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County Clare Ireland | Things to see and do

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County Clare Ireland  | Things to see and do

Bunratty Castle 

Dromoland Castle

Lahinch

Doonagore Castle

Town of Doolin

Aran Islands day trip

Cliffs of Moher

Burren National Park

Tea at Father Ted’s House

Aillwee Cave

 

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is one of Ireland's premier visitor attractions and is a ‘must-visit’ for every visitor to the Shannon region.

Bunratty Castle, built in 1425, is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland and contains furnishings, tapestries and works of art from that period.

The castle is famous for the night time medieval banquets which operate there throughout the year.

Bunratty Folk Park, set on 26 acres, is a stunning recreation of 19th Century Ireland and features various types of farmhouses, a church, a magical walled garden and village street complete with pub, post office and various shops. A traditional Irish Night operates in the Folk Park on evenings from April to October.

The Bunratty Collection features over 450 items of medieval furniture and artefacts housed at Bunratty Castle.

Dromoland Castle

Ireland’s most magical address, Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. The ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland, we’ve got nobility and hospitality in our DNA.

From the imposing baronial façade to our startling interiors, you’ll find a world of historic grandeur underpinned by the finest modern comforts. With lavish decor, indulgent dining, fabulous views and magnificent bedrooms, this is a place to feel at home.

LAHINCH CO CLARE IRELAND

DOONAGORE CASTLE, IRELAND

When I first saw Doonagore Castle, I was amazed by its beauty. This castle stands alone in the vast field. With the beautiful ocean view as the backdrop, is just simply glamorous and elegant. 

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Doonagore castle is a round 16th-century tower house with a small walled enclosure located about 1 km above the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, Ireland. Its name may be derived from Dún na Gabhair, meaning "the fort of the rounded hills" or the "fort of the goats". 

Doonagore Castle sits on a hill overlooking Doolin Point and, along with a nearby higher radio mast, is used as a navigational point by boats approaching Doolin Pier. It is located in the townland Doonagore, parish of Killilagh, County Clare. It is generally considered to be located in the area known as the Burren. 

Doolin Tourism

I am the heart of Doolin.

I am Dubh Linn, the dark pools beneath from where the music springs. 

You can feel me in your bones, you can hear me in the storms, 

I am the sound that is below sound,

I’m the pulse that pushes spring flowers through limestone grikes, 

I’m the kiss that sculpts waves to tower over crab,  

I’m the autumn cackle of fires in thatched cottages on Fisher Street, 

I’m the Aille river that roars laughing into winter seas and

in the summer I disappear to whisper below.

But I never go. 

I’m the cliffs that have risen and the cliffs that will fall,

For six thousand years people have slept, curled up in my dunes, 

their ashes now blowing with the sands and their tunes, their axe heads lie buried. 

Lovers have loved in many tongues and poems of my beauty penned through my many nights. 

I’ve seen the lives of many men, the wars they’ve fought and the songs they’ve sang, 

the Spaniards floundered on my rocks and I cried for those they hung 

and whistled tears that made Micho’s fingers dance, 

‘twas I melted the tales on Hilary’s tongue, 

dried the ink on the vellum of the laws of brehon,

I was the siren casting spells on writers of the day,

flinging off their clothes to swim naked in bones’ bay. 

I’ve soaked the ages and 

the flesh I’ve taken as it comes and goes, 

the season’s too, 

for time and limestone are porous,

and though, for you, it may seem that the scenes of our midnight sessions have vanished like the passing of a cloud,

really, old worlds and peoples never leave us,

because I am always here, always true,

I am the heart of Doolin, I am you.

Aran Islands

Stark and treeless in many areas, Ireland's Aran islands are quite different from the rest of the country. Close to Galway, they're a wonderful place to visit, despite the sometimes rolling ferry ride to reach them.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. 

They run for about 14 kilometres (9 miles). At their southern end, they rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, 8 kilometres (5 miles) to the north, they reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs, built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien, then continue at lower heights. The closest settlements are the villages of Liscannor 6 km (4 miles) to the south, and Doolin 7 km (4 miles) to the north.

From the cliffs, and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south.

The cliffs rank among the most visited tourist sites in Ireland, with around 1.5 million visits per annum.

 

 

Burren National Park - IRELAND

Tea at Father Ted’s House

Aillwee Caves

A video of our tour of the Aillwee Caves in Co. Clare. A very nice place with loads to do all day long. Worth a visit.

 

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