Thanks for visiting us! Here are a few of the sites for local attractions around the Clare area that we recommend to enjoy your stay.
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The majestic Cliffs of Moher stand against the might of the Atlantic Ocean. O’Brien’s Tower is located on the highest cliff and is the best location from which to view the Cliffs, from this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains to the north in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs can be visited daily, year-round. O Brien’s tower open daily, March to October. Visitor centre open year round.
Fun for all the family. Features include an Aquarium, 25m heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steamroom and Kiddies pool. In the Aquarium you can come eye to eye with some rare and spine chilling fish species as they surround you. Sammy Shark Playzone is a two story maze of ball ponds, slides, scramble nets, climbing ladders and loads more to keep even the most active children happy. Fully stocked Gift Shop.
Bunratty Folk Park
Bunratty Folk Park, recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland. There 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.
Willie Clancy Summer School
The Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland’s largest traditional music summer school, held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy. During the week, nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school.
The Burren Centre gives the visitor an introduction to the visual delights and ancient mysteries which await to be discovered in this unspoiled corner of Ireland. This walk through time will take you back to a time when this area lay beneath a warm tropical sea. Follow the story of the formation of the Burren’s lunar landscape where man hunted bear, and wolves roamed the forests. See how, thousands of years ago, man left his mark on the landscape in the form of Dolmens and burial chambers.
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 and ‘The Hazelwood’ crafts village. This stunning creation of nature was formed by the melt waters of a prehistoric ice age. The cave, carved out of limestone, cuts into the heart of the mountain.
The Biddy Early Brewery is Ireland’s first Pub Brewery. Here visitors can watch an audio-visual presentation on the legend of Biddy Early and the brewing process and how the two are inter-linked. This is followed by a guided tour of the brewery and beer tasting.
Craggaunowen – the Living Past Experience, is Ireland’s original, award-winning Prehistoric Park. Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, the Park interprets Ireland’s pre-historic and early Christian eras. It features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artifacts which existed in Ireland over 1,000 years ago.
Dolphinwatch Carrigholt offers you the unique opportunity of seeing bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment surrounded by breathtaking coastal beauty. At the mouth of the River Shannon between the Loop Head Peninsula and Kerry Head lives a group of over 100 wild resident dolphins. Imagine the magic of encountering a group of these dolphins. To watch them leap beside you and skim the water’s surface. To look into the eye of a dolphin while it surfs the bow waves!