Experience the Best of the West
What to Do and See at Mount Cashel
Situated in the heart of Ireland’s West coast, Mount Cashel puts you within easy reach of top sight-seeing, activities, attractions and experiences. So, if you’re a family looking for holiday magic or you’re on the adventure trail – there’s so much waiting for you!
Whether you love a casual cycle through the countryside, a family bike along the greenway or you want a good challenging route, you’ll find it all in Clare. Bicycles and e-bikes can be hired throughout the area.
You’re in fishing paradise on Ireland’s West coast – from fabulous course fishing to sea angling. Whatever your interest and level of experience, our waters have something to offer everyone.
Nothing says holiday fun like water sports – and we have it all. Kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding and lake boating on site with surfing, sailing and angling within easy reach.
Dining and Nightlife
Our corner of the world is a foodie’s feast – with a host of great restaurants, and cafes offering fresh, creative food from fine local ingredients and produce. And of course, get ready to experience the craic in every cosy pub and bar!
Local craft, souvenir Aran wear, top fashion and all your essentials – you’ll find everything you need close by. The quirky and characterful market town of Ennis offers a trendy boutique experience while Limerick makes for shopping centre and high street convenience.
The 12 O’Clock Hills, Sixmilebridge
It is thought that these scenic hills get their name from the local tradition of telling the time by noting the position of the sun against the peaks.
For the active guest, the 12 O’Clock Hills are located 10 minutes from Mount Cashel Lodge and are perfect for walking or hiking. If you love getting outdoors and exploring on foot – don’t miss this East Clare highlight.
There are several trails to choose from, catering for all activity levels. The main peak Knockanuarha is 309m (1014 feet) and it is marked by an Ordnance Survey Triangulation Pillar. Knockanuarha has a twin which is 400 metres to the west-south-west and about 10 metres lower.
The Burren Centre, Kilfenora
Take a walk through time to explore the visual delights and ancient mysteries of our unspoiled corner of Ireland. Travel back to when this land lay beneath a warm tropical sea and follow the story of the formation of the Burren’s dramatic lunar landscape. As bears and wolves roamed, experience and learn about how man left his mark on the landscape – with Dolmens and burial chambers.
Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor
One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the Cliffs of Moher, are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. Climb the ancient O’Brien’s Tower on the headland and take in the magnificent views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Twelve Pins, the Maumturk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. Learn about the history and natural beauty of the Cliffs in the world-class Visitor Centre.
Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan
Experience every wonder – from stalactites and stalagmites to relics of extinct bears and a frozen waterfall! The Aillwee Cave, deep beneath the Burren, has become one of Ireland’s leading attractions. You’ll travel through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms and under weird formations. A lovely craft shop, farm shop, cheesemakers, restaurant and coffee shop complete your visit.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty
Ireland’s premier visitor attraction that brings history to life with loads of family fun. Explore the famous 15th century Bunratty Castle – the most complete medieval fortress in Ireland. The Castle was built in 1425 and restored in 1954 to its former splendour – and now contains 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries and works of art for an authentic experience. The Castle grounds include the fascinating and fun Bunratty Folk Park where you can experience real village life in Medieval times.
King John’s Castle, Limerick
This visitor attraction of international standard is situated in the heart of Limerick’s Medieval Heritage Precinct on King’s Island. The 13th century restored castle features imaginative models, audio-visual shows and three-dimensional displays that interpret 800 years of Limerick’s and Ireland’s complex and turbulent history. See the pre-Norman houses, fortifications and siege mines that have been excavated on the Castle grounds and enjoy the spectacular views of the river Shannon from the Castle towers.
The Hunt Museum, Limerick
The award-winning Hunt Museum features the personal art collection of John and Gertrude Hunt and comprises 2,000 original works of art and antiquity of great international importance. The collection features religious works of art as well as material from the Celtic past and the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Among many important works of art in the collection are the personal seal of Charles 1 of England, the Mary Queen of Scots Cross, a coin revered since the Middle Ages as being one of the “30 pieces of silver” and a bronze horse by Leonardo da Vinci. There are also paintings by Renoir, Picasso, O’Connor and Yeats.