County Clare Things to Do

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County Clare Things to Do

  • The Cliffs of Moher

    Doolin Things to Do

    Everyone has to see the cliffs. They are breathtaking. Hike to them from Doolin. It's about 8 miles, but sometimes you can con a ride from a tour back to Doolin once you get there. Almost every tour company stops for lunch in Doolin after visiting the cliffs. They really are a site to see, although you will encounter plenty of tourists, souvenir...

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  • Bunratty Castle

    Shannon Things to Do

    The name Bunratty, Bun Raite (or possibly, Bun na Raite) in Irish, means the 'bottom' or end of the 'Ratty' river. This river, alongside the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon estuary. Bunratty Castle is now a very popular tourist attraction, due in a large part to the proximity of the airport. The interior has been furnished with tapestries and...

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  • Aillwee Caves

    Ballyvaughan Things to Do

    The Burren is a large area of ground made up of limestone. Because limestone is porous, over the years, water has penetrated to the lower strata and formed many caves and chambers underground. Aillwee cave was formed in this manner and is the only cave in Ireland where it is safe for the public to enter, without using specialist pot-holing...

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    County Clare Things to Do

    Cliffs of Moher is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and it is easy to understand why. It is a spectacular sight to see the high steep cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. At the highest point the cliffs are 214m. I had hoped to go here independently and to hike along the coast for some hours, but unfortunately the bus connection...

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  • The Aran Islands

    Doolin Things to Do

    Steven and I absolutely LOVED this island. It was the smallest of the 3 Aran Islands and we really got a piece of the real Irish Culture. They still have the rock huts that were built 200+ years ago with the grass roofs, and the entire Island uses the rocks for fences. When we arrived onto the island we took a jaunting car tour. Our tour guide was...

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  • Poulnabrone Dolmen

    Ballyvaughan Things to Do

    You will find this tomb on the left as you travel down the curvey R480 from Ballyvaughan. It is not very well marked but all you need to do is watch out (literally, if you are speeding!) for the numerous cars and occasional buses that are park on and off the road near the entrance gate. We visited during a quiet time when the weather was not at...

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  • The Burren

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    County Clare Things to Do

    Ballyvaughan is a village in the north western corner of the Burren. It is situated on the south shores of Galway Bay and lots of tourists pass here on their way to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. We made a short stop at a pub in Ballyvaughan so that people who wanted could use the bathroom. We were also encouraged to buy something to drink, or a...

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  • The Burren

    Doolin Things to Do

    Use Doolin as your base. Walk out toward the beach then head north up the coast. Fabulous wild flowers, butterflies, birds, and you might see a stoat if you're quiet. If you travel further up the coast toward Ballyvaughan you might see the wild, but very friendly, young dolphin. Or take one of Shane Connolly's walks (Ph. +353-65-7077168 or Mobile:...

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  • Poulnabrone Dolmen

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    County Clare Things to Do

    We made a 15 minutes stop at Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of many Neolithic toms that can be found in the area. The tomb is more than 5000 years old and when it was excavated in 1986 the remains of 33 people were found, together with pottery, a stone axe, stone beads, arrow heads and more. The surrounding limestone landscape is also very interesting.

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  • O'Connors Pub

    4 out of 5 stars

    Doolin Things to Do

    Doolin and the O'Connors pub are so attractive that I should like to finish my life there. When I escape from Belgium to land in Ireland, I fill so better and more at Doolin. Don't go there, don't change this marvellous place!

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  • Aillwee Cave

    4 out of 5 stars

    County Clare Things to Do

    There is a great scene in Father Ted where Ted and Dougal meet Victor Meldrew or the actor who plays Vicrtor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave at these caves. Ted thinks it would be great to go up to him and use his catch phrase "I dont believe it" but the consequences are not what he expected. The final straw for poor old Victor Meldrew is when...

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  • Aillwee Cave

    Doolin Things to Do

    Some of the best caves in Ireland (or as the tourist info puts it "Ireland's premier showcave" - whatever that may mean!) the Aillwee caves are definitely worth a visit If you think the Burren is impressive looking above ground then check it out below where the caves are full of spectacular rock formations. The caves are open all year round...

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  • Doolin

    County Clare Things to Do

    During the tour to Cliffs of Moher we stopped at a pub in Doolin to eat lunch. The pub was Gus O’Connors Pub and it was very busy as we arrived but we all seemed to find a table anyway. Before leaving the bus we had been told to take a seat, look at the menu, remember the number on the table and then order and pay at the bar. I ordered a beef and...

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  • Quin Castle

    County Clare Things to Do

    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...

