Watersports and Fishing...

Fishing from the pier in Liscannor

Watersports and Fishing

County Clare's waterways and coastline can provide a unique experience for everyone, a huge range of sightseeing, cultural and outdoor activities. For total relaxation why not try casting a line into calm canal waters or lakes, into the Atlantic waves or the fast flowing waters of the rivers. County Clare has a wealth of rivers and lakes and miles of coastline, which means wherever you are in Clare you're not far from a great fishing spot.

There is excellent angling for all species of coarse fish, on the River Shannon and on its largest lake, Lough Derg, east Clare. Boats can be chartered from many places along the Shannon Estuary including Killaloe, Portumna and Mountshannon and fisheries are well serviced for bank and boat fishing.

The villages of Tulla, Broadford & Feakle are surrounded by some 30 to 40 lakes collectively referred to as the East Clare Lakelands. Some of the lakes on the River Fergus system, north Clare are especially good for Pike and Perch. Among the most popular are Ballycullinan, Cullaun, Tullymacken, Ballyteighe and Ballyala. The village of Corofin is at the centre of this system and all lakes are within an 8 mile radius.

The Clare coast line is famous for its shore angling which can be done at Fanore, Doolin, Liscannor and Lahinch. Deep sea angling can also be arranged locally. Boats can be chartered from Kilrush Marina, Liscannor Bay, Miltown Malbay and Quilty. All of these beaches provide good shore angling for pollock, bass and mackerel.

 

 

Surfing in Lahinch

For sheer exhilaration try at one of the many watersports on offer such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and surfing. Lough Derg, the Shannon River and the coast line all offer a myriad of centres catering to watersports.

At Fanora, north Clare you can rent body boards or learn to surf at a local surf school, while out in the water you may even see a friendly dolphin which has been spotted frequently in the bay. Lahinch and Spanish Point are famed for their waves and if surfing isn't enough of a thrill you can go kitesurfing or windsurfing at Lahinch.

Kilkee, south west Clare is well know for it wealth of spectacular dives. Jacques Cousteau declared that it was the best diving spot in Europe. The Kilkee Dive Centre, is a fully-equipped and caters to both beginners and experts. The Diving Centre offer shore dives from the Duggera Rocks and boat dives from the Black Rocks further out. Divers can go to depths from 10 metres (32 feet) to 45 metres (147 feet). The diverse marine life attracts divers from all around the world. Snorkelling and sailing are also popular in Kilkee, and the surf school holds classes during the summer months.

Lough Derg is a mecca for watersport enthusiasts, activity centres along the shoreline provide all you need for sailing, windsurfing, and canoeing. Water-skiing is also immensely popular here.

Centres for Watersports include:
Kilkee Waterworld
Aloha Surf School
Shannonside Activity and Sailing Centre
UL Activity Centre
Kilrush Creek Activity Centre
Kilrush Marina
Burren Adventures Dive Centre
Loop Head Adventures
Orbitalwinds - Lahinch Kitesurfing School
Lahinch Surf School