Lahinch Beach

Lahinch is a coastal village on the west coast of County Clare Ireland. This is a town on Liscannor Bay just south of Liscannor and the cliffs of Moher. Lahinch is one of Ireland's most popular resorts offering visitors great variety and spectacular scenery, with it's one-mile stretch of golden beach.

Lahinch has a wide variety of accommodation options from Hotels to Bed and Breakfasts and Hostels as well as campsites, caravan parks and Self Catering accommodation. Lahinch is one of Irelands oldest resort towns and has been a popular holiday destination for over a century. Lahinch has a good selection of pubs which are lively all summer long, there is a good mixture of live music to be found from traditional to rock to folk. The resort has a great selection of restaurants and cafes, and there are also a few gems on the road from Lahinch to Miltown Malbay.

It is famous for it's classic links golf course it is host to every major Irish Amateur competition and the Home Internationals. The course combines deep valleys, blind shots to greens hemmed in by hills on 3 sides and huge sand dunes and the views as breathtaking.

Lahinch is acclaimed for the top quality surfing conditions available offshore. Indeed the Guinness record for number of surfers on a wave is held by Lahinch. Surf lessons and equipment for hire as available in the village. Other water sports including kitesurfing and windsurfing are catered for as well. The pitch-in-putt course is two kilometers outside the town on the road to Liscannor.

All-weather facilities at the seaside resort include an aquarium and indoor pool close to the fine beachside promenade. Lahinch has many fantastic shops, offering gifts from Ireland, including Waterford crystal, knitwear, jewellery, golf attire, belleek and pottery, an art gallery and Cuban cigar shop!



Surfing in Lahinch

North of the village on the Liscannor Road may be seen the remains of Dough Castle. It was originally founded by the O'Connors in 1306. It was described as a tall battlemented tower with a two-storey dwelling house attached to one side in 1675. The present ruin is the result of poor foundations (mainly sand) rather than the ravages of war. Only one wall now remains of Dough Castle. The sandhills are supposed to be the haunt of Donn Dumhach, the Fairy King, and the sandhill Crughaneer near the bridge is also supposed to be haunted.

Kilmacreehy Church is an early twelfth-century parish church built on the site of MacCreiche's famous sixth- century school. Of its most interesting features is a carved head with flat medieval head-dress topped the pointed hood which terminated here with serpents of different styles. One of these serpents which looks as if it were holding a bone or bar cross-wise in its jaws has been associated by people with the legend of a corpse-eating eel from the sea.

Lahinch makes a good base for a visit to the Burren or a golfing holiday in Clare with it's reasonable proximity to Doonbeg and Ennis golf courses. A day trip from Doolin to the Aran Islands is another good option if the golf becomes too much or too frustrating!