There are two, 18 hole, parkland championship golf courses, situated in the village of Adare. The oldest is the Adare Manor Golf Club, established in 1902. Situated by the river Maigue, the ruins of the Desmond Castle and Franciscan Friary provide a unique and picturesque backdrop. Mature trees feature prominently making the narrow, well-maintained fairways essential targets to achieve par or better. Trolleys & club hire, together with Bar and limited Restaurant facilities are available. Advanced booking is essential in order to avoid disappointment.
The more recent Adare Golf Club was opened in 1995, as part of the facilities available to guests of the exclusive Adare Manor Hotel. The course was designed by the world famous golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones. 7138 yards, Par 72, from the championship tees, this parkland course (using 230 acres of lush countryside) has three lakes, including a 14 acre lake that anchors the front nine. The Maigue river meanders through the back nine creating a sense of beauty and challenge, particularly on the 11th, par 3, and the 18th, par 5, finishing hole. It’s testing design coupled with superb greens have already elevated this course to one of the finest inland courses in Ireland.
Pitch & Putt
There is a fine 18 hole Pitch & Putt course, situated in the village of Adare, on the Killarney road, in tranquil surroundings. Green fees are very reasonable, as is club hire. A Croquet Lawn is also available. Open seven days a week.
Ireland’s premier equestrian estate is located at Clonshire, just outside Adare. Home to the county Limerick Hunt, the Clonshire Equestrian Centre is set in 120 acres of private and most scenic parkland. From complete beginners (including children) to the very experienced, the centre offers: Full riding tuition for all levels; Country trail riding; Pony trekking; All-weather cross-country riding instruction; Show-jumping; Dressage and stable management. The centre has a large indoor and outdoor arena, showers, lecture room, tack room & coffee shop. It is open all year, seven days a week.
With its nearby coastal waters and inland forestry, Adare is ideally suited to game shooting. Organised shoots are available, locally, throughout the year and shooting equipment is also for hire. Clay pigeon shooting is also a popular local leisure activity and, both, beginners and the experienced are always welcome. Also, clay pigeon shooting facilities are available at the “Little Orchard Adventure Centre” in nearby Crecora.
There is an excellent choice of Game, Sea and Coarse angling in and around Adare. The unpolluted local rivers are popular for Trout, Pike and Salmon, while boats can be hired for fishing on the nearby lakes. Full equipment is available for hire, locally. Sea angling off the Shannon estuary is recognised for its specimen catches.
The surrounding area of Adare has some very beautiful countryside and this can really be appreciated by cycling along the many winding side-roads and country lanes. A full range of Bicycles (for Adults & Children) is available for hire, locally. Care should be taken at all times when using the public roads.
Outdoor Kart Racing
Located in the nearby village of Kilcornan, just 10 minutes from Adare, the Kilcoran Karting Racetrack provides a unique experience, not to be missed by those who fancy themselves as Grand Prix drivers! This is your chance to enjoy the thrills and spills of high-speed Grand Prix racing. All levels of driving experience are catered for. Inclusive hire of racing gear is available, including overalls, helmets, gloves, etc. The highest of safety standards are applied. Ideally situated with car park, shop and toilets. A great day or evening out, with a difference, is assured. The racetrack is the location for the very popular All Ireland Karting Championships, held on the last week of July, every year. This is the main karting event of the year in Ireland, with over one hundred Karts taking part in the event.
Shopping in Adare
Adare village offers some fine individual antique and gift shops, all with a wide array of quality Irish gifts from which to choose. All shops provide a worldwide shipping service, as standard. The main shops include:
The Black Abbey Crafts
(Adare Heritage Centre, Main Street). A quality craft shop, stocking an extensive range of Irish hand-made crafts to suit all tastes.
Kerry Woollen Mills
(Adare Heritage Centre, Main Street). One of several outlets for this well-known woollen mills in Beaufort, County Kerry, stocking an exciting range of traditional Irish woollens and knitwear.
(Adare Heritage Centre, Main Street). The family crest experts specialising in all aspects of the science of Coats-of-Arms, research, family tree charts, handpainting, embroidery, shields, plaques, parchments, etc., with a computer database holding fascinating information on thousands of Irish, British and European names.
Allied Irish Bank (AIB)
(Main Street). This is the only bank in Adare. Here you can cash your Traveler’s Cheques at the most competitive rates. The external Cash Machine is available 24 hours per day and accepts all other Irish Cash Cards, as well as all the major Credit Cards. Open Mon to Fri, from 10am to 12.30pm & 1.30pm to 4pm.
The Country Dresser
(Station Road). Famous for Saddlery Equipment & Hunt Clothing, Country Clothing, such as Treed Jackets, Caps & Wax Jackets, Fishing tackle, etc.
(Main Street). A large selection of charming gifts, including the renowned “Tipperary” Irish Crystal, Pottery, Porcelain, etc. Open all year, Mon to Sat, at 9am to 6pm; Open some Sundays during the summer months.
The K Boutique
(Station Road). Stockists of leading clothes brands, such as “Joesph Ribkoff”, “Hirsch”, “Michel Ambers”, “Avalon”, “Gianini”, “Lecomte”, “Straven” & “Laurance Michael”, etc. Quality knitwear brands available include “Foxglove”, “Sweet Dreams” & “Woodland”. Personal attention is available, by appointment, after 6.00pm.
Stacpoole Antiques & Knitwear
(Main Street). A shop with a difference, full of beautiful antiques and high fashion knitwear (designed by Michelina Stacpoole and made locally), 18th and 19th century furniture, porcelain, silver, glass, decorative items, watercolours, oil paintings, antique prints, maps, antiquarian and modern books. Many items of Irish interest.
(Main Street). Rich, colourful, original designer knits, crafted from nature’s finest fibres – these are the creations of Lucy Erridge. View the works of other talented Irish artists and the varied ranges of Irish gifts to suit all tastes and pockets. Open, all year, from Mon. to Sat. at 9.00am to 5.30pm; to 8.00pm (May to Sept.). Open Sunday (Mar to Sept.) at 9.30am to 5.30pm.
The Gift Box
(Main Street). A wide selection of special gifts for all occasions. Exclusive stockists of renowned Kilkenny’s “Nicholas Mosse” Pottery, Fragrance selections, Handbag collections, home ware items and Nomination Jewellery. Open every day, from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
(Main Street). A most charming little shop full of beautiful gifts, including world famous “Irish Dresden” porcelain, made in the nearby village of Dromcollogher, “Waterford” Irish Crystal, “Beeleek” Irish Pottery and a wide selection of designer knitwear.