Kayaking, Sailing, Swimming, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Rock Pooling in Kilkee

Surrounded by water, it is obvious that Loophead is a mecca for watersports. NEVSAIL is situated on the beach front next to the life guard hut, where they provide Training Courses in Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Kayaking, Canoeing,Surfing, and much much more, for all ages, from beginners to the more advanced.


Great diving spots - Photo © Keith McDonogh




Currach Racing

Currachs Kilbaha - Photo © Anne Marie Lynch

Currachs, the traditional canoe, of the Loophead peninsula were used in times past for fishing and for transport. The skills associated with the use of these boats had all but died out but now a new generation of young people are being taught the skills of building, rowing and handling these boats. Now currach regattas are held every year in Carrigaholt, Kilbaha and Kilkee. see dates under FESTIVALS

Starting the race - Photo © Paddy Collins


Curragh Racing on choppy waters - Photo © R. Collins


Scuba Diving

Sea Anemones - Photo © Keith McDonogh

The coastline of the Loophead Peninsula is a natural base for diving. Kilkee has a dedicated diving centre fully equipped and professionally manned by highly qualified diving instructors. The keen amateur will already be aware of this centre because the great Jacques Cousteau declared that it was the best diving spot in Europe. The Kilkee Dive Centre is a fully-equipped SCUBA diving centre which caters to both beginners and experts. Divers can go to depths from 10 metres (32 feet) to 45 metres (147 feet). The diverse marine life attracts divers from around the world. For beginners there is a trial dive in the shallow waters of Kilkee Bay to introduce them to the exciting underwater world.


Sea Angling

Fishing at Lighthouse - Photo © Luke Aston

Surrounded by so much water it is not surprising that fishing is a major attraction. Sea angling with very experience skipper on a specially constructed fishing boat is by far the best way to engage in this sport. In Carrigaholt there is such a boat and crew available. Carrigaholt is an ideal harbour to go fishing from. Being in an estuary it is possible to go fishing in all weather conditions. In strong winds trips go east from the pier and get fishing in the sheltered waters of the Shannon estuary where you can expect your catch to include Ray, Conger, Bass, Dogfish and Tope. When you can get out to Loop head at the end of the peninsula you are starting to get into the best fishing grounds to be found in Europe. Here it has been known to catch over twenty different species in one days fishing and some crews have landed up to five hundred kilos of whitefish for a days fishing! These fish include Cod, Pollock, Saith, Ling, Haddock, Whiting, Hake, Spur dog, Ray and of course lots of Mackerel, which in turn can be used as bait for among others Blue Shark and large Skate.


Shore Fishing

Cliff fishing with Bill - Photo © www.chillwithbill.com

Being located on a peninsula gives access to a wide variety of fishing venues and species and allows fishing in all weather. The choice of fishing type and fish is amazing including rock platforms that shelve in to deep water, gentle sandy beaches, wild Atlantic storm beaches, sheltered estuaries and quiet harbour piers. The main species to be caught are; bass, mackerel, Pollock, flounder, mullet, coalfish, ling, ray and many more. To find the best fishing spots a guide is very useful. Don’t forget that waters edge and cliff edge are dangerous places for the uninitiated.



Kilkee SwimGym

swimming pool, sauna, steam room and a professionally equipped gym.

Membership Rates:
Single adult 1 year €350,
Couple 1 year €550,
Family 1 year €700,
Adult 6 months €230,
Couple 6 months €360,
Family 6 months €455.
Pay as you go €10 adult, €5 child.

Kilkee SwimGym

Opening hours:
We are open MONDAY to FRIDAY 7.00 am to 10.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am to 7 pm

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Loop Head Peninsula

Dolphins at Shannon Estuary

Kilbaha Harbour

Loop Head

Ross, Loop Head