Sport Music & Culture


Whether you like sport, music, theatre, or museums County Clare has something to offer you 

Nordic Walking

Joanne & Tony are both qualified Nordic Walking instructors. Through our sister company, Nordic Fitness Ireland we provide tuition for individuals and small groups wanting to learn to walk with Nordic Poles. Originally a summer training regime for cross-country skiers. It’s based on using specially designed walking poles in a way that harnesses the power of the upper body to propel you forward as you walk. It is now a recognised way to turn a walk into whole-body exercise. It can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running.

Holiday makers particularly enjoy our Nordic Walking Experiences


There are several golf courses within easy reach of Burkedale House. To book your tee time contact the courses directly

Woodstock Golf Club 12K

Ennis Golf Club 12K

Lahinch Golf Club 21K

Dromoland Golf Course 24K

Trump International Golf  42K




Whether you’re a keen enthusiast, a slow rambler or you simply like a great walk with some beautiful scenery and landscape – there is plenty to explore during your stay at Burkedale. There are so many amazing trails waiting for you to discover – offering up all the beauty of The Burren landscape, the awesome views from the Cliffs of Moher and the splendour of the surrounding countryside and woodland trails. They are right on our doorstep or just a short drive away.  As keen walkers ourselves we can help you choose your trails for self guided walks or why not join us for some Nordic Walking?



County Clare has the perfect coastline for the adventurous surfers & kite surfers. The main surf scene is in Lahinch where you will find several surf schools. There are also schools in Spanish Point.

For Kayaking head to Ballyalla Lake on the outskirts of Ennis or to Doolin for sea Kayaking. Further a field there is Kilkee (55K) Killaloe (60K)





The Burren is the mecca of climbing in Ireland. Its unique limestone landscape is a treasure trove of climbing areas with a vast variety of routes and types of climbs. The Ballyryan and Ailladie climbing areas are located on the Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan road 35K from Burkedale. Tony, a climber himself, is a wealth of knowledge on the routes to climb and we have lots of guidebooks for you to borrow

There is also an indoor climbing wall in Lahinch 20K away



Whether you are planning a leisurely cycle or are here to ride in an cycle event you will not be disappointed with the stunning scenery you will pass. There are several marked cycle routes to follow. If you have your own bike we have safe storage. If you need to hire a bike there are a few options depending on your need


There is nothing better than exploring the Clare countryside and beaches on horse back and there are lots of stables around the county to do just that

Cinema Theatre & Games

When the weather is not so good or you just want to chill why not head to the theatre or cinema
The Empire Movieplex in Ennis (12K) has 7 screens and offers screenings of all the latest releases.
You can book movie tickets at:
Glór is a thriving arts centre located in Ennis, which hosts  a vibrant programme of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and workshops. The 485-seat theatre and 60-seat Studio play host to a diverse range of artists and communities. 
Fancy a really different, fun experience – and learning a little about Ireland at the same time? Then head to the Escape Rooms in Ennis.
The idea is simple – but SUCH FUN! An Escape Room or Escape Game is a physical adventure in a specially-themed room. Your mission? To find and gather the clues you need to complete your mission and break out of the room! You’ll combine the clues with hints and develop a winning strategy to ‘escape’. 
The Ennis Escape Rooms are all designed around Irish History and Folklore – making them completely unique.


County Clare is the traditional Irish music capital of Ireland with year round trad sessions and music festivals There are loads of pubs to choose from so here’s a few to get you started

Brogan’s Bar and Restaurant in Ennis (15mins from Burkedale) has been around for 35 years offering up phenomenal food and talented musicians.

Musicians turn up every night and spontaneous sessions come of the fiddle and Bodran. Someone stands up and starts to sing and you wonder are they famous, they’re that good

Gus O’Connors inDoolin (40 mins from Burkedale)is renowned for its trad music and delicious food. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The live music starts around 9:30pm every night, except 6pm on Sundays.


Poets Corner at the Old Ground Hotel Ennis (15 mins from Burkedale) from May to September, live music can be enjoyed Wednesday & Thursday from 8.30pm, Friday & Saturday from 10pm, Sunday from 9.30pm.

During the winter, we have a trad music session in the Bar from 9:30pm, Friday to Sunday.



Vaughan’s Pub in Kilfenora (20mins from Burkedale) is the quintessential Irish pub with a warm, homely atmosphere, delicious Irish food and excellent music.  It features in the popular Irish TV show Father Ted. Set dancing with The Four Courts Ceilí Band, takes place in the barn every Sunday night at 9:30.  All are welcome from complete beginners to experts.