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  • 1 Cliffs of Moher Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 478 IRL - Doolin

    The edges of these cliffs are so dangerous that the footpath is protected by railings. There is a sheer drop from these high, dark sandstone cliffs (182m; 8km long) into the Atlantic. The seabirds huddle on ledges or skim over the tops of the waves. ..

  • 2 The Burren Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Ennis

    Covering much of County Clare, the austere limestone plateau of The Burren ("Place of Rock") is one of Ireland's strangest but most compelling landscapes. Lined in steep escarpments and riven with underground rivers and crevices, it slopes ..

  • 3 Craggaunowen Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 469 IRL - Kilmurry

    On his lakeside estate, historian John Hunt has rebuilt several prehistoric structures: a circular fort, a togher (wooden walkway across marshland), a hearth and a crannog (artificial island). Also on show is the Brendan, a replica of the wood and hi..

  • 4 Bunratty Folk Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N 18 IRL - Bunratty

    This country park illustrates Irish rural activity at the turn of the century at the height of the Agricultural Revolution. Various artefacts have either been brought from their place of origin or are replicas, including a forge, complete with bellow..

  • 5 Scenic Route Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Ballyvaughan

    The R477 road hugs the coast around Black Head. As you drive southbound, a wonderful view of the huge boulders, deposited at the end of the Ice Age on a bare limestone plateau, comes into sight. In fine weather, the Aran Islands, of similar geologica..

  • 6 Bunratty Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle St. IRL - Bunratty

    A castle stands on the banks of Bunratty River near the mouth of the Shannon Estuary, guarding the main route between Limerick and Ennis. This fortified residence, built in 1460, was restored to its 16C appearance during the 1950s. It houses the Gort..

  • 7 Dysert O'Dea Interesting

    Religious buildings

    IRL - Ennis

    This monastery was founded by St Tola in the 8C. The Archaeology Centre and a little museum dedicated to prehistory and local culture are located in a 15C fortified dwelling. Fine view from the top over the nearby ruins and countryside. In a field ne..

  • 8 Holy Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Mountshannon

    It was on this island that the first Christian hermits withdrew from the world to lead a life of contemplation. It is a fascinating monastic site, where the monks first arrived in the 6C. The following century, Holy Island became a renowned centre fo..

  • 9 Kilfenora Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    IRL - Kilfenora

    Dating from the 12C and partially in ruins, it has some fine architectural features still intact, such as capitals decorated with figures. Inside, the tombstones (14C) have effigies of bishops in high relief. The most interesting objects are the thre..

  • 10 Inisheer Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Doolin

    The smallest of the Aran Islands is the closest to the County Clare coast. Most of the houses stand along the northern coastline; the rest of the island, although wild, has a less austere landscape, which you can explore by taking the Inisheer Way wa..

  • 11 Corcomroe Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    The Burren IRL - Ballyvaughan

    The ruins of this Cistercian abbey merge with the stones of Burren. Saint Mary of the Fertile Rock was founded around 1180 by Donal Mór O'Brien or, more likely, by his son Donat. The choir and the chapels of the transept have finely sculptured capita..

  • 12 Aillwee Cave Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R 480 IRL - Ballyvaughan

    Aillwee Cave is a unique tunnel over 1 km long. The waterfall, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites, is strikingly flood-lit from below. The bones of a brown bear were discovered in one of the hibernation caves, near the entrance. The sound of a..

  • 13 Ennis Friary Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Abbey St. IRL - Ennis

    This Franciscan monastery, which in the 14C housed 350 monks and over 600 students, was finally abolished in 1692. The nave and the choir date from the 13C, the south transept and central tower were added in the 15C. An Ecce Homo shows Christ with th..

  • 14 Burren Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    R 476 IRL - Kilfenora

    The centre provides a 20min audio-visual presentation and static display on the history of the district. An interesting exhibition dedicated to the Burren presents the local flora, fauna, geology and rural heritage.

  • 15 St. Flannan's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Limerick Rd. IRL - Killaloe

    Its construction was undertaken by Dónall Mór O'Brien in 1185. It was built over the site of a monastery founded in the 6C by Saint Molua and dedicated to his successor. Work on the cathedral began in 1225, in a combination of Romanesque and Gothic s..

  • 16 Slieve Elva

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Doolin

    Standing 345m above sea level, Slieve Elva is an unusual landscape made up entirely of heaps of limestone. The rocks resemble a remarkable tangle of stone chimneys, canyons, plateaux cleaved by valleys; strange monumental boulders lie here and there,..

  • 17 Clare Heritage Centre

    Museums and art

    Church St. IRL - Corrofin

    Housed in Corofin's old village church, this exhibition tells the story of life in the region in the 19C. The collection includes tools and household objects used in connection with linen work, making butter, and farming. It also evokes the Great Fam..

  • 18 Burren Exposure

    Museums and art

    N 67 IRL - Ballyvaughan

    This Centre for Cultural Studies lies in a superb location overlooking the port. Audio visual presentations describe the geology, flora and human history that make up the exceptional landscape that is the Burren.

  • 19 Newtown Castle and Trail

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 67 IRL - Ballyvaughan

    The stone spiral staircase in this beautiful 16C defensive tower leads to a series of exhibitions which relate the building's recent work and illustrate the region's importance during the Middle Ages when it was an educational centre for the study of..

  • 20 Dromore Wood National Nature Reserve

    Nature and gardens

    N 18 IRL - Barefield

    Dromore Wood National Nature Reserve (400 ha) encompasses a variety of habitats including lakes, river, marsh and a semi-natural forest, as well as a variety of human dwellings, notably the ruins of O'Brien Castle (17C). A guidebook, dedicated to spe..

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