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Kilkee is a town in County Clare. It was the sea-side resort of Limerick in Victorian times, when wealthy merchants families retired here for the whole summer season, and built the many substantial summer houses that are now small hotels and guesthouses.

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Access is by road, the N68 from Ennis via Kilrush or the N67 from North Clare.

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Visit the Visitor Information Center, which is a seasonally-opened tourist office. (Tel. 00353(0)65-56112)

The town has a wide horseshoe shaped sandy beach, and when the local pollution problem gets sorted, it will be a fine safe amenity. To the south, in the flat rocks, are a number of natural swimming pools, known locally as 'Pollock Holes' because of the fish that are caught there. These are filled with fresh sea-water at every tide (as a result there is excellent snorkeling here) , and are ideal for children and uncertain swimmers. Kilkee has some of the best diving in Ireland, with an active diving club.

There are excellent cliff-walks with stunning scenery only moments from the town centre just waiting to be explored.

There is a small indoor pool, which can be noisy as it is popular with small children, with a basic and reasonably-priced cafe-type eatery, just off the beach. There is good car-parking facilities.

  • Kilkee Golf Club, +353 65 905 6048, [1]. An 18 Hole Golf Course on the Wild Atlantic Way. The old 9 Hole Course, which was built in 1886, has been developed into a challenging 18 Hole Course. The views in Kilkee are breathtaking, with first and second tees looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean and the third Tee overlooking Chimney Bay with a spectacular clifftop view.  edit
  • Nevsail Watersports and Rock Climbing Adventure Centre, +353 86 330 8236, [2]. Co. Clare's premier Adventure Centre. Open all year around, whether you are looking for some extreme sports or a relaxing adventure outing. Offering kayaking, canoeing, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, rock-climbing, power-boating, coasteering, stand up paddle boarding, archery, raft building and team challanges  edit

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  • Hickies Bar, O'Connell St, +353 65 905 6058, [3]. Lively, traditional Irish bar with live music every Saturday night and six nights a week in the season. The pub also shows all major sporting events on 4 flat screen TVs. Free WiFi is available  edit
  • Scott's Bar, 3-6 O'Curry St, +353 65 905 6061. Busy bar offering live music.  edit
  • The Greyhound (The Skinny Dog), O'Curry St, (065) 905 6555. A relaxing spot to while away a few hours and enjoy a pint of Guinness  edit

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