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County Clare / An Clár

The cliffs of Moher

With a history going back over 8,000 years Clare is considered the most beautiful county in the West, with many contrasts and a great variety of archaeological sites, dolmens, ring forts and so much else for the traveller to see. There are a great variety of landscapes from the lonely unique Burren (Stoney Place) to the great towering cliffs of Moher and the valleys in the east to the Shannon river and lakes. Enjoy the pure air while you travel through the most picturesque scenery and to sea-scapes from the desolate Loop Head to the beaches on the west by the Atlantic Ocean on to the Northwest by Galway Bay. The county is divided by the main Galway and Limerick roads.

The county capital of Ennis (River Meadow) is a busy market town, the surrounding winding streets built around a 13th century castle. Just 11 miles from Ennis is a lovely area of small lakes, and you can explore a number of limestone caves nearby. Scarriff, by Lough Derg has excellent fishing, and the traveller can take walks by the lovely Shannon and enjoy boating and cruising, and visitors can enjoy water sports on Lough Derg. No traveller can miss a visit to the famous Bunratty Castle - dating from 1277 A.D. There are some fine restaurants in Bunratty and an abundance of places for a light snack during the day. An experience never to forget is a night out in Bunratty, the mediaeval banquet, together with traditional dancing and music. There is an adjoining park which is open all year to the public and the well known Durty Nellie's pub next door.

And all throughout Clare the visitor will find superb hotels and B & B accommodation as well as some of the country's finest Golf Courses. Shannon is the second largest town in the county and here, of course, you have Shannon International Airport - known as the gateway to the west, and it was also the first Duty Free shopping area in the world.

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