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Clare is such a unique place that every visitor probably ends up with their own personal list of incredible reasons to stay here. Chiselled by the Atlantic and the prevailing southwesterly winds into a county of unusual and dramatic landscapes, it is scattered with historic artefacts and steeped in traditional Irish music. Clare represents the true soul of Irish music, constantly refined and developed by local musicians.
The infamous Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most iconic attractions. Rising to a height of 203m, they are a recipe for vertigo, with their sheer walls dropping abruptly into the wild Atlantic. A new, eco-friendly visitor centre helps cater for the eager crowds that throng the area. To avoid the big numbers, walk ten minutes past the end of the ‘Moher Wall’ south to a path that leads along the cliffs to Hag’s Head - and prepare for an awe-inspiring view.
The rocky and desolate Burren region stretches across northern Clare, from the Atlantic coast to Kinvara in County Galway, but it is not as barren as it first seems. Gaps between the slabs of this unique limestone pavement are the ideal environment for rare wild flowers, which inject a splash of intense, temporary colour into the arid surroundings in spring. The spiritually tranquil atmosphere, exceptional natural features, and ancient megalithic tombs and monuments create a magnetic appeal that draws visitors again and again. You can discover more about the delights and wonders of this area in The Burren Centre, located in the charming village of Kilfenora.
Clare ranks among the top places in the world for the quality of Irish music produced here, and many would maintain that it is the home of traditional Irish music. Doolin is probably the best known Clare location for music, emerging as a centre for the art because of several pubs that have sessions through the year. Kilfenora’s tradition of superb Irish music is probably as strong, but it does not attract as many crowds. Indeed, when it comes to Irish traditional music festivals, you are spoiled for choice, with major annual events in Feakle, Ennis, Kilrush, Corofin, Tulla, and Doonbeg, as well as the famous Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay.
Looming over the N18 motorway, Bunratty is the main tourist attraction in Clare. With its legendary medieval castle and a theme park recreating an old Irish village, it embodies what many overseas visitors believe is the quintessential Ireland. Tourists enjoy the medieval banquets held in the grand dining hall, where mead and music flow, and guests are attended by entertainers in period dress. Guided tours of the castle are available, and you can also see how a traditional Irish village operated in the 19th century with a visit to the Bunratty Folk Park.
Surfers and golfers usually do not have that much in common, but they are unanimous in their love of Lahinch. The coastal Clare town is home to the famous Lahinch Golf Club, which dates from the 1890s, when members of the British Army’s Black Watch Regiment went in search of sand dunes that would be ideal for the development of a golf course. Surfing is a more recent introduction, with Lahinch becoming a centre for surfing in Ireland in the late 1960's and hosting the European surf championships in 1972. If you are a fan of neither golf nor surfing, you can still enjoy the remarkably fine beach, which is sheltered by Liscannor Bay.
The original beach capital of Ireland, Kilkee is a picturesque seaside town on the western coast of County Clare that maintains its Victorian charm, while providing all the modern amenities expected by contemporary holidaymakers. Accommodation and entertainment are plentiful, and for a free show, you can always depend on the sea. Bordered by high cliffs to the north and tidal rocks to the south, it pounds the shore with spectacular waves. The mile-long, crescent-shaped bay has a gently sloping safe and sandy beach that is sheltered by the Duggerna Reef.
Nestling on the southern edge of the Burren, Corofin is a laid-back village where you can experience the relaxed pace of true Clare life. Around the town are several O’Brien castles, and it is also home to the fascinating Clare Heritage Centre. Visit the Dysert O’Dea castle, and, for the ultimate relaxation, hire a boat and go fishing.
The little town of Lisdoonvarna, close to the Burren, has a permanent population of just 800, but that swells to more than 20,000 every September, when crowds descend for the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. Generations of families used to travel to Lisdoonvarna after the harvest was gathered to find a suitable match for their sons, with substantial dowries often changing hands, and, although matchmaking in Lisdoonvarna today is a more lighthearted pursuit, the ultimate aim is to find a partner. Europe’s leading singles event, the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is a weekend of fun and games - even if you don’t find love.
