Destination: County Clare

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County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher Tours

County Clare

County Clare Tours with Great British Trips

Introducing County Clare


Clare is a stunning county in western Ireland. The incredible landscape here ranges from rolling countryside to craggy Atlantic coastline.One of the most popular landscapes here is called The Burren; a uniquely rocky wilderness region which houses ancient Stone Age monuments and churches that have been here for centuries. Another huge attraction is the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. Thhis 213m high Cliff Top is home to O'Brien's Tower which offers incredible ocean panoramas. Elswewhere the town of Shannon, hosts the famous 15th-century Bunratty Castle and its folk park.

County Clare

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Region: Ireland

Time to spend here: 1-2 days

More Information: Clare Tourism Website

What's nearby? Limerick. Galway

What transport do you recommend? A diverse region with a lot of rugged countryside and coastline, the area is difficult to navigate well unless you have access to a vehicle or take a day tour.

Did you know? The TV sitcom Father Ted was filmed mostly in North Clare

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What can I see in and around County Clare?


Cliffs of Moher

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The Cliffs of Moher will simply take your breath away – rising at 214 meters (the highest point) above the Atlantic Ocean, they are designated a UNESCO Geo Park and are part of Ireland's top attractions and is considered a top geotourism destination in Europe. From the cliffs, you can admire a stunning view and will even see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The Cliffs of Moher Experience Visitor is a winning eco-friendly visitor centre hosted in a subterranean building for minimal visual impact. The centre houses the Atlantic Edge exhibition exploring the different following elements and their connection with the cliffs: ocean, rock, nature and Man.
Time to spend here: full day   More information

The Burren

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The Burren is a region offering what lots of visitors would describe as a lunar landscape: the rock formations there date back to some 340 million years ago and were originally at the bottom of a sea! The area is perfect for geologists and botanists, with a unique diversity of flora boasting more than 900 native species. You will also find plenty of megalithic tombs, churches and abbeys, ring forts and tower houses.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Loop head Peninsula

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This lighthouse is a fantastic place of natural beauty and spectacular costal scenery. You can climb up the Loop head Lighthouse open during the summer and take some amazing views from the balcony. The are many villages on this peninsula including Kilkee, a well-known seaside resort with a golden sand beach, Kilbaha, the most westerly village, and the picturesque fishing village of Carrigaholt.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Craggaunowen

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Craggaunowen - the Living Past Experience is an award-winning prehistoric park. It's a great place to learn about the prehistoric and early Christian eras and the arrival of the Celts in Ireland with recreations of homesteads, animals and artefacts. You can see a replica of a Crannóg (Lake Dwelling), a Ring Fort, an Iron Age Roadway, and an outdoor cooking site.Craggaunowen Castle, built in 1550, is located right in the centre of the park. It's been restored and it is well worth a visit.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Ennis

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Clare's county town is Ennis - a charming market town full of heritage, tradition and history. It's got a genuine friendly atmosphere with its numerous narrow winding streets, quaint shops and colourful houses. Ennis is famous for being the capital of Traditional Irish Music! It hosts many music festivals throughout the year and Irish music is being played live in many pubs and bars. Dating back to the 11th century, the town was built between two courses of the river Fergus forming an island – this is how Ennis got its name from, which is the Irish name for island.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

The Clare Museum

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The Clare Museum tells the story of its remarkable county and its people from over 6000 years ago up to nowadays. The museum hosts artefacts and original works of art with nice audio-visual and interactive experiences, highlighting archaeological, historical and sociological aspects of the county.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Ennis Friary

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Ennis Friary is well worth a visit. In the middle of the town, this 13th century abbey has recently been renovated and reopened to public. The guides are very knowledgeable and will show you various 15th- and 16th-century sculptures, the very interesting figure of St Francis and an image of Ecce Home, the McMahon and Creagh's tombs plus real works of art.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Ennistymon

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Another slightly quieter base to stay or just to visit is the town of Ennistymon is a picturesque little market town in the north west of county Clare. There, you will find plenty of traditional shops which sell local crafts. The river Cullenagh flows through the heart of the town forming a beautiful cascade of waterfalls. Ennistymon makes a good base for visiting the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Doolin

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Doolin is a quaint seaside village set on the rugged Atlantic coast and the limestone landscape of the Burren. It became popular thanks to one of the best Irish whistle players MichoRussel, who lived in Doolin which makes the village a great place for traditional music lovers with its numerous pubs offering Irish music sessions.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

The Aran Islands

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Time to spend here: half day   More information

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