County Clare Travel Guide

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Doolin

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118,231,10

Shannon

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73,177,14

Ennis

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62,111,13

Bunratty

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54,231,11

Ballyvaughan

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29,37,10

Burren

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66,131,2

Lisdoonvarna

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10,14,15

Kilfenora

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15,57,1

Ennistimon

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8,28,1

Liscannor

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10,22,3

Kilrush

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10,45,1

Killaloe

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9,42,5

Corcomroe Abbey

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2,10,0

Newmarket on Fergus

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8,23,2

Mountshannon

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7,40,0

Lehinch

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5,9,1

Kilkee

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7,24,9

Kilbaha

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2,5,0

O'Brien's Bridge

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1,1,0

Killinaboy

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1,4,0

Feakle

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2,2,0

Doolin

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  • 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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  • Ballinalacken Castle Country House

    Doolin Hotels

    This is the fantatsic restaurant at the Ballinalacken Hotel, also dueled as our wedding reception...

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  • The Lazy Lobster

    5 out of 5 stars

    Doolin Restaurants

    Whenever I'm in Doolin, I vist the Lazy Lobster. The food is very well, especially the fresh lobsters and the soups. Its not only a seafood restaurant, you can have really nice fillets of irish beef which are as good as the seafood is. The restaurant is small (like 10 tables or so) and the service crew is very friendly and helps you out when you...

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Shannon

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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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  • Renvyle House Hotel

    Shannon Hotels

    North of Tully, Renvyle, Connemara, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Banquets

    Shannon Nightlife

    Knappogue Castle in Quin, Co.Clare was built in 1467 and was the home of the MacNamara Clan. The original structure has Georgian and Regency additions. It is furnished in 15th century pieces. If you find Bunratty's banquet booked up or would like the Medieval dining experience away from the crowds, try Knappogue. open for tours of the castle...

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Ennis

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  • Clare museum

    Ennis Things to Do

    The museum is FREE! It's well presented but quite wordy. Downstairs its pretty much what you would expect with artefacts and information covering geology, ancient buildings, medieval ennis, independence and so on.Upstairs however they have created something a little different. The various artefacts are grouped around elemental themes (earth wind...

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  • The Old Ground

    Ennis Hotels

    Once again, we did not stay here, saw it when we visited the Cathedral so just popped in to see what...

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  • The Cathedral

    Ennis Things to Do

    Whilst not especially remarkable the cathedral is a good example of solid Victorian ecclesiastical edifice erection. It has one particukar feature that is important in combatting the stress and strain of the various bolts and arrows of irish life - a roof. OK, so it didn't make a great impression on me and I found little in the way of guidance to...

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Bunratty

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  • Bunratty Folk Park (1)

    Bunratty Things to Do

    Bunratty Folk Park is an enjoyable way to see how the more ordinary people lived in 19th century Ireland. The 26 acre park includes small cottages with peat fires burning, farmhouses, a watermill, a village street, and a church. I have spread the photos over 2 reviews to give a better idea of the buildings and agricultural impliments on display. So...

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  • Bunratty Manor Hotel

    Bunratty Hotels

    Bunratty Village, Bunratty, County Clare, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Bunratty Things to Do

    Located between Shannon Airport and Limerick, this is a perfect place to spend a day learning about life in 19th century in Ireland. The castle itself dates from the early 15th century and has a collection of paintings, tapestries and furnishings. There is an amazing banqueting hall in the castle. On the grounds there is a pub and a tearoom for...

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Ballyvaughan

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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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  • Gregans Castle Hotel

    Ballyvaughan Hotels

    Corkscrew Hill, The Burren, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • O'Briens Pub

    Ballyvaughan Restaurants

    Both of these places reside in the centre of the village and they both serve excellent food. O'Briens serve basic, wholesome pub food (i.e almost everything with chips) where as the Hyland Hotel tends to serve food that is more up-market. O'Briens: - phone 065 7077003, opposite Spar shop. This pub also offers bed & breakfast accomodation Best...

