Ireland – Lahinch and Ennistymon

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Just a few miles down the road the famed Cliffs of Moher you’ll find the seaside town of Lahinch (also spelled Lehinch). I found this place on my first to Ireland when I asked a favorite waitress at our hotel where she would go if she could take a week and she told us about the great memories of family holidays when she was a kid.  “It’s windy” She warned us, “Very windy, but if you don’t mind a little wind and rain it’ll be grande.”

We spent a week there in a really nice, modern, 3 bedroom condo that sat at the bottom of the hill on the 2nd floor in a building called “The Dell”, so we could sit around the living room windows and look down on the entertaining activity on the steep hilled road that the town is built on.  Lahinch is well known for two things; Surfing and Hen n Stag parties. They even have the hashtag #SurfCity on their town’s sign and though they’ve discouraged the more out of control versions of ’em, the better behaved Stags and Hens (bachelor and bachelorette’s) are still encouraged to celebrate there which makes for great people watching.

Lahinch is another friendly town with a lot packed into the steep hill it’s based on; clothing shops, hotels, pubs, gifts, pharmacy, tourism and leisure center, a world class golf course, a beach promenade to stroll along, surfing lessons and kayak rentals. It has some great live music coming from Kenny’s.

Places to stay.

  • The Dell vacation rental – I’ve stayed in this building many times, but that unit sold. This place is right in the heart of town with a great breakfast place downstairs full of healthy options.
  • Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel – They have a pool, jacuzzi, steam and dry sauna and workout room and private parking lot.

Places to eat, drink and be merry.

  • Kenny’s – You must get the lamb taco and come back for the live music. Love, love, love this place~

Things to do.

  • Go Kayaking – There are rentals right there at the beach promenade.
  • Take Surf lessons – Just head on down to the promenade and you’ll find a couple choices for lessons.
  • Visit the Moher Hill Open Farm
  • St. Bridgid’s well
  • Beach walk for miles and miles
  • Visit the Morrison art gallery. Only buy what you can fit in your suitcase. It’s very expensive to ship from Ireland~
  • Get a 99 at the ice cream shop
  • Take a Scuba lesson
  • Walk over to Ennistymon to visit the shops, bakery and pet the donkeys at their sanctuary (drive there for grocery shopping –
  • Play golf at a world class course by the sea

A nice 3o minute walk due east along the main road is Ennisytmon.  It has a beautiful riverfront hotel that has a donkey sanctuary on the grounds.

I like to walk there from Lahinch, browse the shops, have a pint in one of the pubs and stop in at the Wine, Dine & Stay restaurant/hotel.  If the weather is nice, sit out on the back patio. If not, cosy inside by the fire or one of the window seats.

Places to stay.

  • Falls Hotel & Spa – If you’re wanting spa getaway close to Lahinch, this is it and they have donkeys

Places to eat, drink and be merry.

Byrnes Wine, Dine & Stay (great seafood and atmosphere right on the river)

Pot Duggans (great indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant that’s new on the scene and next to a cool old bakery)

Things to do.

  • Get groceries at SuperValu Market
  • Visit the donkey sanctuary at the Falls Hotel
  • Visit the shops

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