An Ideal Touring Base
The famous Cliffs of Moher continue to attract thousands of visitors annually. The 700 foot cliffs create an awesome spectacle with the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean swirling below. Cliff walks and bird watching sessions are available under the guidance of the trained rangers. The ferry boats from Doolin Harbour provide a popular days entertainment. During the Summer months, a daily service links the mainland to the smallest of the Aran Islands, Inisheer or to the largest, Inishmore. An alternative boat ride takes the exciting route from Doolin along the foot of the Cliffs of Moher to Hags Head and back.
Many of the visitor centres give detailed information about North Clare and the unique Burren area, which forms part of the nationally recognised Geopark. The Burren Centre in Kilfenora has an interpretative display that explains the natural history of the surrounding area. Other visual presentations may be viewed at the Burren Perfumery and the Cliffs of Moher. At both Doolin Cave and Aillwee Cave why not explore the fabulous underground world of the Burren. Caherconnell stone fort highlights the way that people lived in Medaevial times and provides sheepdog displays.
County Clare is famous for the number of castles and churches within its bounds. Several are within easy reach of Lisdoonvarna. Kilfenora Cathedral and Corcomroe Abbey have both been restored by the Bord of Public works. The castles at Dysart O’Dea and Bunratty may also be explored. Many old churches and historical buildings are scattered throughout the region. Man made archaeological structures may be seen in various locations. The most amazing burial tomb, Poulnabrone Dolmen should not be missed and the superbly sculpted High crosses in Kilfenora are worth a visit too.
Numerous walking routes facilitate the exploration of the wonderful Burren terrain. Knowledgeable guides are available in all corners of the area and specialists will explain the flora, fauna, geography and history. Maps and guide books are available in many local shops.
For those that want an active holiday, surf schools have training sessions on Fanore and Lahinch beaches. Kyaking and sea canoeing are also available. A choice of golf courses throughout the county, offer contrasting playing conditions. The well known links courses of Lahinch and Doonbeg are not for the faint hearted, but the inland courses of Dromoland , Ennis and Shannon can be challenging too. Mountain bikes and electric bikes can be hired in the area.
The Food Trail throughout North Clare highlights the many superb eating places that use local produce in their establishments. Locally smoked fish, seafood, cheeses and meats are all featured in signature dishes. Some locally brewed beers are offered in the pubs, many of which provide live traditional music during the evenings. Farmers markets are held regularly at weekends, displaying locally grown produce. Craft fairs and art galleries exhibit the works of local artisans.