Within a short driving distance of Soheen, the following attractions can be enjoyed (click for more information):
Several internationally acclaimed golf courses:
  • Lahinch Championship Dunes Course (10 mins)
  • Doonbeg, Greg Norman designed course (30 mins)
  • Galway Bay Golf and Country Club (1 hr)
  • Ballybunion Co. ( 2 hours trip facilitated by Killimer-Tarbert  ferries from ((353) 065 9053124 )
Surfing enthusiasts are spoilt for choice as the beaches at Lahinch (10 mins) and Spanish Point (20 mins) offer wonderful beaches with reknown reef break waves in Europe. A wonderful place to take up surfing as there are a number of schools operating offering daily and weekly lessons with suit rental. See for more.
There are a number of wonderful walks locally, some of which start from the house. Again check the Clare County Library Blog whether you are after a peaceful stroll through Irish Countryside or are a serious hill walking enthusiast; this is a fantastic website for planning that walk with directions and maps avalible.
Just 20 mins drive from the house. Dramatic Cliffs (recently starring in Harry Potter) rise 700 ft above the mighty Atlantic. While at the cliffs, visit the award winning eco-friendly state of the art interpretive centre with restaraunt and Irish crafts shop.
Only 16km from the house. A vast limestone area with its own unique ecosystem which supports unique flora and wildlife. Internationally known for its geological features, this is a spiritual and magical place set on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean - definitely worth a visit.
While in the area, you can visit the Aillwee caves with its famous interpretive centre. While there you can tour the caves, discovered in the 50's. Gives a fascinating insight into geology of the area and is a fun, exciting, and educational trip for children.
A trip to Aran Islands can be easily fitted into your schedule while staying at the house. A direct ferry can be taken from Doolin, 30 mins from the house. The islands are a unique view of Irish culture and heritage where you can experience traditional rural ways of Irish life, crafts, language (gaelic), music song and dance, as well as primitive stone forts, dolmens, and old Christian churches. For info on ferries from Doolin to Aran Islands, contact 353 065 7074455 (
Burratty Castle and Folk Park is a great day out for all the family and if you decide to take in the Medieval Banquet hosted in the great Hall at the Castle each evening, complete with harpists and jesters. The Great Hall has a very fine collection of medieval artifacts, paintings, tapestries, and furniture dating back to 14th Century. The Folk Park adjacent to the Castle is a very fun and informative day out for all the family. It is wonderful showcase of rural life in days gone by Ireland where you can stroll down an authentic village at Main St and visit places such as the post office, school house, farmer's cottage; meet the costume characters, taste some authentic Irish cooking.

Drop into any of the pubs on Main St., Lahinch or Miltown Malbay on a summer's evening and you are bound to find yourself in the middle of an Irish music session. You will find your own  favourites but here are some good ones in Lahinch!

  • Corner Stone
  • Kenny's
  • O'Brien's Kitchen

There is an array of excellent restaurants within driving distance of the house. You even have Award Winning Barrtra Seafood Restaurant 200 yards from the house where you can dine and admire the wonderful sunsets and take the 3 minute stroll back to the house. Black Oak Restaurant is two minutes from the house towards Milltown Malbay serves Irish traditional/informal cuisine. Atlantic Hotel in Lahinch serves fine food. There is an Indian and Tandoori Restaurant on Church St., Lahinch. There are great pubs for wonderful food and Irish music. O'Looney's on the Prom in Lahinch; O'Brien's pub on Main St., Lahinch; The Copperstone on Main St., Lahinch; and Vaughan's Pub Liscannor only 10 minutes away. 
For Irish crafts, china, and crystal and a wonderful gallery of Irish art with rotating exhibitions throughout the year visit Kenny's in Lahinch. For art work, the Court House Gallery in Ennistymon 10 minutes from the house.