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Cappa, West Clare


The small, picturesque village of Cappa is located on the banks of the Shannon Estuary and is a short distance from the heritage town of Kilrush.

The rocky beach at Cappa is one of nine International Blue Flag beaches in Clare. Located next to Cappa pier and harbour, the beach is especially popular throughout the summer months with lifeguards on duty daily from 11.00am to 7.00pm during the bathing season.

More than 250 years after it was first built, the pier continues to be extensively used and is popular with locals and visitors alike for jumping into the pristine waters of the Shannon Estuary.  Cappa also is a popular birdwatching spot, while a playground also is located near the pier.

A short distance away is Scattery Island, the site of an early Christian settlement founded by St Senan. The island is of ecological interest with one of the few remaining examples of semi-natural grasslands in the country.

Clare has a resident population of bottlenose dolphins living in the Shannon Estuary. Over 140 of these magnificent mammals can be observed, on most days, feeding, travelling, or playing in the Estuary.

The Killimer-Tarbert Car ferry is located less than 10 minutes’ drive from the village providing a great link to Clare from Kerry and Limerick, saving driving time.

Local amenities can be found in the nearby town of Kilrush and include restaurants, accommodation, shops, and a marina.