If ever you’ve dreamed of travelling along Ireland’s rugged west coast it’s probably safe to assume you’re a fan of adventure. If you find yourself here on Clare’s west coast then there’s one place you have to look up!
It’s a wild February night and I’m at the new Lahinch Adventures building chatting to Ben. Ben runs Lahinch Adventures and he has to be ranked as one of the most enthusiastic people you can ever hope to meet! He’s telling me all about the developments so far and the exciting plans for the future in his new building. It’s a long way from the iconic Bens Surf Clinic van that was an ever-present feature along the prom in Lahinch!
Within a few minutes, Ben and his staff had attached all the safety equipment, harnesses and ropes needed and given easy-to-follow instructions to myself and my friend. Before long we were climbing to the top – and loving it! For a first-timer, I didn’t think we did too badly! (Though we did stick to the red pegs – the easiest!) As the night went on more and more people of all ages started to filter in, creating a really fun atmosphere! Ben or another staff member were close-by at all times to double-check our ropes, offer advice or just make sure we were OK. Everyone was laughing, listening to tips and challenging themselves on all the different levels of climbs. It was such good craic and much more difficult than it looks!! It was so good, we immediately signed up for membership!
Lahinch Adventures have a great indoor space with Rock Climbing Walls, Archery, Surf Rental and Changing Rooms. The future is bright too, with some really exciting plans for inside and more space outside for even more pursuits! Ben and his crew run Bens Surf Clinic too, so on the days with good waves there will be Surfing and on the calmer days you can try SUP Boarding . Rain or shine, Lahinch Adventures will always be the place to go for those with an adventurous streak! And for West Coast Cycle Tours’ guests, it will be high up on the list of activities you can choose take part in!
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– Enda (Feb 15)