Kilkee and the windswept coast of Southern County Clare is famous amongst those who swim, cycle and run for the Triathlon known as ‘The Hell of the West’.
For those who venture out west on two wheels the area has much to offer, especially if you bring the family along too.
A normal Sunday spin involves a blast around the spectacular Loop Head Peninsula with expats from Limerick Triathlon Club followed by a quick dip in one of the three large rock pools know as the Pollock holes.
A relaxed lunch in the Diamond Rocks cafe overlooking the rocky outcropping and crystal blue sea beyond offers recovery time before the next adventure.
At dinner that evening in Murphy Blacks you may even find your host doubles up as organiser of the Hell of the West, when he is not off competing in Ironman triathlons throughout the globe himself.
Heading North along the Wild Atlantic Way coastline there is always a breathtaking view around almost every corner. The Cliffs of Moher even has a Bike repair station if you run into a spot of mechanical bother.
These are just a few images from a recent trip out west :