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Burren

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  • Poulnabrone Dolmen

    Burren Things to Do

    Poulnabrone Dolmen is an ancient portal tomb located in the Burren region of County Clare, south of Ballyvaughan. We visited this spot on a tour of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher with Galway Tour Company. Although we only spent about 20 minutes here, it was a great stop. The dolmen was amazing - more than 5000 years old! Today, we can't build stuff...

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  • Daly's House

    Burren Hotels

    Main Street, The Burren, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ballyalban Ring Fort

    Burren Things to Do

    Ballyalban Ring Fort is an old ring or fairy fort located south of Ballyvaughan in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland. We visited here as part of our Burren & Cliffs of Moher Tour with Galway Tour Company. The site is a circular structure with earthen walls. At one time, it was likely topped by a wooden palisade, but that is now long gone. All that...

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Lisdoonvarna

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  • 3 hour Cliffs - Best views of...

    Lisdoonvarna Things to Do

    A short drive from Lisdoonvarna are the Cliffs of Moher, where we hiked for three hours on the trail along the cliffs. The scenery will be a life-long memory. But the weather was so cold and windy that we had to purchase stocking caps from the gift shop, which turned out to be necessary at several other stops in Clare and Galway. Nothing like the...

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  • Sheedy's Country House Hotel

    Lisdoonvarna Hotels

    Main Street, The Burren, The Burren, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Known the world over for...

    Lisdoonvarna Things to Do

    the match making festival.Organisers claim that the festival is one of the oldest in Ireland and is an authentic re-creation of the autumn days when professional matchmakers would put together farmer's sons and ladies from all over. Rubbish. It's now a month long orgy (is that the right word - it probably is) of over-the-hill tourists desperately...

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Kilfenora

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  • Poulnabrone portal tomb.

    Kilfenora Things to Do

    One of the most famous of Irelands dolmens; Poulanbrone lies on the R480 north of the Caherconnell stone fort, in the centre of the Burren. There is a large carpark and a short walk afterwards. The dolmen has been dated as far back as 2500 BC. Known as a portal tomb where several side slabs hold the roof to differentiate from a wedge tomb that is...

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  • Kilfenora Hostel (Shepherd s Rest)

    Kilfenora Hotels

    Main Street, The Burren, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Kilfenora or St Fachtna's cathedral.

    Kilfenora Things to Do

    Standing right in the centre of the village is St Fachtna's cathedral, dedicated to the saint that built the first monastery on the site in the 6th c.The cathedral was built around the 1200's after a fire burnt the original down in 1100 and has been much renovated and changed with walls falling and additions being made. The "Lady Chapel", now...

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Ennistimon

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  • The Cliffs of Moher.

    Ennistimon Things to Do

    The Cliffs of Moher lie just north of Ennistimon and run for approx. 8 kms from the watchtower at Nags Head at a height of up to 214 metres . They are one of the most visited sights in Ireland. Personally, I was a little disappointed with the cliffs, probably down to it being a very overcast day and a little drizzle. Plus sharing what would...

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  • Falls Hotel

    Ennistimon Hotels

    Ennistymon, Ennistymon, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Saint Bridgid's holy well., Liscannor.

    Ennistimon Off The Beaten Path

    From Ennistimon, take the R478 through Liscannor towards the cliffs of Moher. About 2 kms before the cliffs carpark you'll see a signpost that indicates the Holy Well to your left. It is just there on the corner, next to Murphy's pub and below a local ancient cemetery where some of the O'Brien clan chiefs are laid. The well is in a little house...

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Liscannor

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Kilrush

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  • Kilrush Heritage Center

    Kilrush Things to Do

    Market House in Kilrush city center square hosts Kilrush Heritage Center. The display is entitled 'Kilrush in Landlord Times' and includes an audio visual reconstruction of the 1888 Vandeleur evictions. The exhibition is a great starting point for a heritage walk through the streets of Kilrush, which will complete your transportation back to...

