Tucked away in the village of Quin are the subtle ruins of Quin Abbey. The abbey was founded in 1480 emerging from the remains 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 surroundings. There is limited access to the inside of the friary. At the time I write this, there is no fee to get into the grounds.
Also nearby is the ruin of St. Finghin's Church. It was built between 1278-1287.
Quin is a nice village, and there a couple of nice pubs there which serve food.
This is Quin Castle.....ok its a small Castle and more like a fortified house...but is an interesting stop on the way to the Burren. You can climb to the top and when you do you get excellent views over County Clare.
I'll get more info on the castle and post it to this site.....