Surfing, Kayaking and Climbing on the Wild Atlantic Way
From Hotel Woodstock, the very best of the Wild Atlantic Way’s water-and action-sport lifestyle is all within your each reach. Lahinch is just 30.2 km (37 minutes) from our hotel, on the N85 – and offers a world of fun, adventure and experience.
BEN’S SURF CLINIC
It’s not hard to see why Lahinch is Ireland’s ‘surf central’ – a pretty village with a stunning beach, fabulous waves and the buzz and energetic vibes of a real surf lifestyle. And so close to Hotel Woodstock! A sandy, crescent-shaped beach, Lahinch Beach itself is one of Clare’s premium Blue Flag beaches in Liscannor Bay, on the north west coast of county Clare. The great thing about surfing here is that the beach directly faces the Atlantic Ocean – so it gets the full force of the swells, and is one of Ireland’s favourite surfing beaches. Hotel Woodstock can advise that surfing is best when there is an east or north-easterly wind, and a westerly, or south-westerly swell, and during mid-to low-tide.
Hooking up with a good surf school is the way to enjoy Lahinch surfing – and at Hotel Woodstock we fully recommend Ben’s Surf Clinic. Ben himself is Ireland’s most experienced surf coach, with over 20 years’ experience – and all his team members are professional, full-time surf coaches (ISA Level 2/3). The clinic offers lessons for beginners, improvers, intermediate and advanced level surfers. Private lessons are offered – both on a one-to-one and group basis. If you really want to immerse yourself in the experience – Weekend Surf courses, kids camps and week-long camps for adults are available.
Boards and gear are available for rental, while the clinic is the only school with its own indoor changing rooms, lockers and hot showers – the use of which is included in all lessons and rentals. There is also an excellently-stocked surf shop.
LAHINCH ADVENTURES – SPECIAL OFFER PRICE
At Hotel Woodstock we love Lahinch Adventures because it’s the first and last word in outdoor pursuits. Based right on the pretty promenade of Lahinch, the centre offers a huge range of activities, from indoor climbing and archery to outdoor rock climbing and kayaking. There is something for everyone – of any age and every ability and budget. Challenge yourself on the state-of-the-art climbing and abseiling tower, under the careful supervision of trained instructor… or enjoy a leisurely, 2 hour kayak trip along the river in Ennistymon.
Exclusively for Hotel Woodstock guests only, Lahinch Adventures offers outdoor climbing, surfing and kayaking for a special rate of €30 for adults and €20 for children.
Indoor climbing and archery is available for €15 per hour for adults and €10 per hour for children.
Whether you’re on your own, part of a group or party, or you want to bring your family or school, you’re catered for, and regardless of the weather. Pick an activity, or choose a selection – all equipment is provided. Be sure to book to avoid disappointment!
TRAVEL TIP: Driving from Hotel Woodstock to Lahinch, you’ll enjoy the beauty of the unspoilt Clare countrywide, while you’ll also pass through the cosy market town of Ennistymon: a great place to stop for lunch or coffee.