Local Activities

Local Restaurants & Pubs

The Armada Hotel
Just 5 minutes drive south along the coast is the Armada hotel offering a range of dining options from Restaurant fine dining to Bar food in Johnny Burke’s Bar.

The Coast Lodge
Just south of the Armada Hotel is The Coast lodge offering Bistro Style dining, catering for all ages.

Bellbridge House Hotel
6 minutes away is the Bellbridge House Hotel who again cater for all ages with a range of dining options.

Friel’s Pub
For wonderful traditional music throughout the year, visit Friel’s pub in Miltown Malbay.
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Trump’s Bar at Doonbeg Golf Club
Just a 20 minutes drive south, Trump’s serves a selection of hot & cold dishes and an array of craft beer on tap as well as the old reliables.

Miltown Malbay
Only minutes away, the local town of Miltown Malbay, home of traditional music and the world famous Willie Clancy Festival.The town offers a good choice of dining options and pubs.
a. The Old Bakehouse Restaurant – 065 7084350
b. Cogan’s Bar & Restaurant – 086 275 1465

A 10 minute drive from Gate Lodge is the quaint seaside resort of Lahinch again offering a fine selection of restaurants & bars.

Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon, Doolin and Ennis all host farmers markets where you can taste and purchase homemade local produce such as farmhouse cheese, chutneys and free range home baking. We will be happy to advise you of days and times during your stay.


  • White Strand Beach (which Gate Lodge overlooks)
  • Spanish Point Beach (5 minute drive)
  • Lahinch Beach (10 minute drive from Spanish Point House

Spa Treatments

Residents at Gate Lodge@White Strand can enjoy a 10% discount at White Horses Spa at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg. (15 mins drive)

Coastal Walks

Gate Lodge @ White Strand is just a short walk from a beautiful cliff walk which starts at White Strand beach.  The area has several beautiful leisure walks providing guests with the opportunity to explore the area. A map of the various walks can be found at www.visitspanishpoint.ie/walking  – For a more challenging walk, why not try the 20km coastal walking trail just beyond the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre. The trail will bring you along one of the most spectacular landscapes in Ireland. From Liscannor and Hags Head in the south, along by the world renowned Cliffs of Moher and to Doolin in the North,with breathtaking views over Aill Na Searrach, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The trail follows the line of the cliffs and passes through the grounds of the visitor centre.

The Aran Islands

A group of three rugged islands off the coast of Clare: Inishmore, Inisheer and Inishmaan. A fantastic day trip to see first hand the unspoilt islands and see the islanders way of life. Doolin Ferries and Cliffs of Moher Cruises both operate a passenger ferry service to The Aran Islands from Liscannor and Doolin during the months of April to October. Please inform us if you are interested and we can confirm sailing schedules and reserve on your behalf. www.mohercruises.com

The Aillwee Caves

Approximately 30 km along the spectator coastal route taking in the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin are one of Ireland oldest caves. After a guided tour enjoy some treats in the farm shop.


Gate Lodge @ White Strand is the ideal base to explore the beautiful surroundings and further afield by bicycle. Allowing visitors to take in the scenery and perhaps enjoy a delicious picnic at their leisure. Why not try the Miltown Malbay to Doolin route, one of the top ten cycle routes in the world according to ‘Lonely Planet Travel Guide 2010’? 


26km from Gate Lodge @ White Strand, Mountain View Horse Riding Centre takes you along some of the best trails the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. Treks through woodlands, up the hills of Slieve Elva, along sandy beaches, and along peaceful winding green roads into the world renowned Burren region. Caters for all ages and all levels of experience. www.mountainviewtrekking.com

An Sibin Equestrian Centre is another option in the east of the county.

Willie Clancy Festival

This wonderful festival takes place each year in Miltown Malbay, just a 2 minute drive from Spanish Point House. The event commences each year on the 1st Saturday of July with instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week. It’s a wonderful opportunity to embrace the local culture and socialise with folk of various nationalities and walks of life.

For additional information & availability, please feel free to contact us at info@spanishpointhouse.ie