The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's most visited natural attracted capturing the hearts of up to 1 million of visitors each year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. The thousands of seabirds make the Cliffs a magical place and if you are lucky on your stroll, you will hear and see the Cliffs Buskers playing traditional Irish music along the cliff pathways.
The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The word 'Burren' comes from an Irish word 'Boireann' meaning a rocky place. This is an extremely appropriate name when you consider the lack of soil cover and the extent of exposed limestone pavement. However, it has been referred to in the past as 'Fertile Rock' due to the mixture of nutrient-rich herb and floral species. The Parkland was bought by the Government for nature conservation and public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/hazel woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying springs, cliffs and Fen. A special place on planet earth.
Sail to the Aran Islands! There are daily sailings to the Aran Islands from Doolin. Visit the spectacular Dún Aengus fort on Inis Mor, get away from it all on Inis Meain or take a quick trip to the smallest one – the beautiful island of Inis Oirr. Hopping from our island of Ireland to our local islands is an experience loved by many, there is so much beauty to be experienced here.
On the western seaboard of Ireland there are places where the distinction between land and sea is blurred. The West Clare peninsula in County Clare, guarding the northern shore of the Shannon estuary is one such place. The Shannon estuary is home to Ireland’s only resident group of bottlenose dolphins. Over 100 dolphins have been identified using the estuary at different times; calves are born each year and are usually encountered in the groups.
This circular walk begins at the Diamond Rocks Café at the West End of the town of Kilkee and follows a cliff path along the outstanding coastline. Passing the Pollock Holes, the quartz-filled Diamond Rocks and a natural stone amphitheatre formed by the waves, you arrive at Intrinsic Bay, named after a ship, the Intrinsic, which sank along with all 14 hands on board in 1836. At this point there is a steep climb for about 200 metres; this part of the walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. Arriving at the top, the coastal path turns inwards to Dunlicky Road. For a short, five-kilometre walk, turn left here and head back towards the town. For a longer, eight-kilometre walk, turn right along the coast until you come to a left turn. This road, with beautiful views over the town coming down Moveen Hill, takes you back into Kilkee.
Meet the Goats ! Tolas Cheese welcome school and vacation tours to their beautiful 65 acre farm. Their tour will give you a chance to pet our beautiful goats, see them during feeding time and get a better understanding of farming and cheese making. The St Tola herd of Saanen, Toggenburg and British Alpine goats are reared on 65 acres of unspoiled pasturelands – considered some of the finest and purest farmland of its type in Europe. Outdoors, when the weather is warm and dry, they graze on the herb rich pastures feeding on wild flowers such as buttercups, meadow sweet and wild garlic. During the harsh winter, they are housed indoors in comfortable, clean, spacious sheds and are fed on a balanced mix of hay grown on the farm during the summer and their diet is supplemented with GM free grains.
Loop Head is a slender finger of land pointing out to sea from the most westerly point of County Clare, on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Cinched between the ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other, this tiny peninsula would be an island but for a meagre mile of land connecting it to the rest of Clare. But despite its isolation, its people are far from insular, having spent hundreds of years welcoming strangers by water. 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!. It’s also right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, 2,500 kilometres of the finest coastal scenery in Ireland.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is a must on your itinerary! This is your chance to experience a window on Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park. There are tons of great activities to experience here, check it out.
Learn all about the founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and our national sport, hurling ! Experience a unique cultural, historical and educational tour in our contemporary Expo Centre combined with an interactive holographic tour in the restored thatched cottage. You'll be able to avail of a Burren walking trail, café facilities, gift shop, toilet facilities, picnic area & ample free bus and car parking.
Call into the Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre and get a tasting of our Burren smoked salmon. You can discover mosaics inside and outside the shop, and look at the first kiln used when the Burren Smokehouse was first set up. Free parking available, as well as access and facilities for people with disabilities. It has become a popular tourist attraction in the North County Clare area and welcomes over 30,000 visitors from all over the world each year.
Doolin Cave is home to the Great Stalactite. At 7.3 metres (23feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere. The Great Stalactite, suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier, is truly astounding. Visitors can hardly believe that it was formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years. Extend the adventure from underground to over ground following a charming Farmland Nature Trail that takes a looped walk around the cave setting. The nature trail is home to indigenous species of flora along with rare and miniature breeds of animals
You could also take a cruise under the Cliffs of Moher and check out the scale and magnificence of the Cliffs of Moher on a 1 hour voyage of discovery from the waterline. There is nothing quite like experiencing the cliffs from above and below, and if you're especially lucky you might be surprised by a visit from one of our local dolphins along the way.