Winter Wanderings in Kilkee, County Clare

Winter Wandering in County Clare

We ventured as far as Kilkee in County Clare to blow the cobwebs off after our Christmas break with some fantastic guests of ours from Canada.

Kilkee is a great seaside town on the west coast of Clare, a really popular destination throughout the summer months for its unique horseshoe shaped beach. However, we passed on the sandy dunes today in favour of a cliff walk around the headland on the West End of Kilkee.

We’re lucky in Ireland that in December we can enjoy mild temperatures that allow outdoor activities even in winter. Our guests were used of the harsh Vancouver winters so they certainly appreciated this change! They were staying at Trump International Golf Resort in the nearby village of Doonbeg so Kilkee was the obvious choice when organising a quick day trip for them.

Off we set in the morning with a mist clearing over the bay. The cliffs we were going to be exploring were just outside of the town. This area is locally known as the Pollock Holes, named for the deep rock pools formed around the flagstone coastline. A hugely popular swimming spot in sunnier months, we just enjoyed the view for today. With a fresh westerly breeze, the waves crashing were really a sight to take in.

We set off for our cliff walk past the statue of the Limerick-native actor Richard Harris who enjoyed many a summer here. We advised our guests the café located here is definitely a must visit on the way back for their freshly baked scones and a hot cup of tea.

The cliff walk is well worn by locals and visitors alike and is signposted as you go along. It’s a safe route suitable for children and those just looking for a leisurely stroll. As we wound our way around the coastline we were treated to incredible views of the Atlantic waves breaking against the rocks. The sound of sea birds was all around too as they whirled around their nests battling the breeze. We could just about make out the Aran Islands north of us on the horizon through the mist. Our guests were thrilled with the experience and promised us they’d be back during the summer to see the views on a clearer day.

We finished our walk with a hot mug of tea and a warm baked scone in the Diamond Rocks Café, perfect for heating us up again for the journey back.