It's true that County Clare lures visitors with a trio of tourist highlights: the towering Cliffs of Moher, the unparalleled surprise of the Burren, and Ireland's friendliest airport in Shannon.
But what else can you expect from this western county in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way?
Quite a lot, actually.
My most recent article for Family Travel 411 highlights what to do, where to stay, and one place you simply must eat in County Clare.
Thatch-roofed cottages amid a maze of stone walls, fluffy sheep sprinkling the rocky hills, towering cliffs marching in formation to meet the crash of the ocean, and the promise of unrivaled craic and entertainment. County Clare, in the heart of Ireland’s western shores, awaits visitors with the stuff Irish travel dreams are made of: castles, megalithic tombs, majestic abbeys weathered by time, and then some.
As home to Ireland’s second international gateway, Shannon Airport, it’s easy to plan your Ireland itinerary to start or end with a stay in County Clare. Either way, these are my top recommendations for what to do, where to stay, and where to eat when you do visit County Clare with kids.