An ideal place to explore the Burren and the North of Co.Clare!
Grove Cottage is located in beautiful North Clare countryside, near to the rural village of Kilshanny (2kms). The sea can be spotted in the distance, all touristic sites in this part of Clare are just a short drive away.
What to do nearby:
- Walking & Cycling - Spend restful hours on the quiet roads around the house. Small forests are adjacent to the cottage and scattered throughout the area; marked cycling routes pass very near the house. Bikes can be stored in adjacent shed.
- Hiking - The Burren eco park offers a variety of marked walking trails, many on the old "green roads" - the best way to explore this unique landscape! An exciting new trail leads along the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin to Liscannor. More about walking in the West of Clare here...
- Bathing, surfing and sea kayaking - The near sandy beaches in Lahinch and Fanore are famous for all these activities, surfing schools provide lessons and the necessary equipment. An indoor swimming pool (also with sea aquarium) is located on the Lahinch strand promenade.
- Angling - the lakes in the Burren are perfect for trout fishing, while sea charters from Liscannor and Doolin offer exciting adventures for days angling out in the Atlantic!
- Golfing - there are two courses in Lahinch (15 mins) and a variety of other courses within short driving distances - Spanish Point, Doonbeg, Kilkee, among others.
Day trips & visits:
- Aran Islands & the Cliffs of Moher - Doolin harbour is the starting point for the ferry to the Aran Islands, a day trip which shouldn't be missed. A few minutes south of Doolin are the mighty Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most famous landmark. The Cliffs can also be explored by boat from Doolin, or by foot on an exciting new walk along the cliff edge - saving you the parking fees at the visitor centre!
- Exploring the Burren - The Burren is internationally famous because of its beautiful limestone landscapes and the remarkable flora as well as its rich archaeological heritage. It is the finest example of a karstic terrain in Ireland, with a full assemblage of the curious landforms and subterranean drainage systems that characterise these limestone terrains. The area also hosts 70 wedge-tombs (the most famous of them being Poulnabrone Dolmen), ring forts, caves (most notable Aillwee & Doolin Cave), castles (Leamenagh Castle) and a network of field walls and hut circles. The Burren Display centre in Kilfenora (15 mins) provides an insight into the mysteries of the region and should be your first stop on your trip.
- Loop Head Peninsula - The scenic roundtrip 'Loop Head Drive', which starts from Kilkee, leads along the spectacular, rugged coastline to Loop Head Lighthouse. As well as breath taking cliff walks with views on wild scenery, ruined promontory forts and early oratories there are many more sights not to miss, a natural bridge (Bridges of Ross), the Moneen Church with its 'Little Ark', a wooden mobile hut, which once served as a church in earlier times, as well as a number of rare birds, whales, dolphins and seals.
- Visting the "Father Ted" locations - Location work for the famous "Father Ted" TV series was done mostly in County Clare, including locations at Corofin, Ennis, Kilfenora, Ennistymon, and Kilnaboy. The Parochial House is McCormack's at Glenquin, on the Boston road from Kilnaboy. The 'Very Dark Caves' featured in "The Mainland" were the Aillwee caves.