Pollock Holes, Kilkee

June 2009

The Pollock Holes are well known to thousands of swimmers from Clare, Limerick and beyond. They are an institution.

This is a swimming place which isn’t immediately obvious and to get there you go down the steps from the car park and out onto the flagstones well worn by thousands of swimmers before you. If in doubt just follow the ‘crowd’.

The Pollock Holes are lovely, clear sea pools uncovered when the tide is out. So you need to time your visit and check the tide times. While the Atlantic waves may beat on the rocks a hundred yards beyond you, the pools themselves are usually calm and protected.  They do take a bit of effort getting into, but they are well worth the effort.

After your swim you can retire to the café near the car park for tea and hot scones. Perfect.

Watch out also for the statue of the late, Limerick born actor, Richard Harris, just beyond the café at the beginning of the cliff walk.

Not buggy or wheelchair accessible.


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The Pollock Holes are located just outside Kilkee town. To reach them you drive through the town and at the roundabout you take the L 2009, sign-posted Coast Road. Follow this road   as it winds alongside the beach until you come to the car park.

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 63


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