Activities and Excursions

Every Clare English Language School Course and Programme includes English lessons with various combinations of:

  • Excursions to places of special interest
  • Adventure Activities
  • Irish Cultural Activities
  • Sporting Activities 

The Burren - An Extraordinary Landscape on the Atlantic Coastline

This is an overnight excursion. We stay in the Burren Outdoor Education Centre. Many activities for teenagers are possible here including –
  • body-boarding on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean
  • kayaking on Galway Bay in search of wild seals
  • caving underground into the earth
  • rock-climbing up and down cliffs
  • hill-walking to an ancient ring fort
Rock Climbing
Caving - a real adventure!
Body-boarding on Atlantic waves!
Burren means a rocky place
Spectacular hill-walk
Kayaking on Galway Bay - often wild seals will be seen!

Surfing at Lahinch

Learn to ride the waves of the Atlantic Ocean!  Great fun!  John McCarthy, an Irish surfing chanpion, leads a tean of qualified instructors.
Wonderful Lahinch Beach
Enrico gives surfing the thumbs-up!
Keep your balance!
Lots of action!

The Cliffs of Moher

Truly spectacular! Awe-inspiring! The Cliffs rise 200m above the Atlantic Ocean and are Europe ‘s highest sea cliffs.
New friends at the Cliffs of Moher
Teachers visiting “alternative” Cliffs of Moher
Rose at the Cliffs

The City of Galway


Galway is known as the capital of the West of Ireland. Its narrow, winding streets, interesting shops and a lively, youthful atmosphere make it a great day out! 

Buskers in Galway
Enjoying a day out in Galway

Adventure Sports at the University of Limerick Activity Centre

The UL Activity Centre has a young, enthusiastic and fully qualified staff. This is always popular with students and excellent for listening skills and forming questions in English. The Centre is located on the shores of Lough Derg and offers:
  • Sailing
  • Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Wind-Surfing
  • High Ropes
Wind-surfing & sailing on Lough Derg
Sailing on Lough Derg
10 metres high!

Holy Island

A short boat trip brings us to the monastic ruins on this small island on Lough Derg. Since the 6 th Century monks used this isolated place to meditate and pray. There are the remains of five churches and an impressive round tower.
Round Tower
Holy Island
Boating to Holy Island

Film Nights

We gather to watch a specially selected full-length film. The students are prepared beforehand about the film and then review the film in class on the following day.

Ten-Pin Bowling

This is a great way to spend an hour with new friends.

The Ancient Oak Forest of Raheen Wood

This walk begins from the school and always impresses the students.

Pitch & Putt Golf

Tennis at Killaloe Ballina Tennis Club

Nice shot!




Pass it to me!


Coole Park

Coole Park was once the home of Lady Gregory, dramatist, folklorist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Coole Park, in the early 20th century, was the centre of the Irish Literary Revival. W. B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and other writers came to experience its magic. They carved their initials on the Autograph Tree, an old copper beech still standing today.


This is an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight churches, two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early Christian grave slabs.

The Great Bog of Allen

We go to the interior of Ireland to discover the magic of this unusual landscape. It is in direct contrast to the Irish coastline.

Coole Lake
Land of saints