Lisdoonvarna and The
Burren in North Clare is quietly gaining a reputation for the 'Hot' new food
destination in Ireland with its tradition of high quality
food produce in particular for the production of beef and lamb thanks
to a very unique and ancient system of farming in the Burren. This food
tradition has expanded through the increasing number
of high quality Artisan food producers, Award winning Chef/led restaurants
as well as an increase in market gardeners and growers in the area.
Co Clare has been awarded 'Best Food County of the year' 2013 by John
& Sally McKenna -The Bridgestone Guide.
You can visit some of the
areas many famous attractions, The Cliffs of Moher, The Aran Islands, Aillwee
Cave in Ballyvaughan, Doolin Cave and listen to some
traditional music in Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora or Doolin.
Have tea in Father Ted's house.
The Burren region is an excellent location for walking and cycling, It is a
unique area of 270sq kilometres of limestone pavement and green valleys.
It is rich in flora and fauna, geology, archaeology, ancient settlements &
ecclesiastical sites. Mediterranean, Alpine and Arctic flowers and plants grow
side by side. Take a walk on the beach, across the
moonscape-like rocks, see wild flowers, touch megalithic tombs.
Cliffs of Moher
The most dramatic cliffs in Europe
standing 250 metres above sea level and 8kms long. Home to a myriad of wildlife
and many different species of birds. There is a cliff side walk down to
hags head. The Cliffs
of mohers boast
one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are
visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.
The Aran Islands
The islands of Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer make up the Aran Islands,
and their rugged, natural beauty, thatched roof cottages dotting the islands,
provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage and gives one
the impression that they have just travelled back in time. There are passage
ferries running from Doolin pier to the islands each day.
Aillwee Caves, Ballyvaughan
The creation of the
Aillwee Caves began millions of years' ago, when this stunning creation of nature was formed
by the melt waters of a prehistoric ice age. The cave, carved out of limestone,
cuts into the heart of the mountain.
Doolin Cave is one of
Europe’s most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly authentic experience.
‘The Great Stalactite’ It is your only opportunity to see such a large free
hanging stalactite anywhere in the world.
Corcomroe Abbey is an early 13th
century Cistercian monastery located in the North of the Burren a few miles east
of the village of Ballyvaughan. The Abbey is noted for its detailed carvings and
other rich ornamentation, which is not commonly found
in structures from the period.
Dysert O'Dea Castle &
The castle was build in 1480 by Diarmuid O'Dea Lord of Cineal Fearmaic.
It houses an extensive museum, an audio visual presentation and
Kilfenora Cathedral & Celtic
Built in 1058 on the site of St Fachnan's 6th century monastery, the roofed
part of the cathedral is used for occasional Church of Ireland services. Its
exceptional acoustics have also made it an excellent venue for periodic
A new steel and glass roof was erected in 2004 to
protect some of the cathedral's chancel and fine stone carvings.
Various of the famous 'seven crosses'
can be seen in and around the cathedral and its graveyard, notable
the Doorty Cross.
Newtown Castle Ballyvaughan
A beautifully restored 16th century towerhouse with unique architectural
Newtown nature trail a 1 300 m walk around the Burren is adjacent to the
Bunratty, Knappogue & Dunguaire