County Clare has attractions and surprises around every corner. From historic sites and blue flag beaches to breath-taking scenery. The Banner county has it all! So if you are planning a visit to Ireland why not take in some of Clare’s most scenic towns and villages. Doolin, Lahinch, Ennis, Fanore, Carrigaholt, Doonbeg, Lisdoonvarna, Kilkee and the Medieval Village of Bunratty are all worthy destinations to be incorporated into every visitors travel itinerary.
One of Clare’s most famous and most spectacular tourist’s attractions is the world-renowned Cliffs of Moher. Just a five-minute drive from the beautiful village of Doolin, in Co Clare, West of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher is a marvel not to be missed. Timeless and weather-proof, the cliffs provide visitors with amazement and wonder and memories that will stay with you forever.
The whole Clare area on the Wild Atlantic Way driving route, is extremely beautiful and makes for a great holiday experience. The scenic and unadulterated cliffs stretch 700 feet over the rugged Atlantic coastline. Here you can stand on the edge of Ireland and watch the furious Atlantic waves crash against the gargantuan cliffs. Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher is an experience that needs to be on everybody’s bucket list.
As a visitor, you can easily spend several hours here walking along the many paths. Take a short walk to O’Brien’s Tower, which provides an excellent lookout on Ireland’s beautiful western shoreline. Each step presents you with new and more spectacular photo opportunities and an experience that needs to be seen to be truly appreciated.
The visitor centre which is situated under the hillside offers guests an informative exhibition centre, a warm and welcoming Café with great food, and a lovely gift shop for the ultimate visitor experience.
Step on to the edge of the world and into a breath-taking scene that dreams are made of – at the Cliffs of Moher, you will encounter Ireland in its most natural, wildest, purest form. See the uncultivated cliffs overlooking the powerful ocean, taste the salt in the air, feel the wind and the sea spray on your face and hear the lament as the seabirds soar over the cliffs.
The Cliffs of Moher is a place to visit, time and time again. One bit of advice I might offer, make sure you give yourself sufficient time to enjoy the magnificence of the cliffs, the welcome of the traditional fishing village in Doolin and all the sights and scenes that this Wild Atlantic Way experience has to offer.
From Doolin, visitors can also explore the Aran Islands with regular ferries from Doolin to the Island of Inishere (the smallest of the quaint Islands). While on the Islands why not purchase an Aran Sweater which was traditionally made by the wives of local fishermen. Each complex stitch of the Aran Sweater has a mythical meaning attributed to it, claiming to symbolise wishes of wealth, happiness and the in case of fishermen, a good catch!
Taking the one-hour informative tour of the famous Doolin Caves (The Great Stalactite) is your opportunity to see one of the longest free hanging stalactites in the world.
And while in the area, The Burren is a limestone area which spans 200 sq kilometres through the North-Western corner of Co. Clare and is another awe-inspiring experience, not to be missed. For the chance to view all The Burren has to offer why not take The Burren Way Walking Route. This route is a 28 mile (45 km) signposted walking trail along the Wild Atlantic Way from Liscannor, along by the Cliffs of Moher, onto Doolin and into Ballyvaughan.
While The Burren may look rugged, it is also a fragile place with more than 700 different flowering plants and ferns including many rare and protected species. Most of the area has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive.
The Aillwee Caves is just 20 minutes’ drive from the Cliffs of Moher and is the most famous of the many ancient caves that are hidden beneath the limestone landscape of the Burren. The cave itself features an underground river, waterfall, some very impressive stalactites & stalagmites along with ancient animal remains and many innate relics.
The Clare coastline is also famous for its shore and deep-sea angling which can be done at points along the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way including Doolin, Lahinch, Fanore and Liscannor. And as the term “fishing village” indicates, Doolin is the ideal spot for a day’s fishing.
Craggaunowen at Quin, County Clare is Ireland’s award winning Pre-historic Park. This reconstructed ancient Ireland Crannog dwelling and heritage museum is one of Clare’s oldest and most interesting tourist attractions.
The regenerated ancient village gives visitors the opportunity to see exactly how people on the island of Ireland lived as long ago as the bronze age. Craggaunowen is an awe-inspiring and educational family day out!
For the more active tourist, the Burren Outdoor Education Centre offers a range of outdoor activities including caving, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, body boarding, orienteering, hill walking, rock climbing, team challenges and field studies.
Although Doolin doesn’t have its own Golf Course, you won’t have to travel too far to find a championship golf course. Lahinch Golf Course, Ennis Golf Club, Trump International Doonbeg Golf Course and Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club are among the courses within driving distance of Doolin Village.
Dream Ireland has a wide range of beautiful self-catering holiday homes close to The Cliffs of Moher and throughout County Clare. From 2-bedroom self-catering apartments in Ballyvaughan to detached houses in Doolin. From luxury homes in Lahinch to lakeside holiday homes in Mount Shannon on the shores of Lough Derg and an elegant period home in Corofin. We offer exclusive cottages at Trump International Doonbeg, beachside homes in Kilkee, traditional cottages in Tulla and thatched cottages in Ballyvaughan.
So if you are looking for a base to explore all the wonders of County Clare, then Dream Ireland is the only contact you need and our informative Reservations Team are always on hand to help you choose the best accommodation option for your holiday needs! For further information or assistance please call Dream Ireland on 00353 64 6641170, we would be delighted to hear from you!