Doonbeg, known as ‘The Long Village’ is at the mouth of the Cooraclare or Doonbeg River, on the N67 road from Ennis to Kilkee. A striking and dramatic feature of the village is the remains of the 15th century tower house, standing by the bridge over the Doonbeg River, shortly before it enters the sea. The castle was the fortress of the MacMahons (A descendant of Mahon O’Brien and direct descendant of Brian Boru) and later of the O’Briens.
Doonbeg is a true Irish hidden secret – where tradition, nature and warm local hospitality make the village a pleasure to visit. There are many activities on offer – from boating and angling in the sea and rivers to birding or dolphin-watching in the clear waters. The challenging Trump International Doonbeg Links golf course is also a treat for golfing visitors. And of course there’s no shortage of lively local pubs where you can enjoy the kind of traditional music that has made the area famous.
Doonbeg is also a great place to just sit back and relax as you take in the beautiful landscape with scenic coastline, flora, fauna and beaches.
Whitestrand Doonbeg is famous for its white sand that frames magnificent coastal scenery, this is a highly secluded beach which attracts lots of visitors during the summer due to its tranquil nature, safe swimming and water cleanliness and is sheltered on both sides by the low rocky rugged cliffs that frame the strand. The view from White Strand Beach looks across to Doughmore Strand which is a very popular surfing, swimming and family beach. White Strand Beach and surrounding coastline are also popular with fishing enthusiasts.
The beach is lifeguard patrolled during the summer months and more information can be found at the notice board located at the beach.
Origin of Name: Doonbeg takes its name from the Irish‘Dun Beag’ which means ‘The Small Fort’.