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Clare and The Burren

The Burren

County Clare is best known for two things: its amazing landscape and the Gaelic traditions of its people. Clare has a spectacular and diverse landscape. The coast has the Cliffs of Moher (over 200 metres high), great surfing beaches, and The Burren, a lunar-like landscape with rare flowers.

Further inland is Dromore Wood with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, several caves of which Aillwee is most famous, Lough Derg and the Shannon river, while across the whole county are crosses, towers and castles (many restored) from the 6th thru 16th centuries, and megalithic tombs from 2,500 BC.

The Gaelic traditions are very strong in the small towns and villages of Clare: in the local pubs you can enjoy some of the country's best traditional music. The villages of Doolin, Kilfenora and Ballyvaughan are very popular. Pubs are often a better choice of place to eat, usually serving good traditional fare at moderate prices and in an informal atmosphere.

Clare is also the place to see great Irish dancing and the Gaelic games, hurling and Gaelic football. Also a good area for golfing and fishing.

Tourist offices

Ennis: phone +353 65 28366
Cliffs of Moher: phone +353 65 81171

 



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