Local Information Kilkee
With its distinctive horseshoe bay, majestic cliffs and glorious rock pools, Kilkee has been a favourite for generations of visitors. From Percy French to Richard Harris to Jimmy Carr, thousands of people have great memories of visiting the resort, often for an annual holiday. Memories are made of this and for some people, nothing else will do but to revisit the childhood haunt, enjoying the timeless pleasures of the rock pools at the Pollock Holes, the magnificent golden, Blue Flag beach, Byrne’s Cove or the great cliff walks.
Some amenities that complement this are the 18-hole golf course (www.kilkeegolfclub.ie), Kilkee Waterworld (www.kilkeewaterworld.ie) and the newly refurbished Sweeney Memorial Library and Cultural Centre on O’Connell Street. But for many visitors, it is the atmosphere of a sunny day with a fresh Atlantic breeze that is the attraction. The open-air market, the periwinkle and Carragheen sellers, the distant cries from the beach all make a walk around the town or along the Standline – perhaps while eating an ice-cream – an unforgettable experience. At night, savour the atmosphere of the town’s bars and restaurants, drop in on a live session or simply have a quiet pint.
While the town has changed with the times, its greatest asset remains the sea and today’s generation of children no longer suffer like Jimmy Carr once did from the cold water! Swimming, diving, snorkelling, whether at the Pollock Holes, from the New Fee diving boards or on the beach, never get boring. Look out for beach activities during the season, such as the Strand Races, held every September.
Further out the bay, fishermen and scuba divers enjoy the rich waters. Kilkee is a famous spot for scuba diving. Jacques Cousteau described it as one of the most scenic dives in Europe (http://scubadiverlife.com/2013/11/20/top-10-european-dive-destinations-2/).
Using Kilkee as your base, the magnificent Loop Head peninsula is well worth a visit. Taking the coast road, the views of the majestic cliffs and sea stacks around Dunlicky rival those at the Cliffs of Moher. For leisure fisherman, there are some great angling spots to be found, especially for when the mackerel are running.
The peninsula can also be explored for its picturesque villages, stone shores and breath-taking walks. It is recent winner of the Irish Times’ Best Place to Holiday award for its mix of hospitality, outdoor activities and beautiful scenery, and has been designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) project. For further information on the wider region, go to www.loophead.ie
A few miles north of Kilkee is Doonbeg and its magnificent Donald Trump-owned, Greg Norman-designed golf links, located just beyond the village (www.doonbeglodge.com).
Making Kilkee your base will provide you with the opportunity to have a wonderful, memorable visit and an experience you will want to re-live again and again.