Moyasta and Querrin are two small, upriver communities nestled close to the wildlife haven that is Poulnasherry (Poll na nOisrí – Pool of the Oysters) Bay. Moyasta village, gateway to the Loop Head peninsula, is the home of the West Clare Railway (see History & Heritage) and of the celebrated Nell Galvin Traditional Music Weekend (see Culture & Education). It is also a draw for bird-watchers because of the many significant species – including Greenland White-Fronted Geese, Whooper Swans and Brent Geese – that overwinter there.
Querrin, on the southern coast of the peninsula about six kilometres from Kilkee, is the home port of the Sally O’Keeffe (see History & Heritage). Querrin has a pier and a creek which fills at high tide, protected by what is known locally as the Island. Querrin Creek is a well-known bird-watching spot and is listed as a Special Protected Area (SPA).
There is good fishing from Querrin pier, and it’s perfect for swimming. The handball alley in the village is a centre of activity in the summer months.