Things to do in North Clare
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.
Guided Burren walking tours
The walker and outdoor enthusiast are serviced in this area, a county of contrasts, with high hills and verdant valleys, providing ample scope for even the most dedicated hillwalker.
www.adventureburren.com Christy & Adventure Burren provided activities in a number of areas Rockclimbing, hillwalking, mountaineering and various other associated disiplines.
Cliffs of Moher & Aran Islands
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 Moher 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.
Dysert O'Dea Castle & Archaeology Centre
The castle was build in 1480 by Diarmuid O'Dea Lord of Cineal Fearmaic. It houses an extensive museum, an audio visual presentation and various exhibitions.
Newtown Castle Ballyvaughan
A beautifully restored 16th century towerhouse with unique architectural features.
Newtown nature trail a 1 300 m walk around the Burren is adjacent to the castle.
Bunratty, Knappogue & Dunguaire Castle run by Shannon Heritage
Abbeys & Cathedrals
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.
Kilfenora Cathedral & Celtic Crosses
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 concerts.
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.