If County Clare isn’t on your travel list, you are missing out. This county on the West Coast of Ireland is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, those interested in history and heritage can enjoy many famous landmarks and iconic sites, and families with children of all ages can enjoy the beaches, caves, and forests to name just a few of the activities available. Sure, it can get a little windy and wet at times but that only adds to the lush environment you find when visiting on a home exchange. Let’s dive in and “unlock” County Clare.
County Clare is on the West Coast of Ireland and surrounded by pockets of rivers. To the southeast you’ll find Ireland’s third longest river, the River Shannon, Lough Derg marks the northeast, Galway Bay in the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. While the weather can be a little hit and miss, ranging from wet and windy to beautiful and sunny, it is Spring to Summer that showcases County Clare to its full glory in bloom!
With a strong history of traditional music, County Clare is the home of many Ceili Bands including Kilfenora and Tulla Céilí Band, Stockton’s Wing, Sharon Shannon, Noel Hill, Peadar O’Loughlin, Martin Hayes and legendary tin-whistler Micho Russell. Many traditional music festivals are held throughout the year so be prepared to sing and dance along.
If you’re looking for some active outdoor fun along the “Wild Atlantic Way” consider surfing, abseiling, mountain biking, pony trekking and fishing are all available throughout County Clare. Visit the Munster Vales with its gorgeous mountain ranges linking the counties of Tipperary, Cork, Waterford, and Limerick and everything in between. The Cliffs of Moher and the beautiful seaside town of Kilkee offer peace, tranquility, and more than its share of beauty.
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet – Join the Earl of Thomond for a glorious banquet at this majestic 15th century Bunratty Castle
The Cliffs of Moher – Visit Ireland’s spectacular natural wonders and be awe-inspired. On a clear day you can see all the way to Galway Bay, the Blasket Islands, the cliffs of Aran and the Maumturk mountains. Simply unmissable.
Doolin Caves – Take an adventure underground and witness the Great Stalactite which suspends like a magnificent grand chandelier. At over 23 feet long and weighing over ten tonnes, prepare to be astounded!
Doolin Music House – This gem of a destination offers an evening of traditional music, history, Irish culinary delights, and storytelling.
Limerick Walking Tours – Explore this amazing city steeped in history.
Mountshannon Arts Festival – held at the end of May, this festival will treat you to traditional music, poetry, dance and a fairy trail walk.
Doolin Folk Festival – For music lovers, this family-friendly festival held in June is one of the places you can attend to listen to a diverse programme of powerful music.
Doonbeg Jazz Festival – If Jazz is more to your taste, go along and get those dancing feet ready to enjoy bands from Scotland, The Netherlands and, of course, from all over Ireland for a weekend of entertainment.
Photo of The Cliffs of Moher