Dolphins — The Shannon Seafari, Kilrush
The 2½ hour eco–cruise sails daily from Kilrush Marina onto one of Irelands
most beautiful, unspoilt waterways, the Shannon Estuary. The estuary is home to
Ireland's only known resident population of bottlenose dolphins, with over 100
individual dolphins having been identified at different times in the estuary.
The dolphins are curious, playful and unpredictable animals, whose charming
antics are bound to amaze and delight you. The boat also carries a hydrophone on
board, through which you can hear the dolphins communicate, allowing
you to enter their underwater acoustic world.
Ballybunion Golf Courses
An American golfing aficionado thought so much of Ballybunion Golf Club that
on his deathbed he ordered his body to be flown from Los Angeles for burial in
the graveyard beside the first tee at the famous Old Course. That last request
underlines the captivating spell cast over all those blessed with the fulfilment
of having made the pilgrimage to one of the world's greatest links.
The legendary Majors champion Tom Watson, and the renowned course architect
Robert Trent Jones are prominent among the many admirers. "Playing Ballybunion
is similar in many respects to playing Cypress Point in America and I like that
style of golf," says Watson. 'There appears to be no man-made influences and
Ballybunion is a course on which many golf architects should live and play
before they build golf courses,' adds the giant of golf, who many times
practised at his most-loved Irish course before winning some of his five British
It was also love at first sight for Trent Jones, the doyen of modern-day
designers. 'This is the most natural golf course terrain I have encountered ...
I will build you a great course, one of my best,' he exclaimed, thus was born
the Cashen course. With possibly a more dramatic setting than its older brother
and bigger dunes and carries required to round this course near par, it is a
fitting companion to one of the world's leading courses. The upshot is that
Ballybunion today is now a world-renowned golf complex of 36 of the finest links
land holes you will encounter in any one place.
Angling at Carrig Island
Situated at Europe's westernmost extremity, Ireland is widely regarded as the
last unspoilt fishing location in Europe. Carrig Island is situated on Irelands
Shannon region which is an undiscovered paradise for sea, course and game
anglers. Because the region benefits from the warm water offshoot of the gulf
stream the waters around the coast provide a great variety of fish from both the
cold and warm water regions of the Atlantic.
There are many different species of fish to be caught off Carrig Island.
Bass, Mullet, Flounder, Thornback Ray, Bull Huss and Dogfish are amongst these.
Fishing is good at all stages of the tide and is all year round. Fresh live bait
can be obtained locally.
For the visitor to this area, the cycle trails offer not only invigorating
exercise, but also an opportunity to see and enjoy the countryside. By
travelling along the roads and lanes the cyclist will be close to a vibrant
farming community set against a backdrop of very splendid hill, cliff and ocean
scenery. There are little villages to stop at and countless artefacts that tell
the story of Kerry's ancient days. There are four trails set out ranging from
12km to 30km. All routes start at Gregans Corner, opposite the Golf Hotel,