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Things to do in Co Clare

Scattery Island Visitor Centre Kilrush

Scattery Island Visitor Centre Kilrush

Scattery Island Centre
Kilrush
Co Clare
Republic of Ireland

 +353 65 6829100
scatteryisland@opw.ie
www.heritageireland.ie

Located approximately one mile off Kilrush, Scattery Island is home to a monastic settlement founded in the early 6th century by St. Senan who was born locally.


The Scattery Island Centre is housed in the visitor reception building near the pier on Scattery Island, a 2.5km boat ride from Kilrush in County Clare.

Kilrush Heritage Centre

Kilrush Heritage Centre

Kilrush Heritage Centre
Market House
Kilrush
Co Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 65 9051577
http://www.westclare.com

Kilrush Heritage Centre, in the picturesque town of Kilrush in County Clare, tells the story of Kilrush from its establishment as an estate town by the Vandeleur landlords at the end of the 18th century. The display is entitled 'Kilrush in Landlord Times' and includes an audio visual reconstruction of the 1888 Vandeleur evictions. The exhibition is a great starting point for a heritage walk through the streets of Kilrush, which will complete your transportation back to experience landlord times in Kilrush

Loop Head Lighthouse

Loop Head Lighthouse

Loop Head Lighthouse
Visitor Information Point - Crottys
Kilrush
Loop Head
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 65 9052470

kilrush@clarecoco.ie
www.kilkee.ie
www.loophead.ie

Loop Head Lighthouse overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in west Clare as it has done for over 3409 years. The lighthouse station is the major landmark on the northern shore of the Shannon River. Its cliff top position affords 90m high views of the sea down to Kerry Head and Dingle across the Shannon and up the Clare coast and to the Cliffs of Moher in the north.The first lighthouse on Loop Head was one of four known Irish stone vaulted cottage type lights built about 1670. These cottages accommodated the light keeper and his family in two or three rooms and had an internal stone stairway between two of the rooms leading up to a platform on the roof where a coal burning brazier or chauffer was positioned.

Cliffs of Moher - Wild Atlantic Way

Cliffs of Moher - Wild Atlantic Way

Cliffs of Moher - Wild Atlantic Way
Cliffs of Moher
Liscannor
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 65 708 6141
info@cliffsofmoher.ie
www.cliffsofmoher.ie

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. They stretch for 8km (5miles), as the crow flies, along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point at Knockardakin just north of O’Brien’s Tower. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is located almost midway along these spectacular cliffs and the site is home to an environmentally friendly visitor centre set into the hillside, O’Brien’s Tower – a 19th century viewing tower, and 800 metres of protected cliff side pathways, viewing areas and steps. There are a number of viewing points at the Cliffs of Moher.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty
Co Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 61 360788
reservations@shannonheritage.com
http://www.shannonheritage.com

A visit to County Clare should always include a trip to Bunratty Castle and the adjoining folk park. The castle, built in 1425, was restored in 1954 to its former Medieval splendour and houses the Bunratty Collection, 450 pieces of Medieval furniture and artifacts. At nighttime, the castle is the impressive setting for its popular Medieval banquets, held year round. Within the grounds is the folk park, where 19th Century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings, including a schoolhouse, post office and doctor's house in a living village setting. Bunratty Folk Park also includes Ardcroney Church, a former Church of Ireland building which was painstakingly moved, stone by stone, from County Tipperary, to Bunratty

The Long Way Round Walking Company

The Long Way Round Walking Company

The Long Way Round Walks and Hikes
Carrigaholt
Co Clare

Tel: +353 (0)864099624
Email: info@thelongwayround.ie
Web: www.thelongwayround.ie

Welcome to Walking in the West of Clare, Ireland!
The Long Way Round provide guided walks and hikes of one of the last truly unspoilt landscapes in Ireland. Join with nature and learn about the history, geology, botany and wildlife of the Loophead region of West Clare. With your Local guide Laura Foley gain access to areas of beauty which are otherwise inaccessible to visitors. An hour's drive from the world renowned Burren, The Loop Head Peninsula offers a vastly different landscape and geology. We are in a fantastic position situated between the Atlantic Coast and Shannon Estuary and much like the Cliffs of Moher, our Atlantic coast offers a string of magnificent Cliff views. The Shannon estuary is home to an array of sealife and pods of Dolphins which on occasions can be viewed from vantage points along the walks. Laura offers a schedule of walks including Historical town walks, Nature and bird watching walks and Heritage walks. Each walk is approximately 2 hours long and the cost for each walk is €20 for Adults and children under 16 can join the walk for free once accompanied by a guardian. Private walks and group walks are also available and please contact Laura to discuss your needs. It is very important to wear suitable clothing and footwear on our walks as the majority of walks are off road. We will meet 15 minutes prior to each walk in order to register. The meeting points are outlined in the individual walk descriptions and can also be found on the Local Info section of the website.
Please visit us on Facebook for walking schedules and up-to-date info: facebook.com/TheLongWayRoundWalkingCompany

