Spanish Point is so named because of the Spaniards who were buried here after the wreck of their Armada ships along this coast in 1588. Those who escaped from their sinking ships and made it safely to land were executed by Sir Turlough O’Brien of Liscannor and Boethius Clancy, High Sherriff of Clare.
One of the ships that was wrecked on the reefs landward of Mutton Island 3km off shore, can be visited by currach hired in the fishing village of Quilty. More than a thousand men were lost, and many of their bodies were carried by the tide to Spanish Point.
In recent years Spanish Point has developed into a vibrant seaside resort welcoming many visitors each year. Visitors can expect to enjoy seaside and beach activities during the summer and can join in one of the best surfing spots in County Clare.
There are lots of opportunities to sample exquisite seafood in the area. If you want to try your hand at cooking Berry Lodge Cookery School is just the place.
The village is also the birthplace of a former President of Ireland, Dr. Patrick Hillery.