Tips for Visiting County Clare

Tips for visiting County Clare Ireland - Doolin village, the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle

County Clare is located on the west coast of Ireland. Highlights of the county include the Cliffs of Moher, the rocky Burren landscape, and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

Shannon airport is located in County Clare.

Lodging, Activities & Tips for Visiting County Clare

Recommended Accommodations in County Clare

Drawing Room in Knappogue Castle, County Clare. Private Ireland Castle Stay. Ireland castle vacation.
Drawing Room at Knappogue Castle

Looking for a truly royal place to stay in Ireland? How about your own private castle? Knappogue Castle in County Clare is near Shannon Airport, Bunratty Folk Park, and the Burren.

Spacious rooms and large enough for the whole family! You’ll even have your very own ‘fairy godmothers’! (read full review)


Doolin Inn

Doolin Inn (use code IFV in the promotions box when booking!) is an wonderful boutique hotel in Doolin. Perfectly located for touring the west of Ireland – including the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands.

Comfortable rooms, an incredible breakfast buffet, and the best location in Doolin.  (read full review)


Shannon Estuary where the River Shannon and the Atlantic Ocean Meet

Bunratty Meadows Bed & Breakfast is convenient to the Shannon Airport, making it perfect first or last night lodging.

Comfortable rooms, hot tea and scones on arrival, and welcoming guest lounge filled with plenty of information to send you off to see the sights. (read full review)



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Things to See and Do In County Clare

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park makes a perfect activity for morning or afternoon (see the 2016 updates!).  The Medieval Banquet and Traditional Irish Night will leave lasting memories.

Take a look ‘behind the scenes’ at the Knappogue Castle most visitors don’t see.

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s number one natural tourist attraction.  Breathtakingly beautiful scenery; climb O’Brien’s Tower for even more dramatic views.

For a different view of the Cliffs, take a Cliffs of Moher cruise from nearby Doolin.

Learn more about Aran Island day trips and Cliffs of Moher cruises with Doolin2Aran Ferries. (podcast)

If you enjoy hiking consider traversing all or part of the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk. Learn more about the walk and the shuttle bus service (podcast).

Stay a few days in the Burren and see how much there is to discover!

Walk through Ireland’s ancient – and more recent- history at Craggaunowen, the Living Past Experience.

Some of Ireland’s most incredible megalithic tombs are found in the Burren.

Eat at Nelly’s. Durty Nelly’s, that is. For nearly 400 years travelers have found comfort in this pub that sits in the shadows of Bunratty Castle.

‘Hungry’ for more? Watch my fireside chat with Maurice Walsh, Durty Nelly’s charming manager.

Eat well! Kilshanny House & Other Tasty Spots Along the Burren Food Trail  

Horseback Riding with Castlefergus Stables (podcast)

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Helpful Guides and Tips for County Clare

Shannon Airport – Arrival and Departure Tips

Shannon Ferries– a Shortcut along the Wild Atlantic Way

Eat at The Long Dock on the Loop Head Peninsula. We enjoyed a meal here so I completely endorse this review!

Get the 411 on County Clare – where to go, where to stay and what to eat!

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Amazing Ireland Itineraries that include County Clare

(At Least) 7 Castles in 7 Days

Southwest Sampler

2 Week Ireland Road Trip for Adventurers

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