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The Cliffs of Moher

are one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. Stretching for 8km along the Atlantic coast of Clare, the cliffs reach 214m at their highest point at Knockardakin. Midway along the cliffs you’ll find the environmentally friendly visitor centre set into the hillside. You can also discover O’Brien’s Tower, a 19th-century tower, and access 800m of protected cliff-side pathways with viewing areas. There are many points from which to admire the Cliffs of Moher. From the main platform, you can see the south cliffs toward Hag’s Head, a natural rocky promontory that resembles a seated woman.

Important Information

Price: Adult: €6; Student: €4,50; free for child (-16 years old)

Opening Hours Visitor Centre: Every day to 9.00am to 5.00pm except 24,25,26 December.

Car Park Price: €6.00 per car

Distance from Dublin Airport: 3h30 – 266km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 1h – 64 km

Travel by bus: Take bus Eireann Route 350

Departure: Galway – Arrival: Cliff of Moher

Price: Adult: €16,15 ; Student: €12,82 ; Child: €9,50

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Stonecutters Kitchen, Doolin, Clare
  • Barrtra Seafood Restaurant, Barrtra, Lahinch, Clare
  • Randaddy’s, Lahinch Seaworld, Lahinch Beach Front, Lahinch

Bunratty Castle

is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. 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. Bunratty Castle the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Bunratty Folk Park Enjoy the sights, sounds tastes, scents, of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the famous McNamara’s pub!

Important Information

The castle is open 9am to 5.30pm, last admission to the Castle is at 4.00pm.

Price: Adult €11.55; Child 0-5yrs Free and 6-16yrs €8,95 ; Senior €10.45

You can book online. It is recommended a minimum of 1 hours to discover the castle.

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h20 – 225km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 15 min – 12km

Travel by bus: Take the bus Eireann Route 343

Departure: Limerick – Arrival: Bunratty

Price: Adult: €4,75; Student: €3,80; Child: €2,85

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • The Creamery Bar, 1 Castle Gardens, Bunratty West, Clare
  • JP Clarke’s, Old Bunratty Road, Bunratty West, Clare
  • Gallagher’s Seafood Restaurant, Bunratty West, Clare

Loop Head Lighthouse

Travel along Loop Head Drive and discover the famous lighthouse with a driving route peppered with beautiful flora, the headland teeming with coastal birdlife and views that unravel all the way to the Cliffs of Moher. Head to the top of the lighthouse to take it all in from a 90 metre height and keep an eye out for the dolphins.

Important Information

It is open to the public every day from the 16th March to the 5th November from 10.00 am to 6.00pm.
Price: Adults: €5; Children: €2; Family Ticket: €12

Distance to Dublin Airport: 3h40 – 323 km

Distance to Shannon Airport: 1h30 – 100 km

Travel by bus: Take the Bus Eireann.
Departure: Limerick Bus Station – Arrival: Kilkee City : €19.00

You can Rent a Bike in Kilkee and go on to Loop Head Lighthouse (1h25 = 27 km)
Address to rent: Williams Rent a Bike Bicycle Hire, the price is €15 per day.

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • The Lighthouse Inn, Kilbaha

Dromore Wood

Situated in the southeastern extremity of the Burren region of Co. Clare, Dromore Woodland Nature Reserve is an area of approximately 400 hectares. It is owned by the Irish State and was established as a nature reserve in 1985 because of the diversity and richness of its flora and fauna.

This richness comes from the fact that it has many different habitat types including a river, lakes, turloughs, callows (flooded meadows), limestone pavement, fen peat, reed beds and rich woodland species.

Important Information

Two self guiding nature trails of approximately 1hr exist within the woodland and a section of the 140km Mid-Clare Way also passes through. This loop overlaps on part of the Castle Nature Trail and the Mid-Clare Way. The loop starts at the main car park – an Information Centre opens from June to September.

Free parking

Distance to Dublin Airport: 2h28 – 243km

Distance to Shannon Airport: 28min – 34.4km

Restaurants around 10 kilometers:

  • Cloister Restaurant, Abbey Street Lower – 8,8 km from Dromore Wood Nature Reserve
  • Town Hall Cafe, Old Ground Hotel O’Connell Street Old Ground Hotel – 9,2 km from Dromore Wood Nature Reserve
  • The Dining Room, The Market Upper market street ennis – 9,3 km from Dromore Wood Nature Reserve
  • Bofey Quinns Bar & Restaurant, Main Street Corofin – 7,3 km from Dromore Wood Nature Reserve
  • The Market Bar, Merchant Square – 9,1 km from Dromore Wood Nature Reserve

Aillwee Cave

The guides will bring you back to the outside world where you can browse and shop in a distinctly different gift shop which is housed in the award-winning complex that guards the entrance to the Burren underground.

