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The Magnificent Cliffs of Moher
in County Clare One of Europe's outstanding coastal features, where the giant, rugged coastline rises to nearly 700 feet of sheer cliff above the Atlantic Ocean. O'Brien's Tower, which was constructed in the early 19th century as a viewing point for Victorian tourists, is located on Moher's highest cliff. From its exceptional vantage position you can view the Clare coastline, the Aran Islands and mountains as far apart as Kerry and Connemara.  Ferry boats operate Boat Trips to the Aran islands  and Cliff of Moher  from  Doolin. Why not Rent a Car at Shannon Airport and tour the West of Ireland.

 

The Cliffs of Moher stand over 200m above the Atlantic – some of the highest cliffs in Europe. Their scale and beauty can only be truly appreciated when viewed from sea level. Our cruise will take you on a voyage of discovery along this 8km shoreline of the Cliffs of Moher  – truly an experience not to be missed! Also trips to the Aran Islands

 

 

 


 

 

Clare Festivals

Bridgetown Show, Co Clare

Clare is a county which has lots of festivals especially throughout the Summer months such as Bridgetown Show in July a great family day out in Clare, Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking festival, Shannonside Winter Music Festival in January and Feakle International Traditional Music Festival held in August.


 

 

 

Clare Visitor Attractions

The Burren. Co Clare

Clare is renowed for its wonderful Burren area, rich in unusual floura and fauna as well as being a great walking area. Clare has to be visited also for the wonder that is the Cliffs of Moher and its breath taking views. Stop off at the Burren Smokehouse for some souvenir's and Irish produce to take home with you. Close to the Burren area also is the stone fort at Caherconnell and the portal tomb at Poulnabrone

 

Clare What's On

Dromoland Castle Golf Course

Clare county has lots of great walking area's on scenic route by it hill or coastal routes and for the golfers there are courses such as Dromoland Castle Golf Club, Kilkee, Doonbeg and the links at Lahinch. Enjoy a nights theatre at Glór Theatre. Or you might be lucky to come across a traditional Irish music session, with Doolin, Milton Malbay, Ballyvaughan and Quilty being some prime traditional Irish music area's.


 
     
 
Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle is standing majestically over 410 acres of its own private demesne, Dromoland Castle quietly affirms itself as one of the most impressive and distinguished castle hotels in Ireland - and one of Europe's most desired 5*Star destinations. ....more

Bunratty Folk Park recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of vernacular buildings; indicative of all of the social strata from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House, a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry. Traditional jobs and crafts are also represented, milling, the forge, pottery, printing, baking, farming etc.
Costumed characters that recreate the traditions and lifestyle of a bygone age animate the Folk Park. The characters include the Bean a Ti (woman of the house), R.I.C. policeman, Schoolteacher, Blacksmith and so on.

Bunratty Castle was to return to its former splendour when Viscount Lord Gort purchased it in 1954. The extensive restoration work began in 1945 with the help of the Office of Public Works, the Irish Tourist Board and Shannon Development. It was then opened to the public in 1960 as a National Monument and is open to visitors year round. It is the most complete and authentically restored and furnished castle in Ireland
 
Bunratty Mediaeval Banquet Bunratty Castle, was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Rathy River. From here The Earl ruled over his Chiefdom and entertained lavishly, in fact he was famous for his hospitality. Following this tradition of hospitality, the world renowned Bunratty Medieval Banquet is held twice nightly throughout theyear.

For over 40 years the Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl's Butler, have welcomed guests from the four corners of the globe to join them at The Earl's Banquet. The entertainment provided by the superb Bunratty Singers is a fitting compliment to a four course meal, a lively meal reception and of course good wine. We invite you to enjoy an unforgettable evening in the splendour of this magnificent castle.
 

Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan.
Discovered by Jack McCann, a local farmer, in 1944, the 1000 feet long cave is one of the oldest of the Burren Caves having formed millions of years ago. Guided tours, lasting 30 minutes, allow you to observe beautiful caverns, bridged chasms, underground waterfalls, weird mineral formations and the hibernation chambers of brown bears which have been extinct in Ireland for centuries.
Facilities include a restaurant, craft shop, information desk and outside, 'The Hazelwood' crafts village.
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Dún Guaire castle, Kinvara.
A 16th century castle that stands out prominently on the seashore. Named after the 7th century King of Connaught, Guaire whose palace had occupied the same site, the castle was built by the O'Hynes and later passed into the hands of the O'Shaughnessy and then the Martyn clans. It was sold to John Gogarty a poet and writer in 1924 who subsequenty sold it to Lady Christabel Ampthill.
The castle is open to the public and hosts medieval banquets with traditional Irish music and story telling.


Knappogue Castle, near Quin.
Originally a MacNamara stronghold, (built 1467). Restored in the 19th century by Lord Dunboyne. The castle passed to the Land Commission in the late 1920s and was re-sold in 1966. The new owner refurbished the interior in 15th century style. The castle is open to visitors and medieval banquets are served from March to October. Admission charge.

Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna. Burren Smokehouse produce oak-smoked Irish Atlantic Salmon. The ancient tradition is explained in their new visitors centre. Gourmet and Craft Shop. Audio-visual in English, German, French and Italian.

Burren Exposure, Ballyvaughan.
castle passed to the Land Commission in the Located in the unique Burren, this new visitors' centre provides visitors with an overview of the area and its unique landscape, its rich human history and its famous flora. Elaborate audio - visual presentation synchronised large scale slide panoramas with soundscapes in 3 specially created environments.

 
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