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  • Katie O Connors

    Kilrush Hotels

    Frances Street, Clare, Kilrush, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Kilrush city centre

    Kilrush Favorites

    Its so little town that you have time to explore a lot.The liveliest place in town is town square. Bus stops also there. When usually ( as much as I have seen so far ) the Irish towns tend to be quite compactly built with narrow streets. Kilrush in the other hand has a lot of space...it feels spacious.

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Killaloe

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  • St. Lua's Oratory

    Killaloe Things to Do

    This building stood on INIS LUA, Lua's Island, sometimes known as Friar's Island, until 1929. When the Shannon hydroelectric scheme was inaugurated it was realised that the island and its ninth or tenth century church would be submerged so the entire structure was removed stone by stone, to its present site by July 1930.

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  • Lakeside Hotel And Leisure Centre

    Killaloe Hotels

    Killaloe

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • St.Flannan's Cathedral

    Killaloe Things to Do

    ST. FLANNAN'S CATHEDRAL is a plain thirteenth-century building, built of purple and yellow sandstone, cruciform in plan, without aisles with a low central tower over the crossing. St. Molua founded the original monastery here but Donal Mór O'Brien erected the first cathedral which was destroyed by Cathal Carrach of Connaught in 1185. The Romanesque...

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Corcomroe Abbey

  • Corcomroe Abbey

    Corcomroe Abbey Things to Do

    Corcomroe Abbey is a 13th century monastery in northeast County Clare. We visited this site as part of a tour of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher with Galway Tour Company. We stopped for about 15 minutes and walked around the abbey and grounds. Outside the abbey was a cemetery with many gravestones, some nearly as old as the abbey and some more...

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  • Inside the Abbey.

    Corcomroe Abbey Things to Do

    Entrance is free to walk the cemetery and the Abbey itself. There are some nice carvings, especially one of a bishop holding his crozier, who seems to be blessing the effigy of Conor O'Brien, Lord of Thomond, one of the benefactors of the Abbey. Take a look at the well-preserved vaulted roof in the choir room, exceptionnal work.

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Newmarket on Fergus

  • Beautiful and Intriguing Cliffs

    Newmarket on Fergus Things to Do

    Just as we arrived at the Cliffs the clouds came but added to the beauty and intrigue of the Cliffs. Taking the Paddywagon Tour from Limerick made our visit to the Cliffs even better -avoiding a long narrow windy road drive. The Cliffs have their own special beauty. The Visitor Center also has some wonderful information on the Cliffs and the area....

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  • Dromoland Castle Hotel

    Newmarket on Fergus Hotels

    An elegant castle beautifully updated with all the comforts expected of a Five-star resort. Their...

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  • Great Way to Visit the Cliffs of Moher

    Newmarket on Fergus Things to Do

    We had initially planned to drive to the Cliffs of Moher but after driving the Ring of Kerry with its narrow winding road decided to see about a tour to the Cliffs instead. SOOOOO - glad we did. We would have missed several sights and history of the area and would have been exhausted navigating the winding roads to the Cliffs. We picked up the...

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Mountshannon

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  • What time is it?

    Mountshannon Favorites

    When we were finishing our tour around Mountshannon, we found lovely sun clock close to the entrance of the park. This pic is showing the time we finished our tour around the village. What time is it?

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  • Elizabeth Carrington - The Art House

    Mountshannon Things to Do

    She is a visual artist and lives in Mountshannon. In the Art House, she is doing workshops - look into her website given below,maybe you would like to attend? Most likely you can buy and look her art there as well.I think we happened to be there in opening day, because we were there in May and I found her website, describing the event. We just saw...

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  • Inviting restaurant

    Mountshannon Restaurants

    The house was inviting and promising. We didnt dine there because we ate in Scarriff If I look from the website, the food choise is good. Look at the website. It is Georgina Campbells suggested place.This website is very useful: http://www.ireland-guide.com/establishment/an_cupan_caife.6127.html

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