THINGS TO DO
Hawthorn Lodge B&B is well located to experience all that is available in East Clare.
The area hosts many festivals and events during the year.
Enjoy Irish Traditional Music all over East Clare every night during the holiday season.
The East Clare Way
The East Clare Way is a 180 kilometre walking route usually accomplished in 8 stages. The walking routes are marked and colour coded making your hike more enjoyable. See the Clarewalks, Coillte Outdoors and Visiteastclare websites for maps and more information.
Local Walks – 2km from Hawthorn Lodge.
Woodpark Forest Walks. For those who love a forest park, Woodpark Forest Park is a lovely walking area beside a stream with picnic tables and very safe for children who have their own enchanting Fairy Walks.
Derrycon Upper Loop Walk – 6.5km,
Derrycon – Sellernaun West – 12m,
Bohatch – Kilteera – 12.8km.
At our dazzling harbour area you can get Boat Trips to Holy Island, a famous monastic site where you will discover the remains of 6 Churches, a Round Tower, a Holy Well, Bullaun Stones and a graveyard which is still used for local burials. Contact Ger Madden of Holy Island Tours to visit the Island.
Enjoy Fishing, Boating, Sailing, Canoeing, Wind Surfing, and Swimming. Boats (with outboard engine), Pedal Boats and Bicycles are available for hire locally.
Mountshannon Harbour has a viewing point for the White Tailed Sea Eagles which have made East Clare their home since 2011. For more information check out the Mountshannon Sea Eagles Website.
In the centre of Mountshannon we are lucky to have a large park – Aistear Iniscealtra – which has a play area and a maze that the children just love to explore and also a labyrinth for the more spiritually inclined. Aistear is the Gaelic word for journey and as you wander through the maze you are taken on your own ‘Aistear’ as it brings you on a journey through time where you can explore the evolution of spiritual beliefs in Ireland from the very beginning of civilisation to the present day.
The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. Walking the labyrinth represents a journey (Aistear) to our own centre and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. They are also reputed to be place of powerful positive energy!
CYCLING AND BIKING
East Clare & Portumna Golf Clubs are both 25 minutes from Hawthorn Lodge B&B. Ennis Golf Club and Nenagh Golf Club are within easy driving distance of Mountshannon. Ursula is a member of East Clare so could help you with booking a tee time etc. Click here for more information.
East Clare has festivals all year long, but particularly in the Summer. Check out our list by clicking here.
PUBS AND RESTAURANTS
If you get hungry after all that activity, we have great restaurants and lively pubs within walking distance of Hawthorn Lodge. The Snug (pizza & tapas) & Cois na hAbhna Restaurant newly opened in 2019 & a local Cafe also.
Planning on seeing more of Ireland, then why not rent a car Airport Car Hire Network is one of the best car hire comparison sites for quality cars at affordable price.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
WILDE IRISH CHOCOLATE
Unit 6, Enterprise Centre, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare
Tel: +353 (0)61 922 080
Making Irish Artisan Chocolate in Co. Clare since 1997
THE BURREN PERFUMERY
The Burren Perfumery is in an idyllic location in teh heart of the Burren, Co. Clare. Each of the products are produced using the highest quality natural essences.
IRISH SEED SAVERS ASSOCIATION
The ISSA near Scariff is dedicated to locating and preserving traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables. The association grows, conserves, & distributes Irish organic vegetable seeds, grains and fruit trees – apple especially.