The Lisdoonvarna Bucket List

Family Days Out

Our Top Picks

If you’re holidaying with us in one of our White Group Hotels-which include the Hydro Hotel, Imperial Hotel and the King Thomond Hotel, we would encourage you to get out and about and see the sights.

Our rooms offer a supreme experience coupled with unparalleled comfort but the surrounding county has a rich tapestry of things to do!

Whether it’s natural splendour that you’re looking for or a retail paradise, you’ll probably find it here. Discover our top picks of places to visit here:

Places to Shop

If you’re a tourist in Ireland, particularly one from far away shores, chances are you’re looking for a uniquely Irish shopping experience. Fill up those suitcases on your trip to Lisdoonvarna’s neighbouring village Doolin.
Irish Crafts is a welcoming store located in central Doolin that stocks a selection of Ireland’s finest locally produced products. Irish Craft is a treasure trove for all things Irish and home to big brands such as Aran Woollen Mills, Mucros Weavers, Wildgoose and Kilkenny Crystal.

With giftware items ranging from handcrafted pieces crafted by the finest traditional Irish craftsmen from materials such Irish turf and Irish glass to an extensive range of fine Irish fibres such as locally spun linens and some finely crafted jewellery-Celtic in design and made from only the most precious metals, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful store.This store is well worth a visit if only to sample Ireland’s finest products in person. And you’re sure to find something to suit all budgets.

The Rock Shop

If you’re looking for original gifts to bring back to your friends, you’ll find them in Liscannor at the Rock Shop! Prepare to spend hours browsing through the captivating gems, crystals, trinkets and crafts that the Rock Shop has to offer. Brace yourself to make one of life’s toughest decisions as you’ll probably find choosing difficult. Chances are you’ll want to buy the lot!

Pay the tranquil tea room a visit during your Rock Shop experience. This spacious tearoom is the perfect place to relax with a tasty cake and a freshly ground coffee. Enjoy the view of the beautiful Liscannor Bay.

Activities

Mountain View Horse Riding Centre

It might be worth trying a new activity when you’re exploring a new terrain. Why not enjoy the breathtaking views of Lisdoonvarna and explore the local surroundings on horseback?
With so much to see and so much to do in this majestic Karst countryside, a riding tour might just be the perfect way to take it all in and soak up all that Co. Clare has to offer.
Ride through the Burren on one of Mountain View’s riding treks that cater for all levels from beginner to advanced. With tailored treks can last from 1-6 hours in duration depending on what you personally want to get out of the experience, you will undoubtedly explore trails that boast ‘the finest scenery that Ireland has to offer’. Find out more here.

Lahinch Surf School

You can’t visit Clare without giving surfing a go. As one of Ireland’s biggest retreats for surfers and home to the Lahinch Surf Experience is one of our most popular top picks. Throw on your wet suit and the good folk at Lahinch will have you surfing the waves in no time.
Owned by 3 times Irish Senior Surf Champion-John McCarthy, the Lahinch Surf School offers an authentic surf experience. You can even visit the Beach Hut after your lesson to feel utterly bodacious. Pretty rad!

Places of Interest

The Spa Wells Centre

Sip on the mineral rich water that Lisdoonvarna has to offer at the Spa Wells Centre. The Pump House has a steady flow of sulphur and iron rich water that attracts visitors from all over the world. As a result of the sulphur and iron, the water has curative properties.
The Spa Wells Centre has one of the best floors for dancing in Lisdoonvarna. Due to this, the hall comes alive with music and dance during the Matchmaking Festival.
There are hopes to reopen the Bath House in the future, but for now the Spa Wells being reopened again is a positive move in the right direction.

Doolin Cave

If natural wonders are your thing, Doolin Cave is the place to visit. Another of our top picks, this stunning underground experience that’s located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Doolin Cave is home to the largest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere and is renowned across Europe for being one of the most compelling cave attractions.
There is also a farmyard trail to be discovered that’s free for all visitors. Children will love seeing all the animals, trees and wildflower meadows.

There is plenty to be discovered in the areas surrounding the Imperial and the Hydro Hotels and although we know our hotels offer a truly relaxing experience that you might not want to leave, we would definitely encourage getting out and about in the breathtaking natural surroundings that Co. Clare has to offer. Discover our top picks and complete the Lisdoonvarna Bucket List

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