 

Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park

Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park

Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park
Cliffs of Moher Road
Liscannor
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 87 2258347
moherfarm@eircom.net
www.moherfarm.ie

Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park is beautifully situated overlooking Liscannor Bay in County Clare. Visitors to this open farm will interact with a variety of beguiling animals, from typical Irish farm animals to those from more exotic locations such as emu, ostrich, llama and even a family of Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs. Moher Hill Farm facilities also include purpose-built indoor go-karting, a bouncing castle and ball pool. These are combined with outdoor activities such as animal paddocks, mini-golf, a fully-equipped children's play area and a picnic area. An interesting display of antique farmyard machinery also provides an insight into farming practices of yesteryear.Either bring your own picnic or else purchase snacks from the Farm Tuck Shop and the newly-built coffee shop. There is free on-site parking for cars and coaches. Whatever the weather, there's lots of fun to be had at 'Award Winning' Moher Hill Open Farm.

Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark

Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark

Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark

T: +353 65 7072 295
M: 0873160772
E: lcotter@burren.ie
W:http://www.burrengeopark.ie/


Just to the north of the Cliffs of Moher you will find the Burren, a strange and beautiful karst landscape with its own extraordinary geological, natural and cultural distinctiveness. Together these two complimentary landscapes form the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark.
In 2011 the region was awarded the prestigious UNESCO recognized Global and European Geopark status and its not hard to see why.
As a Geopark, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher region has become internationally recognised. Not only does the region have the geological importance that is required of a Geopark, it also has the all-important network of organisations that oversee tourism in the area as well as coordinated education and conservation efforts. Making up over 530 square kilometres, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher region offers a diversity that is second to none.
Alongside the extraordinary rock formations and called seabird on the rugged coastline of the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren is home to a vast array of flora, including Arctic and Alpine flowers that grow surprisingly alongside Mediterranean species. There is also the staggering amount of history in the Burren region with over 2,700 recorded monuments, some dating back over 6,000 years. This has led to the Burren being described as “one vast memorial to bygone cultures”.

Brian Ború Heritage Centre Killaloe

Brian Ború Heritage Centre Killaloe

Brian Ború Heritage Centre Killaloe
Killaloe
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 61 360788
reservations@shannonheritage.com
www.shannonheritage.com

Killaloe Heritage Centre elaborates on the theme of Celtic Ireland.

The imaginative exhibition charts the history of Killaloe and its Celtic and nautical significance. An important feature is the place of Brian Boru (940-1014), High King of Ireland, who was born just a few miles from the village of Killaloe. The arrival of Christianity and the monastic tradition is also featured.

The tourist office has a full range of services including reservations for cruiser hire, accommodation, medieval banquets, Irish nights and many other attractions.

Aillwee Cave & The Birds Of Prey Centre

Aillwee Cave & The Birds Of Prey Centre

Aillwee Cave & The Birds Of Prey Centre
Ballyvaughan
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 65 7077036
info@aillweecave.ie
www.aillweecave.ie

Explore a cave, watch eagles in flight and sample delicious local food products at Aillwee Cave, Ireland's premier show cave in Ballyvaughan County Clare.Over 3,5000 feet of winding passages are open to the public, with regular guided tours provided. Visitors to this popular County Clare attraction are escorted on a 35 minute stroll.

Burren Birds of Prey Centre, located at the foot of Aillwee Cave, features the largest display of falcons, harris hawks, owls, American kestrels and white tailed sea eagles in the country.Burren Birds of Prey Centre, located at the foot of Aillwee Cave, features the largest display of falcons, harris hawks, owls, American kestrels and white tailed sea eagles in the country.

Nevsail's Outdoor Rockclimbing The Burren

Nevsail's Outdoor Rockclimbing The Burren

Nevsail's Outdoor Rockclimbing The Burren
The Burren
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 86 3308236
info@nevsailwatersports.com
www.nevsailwatersports.com

Known as the mecca of climbing in Europe, the Burren offers a wide variety for beginners to the expert rockclimbers and some of the best views you will ever see in Ireland!

