Now one of Ireland’s premier tourist centres, Kilkee’s career as a seaside resort took off in early Victorian times when affluent families from Limerick built themselves summer houses here. Among the visitors to Kilkee in Victorian times were poets Lord Alfred Tennyson and Sir Aubrey de Vere, and Charlotte Bronte the novelist, honeymooned here in 1854. In 1896 the Crown Princess of Austria was a visitor.
This charming seaside town retains its 19th Century Victorian ambiance, yet has all the modern facilities to make your holiday a memorable one. The resort literally has something for everyone; in dramatic cliff walks, safe bathing and numerous activities.
Sports on offer include tennis, golf, diving, water sports and children’s amusements. Kilkee Waterworld is an indoor pool with a host of features including a lazy river, flume, gushers etc. Kilkee Golf Course is a scenic and challenging coastal course.
Known as the gateway to the Loophead Peninsula, Kilkee a great place to tour around. There are some breathtaking walks both to the north and south of the bay all the way to George’s Head. From the nearby cliffs, one can see the Aran Islands on a fine day. There are fantastic pony trekking tours taking in beautiful vistas.
The Loop Drive is a well sign-posted drive from Kilkee. This unique drive can be taken by car or bicycle. It takes the visitor around the Loop Head peninsula, through areas of great beauty and through villages of historic interest.
It follows along the Shannon shore by way of the villages of Doonaha, Carrigaholt and Kilbaha to the lighthouse at Loop Head “where the Shannon meets the sea”. The return journey is along the wild and rugged Atlantic Coast with panoramic views as far as the Cliffs of Moher.