

Lahinch has many surf schools, and we can recommend the one to help tutor, encourage and bring along your surfing, whether it’s your first surf lessons or if you’re going for advanced lessons.

Special discounts apply when staying at the hostel for lessons and gear hire. inquire within:

You can be sure to get the best Surf lessons and Information all year round.

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean. These World famous cliffs are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland, and hold some of the most breath taking views of the local Islands and the Atlantic Ocean. Boat tours also cruise along the base of the cliffs so you can enjoy the breath taking views of the Atlantic cliff side.

Aliwee Caves & Birds of Prey Center

Located in the heart of the Burren in County Clare is one of Ireland’s oldest Caves. Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely tour. The tour consists of a 30 minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under beautiful hanging formations and alongside a thunderous waterfall.
The Birds of Prey Center is home to Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, and Owls from all over the world. At the center visitors can interact and get up close and personal to the birds. The center also educates and entertains visitors with dynamic flying displays set against the dramatic Burren Landscape.

Doolin Cave

Doolin Cave is home to The Great Stalactite which is one of the largest known stalactites in the world with a length of 6.54 meters. This cave is part of a network of caves in that area. The tours of the Cave offer visitors an amazing insight into how the burren landscape is shaped and formed.

Shops, Pubs & Nightlife

There are lots of things to do in town including great restaurants and good Irish pubs. Lahinch has a beautiful promenade where you can stroll during the day, soak up the sun on Lahinch’s beautiful beach, and catch the Atlantic sunset in the evening over the bay. Lahinch has a good selection of pubs which are lively all summer long, and there is a good mixture of live music to be found from traditional to rock to folk. The resort has a great selection of restaurants and cafes, as well as many unique craft shops and places to shop.

Golf

Lahinch’s Championship Golf Course, a world renowned links golf course, founded in 1892, has often been described as the “St. Andrew’s” of Ireland. The course is situated at the top of Lahinch Beach and has superb views and surroundings.
Dunbeg Golf Course, a world famous course designed by Greg Norman, has a breath taking location and is located just 20 minutes drive from Lahinch.

Lahinch Sea World

Located on the promenade of Lahinch, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Lahinch Seaworld boasts one of Ireland’s largest indoor aquariums. They also have a gym and fitness center, and a 25 meter swimming pool with Jaccuzi, Sauna, Tanning Room and other amenities.

Aran Islands

These 3 Islands are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their cultural heritage. The Irish (Gaelic) language is still spoken here and there is a great heartfelt “local welcome”. There are several Iron Age forts and attractions on the islands, including Dun Aengus an Iron Age fort situated on the edge of a cliff at a height of 100 metres (330 ft) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Boat tours make easy access to the islands for vistors and with the spectacular views and great local food it’s a great way to spend the day.

The Burren

If your interested in hill walking or guided cycling or walking tours, you can find all you’ll need in the heart of the Burren landscape. The Burren National Park is located in the south eastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The Park land has a unique environment of plants and flowers. You can see ancient monuments throughout the landscape in the form of Dolmens and burial chambers.

Burren perfumery

At the Perfumery they make perfumes, creams, balms, soaps using natural and organic ingredients. Everything is made on site, by hand, in small batches and is open for sale to the public.

Liscannor Rock Shop

The Rock Shop has something for everyone. You can find crystals of quartz, stone vases and trays, and magnificent Celtic carvings on slate. Also you can find Jewellery and jewels to suit all tastes and budgets, and finally of course rock, fossil and mineral specimens for collectors young and old.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

The Castle which is on the main road between Limerick City and Lahinch is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural Ireland setting.

Carrigaholt Sea Angling

Carrigaholt is on the south side of the loop head peninsula, where the Shannon estuary meets the rich fishing grounds of Ireland’s south west coast. Carrigaholt is about one hours drive from Lahinch as is renowned as a great area for fishing and sea angling boat tours.

Michael Cusack Center

The Centre was established to celebrate Michael Cusack and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) that he founded. The Center is located in Carron at the heart of the Burren.

Moher Hill Farm

Beautifully situated overlooking Liscannor Bay, Moher farm is close to the Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch town. The Farm and Leisure Park provides attractions for young and old. The delightful Nature Walk with a breathtaking view is paradise for anyone seeking the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. There are Pot Belly Pigs, Pony Donkey, Llama, Deer, Goats, Sheep, many rare birds and domestic fowl and old farm machinery.

Dolphin Watch

Based in Carrigaholt, south of Lahinch, Dolphin Watch is a tour group that take visitors out to view the 140 dolphins that have made a home just off the coast in a special area of conservation.

Loop Head Light House

Situated at the tip of the Loophead Peninsula where the Shannon River meets the Atlantic Ocean this iconic lighthouse tower is now open to the public. For a small fee the visitor can take a guided tour up the tower and can go out onto the balcony at the very top.

Local Festivals

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

The world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, ran in a nearby village draws huge crowds of over 20,000 people to the busy pubs and hotels every year during the whole month of September. The event that has been held for 150 years draws people from all around, they come for love, dancing, music, and racing.

Willy Clancy Festival

Held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy, the Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland’s largest traditional music summer school. The festival is held in the nearby village of Miltown Malbay in County Clare starting on the first Saturday in July. During the week, students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school. If it is your first time going to the ‘Willie Week’ don’t be afraid to join in the dancing or music: that’s what it’s all about!