Miltown Malbay as its name suggests was a hub to which local farmers brought there grain to be milled. The town once had five corn mills, of which the ruins of three can still be seen. Nowadays Miltown Malbay is famous for its week-long summer school inaugurated in honour of the renowned uilleann piper Willie Clancy.
The classes are open to all-comers on a variety of instruments. It’s a fantastic week of music, song, sessions, lectures, classes and just generally good craic. This has helped to make Milltown Malbay – along with Doolin further north – one of Irish music’s cultural homelands
Slieve Callan, which rises to 423m to the east of Miltown, has a fine megalithic tomb on its south-eastern slopes; the covering stone is roughly 4m by 1m. To the north of the tomb is a flagstone with a pseudo Ogham inscription.
At Knocknalassa, to the right of the road as you head for Ennis, lies Leaba Dhiarmada agus Grianne, or Diamuid and Grainne’s Bed.
Excellent bathing can be had at the silver strand of Freagh, a little to the north of Milltown Malbay and at Spanish Point to the west.