wild atlantic way specials
On the lookout for smugglers
along the trail of the cliff fox
Where you’ll stay…
The Golf Hotel is situated just a stones throw from the golden sands of Ballybunion’s beaches. Kerry’s tallest building, it enjoys stunning views of the surrounding beaches and the Atlantic ocean.
This three star hotel is family owned and comes with 100 ensuite bedrooms – all of which were recently redecorated to the highest standard. The hotel also has 25 four star rooms and 70 three star rooms.
As part of the package you will be able to avail of one evening meal in the Golf Hotel’s spectacular rooftop restaurant where you will be treated to a wide ranging menu with Irish traditional dishes fusing the finest of local ingredients.
Your adventure begins here…
On the trail of the dreaded Pooka
Ecotrek tours guides you along the much fabled and stunning Ballybunion coastline. Take in the majesty of the Nun’s Beach, catch a glimpse of the daunting splendour of the Nine Daughters’ Hole, where it is said, all nine daughters of an ancient Gaelic chieftain fell to their demise. Irish folklore too runs rich at Pookeenee Castle –the castle of the dreaded Pooka. Gaze upon the magnificent Virgin’s Rock, a landing place for ancient smugglers. See for yourself where Irish history meets mythology, where the wild Atlantic meets the great Shannon river.
To round of the short tour there will be a visit to the Ballybunion museum, Ireland’s most artifact packed museum where exhibits, right from the dawn of time itself – including fossils 300 million years old – can be see. You will also see exhibits from the famous Marconi Radio Station that was based in Ballybunion where the world’s first voice broadcast was transmitted over the Atlantic to Nova Scotia in 1919.
Allow up to two hours for tour duration. Please wear warm clothing for tour. For further information go to http://dannyhoulihan.wix.com/ecotrek-ballybunion
A lost island and the church of the waves
Bromore Cliffs rise spectacularly from the Atlantic, a myriad of sea stacks, sea arches and caves are found here with names such as The Last Steps and The Devil’s Castle.
The history of Bromore Cliffs stretches back thousands of years, a history manifested in forts, ring forts right up to the ship wreck sites that dot its coastline today.
In Cill Stoheen (Church of the Waves) stand the last remnants of a lost island, chartered on old maps as enchanted ground. Tradition even tells of The Last Steps as the grisly setting for punishment and sacrifice. Then there is the Pigs Jump, just one of the waterfalls that rise up to 180ft above the wild Atlantic waves below.
The cliffs thrive with all manner of flora and fauna including a family of cliff face dwelling foxes, and Peregrine falcons ,who can be seen on the Devil’s Castle, while out in the water resides dolphins and sea otters. Seals and seal pups can also be seen on the rocky shores during low tide.