Craggaunowen is the site of an award-winning prehistoric park set among 50 acres of wooded grounds. Recreations of some of the homesteads common in Ireland over a millennium ago include a crannog (dwelling built on an artificial island), ring fort, medieval castle, and the “Brendan Boat,” built by explorer Tim Severin to re-enact the legendary voyage of St. Brendan and his early Christian monks from Kerry to America.
You can take to the water for a one-hour guided trip or a week-long unaccompanied cruise - either way, floating on the River Shannon will give you a new perspective on the wonderful countryside of Clare. Killaloe is a central point for river cruising, and you’ll have a choice of guided tours or private boat hire. To paraphrase The Wind in the Willows, there is nothing, simply nothing, quite like messing about in boats. Drift lazily along, stop for lunch at a quayside pub, and chat with the friendly lock-keepers - a Shannon river cruise is the experience of a lifetime.
3.1km from Kilfenora
Welcome to a delightful holiday home in the countryside near the village of Kilfenora in County Clare. Situated on extensive farmland near the River Fergus and Lickeen Lake, the holiday home boasts spectacular views.
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0.8km from Ballyvaughan
Prepare to relax and unwind in picturesque surroundings when you stay in one of these traditional Irish holiday homes, located on the spectacular west coast of Ireland near a little village called Ballyvaughan, in north County Clare. Perfect for a family holiday or a romantic break, these holiday homes offer the very best in rental accommodation.
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1km from Kilkee
For a perfect holiday destination, stay within walking distance of Kilkee beach and town centre (approx. 10 minutes' walk). On-site, family-friendly facilities accompanying these three-bedroom holiday homes in Kilkee include tennis courts and a children's play area.
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3.3km from Doolin
Experience the ultimate in relaxation and tranquillity on the edge of the west coast, overlooking the beautiful Aran Islands and Galway Bay. This holiday home offers superb accommodation in Doolin, County Clare, only 3km from the world-famous Cliffs of Moher.
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Perched on a large elevated site overlooking the breathtaking Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Cliffs of Moher, and Doolin Harbour, this delightful stone-front holiday home is a spacious holiday rental located on the Burren Way Walking Route.
4.9km from Ballyvaughan
This charming self catering cottage is situated in the unique surroundings of the world-renowned Burren in County Clare. Twice winner of the Shannon Region Gulliver Award, this cottage has a beautiful harbour-side setting and commands magnificent views of the Burren mountains.
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0.1km from Doolin
Stay at a superb self-catering property scenically located in the heart of Doolin in County Clare.
The holiday rentals are situated on the grounds of a 4-star hotel and are within easy reach of the local pubs and gourmet restaurants. Each house has the capacity to sleep 6 people, with two double beds and two single beds. The homes are spacious and bright and consist of a fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining room, and utility room.
0.3km from Lisdoonvarna
This superb development of holiday homes is located in Lisdoonvarna in West Clare, 64km from Shannon Airport and Galway City. The tastefully designed holiday homes sleep five comfortably in three beautifully decorated bedrooms, with one double bed and three single beds.
0.1km from Kilkee
Located on the grounds of a Kilkee hotel, this development consists of two-bedroom self catering apartments within a 5-minute walk of the beach and the picturesque town of Kilkee. Kilkee is an ideal location for a family holiday, with attractions including Kilkee Waterworld, dolphin watching, beautiful cliff walks, Kilkee Golf Club, a pitch and putt course, and Kilkee Thalassotherapy.
Located on the grounds of a Kilkee hotel, this development of 3-bedroom holiday homes is within a 5-minute walk of the beach and the picturesque town of Kilkee. Each three-bedroom holiday home features a double ensuite bedroom, one twin room, and one single. The kitchen/dining room is fitted with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, fridge, and cooker, and there is a separate sitting room. Bed linen is included.
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