Kilrush is at the centre of the rich and diverse coastal landscape of the West Clare Peninsula and is set in an unforgettable seascape that features the grand River Shannon, the islands of Hogg and Scattery and the picturesque village of Cappa. The designation of Kilrush as a Heritage Town recognizes its legacy as a landlord estate town with a rich maritime tradition.
Origin of Name: Kilrush takes its name from the Irish ‘Cill Ruis’ meaning ‘The Church of the Promontory’ or ‘Peninsula Church’. The ‘Church’ refers to an early oratory called Kilkeevan, the church of Kavin, who is reputed to have been a brother of Saint Kevin of Glendalough, County Wicklow.
Kilrush offers you the wonder of beautiful beaches that are perfectly surrounded by unspoilt, natural environment. Kilrush Marina is perfectly located for exploring the exciting west coast with its dramatic scenery and enticing anchorages. Whether you choose to stay in Kilrush or close by, you’ll find a wealth of exciting activities in and around the area for anyone of all ages.
A highpoint close by are the grand Vandeleur Walled Gardens – situated just east of Kilrush town. Here, beautiful old stonewalls enclose a sheltered 2.158 acre walled garden (2.158 acres) which is set among 420 acres of native woodland. Formerly part of the Vandeleur Family Demesne, this garden has been restored around the old path system with unusual water-features and a free-standing Victorian-style working glasshouse which is accessible to visitors. The garden specializes in many unusual and tender plants that thrive in the area’s uniquely western latitude micro climate. The garden includes a very impressive horizontal maze – while chess enthusiasts can test their skills by playing the giant outdoor chess set.
Cappa is a small rocky beach just by Cappa pier and harbour. Whilst the pier has been extensively used since 1764, today you are more likely to find locals and visitors alike jumping off the pier enjoying the sea at the Shannon estuary’s only blue flag beach.
A short distance away is Scattery Island; a worthwhile place to visit as it is of ecological interest with one of the few remaining examples of semi-natural grasslands in the country. Cappa is located on the R473, 1km from Kilrush which is the closest town. The beach is lifeguard patrolled during the bathing season.