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  • Ennis

    County Clare Things to Do

    Ennis is a beautiful, bustling old town and is often overlooked when people are touring Ireland. Ennis is rich in history and culture and is abundant in shopping and restaurants. The old center is fun to walk around as the streets are narrow and wandering. You can really discover things here, like a unique shop hidden down an alley or traditional...

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  • Dunguaire Castle

    The first stop on the Cliffs of Moher and Burren tour was at Dunguaire Castle. Dunguaire Castle is not in County Clare, but in County Galway. Dunguaire is a small castle built around 1520 by the O’Hynes clan. In the end of February it was closed, but between May – October you can visit the interior. For that there is an admission. The castle has...

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  • A brief stop in Ballyvaughan

    Ballyvaughan is a village in the north western corner of the Burren. It is situated on the south shores of Galway Bay and lots of tourists pass here on their way to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. We made a short stop at a pub in Ballyvaughan so that people who wanted could use the bathroom. We were also encouraged to buy something to drink, or a...

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  • Ballyalban Earthen Ring Fort

    Our next stop was at Ballyalban Earthen Ring Fort, a circular structure with earth banks. Those earthen rings were often topped by a wooden palisade in old times. Sometimes they are referred to as Fairy forts. We only got around 5 minutes here, just enough time to take a walk around the circle.

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  • Poulnabrone Dolmen

    We made a 15 minutes stop at Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of many Neolithic toms that can be found in the area. The tomb is more than 5000 years old and when it was excavated in 1986 the remains of 33 people were found, together with pottery, a stone axe, stone beads, arrow heads and more. The surrounding limestone landscape is also very interesting.

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  • High Crosses in Kilfenora

    Kilfenora is a small village with the ruins of a very small cathedral from the 12th century. Already in the 6th century a monastery was founded on the place where the ruined cathedral stands. Once Kilfenora was an important place for pilgrims, but now it is known for its high crosses. There are three high crosses in the church yard, protected under...

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  • Lunch in Doolin

    During the tour to Cliffs of Moher we stopped at a pub in Doolin to eat lunch. The pub was Gus O’Connors Pub and it was very busy as we arrived but we all seemed to find a table anyway. Before leaving the bus we had been told to take a seat, look at the menu, remember the number on the table and then order and pay at the bar. I ordered a beef and...

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    Cliffs of Moher is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and it is easy to understand why. It is a spectacular sight to see the high steep cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. At the highest point the cliffs are 214m. I had hoped to go here independently and to hike along the coast for some hours, but unfortunately the bus connection...

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  • Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

    The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is situated next to the car park. It is mainly an underground building in the hillside and it blends in very well with the surroundings. In the visitor centre there is a gift shop, bathrooms and two cafés. There is also an exhibition, The Edge. The exhibition is about the cliffs and is shown with four thems;...

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  • Ballyreen

    After visiting the Cliffs of Moher we drove along the coastal road on the way back to Galway. North of Doolin we made a stop at the cliffs of Ballyreen. The cliffs are not as high here as they are at Cliffs of Moher but it is a beautiful place. When we visited the sea was calm, but I can imagine that it is quite spectacular when the sea is rough...

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  • The Cliffs of Moher

    Situated in County Clare the cliffs of Moher are spectuclar cliffs that rise up to 213 meters and a range of 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of Co Claire. From the clifts you can see The Aran Islands, Galway Bay as well as the 12 Pins and the Maum Turk mountains. Take a walk up to the O'Brien's Castle for a better view....

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  • Dysert O'Dea Castle

    Dysert O’Dea Castle: This was the first stop my family made after arriving. We found the car park area and saw the castle part, then walked through a field to get to the church and watchtower remains. It was a great first site to see since it had so much in one place.

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  • Craggaunowen: ancient Irish settlement

    The Craggaunowen is a detailed recreation of an ancient Celtic settlement on 50 acres of wooded park. The coolest thing here is the crannóg, a fascinating arrangement of huts on a small island with a defensive stockade and draw bridge. There are replicas of artifacts that evoke the daily lives of people that made this place their home over a...

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  • The Craggaunowen Project

    This outdoor museum is well worth a half-day visit with the family. Also, see the other tip about Tim Severin's boat, The Brendan, also located here. From the web site listed below:"Craggaunowen 'The Living Past' tells the story of the arrival of the Celts in Ireland and the many changes they wrought upon daily life. Their impact is evidenced in...

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  • The Brendan

    See the other tip about the The Craggaunowen Project, where this boat is located. Also see the attached travelogue for more photos and text from the exhibit. From the web site listed below:"Another important attraction is the 'Brendan Boat', the hide boat in which Tim Severin sailed from Ireland to the United States, re-enacting the Voyage of St....

