West Clare is a treasure chest of history, scenery and activity. Whether it’s the tallest cliffs in Europe you’re after, a boat trip to the Aran Islands, or a hike or bike over the wonder that is the Burren, you’ll find it just a stone’s throw away from the bar at McHugh’s.
Here are some ideas to help you plan your trip to County Clare:
Cliffs of Moher
The majestic Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8 kilometres along the Atlantic Coast of County Clare in the West of Ireland. Standing at 214m (702 feet), the Cliffs are the tallest in Europe. On a clear day you can see all the way from Connemara to Kerry.
Website: Cliffs of Moher
Loop Head is a headland in West Clare marked by it’s iconic lighthouse, the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other. In 2010, Loop Head became a European Destination of Excellence in aquatic tourism and was voted Best Tourism Destination by the Irish Times in 2013 so it is well worth a visit!
Website: Loop Head
The Aran Islands are located just off Galway and Doolin. A true Irish experience awaits, locals speak Irish as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance including World Heritage site Dun Aonghasa which is set on dramatic 300ft cliff edge.
Website: Aran Islands
The Shannon Heritage portfolio has developed over the past 50 years from one product in 1963, which was the Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, to a total of 7 day visitor experiences and 4 evening entertainments located in the Shannon Region.
Website: Shannon Heritage
The Burren is an area of county Clare, Ireland, that can justifiably be called unique! Measuring 250 sq. kilometres, the area boasts a limestone lunar landscape, alpine and Mediterranean fauna, megalithic tombs, as well as ancient dolmens and ring forts. It is a must for visitors to county Clare.
Website: The Burren
Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk
While visiting the world famous Cliffs of Moher, why not consider a coastal hike along the 20 kilometre path along the cliff edge? The route allows views of the 750 ft high cliffs, as well as sightings of puffins, the Aran Islands and other aspects of this wonderful coastline. Located on the scenic Wild Atlantic Way and not for the fainthearted, this walk is, definitely worth the effort for the spectacular views on offer!