County clare Things to DoList of sites and attractions in County clare
Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, County Clare
The Cliffs are 8km long and 214m high, it is here that one can most easily get a feel for the wildness of the terrain over which the Celts wandered, for although they built imposing castles, very often they preferred the outdoor nomadic life and enjoyed the hunt. The tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru. The High King of Ireland, and the O'Brien's of Bunratty Castle, Kings of Thomond, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then visited the Cliffs.
O'Brien's Tower is the best location from which to view the Cliffs, from this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains to the north in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
Although the sign says "Do Not Enter", you'll find many tourists ignoring it and hiking along the edge of the Cliffs to Hag's Head. I was fortunate enough to do that in October 2002 with some friends on the advice from the toll booth attendant!
Doolin Village, Doolin, County Clare
Doolin is a special village in a special part of Ireland. Nestling between the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the Aran islands it is renowned as the traditional music capital of Ireland. It is many things to many people. For some, it's a centre of music and merriment, for others it is a place of great beauty and tranquility where one can refresh and spirit away the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Doolin is a great base to ensure a beautiful view of the Cliffs of Moher as well as hiking the Cliffs to Hags Head.
Hag's Head, Liscannor, County Clare
Probably one of the most spectacular views of the Cliffs of Moher, this 8km walk is a great day trip when basing yourself in Doolin. Start your day early, pack a lunch from one of the stores in Doolin and ignore the "Do Not Enter" signs! You'll have amazing views of the Cliffs that many don't see.
Ballyvaughan, County Clare
Ballyvaughan village is situated between the hills of the burren and the southern coast line of Galway Bay. Ballyvaughan (O'Behan's town) developed as a fishing and farming community from the 10th century. A castel site and celtic ring fort hint at earlier habitation of this sheltered bay.
If you're in The Burren for the evening, or even Doolin for that matter, head over to Monk's Cafe in Ballyvaughan for dinner. Grab a pint and wait for your table (during high season) on the stone wall overlooking the harbour. The food is not only wonderful, the surrounding beautiful -- but the nightly entertainment is worth the stop itself.
The Burren, County Clare
The Burren is an amazing place. It is a karst limestone region of approximately 300 sq km which lies in the north west corner of Co Clare, in Ireland. It is composed of limestone pavements, which are eroded in a distinctive pattern known as karren. This pavement is crisscrossed by cracks known as grykes and underneath the pavement there are huge caves and rivers that suddenly flood when it rains. It contains dozens of megalithic tombs and celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey from the 12th century, Corcomroe.
There are many hiking tours available for The Burren, both here and while on vacation -- just look for signs while driving through.
Lisdoonvarna, County Clare
Matchmaking soon became one of the main activities of Lisdoonvarnas holiday-makers. September was, and still is, the peak month of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of wives. Matchmakers prospered as matches were contrived and marriages made. The Spa Well also continues to attract the crowds. Today the complex houses a modern recreation centre, a solarium, saunas and keep-fit equipment.
Lahinch, County Clare
With it's one-mile stretch of golden beach, Lahinch is one of Ireland's most popular resorts offering visitors great variety, with spectacular scenery, varied entertainment, great sport, friendly people and choice accommodation.
I've been to Lahinch many times, not to golf mind you -- to take photographs of the golf course! To this day I don't know how people golf on those hills with the wind.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, County Clare
The castle has been restored and filled with a curious assortment of medieval furnishings, giving the modern-day visitor a glimpse into the life of its past inhabitants. This is the first stop for many arrivals from Shannon, so expect crowds.
Dromoland Castle Course, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare
(5,719 Metres / Par 71) It is a course of considerable character with natural lakes and streams, which come into play on a number of holes. Set in the grounds of Dromoland Castle, the course is particularly wooded and very attractive.
Lahinch Old Course, Lahinch, County Clare
(6,123 Metres / Par 72) Lahinch is steeped in history and the features of this famous course are carved out of natural terrain. The Old Course is the permanent home of the South of Ireland Open Amateur Championship (first played in 1885). This course also regularly hosts the Irish National Amateur and Professional Championships.
Ennis, County Clare
Ennis, located on the west coast of Ireland, is the capital of County Clare and serves Ireland as a primary tourism destination. Shannon International Airport, just 15 miles to the south, provides Ennis with direct air access to North America, the United Kingdom and other international destinations. The Shannon Free Airport Development Company and assistance program has made Ennis and the Shannon region the location of many multinational companies. With the aid of an excellent education system, Ennis and the Shannon region offer foreign industries an educated and skilled work force to serve Ireland, Britain and the global market. Historically, Ennis has played a major part in changing the face of Irish history on several occasions. Today, however, the historic character of the architecture and geography of the old town center is complemented by a variety of shopping and tourism attractions. The city has gained a reputation as an excellent holiday destination with first-class hotels, conference centers and world-class golf facilities. Salmon and trout are available on the river Fergus.