9 Best Places to Visit in County Clare, Ireland
If you have not been to the 9 best places to visit in County Clare Ireland, you are yet to experience natural beauty at its apex. Ireland is the home of beauty, magnificent and breathtaking sites that summon visitors in their numbers. From amazing cliffs to beautiful beaches, spectacular landscapes to majestic mountains, parks to landmarks and monuments, from rocks to caves, there is just enough variety to pick from. Honestly, there is a way visiting Co Clare refines your definition of natural beauty.
Without a second guess, the eye-catching Cliffs of Moher are the Co Clare’s leading attraction. It gloriously stands 700ft (214m) high and stretches over 5 miles (8km) of land. Alone, it attracts a million plus visitors annually. Little wonder it has made it to the coveted UNESCO list of attraction sites.
There is a lot for you at Cliffs of Moher. Its 800m long fenced pathway is always packed with visitors walking along and enjoying the beautiful scenes. The cliffs are home to many species of birds, and bird watchers have their deal cut out. Surfers too are not left behind. The huge waves from the sea ensures the surfers have a thrilling experience.
The visitors’ center is also a spot to be while on the cliff. Designed to blend the hillside environment, it is packed with geological information, exhibition and has an audio-visual theatre as well. The highest point on the cliff, O’Brien’s Tower, apart from being a monument gives a vistas view of Aran Islands, Blasket Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Galway Bay and the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains. The vistas view is not always sufficient. So if you have time visit the visit these points and experience them at close range.
That’s not all Co Clare has to offer. Another place worth visiting is Bunratty Castle Folk Park. It is located between Ennis and Limerick. Bunratty is a 26 acres land that hosts the 15th Century Bunratty Castle. Over 450 medieval artwork, tapestries and furnishings are contained in the castle. Within the park, the 19th century Irish lifestyle is recreated featuring farmhouses, post office, walled garden and a village street inclusive of a park. A visit to this place will be worth your time.
Another must be in your Irish itinerary is the Ailwee Caves. It consists of a series of caverns about a kilometer long. A walk through the caves takes about half an hour, but it is an interesting walk trust you me.
If surfing is your thing, make sure you have visited Co Clare’s surfing capitals, Lahinch and Fanore. And if you are music lover, especially traditional music, Doolin and Miltown Malbay is waiting for you. If the 800m walk on the Cliffs of Moher tour wasn’t sufficient for you, go east of Clare to the beautiful and rugged Slieve Bernagh Mountains. It is a beautiful hill walk spot. The terrain is very friendly and takes only about two hours to ascend.
feels like a different planet. Only accessed by boat from Marina, you can get the beautiful glimpse only this site gives. It is scattered with monuments and ruins. You also get to see the 6th century monestary, cathedral, round tower, castle among other 18th century artefacts.
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