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Welcome to Clare

Welcome to Clare, a county with rolling countryside, stark landscapes and rugged Atlantic coastline. The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher are perhaps two of the most well-known regions in the county, if not the entire country. The Burren’s karst landscape of bedrock gives the area an other-worldly feeling, and features a unique collection of cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites.

On the Atlantic coast, the precipitous Cliffs of Moher are home to thousands of seabirds, including puffins. Formed from the relentless pounding of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are today the most visited natural tourist attraction in Ireland, and are a sight to behold.  Nearby Doolin village is a renowned centre for traditional Irish music. All along Clare’s west coast are fanstatic beaches, which are a magnet for surfers looking for the next big wave.

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  • 0.91km to City/Town Centre

    Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel

    The Hotel is located in the heart of the charming seaside village of Lahinch, overlooking the stunning landscape of County Clare and the Atlantic Ocean. Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel is an ideal choice for a relaxing seaside break or to explore all of the wonderful attractions and activities that Co. Clare has to offer, you can be as active or relaxed as you wish.

    Address: Lahinch, Co. Clare

    • Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park - km
    • Cliffs of Moher - km
  • 1.85km to City/Town Centre

    Temple Gate Hotel

    The 4 Star Temple Gate Hotel is a charming, family owned and managed hotel in the heart of Ennis Town and is a gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis offers a unique blend of warm hospitality and friendly service which makes it the inspired choice for the business or leisure traveller.

    Address: The Square, Ennis, Co. Clare

    • The Burren National Park - km
    • Lahinch Beach - km
  • 2km to City/Town Centre

    The Old Ground Hotel

    A beautifully restored 18th century manor house hotel in Ennis town centre, this unique 4 star Co Clare property is on the doorstep of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. A warm welcome, a highly acclaimed culinary experience using local produce and luxurious accommodation awaits you. Our dedicated and experienced staff will ensure that you come to see the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis as a home away from home. The Old Ground Hotel is perfect for our overseas visitors as we are situated just a mere 15 minute drive from Shannon International Airport.

    Address: O'Connell Street, Clonroad Beg, Ennis, Co. Clare

    • Woodstock Golf And Country Club - km
    • Ennis Golf Club - km
  • 2.52km to City/Town Centre

    Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg

    Located on the stunning Clare Coastline, a mere 45 minutes from Shannon airport, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg offers guests beautiful seaside accommodation, unparalleled service, award winning spa and inspiring meeting facilities. This unique combination, unrivalled in Ireland, makes Doonbeg Ireland's premier 5 star luxury destination.

    Address: Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg, Doonbeg, Co. Clare, Ireland

    • Lahinch Beach - km
    • Bunratty Castle - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • King John's Castle
  • Bunratty Castle
  • Limerick Racecourse
  • The Burren National Park
  • Hunt Museum
  • Loop Head
  • Kilkee Golf And Country Club
  • Shannon Golf Club
  • Ennis Golf Club
  • Woodstock Golf And Country Club
  • Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park
  • Caher Bridge Gardens
  • Port of Larne
  • Port of Cork

Things to Do

  • Cliffs of Moher: One of Irelands best tourist attractions, plain and simple. At its highest point the cliffs reach 214 meters above the sea and the spectacular views will leave you breathless. On a clear day your view will take in the Twelve Pins Mountains and Aran Islands of Galway as well as the Dingle Peninsula and the Blasket Islands of Kerry. You can even get out of the Atlantic elements and into the visitor centre to learn more about this spectacular place.

  • Lahinch: The small seaside town of Lahinch has become renowned as one of Irelands best surfing towns. A plethora of surf schools and cafés ensures the village comes to life during the spring and summer months with visitors from home and abroad. Lahinch is Ideal for beginners with a selection of surf schools and for the more experienced surfers there are some ideal spots close by where you will be challenged by much larger waves.

  • Doolin Caves: The Doolin Caves are often regarded as one of the most compelling attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way. The caves contain the largest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere and one which also happens to be the only one like it open to visitors in the world.

  • Bunratty Castle: Bunratty Castle is a striking 15th century medieval castle. It is one of the few castles in Ireland that is fully furnished and contains 15th and 16th century tapestries, artwork and other fittings which recreate the feeling of living in the Middle Ages. Visitors also have the chance to take part in a medieval banquet and sample some of the food and drink from that time period. The adjoining Folk Park transports you to the 19th century where you can wander from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctor’s house, public house and various shops. Costumed guides explain the historical events of the time as well as everday life.

  • Aillwee Caves: Opened in 1976, the Aillwee Caves showcase some of the oldest caves found in Ireland. Dating back at least 350,000 years, these limestone caves are located in the heart of the Burren and consists of over a kilometre of passages featuring large stalactites and stalagmites, an underground river, and a frozen waterfall. 

  • Scattery Island: Located about 1.6 km from Kilrush, Scattery Island is home to a monastic settlement founded in the early 6th century. The island offers a range of historic and interesting sites, such as the ruins of six medieval churches and one of the highest round towers in Ireland, 36.5m high, with its unusual feature of having the entrance at ground level. The island also features a range of wild fauna and is an ideal location for those interested in bird watching.

  • Poulnabrone Dolmen: This iconic portal tomb is one of the most recognisable and most photographed monuments in Ireland. Situated on the high Burren limestone plateau, this prehistoric tomb was excavated in the 1980s and produced the human remains of 16 adults and children plus other artefacts. These finds suggest the tomb was in use some 5,600 years ago. 

  • Caherconnell Stone Fort: About 1km south of Poulnabrone Dolmen is the well preserved stone ringfort of Caherconnell. The fort is almost perfectly circular and has walls up to four metres thick and in places three metres high. Along with self-guided tours and audio tours, the nearby visitor centre provides background information on the forts and tombs of the Burren area. Archaeological and Geological Field Schools are also run at the site, for those with a specific interest in these areas.

  • Adventure Burren: For the ecotourist, Adventure Burren offers something for everyone, all in the beautiful landscape of the Burren. Activities include walking, hiking and rock climbing, as well as kayaking, surfing, cycling, abseiling, caving, and fishing. It is the perfect adventure for small groups and leaves minimum impact on the environment.