10 Reasons to Visit County Clare in West Ireland
County Clare, population 117,196, is a gorgeous county in the mid-west of Ireland. It is surrounded by bodies of water, with Ireland’s third longest, River Shannon, to the southeast, Ireland’s third largest lake, Lough Derg, to the northeast, the Galway Bay to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. With the unique and rare flowers and wildlife, steep cliffs and nearby islands, there are plenty of sights to see and adventures to be had in Clare.
To help guide us on the County Clare journey, Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast created an infographic called “10 Reasons To Visit Co Clare In Ireland.” It lists several amazing and captivating tourist activities, from castles and lighthouses to parks and caves.
1. The Cliffs of Moher
Over 700 feet tall at its highest point and five miles long, the Cliffs of Moher run along the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, you can see from the cliffs the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Maum Turk mountains, and the Blasket Islands.
2. Doolin Cave
This cave, which houses the longest stalactite in the Northern Hemishere, is one of most important ecotourism attractions in Ireland. The so-called Great Stalactite is tapering structure that measures 23 feet and hangs like an icicle from the cave’s roof.
3. The Burren National Park
The Burren National Park was bought by the government for nature conservation and public access. It is approximately 1,500 hectares (equal to 100 acres) and includes all the major habitats within the Burren, including grasslands, woodlands, springs, cliffs and more.
4. Aillwee Caves
The Aillwee Caves are the oldest in Ireland. Located high on a terraced mountainside, these caves provide some of the most breathtaking views of Galway Bay.
5. Knappogue Castle
The Knappogue Castle is a restored tower house that was originally built in 1467 and was later expanded in the mid-19th century.
6. Loop Head Lighthouse
The Loop Head Lighthouse was built in 1670. It replaced a signal fire on the roof of the old lighthouse keeper’s single-story cottage (which you can still see below).
7. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Castle, built in 1425 and restored in 1954, is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. It contains splendorous furnishings and artwork from the 15th and 16th centuries.
8. Clare Museum
Housed in the former Sisters of Mercy Convent, the Clare Museum documents the history of County Clare.
9. Aylmers Rest Pub
No explanations needed – what would you want to do more in Ireland than go to an actual Irish pub?
10. Rose Cottage B&B
Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast is an affordable, luxury guesthouse in the town of Ennis, conveniently located close to the airport and many of County Clare’s tourist attractions.