County Clare Off The Beaten Path

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County Clare Off The Beaten Path

  • Tuamgraney

    Shannon Off The Beaten Path

    If you have any interest in seeing how hand woven scarves are made, stop in Tuamgraney along the shores of the Shannon enroute to Mountshannon. Anke and Eugene McKernan do beautiful work, and will show you around if you ask!http://www.mckernanscarves.com/

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  • Corkscrew Hill

    Ballyvaughan Off The Beaten Path

    If you are travelling around the Burren by car and have a spare half hour to spare (or just happen to be travelling this way), take the N67 road that runs between Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna. On this road, locally known as "corkscrew hill", there is a wonderful look out point high up on the hill that overlooks Ballyvaughan and Galway Bay. The vew...

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  • The Burren

    County Clare Off The Beaten Path

    There is not only Poulnabrone Dolmen, BUT also another similar such construction next to the parking where you have a small space to park your car, when visiting Poulnabrone Dolmen. You simply have to step over the stone-wall and turn to the right instead of heading towards the much more famous Poulnabrone Dolmen. The Dolmen in my picture looks...

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  • Beach

    Ballyvaughan Off The Beaten Path

    A few miles before we got to Ballyvaughan we pulled left to take a break at this stoney beach. Isn't this ground amazing???? It started raining when we were here. Luckily I was rather close to the car so I didn't get wet. Colm raced back to the car, completely wet after just a minute of rain. And as soon as he reached the car .. it stopped raining...

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  • Lahinch

    County Clare Off The Beaten Path

    As I said in my intro, our first day in Ireland, we ending up off the beaten path and got a little lost. We THOUGHT we were on our way to the Cliffs of Moher but ended up in this pretty beach town instead. I believe the name of this town is Lahinch. Well, in December it was too cold to swim, but we did enjoy some pretty views while we regathered...

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  • Newtown Castle

    Ballyvaughan Off The Beaten Path

    Just down the road to Ballyvaughan, to the right of the N67 as you head toward Lisdoonvarna, you will find this castle tower. Unusual for its type, in that it starts square at its base and devolves into a circular pillar of stonework. The tower sits up slightly higher than the surrounding land, on a hillock that gives a good view over...

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  • Poulnabrone Portal Tomb

    In the heart of the Burren, sits the infamous Irish "hole of sorrows". It is a portal tomb that dates back to the Neolithic, approximately between 4,200 and 2,900 B.C.E. dolmen consists of a 12' tall, thin, slab-like tabular capstone supported by two slender portal stones. The construction creates a 9m low cairn chamber that has a north facing...

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  • The East Clare Way

    The East Clare Way is one of several long distance walking routes in Ireland. These routes are loop walks and can be broken up into day-hike sized sections. The idea is that you could hike all day and stay in a B&B at night.Since I was staying locally, I arranged to be picked up at the end of each day and dropped off at the same point the next day....

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  • A step back in time...

    O'Callaghan's Mills is home to two of my favorite pubs in Ireland. One of these is the BlackSticks. If you can find it you should drop in for a pint and experience an old-school country pub. The Blacksticks is small and spartan and the seating is limited to three benches along three walls in a sort of a horse shoe shape. There is no such thing as a...

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  • LoopHead peninsula and the Bridges of...

    If you want to get away from the crowded Cliffs of Moher then drive south along the coast towards Loop Head. This area is unfrequented compared to Moher, but is graced with natural beauty. The most outstanding natural feature on the trip down here are the Bridges of Ross. They are natural arches carved by the see. Several of them have collapsed,...

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  • Dysert O'Dea Church and High Cross

    Near Dysert O'Dea castle is the beautiful ruin of O'Dea Church and round tower, as well as a massive high cross. Unlike O'Dea Castle, access to the church ruin is free. The castle is well preserved/restored, and is certainly worth a visit, but I enjoyed walking across the field, past the high cross to roam around the church ruins. The church dates...

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  • Quin Friary

    Tucked away in the village of Quin are the subtle ruins of Quin Friary. The friary was founded in 1480 on top of the ruins of a Norman castle. The ruin is surrounded by idyllic pasture and has a very peaceful sense to it. I've never known it to be flooded with tourists, so it's one of those spots where you can take your time and contemplate your...

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  • Teerovannan Castle

    I came to this castle while hiking along the Kilgory Walk in O'Callaghan's Mills, East Clare. Teerovannan Castle is the beautiful ruin of what was a massive 17th century keep. It is located in the middle of a field to which I found easy access from the road. I was able to walk right up to the castle and could have walked within the walls, if I...

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  • Ennis - Singing Pubs & colorful...

    Ennis is the largest town in the Burren with 16.000 inhabitants and it is well known for its plenty of great "Singing Pubs" and the beautiful shop-facades, like to be seen on my picture.Ennis Friary is another good reason to go to Ennis - it dates back to the 13th century and you may still see great sculptures and tombs there. The friary is to be...

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  • There is not only Poulnabrone Dolmen

    There is not only Poulnabrone Dolmen, BUT also another similar such construction next to the parking where you have a small space to park your car, when visiting Poulnabrone Dolmen. You simply have to step over the stone-wall and turn to the right instead of heading towards the much more famous Poulnabrone Dolmen.The Dolmen in my picture looks less...

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  • Leamaneagh Castle

    Leamaneagh Castle is quite an impressive building in the south of the Burren. The castle dates back to the 17th century and is uninhabited today, in fact the ruins are in the middle of a meadow with lots of sheep and cows and you may not get any closer to the building. Leamaneagh Castle is more of a landmark today at the crossing of the roads R480...

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  • Build your own dolmen!

    Build your own little dolmen in what looks like a stone legoland in a stone field behind the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Someone had started building their own little dolmens with the stones that are scattered all over the area, and when I was there a few years back there were hundreds of them, in all shapes and sizes, from luxury three-storey dolmens to...

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  • Not the Cliffs of Moher, but a pretty...

    As I said in my intro, our first day in Ireland, we ending up off the beaten path and got a little lost. We THOUGHT we were on our way to the Cliffs of Moher but ended up in this pretty beach town instead. I believe the name of this town is Lahinch. Well, in December it was too cold to swim, but we did enjoy some pretty views while we regathered...

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  • Burren roads

    Get into your car and drive around this area. Make sure not to miss the street from the picture (between Ailwee Caves and Poulnabrone Dolmen - I felt like driving on the moon) and the street at Corkscrew Hill. Did you know why this part of Ireland became so stoney? Ireland used to be full of forests some thousand years ago until some people arrived...

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