Local Attractions

Kinvara is an excellent base for touring – the Burren, Connemara and Ferries to the Aran Islands are just over 1 hour away. These are areas of outstanding natural beauty and geology. The list is almost endless, but here are some examples below:


Aillwee Caves
20km from the Kinvara the caves are an ideal activity for a rainy day. A chance to see the subterranean Burren. See bear pits, stalactites and underground waterfalls.


our local beach Tracht is just 4 miles from the village. The beach, overlooking Galway Bay, has earned a “Blue Flag” for water cleanliness, is supervised by a lifeguard during the summer and has spotlessly clean toilets with wheelchair access on the shore. All in all, a very pleasant and safe place to go for a swim and enjoy the wildlife. Also within 1/2 hours drive and Bishops Quarter and Fanore beaches.

09_Arches_Scenery01Boat Trips
Go and see the West Coast of Ireland from a different viewpoint. Feel the adrenaline as you fly through the waves while enjoying our safe, comfortable and most importantly dry fleet of Ribs . Ribwest mix the beauty of our coast line & wildlife with power, on the “RIBWEST” experience. More information & booking details @ www.ribwest.com

The Burren is a unique area of 270 sq. kilometres of limestone pavement and green valleys. It is rich in flora and fauna, geology, archaeology, ancient settlements and ecclesiastical sites. Man has settled here for at least six thousand years and the area has the largest concentration of stone forts, monuments and ecclesiastical sites in Ireland. Botanists come from all over the world to study the flora. Uniquely, Mediterranean, alpine and arctic flowers and plants grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is the mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavement. Many visitors come to The Burren simply to enjoy its wonderful walks. There are many walking trials to suit every ability with varied flora and fauna. There are also a number of seashore/beach walks.


Cliffs of Moher
The most dramatic cliffs in Europe (250 metres) and home to a myriad of wildlife, many different species of birds, dolphins and the occasional whale. Beautiful views towards the Aran Islands and Connemara. There is a long cliff side walk for those who wish to brave the brisk Atlantic breeze. On your way, take the scenic coastal road from Kinvara via Black Head and Ballyvaughan. Not only can the cliffs be seen from above but from below. Here you can also enjoy a cruise around the cliffs.

Dunguaire Castle
05_Arches_Castle02Probably, the most famous land mark that is associated with Kinvara, Dunguaire Castle was built in the 1500’s and has changed ownership many times down through the years. Today, Dunguaire Castle is owned by Shannon Heritage, and is open to visitors from May through to October. The castle also holds Medieval Banquets. For further details please phone + 353 91 637108 www.shannonheritage.com/ or Ann can organise booking.

Kilmacduagh Monastery is the site of an old monastic settlement, 10 km from the town of Kinvara. It was the birthplace of the Diocese of Kilmacduagh, whose name means “church of Duagh’s son”.

Kinvara is located just 15km from Gort Golf Club (www.gortgolf.com). Designed by Ryder Cup star, Christy O’ Connor Junior, and officially opened in August 1996, Gort Golf Club is an 18 Hole Championship Golf Course, set in 160 acres of picturesque parkland on the edge of the world famous Burren and within 200 yards of the historic monastic settlement of Kilmacduagh.

All the pubs offer a friendly welcome. Enjoy your drinks in a relaxed yet jovial atmosphere.

Traditional Irish music and song are commonplace.

Dining out
There is a variety of good restaurants in Kinvara and nearby.

  • The Pier Head bar and restaurant.
  • The Merriman Hotel.
  • Linnanes Lobster Bar (6km)
  • Moran’s seafood restaurant. (8km)
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