Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 15th of January 2013 at 13:16:31
Clare is located on Ireland’s western seaboard and enjoys miles of some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastline. Like most places in Ireland the Irish céad mile fáilte is always present and with a plethora of beautiful villages, bustling towns, cozy pubs complete with traditional song, dance and music and amazing sea-views make sure that an extended stay in Clare is part of your Irish vacation! From the Cliffs of Moher to the Burren, to the surfers’ paradise of Lahinch and the bustle of Ennis, Clare has much to offer any visitor.
Needing little introduction are the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, standing at some 214m high at their highest point and which run for 8km along the Atlantic seaboard. This UNESCO designated Geopark enjoys some of the most breath-taking and mind-blowing views you will ever see. They really a most wonderful gift from Mother Nature! Let the wild Atlantic salty air into your lungs and just breathe in that magic! Heaven!
This is one of Ireland’s premier attractions and it is easy to see why! Built in 1425, but beautifully restored in 1954, this is one of the most complete and indeed authentic medieval castles in Ireland. Each room is decorated with furnishings and fittings from the 15th and 16th centuries, while outside a 19th century bustling town has been created with shops and homes showing how people lived and worked over 200 years ago. This is a must see and will leave a lasting impression! Make a point to stay for their medieval banquet, held throughout the year and enjoy a fleeting chance to dine like a king... or queen!
Just across the road from Bunratty Castle is Durty Nellys, dating from 1620 and with a large and loyal clientele. Be assured of warm hospitality, great food and even a traditional music session or two in this lively spot. Be sure to savour even one pint in this vibrant pub and soak up the atmosphere!
It may surprise some but one can certainly surf in Ireland and Lahinch is a surfer’s parade! Surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery this is a great spot to surf particularly for beginners. Water temperature even in summer may be cold but you can’t beat those views! So don’t forget your surf board on your way to Clare! Cowabunga dude!
Situated in the very heart of the Burren, and enjoying dazzling views of Galway, take a 30 minute tour of these caves and see the dramatic beauty of this magical subterranean. Stalactites, stalagmites, caverns and an underground waterfall are all features of this unique environment. Fascinating and intriguing, Aillwee Cave is a must see!
This karst-like landscape comprises of limestone which covers valleys and mountains in this intriguing and beautiful region. With a unique eco-system supporting flora and fauna which are only found in this part of the country, and with numerous megalithic tombs and monuments – (older than the Egyptian pyramids) and visit to Clare should include the Burren and a trip to the interpretive center located in the heart of the region.
Enjoy a tour of the Cliffs of Moher with Doolin Ferries. Follow the cliffs from Doolin and enjoy some of the most magnificent views. This is something I would recommend to anyone who visits Clare as you gain such a unique view of the cliffs and truly appreciate both their scale and beauty!
These are only a sample of Clare’s delights, why not check out our attractions and learn what else you can do in this beautiful county. Create your own tour and perhaps include some of the above attractions in your itinerary or add some of your own! Check out our Custom Tour section today and start building your dream tour! Explore the rest of the western Ireland to see the many other attractions and places of interest that the wild and wonderful West of Ireland has to offer!