Vagabond guests set off on their Cliffs of Moher hike

Clare combines the stunning natural beauty of its long and meandering coastline with unique windswept landscapes and dollops of Irish culture

 

Lonely Planet

 

Located at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, Clare is surrounded by water on all sides. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the west. The mouth of the mighty River Shannon serves as a border to the south. Galway Bay is to the north; freshwater Lough Derg to the east.

Cliffs of Moher

The world famous Cliffs of Moher are the headliners in Clare. These 700 feet tall sea cliffs are why most people visit the county. Irelands most visited natural attraction are simply breathtaking. On a clear day you can gaze out to see the Aran Islands and Connemara in the distance.

Puffin by guest Steve Hilts

While visiting, look out for these birds who call the Cliffs of Moher home:

  • Puffins
  • Razorbills
  • Guillemots
  • Peregrine Falcons

We love taking you off the beaten track. If you're taking an active Vagabond tour, youll be given the option to hike the full length of the cliffs. You'll take in the panoramic ocean views from a totally new angle and skip the crowds.

 

Surfing, food and other good stuff...

Clare boasts some of the most characterful little towns in Ireland.

Lisdoonvarna - celebrated by Christy Moore (above), this little town in the Burren is known worldwide for its fun matchmaking festival.

Lahinch - spiritual home to Irelands outdoor scene, surfers will be delighted to find a perfect beach break lapping on this funky little town.

Ennistimon - this old market town has been given a fresh lease of life by exciting food businesses such as Little Fox, The Cheese Press and Unglert's Bakery.

Ballyvaughan - nestled at the northern gateway to the Burren, cute Ballyvaughan boasts the restaurants, pubs and adventure amenities of a much larger town.

Traditional Irish Music in Clare

 

Flutes and fiddles everywhere.

 

If its music you want,

You should go to Clare.

Christy Moore, Lisdoonvarna

 

A couple enjoy three Irish traditional musicians in a bar

 

Don't miss a traditional Irish music session while in Clare. The county is a stronghold of 'trad' - as it's known in Ireland. The small town of Doolin, which lies between the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren is the unofficial capital of traditional music in Ireland.

While travelling through Clare with Vagabond, you'll get lots of opportunity to experience a traditional Irish music session. Just ask your VagaGuide in advance if it's on your bucket list.

The Burren

Vagabond group behind a dry stone wall in the Burren, Clare

The limestone landscape that covers much of northern Clare is called the Burren. It's an incredibly scenic place. Alpine & arctic flowers grow side by side. Youll also notice ranks of dry stone walls, stretching over the horizon.

The natural wonder of the Burren was formed 350 million years ago when tropical seas covered Ireland. Early removal of woodland led to soil erosion, which in turn exposed the limestone beneath.

While in the Burren, our tours will stop into one of the many ancient archeological sites here.

Believe it or not, the Poulnabrone Dolmen is 5,000 years old.

 

Loop Head and Scattery Island

A peninsula on a peninsula. Loop Head is a long finger of land that narrows to a point, on which stands a scenic lighthouse. The Atlantic Ocean's waves crash against both sides of the peninsula as you make your way through quaint villages and stunning scenery.

Scattery Island is another great spot to explore in this part of south Clare.

Visit Scattery Island and Loop Head exclusively on our 7 Day Driftwood Irish Castles and Kingdoms Tour

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If you would like to know more about visiting Clare on a tour of Ireland, contact us on info@vagabond.ie.

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