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Spanish Point

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The Beach

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Walking Routes

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Pitch & Putt

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Treasure your Leisure at Spanish Point!

Where We Are

Spanish Point is located on the Wild Atlantic Way on the West Coast of Clare, less than an hour from Shannon Airport and on the main N67 coastal route (to R482) from Kerry to Galway. Approximate distances from some popular locations as follows: Lahinch: 15 minutes, Doonbeg: 15 minutes, Ennis: 30 minutes, The Cliffs of Moher: 20 minutes, Killimer Car Ferry: 30 – 45 minutes, Shannon: 45 minutes, Galway 1 – 1.5 hours, and Dublin 3.5 hours. Visit our contact and location page for more infomation, and a map. You can also view the location via Google Maps.

Where to Eat

There’s no shortage of restaurants and eateries of every shape and size in lovely, colourful, picturesque Spanish Point. Whet your appetite on a magical dining experience, flavoured with splendid sea views at a stunning coastal location on the Wild Atlantic Way. Eat meals prepared with the best of local produce. See a full overview of where to eat and drink here.

How did Spanish Point get its name?

Our place name dates back to 1588 when two ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked off the coast here. According to local folk memory many of those drowned and the few survivors executed by Boetius Clancy the sheriff of Clare were buried in a common grave at a place referred to locally as Tuama na Spáinneach.

What to Do

Whether it’s trying to catch the perfect wave, sinking the perfect putt, or capturing the stunning sunsets there are many activities to try out while visiting Spanish Point. You can be energetic and golf, swim, surf, or walk one of our historic routes. Take it easy and stroll along the beach front, sit and have a cup of coffee while breathing in the freshest of air – purified by 3,000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Sandcastles, surfing and sightseeing; golfing, walking, and swimming – the choice is yours. Visit our activities & interests page for a full overview of what to do at Spanish Point.

Where To Stay

Looking for seaside accommodation in Spanish Point? The warmth of the people draws every visitor in, and you are sure to leave with a smile on your face. After spending your day out golfing, walking, swimming, surfing or whatever adventure you decide to make, you can relax in one of the many places to stay in the beautiful Spanish Point. See a full overview of where to stay here.

Why is Spanish Point special?

​Spanish Point is a beautiful scenic area with a blue flag beach on the Wild Atlantic Way on the West Coast of Clare. It is approximately three kilometres south of Miltown Malbay, on the N67. The permanent population of less than two hundred expands during the summer months as many of the visitors have holiday homes in the area. Many of these non-permanent residents are involved in the Spanish Point Community Group and make a valuable contribution to the development of the area. Spanish Point is also a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area with both a sandy and a rocky beach with a chain of sand dunes which need stabilisation as there are three major blowouts. Coastal erosion impacts the area with substantial rock falls in need of reinforcement with rock armour.

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The History of Spanish Point

The Atlantic Hotel 1900s

Spanish Point is a collective name for the coastal region of three townlands – Breaffa South, Legard South, and Dough. These three townlands replaced four older land divisions- Breaffa West, Spanish Point, Doughbeg, and Doughmore. It is bounded to the north by the Clonbony River to the south by the Annagh River while the whole of its western boundary is fronted by the Atlantic Ocean on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The sea is gemmed with twinkling stars,
The sun shines bright today.
The rocky shore is fringed with foam
From Spanish Point to Freagh,
The verdant fields go rolling down
From Ballard into the sea,
Oh! what a soul-entrancing sight
Is spread out there for me.

Tomás Ó hAodha, Gaelic scholar, 1922.

The Hills of Clare and other verses, cover

Contact Us


Spanish Point Community Group,
Breaffa South,
Spanish Point,
Co Clare, Ireland.

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