Top 10 Clare

Top 10 Things to Do in Clare

Clare is our county focus for the month of August. The Banner County recently hosted the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil festival and competitions, and is home to a thriving musical scene, with the Willie Clancy Music Festival taking place every July. Despite summer drawing to a close this week, there’s still plenty to see and do, so here’s our top tips:

  1. Take a selfie at the Cliffs of Moher 
    The magnificent Cliffs of Moher tops the list of places to see and things to do in Ireland. Visitor numbers at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience were up 15.8% during 2015. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. On a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.  See cliffsofmoher.ie 
  2. Catch A Wave
    The Surf City of Lahinch is awash with surfers all year round. Nestled at the head of Liscannor Bay, beside a 2 km long beach of golden sands. The shape of the resort creates Atlantic breakers that attract surfing and canoeing enthusiasts from all over the world. If you’re visiting at this time of year, take advantage of the surf schools offering group lessons and one-on-one sessions. See clare.ie/place/lahinch/ 
  3. Enjoy a session
    Live music is king in county Clare, so head along to Kenny’s Pub in Lahinch where you might find Lisa Hannigan or Luka Bloom in session. See 8 Lovely Places To Eat And Drink In County Clare 
  4. Discover Loop Head
    Loop Head is a slender finger of land pointing out to sea from the most westerly point of County Clare, on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Cinched between the ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other, this tiny peninsula would be an island but for a meagre mile of land connecting it to the rest of Clare. See loophead.ie 
  5. UNESCO Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
    The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark has been designated as a UNESCO site following a vote at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference in Paris in November 2015. See burrengeopark.ie
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  6. The Burren Food Trail
    Winners of the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) 2015 – Tourism and Local Gastronomy, as well as the Irish Restaurants Association Foodie Town 2015 title, the Burren Food Trail members are bound by their commitment to building a sustainable future for the region.  Each of the featured restaurants offers a Burren Food Trail Signature Dish to savour. See burren.ie/food-dining/burren-food-trail/ 
  7. Visit Miltown Malbay 
    With a thriving music scene, and host to the annual Willie Clancy Summer School, one of Ireland’s great traditional music events, Miltown Malbay is a must-see on any visit to County Clare. See clare.ie/place/miltown-malbay/ 
  8. Get some scents at the Burren Perfumery
    The Burren is home to a multitude of small enterprises, including the stunning family-run Burren Perfumery. In the Blending Room you can see how the products, including perfumers, soaps and candles are made, or enjoy lunch in the Tea Rooms. See burrenperfumery.com

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  9. Discover Yoga on the Edge of Ireland
    The Cliffs of Moher Retreat Centre is a purpose designed, luxury retreat venue set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher and the beautiful countryside of Co.Clare, Ireland. With ongoing classes, workshops, retreats and visiting international teachers, there’s plenty of reasons to book in. See cliffsofmoherretreat.com 
  10. Visit Bunratty Castle
    Built in 1425, Bunratty Castle was restored to its former medieval splendour in 1954,  and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art, capturing the mood of those times. See shannonheritage.com

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