Local Attractions

Co. Clare is renowned for its spectacular scenery and for its many and varied visitor attractions. Whether it is dolphin watching, visiting 14th century castles, or simply taking in the breath taking views from the cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare has something suitable for everyone.

Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan

Is so much more than just another cave. Aillwee cave is unique to the geology of the Burren and it enables you to explore a little of what lies under the exciting landscape. 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.

Knappogue Castle and Garden, Quin

Dating from the mid- 15th Century, Knappogue Castle has a long and fascinating history. In the 15th and 16th Centuries, it was home to the warrior clan, the McNamaras. It is situated in an area rich in natural beauty, and wonderful views can be enjoyed from the castle and its grounds.

Burren Display Centre, Kilfenora

The Burren is a limestone plateau on the West Coast of Ireland, famous for its wildness and the diversity of its plant life. There are more than 700 species of flowering plants here, roughly three-quarters or Ireland’s native flora. 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.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Village, Bunratty

You are invited to explore two wonderful experiences – the acclaimed 15th century castle and the 19th century folk park. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times.

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland. The cliffs rise from Doolin and ascend to over 700 feet (213 metres) just three miles south of the village of Doolin. Being almost vertical, their sheer drop into the Atlantic ocean is a haven for sea birds.

Burren Perfumery and Floral Centre, Carron

The Burren Perfumery is in Carron, Co. Clare approximately one hour driving time from Shannon or Galway. Visitors can see a free audio visual on the Burren, view the distillation and soap making areas, visit the herb garden and organic tea rooms and, of course, try out Perfumery fragrances, creams, balms and other products.

Dolphinwatch, Carrigaholt

Why not take a boat trip at the mouth of the river Shannon to observe bottlenose dolphins and other sea life in their natural environment surrounded by breathtaking coastal beauty. Imagine watching them leap beside you and skim the water’s surface. To look into the eye of a dolphin while it surfs the bow waves!

Craggaunowen, Kilmurray, Sixmilebridge

Craggaunowen features a stunning re-creation of some of the homes, animals and artifacts which existed in Ireland over 1000 years ago. A major feature of the visit, is a Crannóg (meaning ‘young tree’) which is a reconstructed lake-dwelling of a type found in Ireland during the Iron Age and Early Christian periods.