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned climber, Nevsail's fully qualified instructors will ensure you have a unique wild adventure learning to climb and abseil in the beautiful unspoilt area overlooking sea cliffs and the wild atlantic. The Burren has numerous climbing routes varying from easy to very difficult, perfect for conquering fears of the nervous beginner or for challenging the most experienced climbers. Rock climbing requires skill, concentration, physical effort, perseverance, support of your fellow climbers and most importantly a huge smile when you reach the top!

Burren College of Art

Burren College of Art

Burren College of Art
Newtown Castle
Ballyvaughan
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 65 7077200
anna@burrencollege.ie
www.burrencollege.ie

Burren College of Art, near Ballyvaughan in County Clare, is an internationally recognised not-for-profit charitable trust committed to the initial education of artists and to their continuing professional development

They offer graduate, undergraduate and artist residency programmes to students and artists from around the world. The location of this specialist art college in the grounds of a 16th century castle in the stunning Burren landscape on Ireland's remote Atlantic coast makes this education unique in the world.

Cappa Pier Blue Flag Beach

Cappa Pier Blue Flag Beach

Cappa Pier Blue Flag Beach
Clare County Council
Ennis
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 65 6821616
blueflag@eeu.antaisce.org
www.blueflagireland.org

Cappa is a small rocky beach located just by Cappa Pier and Harbour. Locals and visitors alike jump off the pier in the summer months and it is also a great spot for bird watching. Local amenities can be found in Kilrush Town and include restaurants, shops and toilets.

This beach is lifeguarded during the summer months and more information can be found at the noticeboard located at the beach.

Bens Surf School

Bens Surf School

Bens Surf Clinic
Lahinch
Republic of Ireland

+353 86 8448622
ben@benssurfclinic.com
http://www.benssurfclinic.com

At Bens Surf Clinic, they are dedicated to progressive coaching of all surf levels and will help you to get the best from your surfing. Bens Surf Clinic is different in that they work in small groups (maximum six in a group) with a highly qualified (ISA Level 2/3) surf coaches, to guide you on your way to surfing. Whether you’re riding your first waves, standing up for the first time or making your first top turn and cut back, Bens Surf Clinic is here to guide you. The groups are divided by skill level so you will always be coached at the right level for you. All of the surfing equipment is provided, but they can also coach you on your own surfboard. Surfboard rental is also provided.

Vandeleur Walled Gardens Kilrush

Vandeleur Walled Gardens Kilrush

Vandeleur Walled Garden & Centre
Vandeleur Demesne
Killimer Road
Kilrush , Co. Clare

Phone: +353-65-9051760
Fax: +353-65-9051782
info@vandeleurwalledgarden.ie
www.vandeleurwalledgarden.ie

Beautiful old stonewalls enclose this sheltered Walled Garden (2.158 acres) which is set among 420 acres of native woodland. Formerly part of the Vandeleur Family Demesne, this garden has been restored around the old path system with a horizontal maze, unusual water-features and a free-standing Victorian-style working glasshouse which is accessible to visitors. The garden specializes in many unusual and tender plants that thrive in the area’s uniquely western latitude micro climate. Chess enthusiasts can test their skills by playing the giant outdoor Chess game.Children can enjoy the living willow structure, sand area and follow the butterfly trail. A collection of old farm machinery enhances the courtyard. The "Vandeleur Picture Exhibition" and part of the heritage exhibition "Kilrush in Landlord Times" are on display in the centre.So come and visit this lovely garden and have a rest in our Coffee Shop and enjoy some delicious homemade food. Don't forget to visit our Gift Shop. You might just find the one little gift you have been looking for. A wide variety of plants are available for sale in the courtyard. Our conference facilites are ideal for meetings, trainings,etc.

Kilkee Diving And Watersports Centre

Kilkee Diving And Watersports Centre

Kilkee Diving And Watersports Centre
East End
Kilkee
Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 65 9056707
divekilkee@iol.ie

Kilkee Diving and Watersports Centre is fully stocked with all modern equipment and its RIB's have oxygen sets, first aid kits and VHF radios. Depth sounders are fitted on the boats to locate the correct diving sites.

The centre also offers non-diving activities such as deep-sea angling, dolphin trips, sailing lessons and jet skiing. They are based in Kilkee, County Clare. Also on offer are full dive and travel packages with full equipment hire and a 20-seater diver training school. Facilities include a fully equipped dive shop, changing rooms with hot showers, large equipment wash down and storage area; two fully equipped 6.5m RIB's and a coffee and snack shop.

