Top Activities For Families
At Treacys West County we are very lucky to be surrounded by some great family attractions and things to do in Clare. Clare offers an unrivalled range of fun filled activities for kids and the whole family to enjoy.
Our list of reccommended family activities are below.
BUNRATTY FOLK PARK
Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times.
Within the grounds is the folk park, where 19th Century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings, including a schoolhouse, post office and doctor’s house in a living village setting. Bunratty Folk Park also includes Ardcroney Church, a former Church of Ireland building which was painstakingly moved, stone by stone, from County Tipperary, to Bunratty.
MOHER HILL PETTING FARM
Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park is situated overlooking Liscannor Bay and is much more than a fun family filled day out.
The farm boasts a wide variety of animals such as‘Leroy’ the llama, ‘Andy’ the alpaca and our ever popular ‘Ozzie’ the ostrich. Children have an opportunity to feed the animals with animal food provided or join in daily bottle feeding and animal holding experience.
The farm has a wide range of activities to ensure that all ages are kept entertained, regardless of the weather with bouncing castle, in-door and out-door go karts, ball pool, all weather out-door play area and miniature golf course.
BIRDS OF PREY AT THE AILWEE CAVES
For a family day out with a difference, a visit to the Birds of Prey Centre at Aillwee Cave, will be a day to remember. For both adults and kids alike the Birds of Prey Centre offers a rare insight into the world of magnificent birds of prey.
In addition some of the birds on site are part of the World Wide Breeding Programme of rare and endangered species, allowing a rare glimpse of these animals. A highlight of any family visit to the Birds of Prey Centre is to attend one of the flying displays that take place daily.
Let the staff at Aillwee Cave welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this unique landscape. Tours consists of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor. Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long extinct brown bears.
Kilrush, together with Carrigaholt, are the main access locations for those who wish to view the large group of bottlenose dolphins that reside in the Shannon Estuary. This school of breeding dolphins is unique to Ireland and is the most accessible group of dolphins in Europe.
While on board, you may also encounter a variety of migratory and resident sea birds, grey seals, and a wild herd of goats that graze on rugged cliffs. Tides and sea conditions ensure that each trip is unique, and every trip will inspire awed appreciation of this remarkable habitat.
Craggaunowen is an award-winning pre-historic park where you can explore the roots of the Irish people – the homesteads, animals and artefacts of Ireland’s Celtic ancestors of over 1,000 years ago. Experience a past that has shaped who we are and how we live today.
Travel back in time to the life of the hunter-gatherer in the Ring Fort. You will see how the Celts carried out their every-day activities as they cooked over open fires or in pits; ground corn for making bread or for porridge on hand-powered querns; or made pottery, wooden bowls, goblets and platters.
From Archaeology to adventure, from geology to botany, discover the pristine beaches, the limestone mounts. Uncover magical caves, hidden churches and sacred wells. Visit the wild Burren and be amazed, be captivated, be free.
The limestone region of the Burren is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is world-renowned for its stunning and unique beauty. Stone walls criss-cross bare and rugged stretches of limestone rock. Ballyvaughan village lies at the heart of the Burren and enjoys spectacular views over Galway Bay.
JET SKIING, PADDLE BOARDING, KAYAKING
Lough Derg is renowned for being Ireland’s “Pleasure Lake,” and its water sports sets a precedent. From water skiing, kayaking, cruising, jet skiing, sailing, power boat racing, to” just splashing about,” Lough Derg is enjoyed by all.
With rippling waves, ocean swells and pristine beaches, it’s not surprising that surfers flock to the Wild Atlantic Way throughout the seasons.
Often considered the surfing gem of the Cliff Coast, Lahinch is a popular destination for surfers and kitesurfers alike.