Located at the former Lillis Travel Agency office in the town square and operational until the end of September, the new service is a rural development and tourism initiative of Clare County Council in the West Clare Municipal District and is supported by Kilrush Chamber of Commerce.
Councillor Michael Hillery, Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of West Clare, has congratulated Clare County Council and Kilrush Chamber of Commerce on adopting a joint approach to promoting West Clare’s “vast wealth of tourism assets.”
“Clare is fortunate to have established tourism destinations and attractions such as Lough Derg, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Bunratty and our county capital of Ennis. However, there is much more to the county than these flagship attractions,” added Councillor Hillery.
He continued, “In West Clare and right throughout the Loop Head Peninsula and further up the coast, we have a huge amount to offer visitors in terms of attractions, festivals and events, and places to eat and stay. The role of the Tourist Information Point will be to point people in the right direction.”
Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, said, “This project presents a significant opportunity to showcase the Kilrush and wider West Clare tourism product. It also demonstrates an effective partnership between Clare County Council and Kilrush Chamber of Commerce and tourism businesses in West Clare in line with the Clare Rural Development Strategy.”
Helen Williams of Kilrush Chamber of Commerce, commented, “In recent weeks, tourism providers in the wider West Clare area have been invited to contribute tourism material and resources for inclusion at the new Tourist Information Point. We look forward to working with Clare County Council in distributing and promoting this material for the benefit of West Clare and the wider tourism sector.”
Kilrush itself 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.