Spanish Point , 3 km/2 miles west of Milltown Malbay, is a small resort with a beautiful sandy beach and golf course. It’s so named because of the Spaniards who were buried here after the wreck of their Armada ships along the coast in 1588. One of the ships was wrecked on the reefs to landward of Mutton Island (3km/2 miles) off shore. More than a thousand men were lost, and many of their bodies were carried by the tide to Spanish Point. Today, you can hire a currach in the fishing village of Quilty and visit the site of the wreck.
“It was a wild and stormy day in September, and the light was dying out westward over the great rollers of the Atlantic, when the watchers on the towering Cliffs of Moher saw two sails beyond Aran, and in the dim twilight, fancied they saw others farther out to sea…”
- Extract from the diary of Boetius Clancy
Spanish Point has developed into a bustling seaside resort welcoming many visitors each year. Come to the town during summer and you can expect to enjoy seaside fun and endless beach activities – while it’s also one of the best surfing spots in Clare. The area is also great for sampling exquisite, fresh seafood and some of the establishments run well-reputed cookery courses.