Doonbeg is a historic Irish village forged by the ancient culture, soil and surf of the western Atlantic coastland. From the magnificence of the world renowned Doonbeg Golf Club, to the acclaimed sandy beaches of the Co. Clare coastline, the vibrancy of traditional Irish drama and music festivals Doonbeg (Irish: Dúnbeag, meaning 'Small Fort') is steeped in heritage, surrounded by amenities and is a natural gateway to explore the West Coast of Ireland.
The West Coast of Ireland
The West Coast exudes a romance like nowhere else in Ireland. It boasts an unsurpassable beauty and wild drama that is inextricably linked to the region’s culture, traditions and people. From the towering sea cliffs in Donegal and Clare, which are mercilessly beaten by the Atlantic Ocean, to the serene beauty of the Killarney National Park and the Beara Way. Ablaze with colour, the West Coast offers a chance to really get away from it all, to stand on the edge and face nature in all its glory. Here, you can climb mountains, travel to remote islands, explore quiet bays or discover ancient limestone landscapes. Most important, though, in the West Coast you can experience authentically Irish culture and traditions, from the vibrant Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region and its lively céilÍs (Irish dancing) to the multitude of festivals that celebrate the history and heritage of this fascinating region. This is also a place where relaxation comes easily. How about some downtime in a colourful fishing village with friendly locals or a weekend enjoying exceptional seafood in Ireland’s gourmet capital – Kinsale? Whatever you want to do, you can do it in the West Coast.
World Class Golfing
The Doonbeg Golf Club (1KM) is one of the world's most desirable golfing locations. Voted IAGTO’s European Golf Resort of the Year it was designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman. It enjoys a breaktaking location spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and centuries-old sand dunes, the course offers views across the Atlantic from the green, the fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes. The (par 72) layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back.
Kilkee Golf Course (7KM) has been developed into a spectacular 18 hole (par 68) course. The views in Kilkee are breathtaking, with first and second tees looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean and the third Tee overlooking Chimney Bay with a spectacular cliff top view.
Kilrush Golf Course (7KM) is a superb 18 hole (par 70) golf course overlooking the Shannon Estuary and was re-designed by Dr. Arthur Spring in 1994.
Spanish Point Golf Course (17.5 KM) is a classic 18 holes (par 68) Links course. Overlooking the beach at Spanish Point, it offers commanding views and Atlantic coast play conditions.
Lahinch Golf Club (30KM) is a world renowned links golf course founded in 1892 and has often been described as the 'St. Andrew's' of Ireland. Lahinch is actually two 18 hole courses, the Old Course, is between the road and the sea and the Castle Course a flatter links named after the ruins of a nearby castle tower that stands to the north of the course.
Doonbeg is cradled by numerous Atlantic beaches offering majestic walks and breathtaking views. Access local beaches such as the White Strand, Doughbheg Beach, Doughmore Beach, Clogher Strand and Lough Donnell and The Hubans, Baltard Cliffs, The Horseshoe and Donegal Point or range further afield to saviour the spectacular coast of Co. Clare and beaches such as Lahinch and Spanish Point.
Enjoy renowned surfing at Doughmore Strand and Spanish Point. Scuba divers can learn and practice their skill at various Atlantic dives sites and clubs including the Kilkee Diving and Watersports center, The Burren Adventure Dive Centre and Atlantic Dive School in Ennis. Whilst sailing, kayaking and other water sports can be enjoyed across the entire West coast region and it’s innumerable coastal ports, villages and towns.
Angling & Fishing
Doonbeg's location on the coast of West Clare makes it a natural choice for all types of angling. Whether you are looking for salmon or trout in the peaceful rivers or want to try your hand at Atlantic Ocean fishing for mackerel, pollack, garfish, herring and conger, it’s all available here.
Walking Trails, Hiking and Cycling
A number of walking trails have been developed in the Doonbeg area in conjunction with Discover Ireland & Slí na Slainte including the 8KM Doonbeg Loop, the 20 KM Tullaher Loop and the 8.6 KM Slí na Slainte. Cycling can be enjoyed across the entire West Coast region.