Dolphin Watch Carrigaholt

Dolphin Watch Carrigaholt

Dolphin Watch Carrigaholt
Carrigaholt
Co Clare

+353 65 9058156
info@dolphinwatch.ie
www.dolphinwatch.ie


Join us on a Wildlife Adventure...
Ireland’s greatest river opens out to the Atlantic Ocean at Carrigaholt, County Clare - home to Europe’s largest group of bottlenose dolphins. With approximately 200 individuals here at the Mouth of the Shannon, our dolphin encounter rate is one of the best in the world.
Dolphin Watching & Wildlife Adventure on the Wild Atlantic Way
Our passenger ship, Draíocht ("Magic"), skippered by Geoff Magee, departs from Carrigaholt Castle Pier to take you on an extraordinary adventure. Geoff’s fascinating commentary keeps you informed throughout the trip. Our competent and friendly crew are on board to ensure your comfort, safety and enjoyment.Watching and learning about the dolphins in their natural habitat is central to the experience, yet every trip is different in this dynamic environment. You might meet a grey seal emerging from a cave, spot a herd of wild goats on a hillside, learn about the many species of nesting seabirds, and delight in the stunning cliffs and caves of the Loop Head Peninsula and the coast of North Kerry.Our on board hydrophone (underwater microphone) allows you to listen to dolphin sounds.
We are a family business since 1992. Carrigaholt is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
"One of the best wildlife experiences in the country, led by conservationists and dolphin experts Sue and Geoff Magee.They are hugely influential in marine conservation on Loop Head, and beacons of sustainable tourism in Ireland."- The Irish Times

Dolphin Discovery Kilrush

Dolphin Discovery Kilrush

Dolphin Discovery Kilrush
Kilrush
Co Clare

Tel: 065 353 9051327
info@discoverdolphins.ie
www.discoverdolphins.ie

Dolphin Discovery are the longest established marine tourism operator on the Shannon estuary, County Clare. With our experience of carrying visitors onto the estuary going back over thirty years, you know you are in safe hands sailing with us.
We only employ experienced skippers and crew, indeed the owner of the Company has over 30 years experience as a Shannon Pilot, handling the largest ships that have ever arrived at these shores. All our skippers are locals and have a wealth of knowledge of the locality and the dolphins and are eager to share it with you or answer any of your questions.
Dolphin Discovery was purpose built for dolphin watching on the Shannon in 2000, she holds a class VI Passenger Ship Licence from the Dept of the Marine and carries a full compliment of safety and electronic navigation equipment. She has been designed to provide maximum safety and comfort for her passengers and her all round viewing area will make it easier for you to see, photo or video the dolphins.The safety, comfort, and enjoyment of our passengers has always been our number one priority.
Kilrush, Co. Clare is an ideal location to take a dolphin watching trip from, the town is situated at the edge of the estuary and as the sailings depart from the marina getting on and off boats is safe and easy, even for those with limited mobility or whose sea legs aren’t great. The town’s position mid-way between the sites the dolphins are most frequently observed offers you a unique opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

So why not visit us in Kilrush, The Gateway to the Shannon Dolphins, where a warm welcome awaits you onboard Dolphin Discovery.

Doolin Cliff Walk

Doolin Cliff Walk

Doolin Cliff Walks
Doonagore
Doolin
Co.Clare
Ireland

Tel: +353 65 707 4170
Mob: +353 86 822 9913
Email: pat@doolincliffwalk.com
www.doolincliffwalk.com

Join Pat Sweeney on a guided walk along the sea cliffs from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, for a unique experience of the breathtaking rural beauty of this part of the World. With the green fields of the local farmers on one side and the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the other, this spectacular walk, led by one of these local farmers is a must if you are visiting the west coast of Ireland along The Wild Atlantic Way. Pat is a local historian and walking enthusiast, an expert on local history and folklore and is passionate about the preservation of a rural lifestyle enjoyed by five generations of his family who have farmed in this area.

The walk takes approximately 3 hours along a gravel path and finishes at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre where public transport is available for your return to Doolin. The walk is easy, always with the sound of the ocean in your ears, for approximately 8km along the coast and also crosses two sections of Pat's farm along the way. Visitors will have the privilage of seeing the natural beauty of the area and hearing an interpretation of past and present life from the perspective of a guide who has an enthusiasm and passion for the locality.

Atlantic Airventure Shannon

Atlantic Airventure Shannon

Atlantic Airventure
Link Road
Shannon
Co Clare
Republic of Ireland

+353 61 363687
info@atlanticairventure.com
http://www.atlanticairventure.com


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