There are ample attractions and activities for all age groups in Claremorris. With many natural amenities and a vast choice of modern leisure facilities this progressive town has something for every visitor.
Claremorris Town Hall
The very popular theatre and entertainment venue, Claremorris Town Hall, is only 2 minutes’ walk from the Dalton Inn. Recently refurbished and thoroughly modernised, Claremorris Town Hall, hosts a variety of national and international performances including concerts, cabarets, music and drama festivals, and much more.
Clare Lake / McMahon Park
Less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Dalton Inn Hotel is the beautifully developed McMahon Park skirting the shores of Clare Lake. This 9-acre park has a looped walk (4.5km) that includes the magical ‘Land of the Giants’, with handcrafted wood figures and sculptures to fascinate young and old as they enjoy this unspoilt forest trek. With flat terrain the walk is family, buggy and bike friendly and has picnic spots dotted along the way. Bring your walking shoes!
Claremorris Golf Club
Claremorris Golf Club is an 18-hole parkland course designed by the late Tom Craddock of Druid’s Glen fame. Situated approx 1.5 miles from the town centre on the former estate of Lord Oranmore and Browne, Claremorris Golf Club is a spectacular par 73 layout measuring 6131 metres and has USGA spec sand-based greens that are comparable to the best in the country. The undulating fairways traversed by a stream, the ancient oak, ash and elm trees, with the backdrop of the Partry mountains, make it a golfer’s paradise.
Knock Marian Shrine
On August 21st, 1879, Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church at Knock, County Mayo. The apparition was witnessed by 15 local people and, as a result, Knock became a major Irish pilgrimage site of prayer and worship. Today it ranks among the world’s major Marian Shrines and is visited by over 1.5 million pilgrims annually. It is only 5 minutes’ drive from the Dalton Inn Hotel.
The Museum in the grounds of the Basilica at Knock documents the story of the apparition at Knock and illustrates life as it was at the time. It houses many documents and artefacts from this historic Mayo village and there are displays of farming implements, crafts and items of clothing reminiscent of rural life in bygone days. The Museum has a gift shop and tea rooms.
Founded in 1216 by the last King of Connacht, Cathal O’Connor, Ballintubber Abbey is often referred to as the ‘Abbey that refused to die’. Painstakingly restored over the years the Abbey church is the only church still in use in Ireland, founded by an Irish King. On the picturesque shores of Lough Carra, the Abbey is a very popular wedding church and has seen many celebrity weddings in recent years. It is less than 30 minutes’ drive from the Dalton Inn Hotel. The Celtic Furrow Visitor Centre in Ballintubber provides guided tours of the region, tracing 5,000 years of Irish culture.
The delightful quaint village of Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib was the setting for the famous ‘Quiet Man’ movie, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The making of the ‘Quiet Man’ was a momentous event which brought, and continues to bring, worldwide attention to this lovely village. People come from all corners of the globe to visit the numerous locations associated with the film, and other major attractions in Cong include the 12th century Cong Abbey, Ashford Castle and the countless, beautiful wooded walks in the area. Cong is approx. 25 minutes’ drive from Claremorris.
Within Easy Reach
There are many other activities and attractions within an hours’ drive of the Dalton Inn Hotel. These include: