The West Clare Railway is signposted from Lehinch, and indeed from virtually everywhere. It is actually situated just off the Kilkee-Kilrush road. The railway itself, as a narrow-gague line only extends about a mile and a half into the Clare countryside. The new owner (who is great character if you get to meet him) has plans to extend the line further. The carriages are currently pulled by an engine that was used to build the channel tunnel between England and France (which the owner worked on).
Their ancient steam loco is being restored in England, and after featuring in next years St Patrick's day parade in Dublin (2005) will be working the line next summer.
There is also a nice little cafe housed in an old main-line carriage at the station.
By far the most impressive attraction in County Clare are the Cliffs of Moher. You can tell where they are by the impressive array of tour buses in the car park as you approach via a small country road covered in double yellow lines.
This is of course designed to make you cough-up the 2 Euro 50 for the car-park. At least entry to the cliffs is free.
Once you avoid the "diddly-diddly" buskers (I think there is an Irish law which says there must be at least two at every tourist site) on the approach path, the Cliffs themselves are quite breathtaking. There are a couple of lookout points that you can then walk to in order to get a slightly different view.
The tourist board claim they are the highest cliffs in Europe, but this would seem just a little contentious to say the least.
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Lehinch is trying very hard to become Surf-town Ireland. There are a number of surf shops around the village offering equipment and lessons. There is also a surf school right on the front in the car park. It claims that it is run by a ex-Irish surfing champion.
I do however wonder if the Irish are to the world of Surfing what Fiji are to international competative Ice Skating.
Sourbugger is of the firm opinion that full-body rubber suits should only be used for indoor sports with off-duty Brazilian lapdancers, but, whatever lights your candle...
The old Cliche is that Golf is a good walk spoiled.
Lehich golf course rises above this as it is consdered to be one of finest golf courses in the world, and perhaps one of the most 'natural'.
Even Old Tom Morris the legendary course designer had a hand in it's development and he saw it as a case of placing a few tees and holes - and letting nature to the rest.
Although a private course you can get to play this masterpiece - although it will set you back a good 60 euro or more.
For hackers like myself the easier 'castle' course is a possibility or some quite good pitch and putts.