Cliffs of Moherin County ClareOne 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
Aran Islands and mountains as far apart as Kerry
Ferry boats operate Boat Trips to the
Aran islands and Cliff of Moher
Doolin. Why not Rent a Car at
Shannon Airport and tour the West of Ireland.
Come and join the "Edge of the World" concert in 2012, where
Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" will take place at the
spectacular setting of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, with
support from the Kilfenora Ceili Band and Finbar Furey.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Bunratty Folk Park,
recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland.
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 BanquetBunratty 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. www.aillweecave.ie
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.