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Travel to Kilkee - The West of Ireland

Updated on July 30, 2017

Kilkee in County Clare - Ireland

The west of Ireland has a wild beauty. Kilkee is on the Atlantic Ocean, and is a popular vacation spot. It features a sandy beach. It's close to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. That doesn't count the pubs and beautiful Irish countryside.

The rocky landscape of The Burren is a nature-lovers dream, featuring diverse species from Mediterranean and Arctic environments.

The dramatic Cliffs of Moher are among Ireland's most popular tourist destinations. They show the power of the Atlantic

I was lucky enough to visit Ireland a few years ago, particularly in and around Kilkee, where my girlfriend and her mother operated a bed and breakfast.

Kilkee was developed in part because of its proximity to Limerick. A century ago, a narrow-gauge railway was built to bring vacationers up from the city for a seaside holiday. Now the main road from Ennis and Kilrush is the usual route to Kilkee. Shannon is the nearest airport.

Photos by kimbesa

Kilkee Beach At Low Tide

Kilkee Beach At Low Tide
Kilkee Beach At Low Tide
Kilkee and Ireland Views
Kilkee and Ireland Views

Explore Kilkee and Surrounding Sights

A New View Around Every Corner

Once you are in Kilkee, you can explore the rest of Clare as you wish, from the cliffs, the Burren, Aillwee Cave, as well as many shops that use local products to make tasty, fragrant and charming things to remind you of your trip.

More of my photos:

  • The Atlantic cliffs around Kilkee
  • Ferry across the River Shannon headed for County Limerick
  • My friend Siobhan enjoying a peat fire in a pub
  • Primroses at her B&B in Kilkee
  • Monk's Pub in Ballyvaughn on Galway Bay

Photos by kimbesa

Where is Kilkee?

The Beach at Kilkee - One Gray Afternoon

Beach at Kilkee Low Tide
Beach at Kilkee Low Tide

I didn't have a panoramic lens, so I stitched the images together as best I know how without special software, to give a view of the entire beach at Kilkee.

February is not the best time to go to Ireland, but when you have the chance, you go. Spring is coming at that time of year, and the landscape is already getting green.

My friend lived in Ireland for quite a few years, and she told me that in the summer, Ireland is almost neon bright, it is so green.

Photo by kimbesa

Signs in County Clare Ireland
Signs in County Clare Ireland

Visit Ireland | One Beautiful Country

Lots to Explore and Enjoy

Kilkee is a handy jumping off spot for local travel all around West Clare. The Burren, an area of craggy limestone rocks, plays host to plants that commonly grow in arctic, alpine and Mediterranean regions, due to the unique climate in Ireland.

In the Burren, they grow in the same place, between the limestone rocks.

Average home landscapes sport a variety of plants as well. It is really strange to see species that are "houseplants" in North American, like the Monkey Puzzle Tree for example, growing outdoors in a "northern" location. It's the Gulf Stream that makes all the difference.

Botanists, photographers and artists flock to the Burren in the summer to study and enjoy the variety there. It's also home to Poulnabrone, a megalithic tomb famous for its dramatic perch above this windswept landscape.

The Cliffs of Moher are also famous for their dramatic beauty. You feel that you really are on the edge of a continent, with the Atlantic Ocean spread out before you.

I enjoyed my time in Kilkee and Ireland, and I appreciate my friend Siobhan for inviting me! I'd love to travel there again sometime!.

Photo by kimbesa

Bed and Breakfast Charm - Jasper Enjoys a Sunny Window

Jasper the Cat at Rosewood Cottage Ireland
Jasper the Cat at Rosewood Cottage Ireland

Sitting Room at Rosewood Cottage B&B

Sitting Room at Rosewood Cottage B&B
Sitting Room at Rosewood Cottage B&B

Typical Beachfront Buildings at Kilkee - Holiday Cottages and Homes

Kilkee Ireland Beach Houses
Kilkee Ireland Beach Houses

A vacation is called a holiday in Ireland. People go "on holiday" and sometimes stay in "holiday homes" like these.

Photo by kimbesa

Have You Ever Been to Ireland? - Will You Go? Do You Have a Favorite Place There?

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      Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

      I'm glad you got the opportunity to enjoy this. I would love to go to Ireland someday. Great hub.

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      OMENA777 5 years ago

      I am orginally from Ireland. My favorite county is Wicklow. Thankd you for your lovely lens :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      No, but I'm quite anxious to go there. I've read a lot about the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. What a treat to see these special places.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I haven't been to Ireland yet, but it is #1 on my travel list.

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      Travelguide101 6 years ago

      As an Ireland tourist, I can say that there are truly promising places to visit in Ireland. It is one of the most magnificent countries in the world.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Beautiful! I loved western Ireland too. Visited in 2008 and stayed in Ballyvaughan. The Burren was my favorite. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      In my youth I dreamed of exploring Ireland and soaking in the ambience.

      Alas, that did not happen, but I still love all things Irish.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i have been to ireland (until shannon airport). i was in transit. angelblessings.

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      @julieannbrady: You will love it!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I am sincerely longing for an actual real life visit to Ireland ... I believe a fellow lensmaster has invited me to visit!

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      Great pictures, great lens.I really enjoyed

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Lovely lens, Have been to Co. Clare often, for some reason when I was reading your lens an old song came into my mind called "Are you right there Michael" written by Percy French. The song is about the West Clare railway and its crazy timetable. If you have not heard it before, you can hear it on YouTube --

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      @TonyPayne: Thanks for your kind comments, and the Angel Blessing!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I went to Belfast when I was 5, but don't remember much apart from a park down the road from where my cousins lived, and a beach near a lighthouse where the sea went out for miles. I would love to go back and tour Ireland. Excellent lens, I enjoyed my visit, and I'm leaving a blessing behind.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I have never been to Ireland - tho I have ancestors there. I have been to the Isle of Man in the Irish sea. They look very similar! Nice job on this lens - love the photos.

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      AdeleW 6 years ago

      Just back from Ireland and spend some time in Co. Clare. The Cliffs of Moher were fantastic. when we went the weather was terrible, but it made it even more dramatic! Can't wait to go back!

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      Nope. One of my lines is from Co. Roscommon. I'd like to go there some day.

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      @miaponzo: Yes, go to's beautiful. You'll have a great time!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Nope.. but two of my best friends are from there.. so I SHOULD!!! :)

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Eh, what a question? I live there and it is beautiful beyond any telling of it, especially when the sun shines.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I would love to visit Ireland and the British Isles. Thanks for sharing Kilkee. Very scenic and charming. :)

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I went to Ireland in 2002. The cliffs of Moher were beautiful, if not a little intimidating. Made it there on a day that was extremely windy, my umbrella got blown backwards, and I thought the winds would carry me away.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I love Ireland, and we visit castle Rock, where I have never seen a more beautiful beach! It is gorgeous

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Someday I hope to visit Ireland along with several other places in Europe. Your photos are beautiful even if it is February.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience in western Ireland. I loved it there too, especially the Burren. A Memorial Day blessing for you.