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Clare County Introduction

A rugged coastline, towering mountains, verdant forests and glassy lakes are just a few of the things that await you in Clare County. Picturesque villages are dotted with relics from Ireland's rich history and populated by people who'll embrace you with their hospitality. Throw in rousing music festivals, traditional pubs and restaurants and a breath of the tangy air on the Wild Atlantic Way, and you've got yourself the ingredients for an Irish getaway that's a feast for all the senses.

Hotels in Clare County

If you're looking for indulgent accommodations, there are several luxury hotels in Clare County that fit the bill. Some of the more expensive ones are set in old castles and genteel country houses, as well as in modern buildings. You can expect richly decorated suites and rooms here, plus elegant in-house restaurants and bars, sophisticated full-service spas and, in some cases, indoor pools, tennis courts and golf courses. Mid-range hotels, though less expensive, are no less comfortable and often have fitness centres and business facilities. If you're looking for discount hotels, there are budget-friendly B&Bs and inns with free perks like Wi-Fi and full English or Irish breakfast.

Where to stay in Clare County

A seamless combination of nature, history, culture and modern life is a hallmark of Clare County's towns and villages. Ennis, the county's largest town and a hub for Irish traditional music, features charming medieval streets lined with buildings hundreds of years old, charming restaurants and cafes, and a variety of traditional shops. If you're looking for a seaside holiday, consider the village of Doolin with its dramatic coastal landscape, lovely craft shops, and pubs bursting with music. The resort village of Lahinch is also ideal for a beach holiday, where the Atlantic Ocean's breakers draw surfers and canoeists from all over the world.

Things to see in Clare County

The stunning coastal route known as the Wild Atlantic Way is filled with spots of untamed beauty. The Cliffs of Moher, near Liscannor Village, is one such spot. Named after the ruins of a promontory fort, the sandstone and Namurian shale cliffs reach as high as 214 metres and stretch for approximately 8 kilometres. Sunsets are astounding from atop the cliffs, and a clear day affords breathtaking views of the Aran Islands on Galway Bay and of northern and southern mountain ranges. The Spanish Point seaside resort, so named because of Spanish Armada ships destroyed along the coast in a 1588 storm, is popular with tourists, particularly in summer. The wide, sandy beach is perfect for a romantic stroll, and the glinting blue waters are ideal for swimming and surfing. The restored 15th-century Knappogue Castle in the parish of Quin is another Clare County attraction, with a beautiful 19th-century garden and medieval banquets where guests are literally treated like nobility.

How to get to Clare County

Flights from the UK, the U.S. and Continental Europe land at Shannon International Airport, a mere 20-minute drive from Ennis. From the airport, you can hire a car or take a taxi to various destinations around the county. Alternatively, you can use Bus Éireann, which runs a regular route from the airport to Ennis. Ennis is also accessible from other cities like Galway, Cork and Dublin via Irish Rail, while various parts of the county can be reached through national and country roads. Coming in by boat is also possible; the riverside village of Killimer is where ferry passengers from the south of Ireland disembark.

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