County Clare, Munster
County Clare, Munster, Ireland
Birr Castle Gardens
River Shannon
Beautiful region of Ireland which includes the Aran Islands and the cliffs of Moher
Did you know?
Burren was once submerged under water?
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www.clare.ie
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galwayClare

From the magnificent sheer cliff face of the Cliffs of Moher to the mysterious lunar landscape of the Burren, Clare’s natural attractions make this county a memorable experience for all who visit.    
Shannon airport is located in Clare, making the county a great starting point for exploration of the West Coast of Ireland.

The Coutryside

Cliffs of MoherCliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher will simply take your breath away – rising at 214 meters (the highest point) above the Atlantic Ocean, they are designated a UNESCO Geo Park and are part of Ireland’s top attractions and is considered a top geotourism destination in Europe. From the cliffs, you can admire a stunning view and will even see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The Cliffs of Moher Experience Visitor is a winning eco-friendly visitor centre hosted in a subterranean building for minimal visual impact. The centre houses the Atlantic Edge exhibition exploring the different following elements and their connection with the cliffs: ocean, rock, nature and Man. 

The Burren
The Burren is a region offering what lots of visitors would describe as a “lunar landscape”: the rock formations there date back to some 340 million years ago and were originally at the bottom of a sea! The area is perfect for geologists and botanists, with a unique diversity of flora boasting more than 900 native species. You will also find plenty of megalithic tombs, churches and abbeys, ring forts and tower houses.

LighthouseLoop head Peninsula
This lighthouse is a fantastic place of natural beauty and spectacular costal scenery. You can climb up the Loop head Lighthouse open during the summer and take some amazing views from the balcony. The are many villages on this peninsula including Kilkee, a well-known seaside resort with a golden sand beach, Kilbaha, the most westerly village, and the picturesque fishing village of Carrigaholt.




CraggaunowenCraggaunowen - the Living Past Experience
Craggaunowen - the Living Past Experience is an award-winning prehistoric park. It’s a great place to learn about the prehistoric and early Christian eras and the arrival of the Celts in Ireland with recreations of homesteads, animals and artefacts. You can see a replica of a Crannóg (Lake Dwelling), a Ring Fort, an Iron Age Roadway, and an outdoor cooking site.Craggaunowen Castle, built in 1550, is located right in the centre of the park. It’s been restored and it is well worth a visit.

Clare’s Towns & Villages

Ennis
Clare’s county town is Ennis - a charming market town full of heritage, tradition and history. It’s got a genuine friendly atmosphere with its numerous narrow winding streets, quaint shops and colourful houses. Ennis is famous for being the capital of Traditional Irish Music! It hosts many music festivals throughout the year and Irish music is being played live in many pubs and bars. Dating back to the 11th century, the town was built between two courses of the river Fergus forming an island – this is how Ennis got its name from, which is the Irish name for “island”. 

Activities in Ennis

Ennis Friary is well worth a visit. In the middle of the town, this 13th century abbey has recently been renovated and reopened to public. The guides are very knowledgeable and will show you various 15th- and 16th-century sculptures, the very interesting figure of St Francis and an image of Ecce Home, the McMahon and Creagh’s tombs plus real works of art.

The Clare Museum
tells the story of its remarkable county and its people from over 6000 years ago up to nowadays. The museum hosts artefacts and original works of art with nice audio-visual and interactive experiences, highlighting archaeological, historical and sociological aspects of the county.

Ennis Walking Tours are
the best way to explore the town as a guide leads you through the bustling and atmospheric streets of this medieval town telling you stories about its people and monuments.

EnnistymonEnnistymon

Another slightly quieter base to stay or just to visit is the town of Ennistymon is a picturesque little market town in the north west of county Clare. There, you will find plenty of traditional shops which sell local crafts. The river Cullenagh flows through the heart of the town forming a beautiful cascade of waterfalls.  Ennistymon makes a good base for visiting the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands



Doolin

Doolin is a quaint seaside village set on the rugged Atlantic coast and the limestone landscape of the Burren. It became popular  thanks to one of the best Irish whistle players MichoRussel, who lived in Doolin which makes the village a great place for traditional music lovers with its numerous pubs offering Irish music sessions.

Aran IslandsThe Aran Islands

Situated off the west coast of Ireland, the Aran Islands are a group of three islands named InisMór, InisMeáin and InisOírr. Each of the islands managed to keep its traditional language, culture and music. The islands are unique in their geology and archaeology and they preserved their sense of history. It is striking how peaceful and calm the Aran Islands are. You can easily take a day trip to one or more of
Aran Islands Day Trip, Ireland
the Aran Islands from Doolin where a number of ferry companies will take you on a day return trip or you can even stay over on one of the islands. 
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