Welcome To Clare!
Known as the 'Banner County' is also the County of seascapes and landscapes. Clare plays host to two of the Country's natural attractions. Firstly, the Cliffs of Moher and secondly, The Burren, whose geology, flora, caves, archaeology and history set it apart as a place of great mystery and beauty. The River Shannon and Lough Derg form the eastern boundary of County Clare.
Highlights in County Clare include the twelfth century cathedral with four high crosses – also from around the same period – at Kilfenora. Something of a natural wonder, Clare has an international reputation for nature lovers. The Burren Centre is testament to this. The Burren is an area of County Clare that seems haunting given the grey tones of its limestone landscape, but it actually contains some of the finest flora to be found on the British Isles. The Burren Centre displays exhibits on both the wildlife and history of the Burren region including geology and archaeology. The region is rich for nature lovers and historians alike – this is because the area is also replete with ancient buildings such as tombs and churches, with early inhabitants exploiting the geology of the area to maximise habitation. Rathborney Church, for example, was created out of a circular earthen rampart.
Today, the Burren itself is uninhabited by humans in comparison to other points in history – today, there is a shortage of water sources, the only water to be found in underground rivers beneath the surface of the Burren itself.
Limestone shelters the plant life of the Burren from the salty winds of the Atlantic because of its crevice like structure. There is varied plant life here in abundance, and botanists will note that some of the plants shouldn’t be here at all by rights, given the position of Ireland on the world map. Theories have been put forward about Ice Age glaciers depositing their seeds in the Burren thousands of years ago, and their descendants still flourish today.
Other parts of County Clare worth paying a visit include the town of Doolin – famed for its tradition of Irish music: It features pubs where they host musicians of high standard playing frequently both during the day and the evening. Both McGann’s and O’Connor’s are pubs worth checking out for traditional live music.
Ballyvaughan in the north of the county overlooks Galway Bay.
General information Clare
County Clare (Contae an ChlŠir in Irish), commonly referred to as simply Clare, sits in the southern half of Irelandís West Coast. Clare is often called the Banner County, due to a former local tradition of carrying banners at political meetings and public occasions. Clare boasts some of Irelandís most stunning scenery, especially around the Shannon Estuary, where the River Shannon enters the Atlantic Ocean. Clare is also renown for the Burren and Cliffs of Moher tourist attractions. Shannon international airport is close by.Accommodation in Clare
Clare provides you with a wide variety of options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible alternatives for your stay in Clare.Hotels in Clare
All of Clares hotels are comfortable and convenient, with many boasting amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the River Shannon. Hotels in Clare include the Armada in Spanish Point, Dromoland Castle near Ennis and Aran View in Doolin.Bed & Breakfast in Clare
Bed & breakfast accommodation in Clare provides you with a relaxing, affordable stay along with deliciously cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Clare includes names such as Bunratty Castle Mews, Grovemount House in Ennistymon and Vaughans in Liscannor.Clare Restaurants
Clare restaurants serve a range of national and international dishes, with fresh caught fish from the Atlantic on offer in many locations. Popular restaurants in Clare include Roadford House in Doolin, Bunratty Manor and Durty Nellies in Bunratty Village.Shopping in Clare
There are many locations to pick up a bargain in Clare, but Ennis is the stand-out destination. Markets, boutiques, traditional family-run shops and international chains are all present.Clare Car Rental
Car rentals in Clare to let you discover the amazing Atlantic coastline. Some of prime car rentals in Clare include Replacement Car Hire, TMT Rentals, Auto Rentals and Banner CarsClare Golf
Clare has many golf courses, of both the parkland and links variety, including Lahinch and Doonbeg on the West Coast, and East Clare golf Club at Bodyke.
Attractions Clare Ireland
Ailwee Cave - Ballyvaughan
Located near Ballyvaughan, with its stalactites and stalagmites, the Aillwee Cave beneath the Burren has become one of Irelands leading attractions. An essential part of a visit to the Burren, it affords the opportunity to travel through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms and under weird formations.
Biddy Early Brewery - Inagh
Located at Inagh, just 10 mile from Ennis on the Lahinch Road. Ireland's first pub-brewery is named after a Clare woman by the name of Biddy Early, who was renowned for her magical powers in the 1800s. Since it's opening in 1995 the brewery has continued to produce a unique selection of hand crafted beers in memory of the great woman. These include Black Biddy, Red Biddy, Blonde Biddy and Real Biddy.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - Bunratty
One of Irelands top visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in the country. Built in 1425, it was faithfully restored in 1954 and has furnishings and tapestries which capture the mood and style of the times. The Folk Park, set in 26 acres, recreates nineteenth century Ireland. The Park features include a recreated village street, eight farmhouses, a watermill, blacksmiths forge, Macs pub and restaurant and a display of nineteenth century agricultural machinery.
Cliffs of Moher - Lahinch
Located just north of Lahinch on the coast of West Clare, are the Cliffs of Moher. Natural ramparts against the might of the Atlantic, they rise in places to over 215m and stretch for almost 8km.
Corofin Heritage Museum - Corofin
This award winning Heritage Museum is housed in what was once Saint Catherine's Church, which was built in 1718 by a cousin of Queen Anne. Its main theme, 'Ireland West 1800 - 1860' portrays a traumatic period of Irish history under the headings of 'Lan d'Tenure', 'The Famine', 'Emigration', 'Education', 'Irish Language and Music' and others.