the county town, and the largest in County Clare
Town in County Clare, Ireland
a seaside resort
renowned for its spa waters
a coastal town, famous for its summer school of Irish traditional music
restored castle of the Earl of Thomond
is a special landscape of frequently bare limestone pavement (Karst) which is of great interest to botanists, cavers and anyone who appreciates the unusual. This area overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Galway Bay a few charming villages and the highest sheer cliffs in Ireland (Cliffs of Moher).
are one of Ireland's most popular tourist haunts, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic.
a small village, famous for its Irish music tradition and the atmosphere in its pubs
Village in County Clare, Ireland
- Killaloe - located on the Shannon River
- The Burren is a special landscape of frequently bare limestone pavement (Karst) which is of great interest to botanists, cavers and anyone who appreciates the unusual. This area overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Galway Bay a few charming villages and the highest sheer cliffs in Ireland (Cliffs of Moher).
- Carrigaholt - a beautiful little village on the coast. Dolphin-watching from the pier
- The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most popular tourist haunts, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic.
- Corofin - the place if you are looking for information on your Clare ancestors as it is home to Clare Heritage and Genealogical Research Centre
- Loop Head - located on the cliff edge at the tip of Loop Head peninsula. A puffin colony live on a sea stack just off-shore
- The River Shannon, Ireland's longest river, reaches the sea through its estuary between Clare and County Limerick.
- Spanish Point - beautiful beach, named for the Spanish sailors who were washed ashore after the wrecking of the Spanish Armada.
Clare people are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. The county is quite commercialized with regard to tourists and there are numerous activities within its borders to cater for all tastes. A visitor could easily spend two weeks in the county without feeling that they have run out of things to do or see. Because Shannon Airport, the second airport of Ireland and the first stopover for transatlantic flights, is situated in the county, Clare gets many tourists and sometimes this means places can be crowded.
Shannon airport is also used as a stopover for US troops going to and coming from tour of duties in Iraq. It has been subject to some anti-war protests in recent times, with crowds gathering at strategic points around the airport.
Take the commuter ferry across the Shannon estuary into County Limerick for a day trip. The journey takes about half an hour. Galway City, with good shopping facilities, and County Galway are also within driving distance, as is Limerick City.