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  • Bunratty castle

    Bunratty castle is one of the major attractions for tourbuses, just a few miles off the airport of Shannon. The castle dates back to the 9th century but the way it looks today dates back to the 15th century.Bunratty really offers a lot for the hasty tourists, who want to "absorbe the Irish way of life" within the shortest time possible :In Bunratty...

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  • Gus O'Connors Pub for all fans of irish...

    For all fans of irish folk-music I may highly recommend to visit Doolin, a small village west of Lisdoonvarna : Gus O'Connor's Pub - dating back to the year 1832 - with live-performances of traditional music every night in the summer-season. the sessions start at 09.30p.m. and last untill late at night.Gus O'Connor's Pub is also well known for...

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  • Craggaunowen - A recontruction of...

    John Hunt bought the land at Craggaunowen, restored the castle and began the reconstruction of a modern museum display, including the reconstructed crannog and ringfort. The castle is an example of a fortified Tower House which was the residence of the ordinary gentry at the time. It was really neat to be in the castle on a dreary day and feel...

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  • O'Brien's Tower

    O'Brien's Tower is located just north of the Cliffs of Moher.It was built by an eccentric landlord back in the 1800's to impress lady visitors!It is basically a mini castle/tower that you can climb to the top of, for awesome view of the cliffs and the Aran Islands out in the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Here is a handy place to visit for a couple of hours on your first or last day in Ireland,if you are flying into or out of Shannon Airport.Bunratty Castle was built in 1425 and was wonderfully restored in the 1950's. It is beautifully furnished and interesting to visit. In the evenings, you can attend a medieval banquet, if you wish.To read the...

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  • BURREN BIRDS OF PREY & AILLWEE CAVE

    Lovely stop while driving around Co. Clare.We enjoyed the show with the birds (falcons, eagles, voltures)

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  • The Flaggy Shore scenic walk

    In the village of New Quay in the north Burren is a very scenic and easy loop walk along the shore that begins right from the door of Linnane's Lobster Bar. The entire walk is about 3 miles and though it is along the road, there is little passing traffic. On a fine day the scenery is striking and there will be moments where you look around and say...

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  • The Burren Perfumery

    If you are exploring the Burren and like to shop for things that are indigenous to an area, then it's worth stepping a little out your way to visit the Burren Perfumery. The perfumery is a bit hidden in the heart of that rocky expanse. Here they create unique fragrances that are inspired by the sights and smells of Ireland. The subtle fragrances...

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  • The Heart of Clare

    Ennis is a beautiful, bustling old town and is often overlooked when people are touring Ireland. Ennis is rich in history and culture and is abundant in shopping and restaurants. The old center is fun to walk around as the streets are narrow and wandering. You can really discover things here, like a unique shop hidden down an alley or traditional...

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  • Miltown Malbay

    Miltown Malbay is legendary when it comes to traditional Irish music. Located just south of the Cliffs of Moher, the village is host every year to the Willie Clancy festival, when thousands of great musicians and students come to town to teach and learn and just have fun. Because of it's ongoing reputation for music, many fine musicians live in the...

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  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is a touristy spot and most people already have it on their list of things to do, but I thought I would include a tip about it, because it really is a worthwhile stop on somebody's first visit to Ireland. The castle is remarkably well preserved and access to it is very good. It's a lot of fun to look out from the...

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  • Quin Abbey/Castle: a peaceful ruin

    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...

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  • Bunratty Folk Park

    Included with admission to Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park, a collection of 19th century buildings where they recreate what life was like in the 19th century. All of the buildings are open to visitors to go inside and have a look, some with people dressed in costume answering questions or making scones or doing the work that would have been...

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    The next stop after lunch in Doolin on the tour was the Cliffs of Moher, an 8 km wall of stratified rock that rises vertically out of the sea to a height of 710 feet. As we were piling off our bus, our guide told us that she wanted us to stay to the right, she had 54 people on the bus coming there and she wanted 54 going back with her and she...

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  • Surf, Birds and Cliffs

    The Cliffs of Mohr are among the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.We were here on a nice clear day in early June and were able to observe both the cliffs, which are some 400-700 feet above the Atlantic, but also the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. We also saw some towers along the edges of the cliffs (photo 4 and 5). After we visited the...

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  • Bunratty Castle

    Our 1st stop of the day on my tour with Rail Tours Ireland was Bunratty Castle, one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in Ireland. The visit started with a brief talk by a guide dressed as a serving wench in the Great Hall and then we were allowed to wander on our own to the upper floors as it would be impossible to squeeze that many...

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