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Moyasta, West Clare


The small village of Moyasta is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and overlooks Poulnasherry Bay, and is a designated shellfish area on the Shannon Estuary.

The hamlet is centred on the old Moyasta Junction Station House, which is home to a must-see visitor attraction for history lovers. Although closed in 1961, the station house and 2 kilometres of the old narrow-gauge line have been restored and once again echo with the sounds of train whistles and steam engines. The West Clare heritage museum and railway invite you to board the Slieve Callan steam engine and immerse yourself in nostalgia and times past. Once the transport method of choice for people flocking to Kilkee, the West Clare Railway was immortalised in song by Percy French in his composition, “Are You Right There Michael.”

Moyasta Oysters farm is one of only 21 signature points on the hugely popular Taste The Atlantic trail, a collaborative initiative between BIM and Fáilte Ireland that promotes the fantastic seafood producers and their products along the Wild Atlantic Way. Here you can learn what goes into producing the perfect oyster on your plate with a tour of the family-run farm. A short distance from the farm, you will find Keane’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant, offering superb food with seafood being a speciality.

For a fun family day out, you can experience the unusual sight of herds of alpacas at the nearby Flying Alpaca farm. The interactive farm also operates a B&B.

Moyasta is located between the seaside resort of Kilkee and the historic market town of Kilrush, with an abundance of popular visitor attractions on its doorstep, including the Vandeleur Walled Gardens, the Museum of Irish Rural Life, Kilkee Blue Flag Beach, the West Coast Aqua Park, the Loop Head Peninsula and Kilrush Marina with its daily boat trips to Scattery Island.