At the AILLWEE you can:

EXPERIENCE ” a fantastic fun filled day” as we make sure you enjoy all we have to offer.

RELAX in our friendly tearoom with a coffee and freshly baked scone.

FIND that something special from our extensive range in The Gift Shop.

EAT the appetizing food from our own kitchen, each prepared from the finest ingredients and each day serving a “Lunch Special”.

DRINK a glass of wine on the terrace and see the most breathtaking views in Ireland of Galway Bay.

CLIMB freely over the typical Burren Limestone pavement above the cave to see the spring gentian or mountain aven blooming in profusion.

WATCH cheese being made in the dairy and then sample the scrumptious homemade fudge and choose a selection of jams, chutneys and pickles all lovingly prepared in the Farm kitchen.

Ailwee Cave & Bird of Prey Ticket €10

Ailwee Cave Ticket €5.50

Birds of Prey Ticket €8.00

Distance from Shannon Airport: 59km 56min via R476

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2hr 45min 241km via M6

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Burren Fine Wine & Food
  • Monks Ballyvaughan
  • L’Arco Italian Restaurant
  • The Wild Atlantic Lodge

Poulnabrone Dolmen

The Dolmen of Poulnabrone consists of 7 imposing blocks of stone, culminating on 2 meters high. More than 5,800 years old, it was built to serve as a funeral altar. It is located on the edge of the R480, on the Ailwee mountain. It is a free place.

Important Information:

Free place

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h50 – 245 km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 48 min – 52,3 km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Cassidys Pub and Restaurant, The heart of, The Burren, Ballyconry, Carran
  • Burren Fine Wine & Food, Corkscrenwhill Road, Croagh North, Ballyvaughan

Inis Oirr And Cliffs of Moher Cruise

This is one of our most popular day-trips, where you can visit Inis Oirr and also cruise under the Cliffs of Moher in the same day. There are many attractions on Inis Oirr – ancient castles, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, a modern playground and several pubs and cafes. Take a pony and trap, hire a bicycle or walk the uncrowded tiny roads.

The return cruise via the Cliffs of Moher is a spectacular journey below these world famous cliffs which tower over 700ft above the sea.

Important informations:

Inis Oirr (Eastern Island) is only a 30 minutes ferry journey from Doolin

Departure time: 10am, 11am and pm

€30 for one person

Distance from Dublin Airport: 3h20 – 267 km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 57minutes – 62.4km

 Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Roadford House Restaurant,Killagh | Doolin Village, Doolin V95 KV02, Ireland
  • McGann’s Pub, Main street Roadford, Doolin, Ireland
  • The Ivy Cottage, Fisher Street, Doolin, Ireland

Kilmacduagh Monastery

At Kilmacduagh, the Augustinian church and the east range of the domestic buildings are exceptionally well preserved. The chancel has high quality sculptural details that are characteristic of a group of masons, known as the ‘School of the West’, who were working on ecclesiastical buildings in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Kilmacduagh has an impressive array of other medieval buildings that include St Cólmán’s cathedral, the church of St John the Baptist, Templemurry (Our Lady’s church) and the bishop’s residence. The most striking building is the round tower which is leaning like its very famous counterpart at Pisa.

Important Informations :

Kilmacduagh is an open site, but many of the buildings will be locked. A key is available from the house across the street from the monastery (a small deposit will be required).
The area around the graveyard, round tower and cathedral has pathways.
Some areas of the site can be prone to water-logging, so bring appropriate footwear if planning to explore.

Free entry and parking

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h13 – 223km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 31 min – 48.4km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Gallery Café – The Square, 5km from Kilmacduagh Monastery
  • O’Gradys Bar & Restaurant – The Square, 5km from Kilmacduagh Monastery
  • The Gallery – Bridge Street, 5km from Kilmacduagh Monastery

The Blackhead loop walk

The Blackhead loop crosses through the Gleninagh Pass, and into Feenagh Valley along the shoulder of Cappanwalla mountain. At a 3 way junction the loop climbs again passing by Caher an Ard Rois, where you travel a short distance on the surfaced road of the Caher Valley, passing through a cross roads. Another Green road takes you onto the shoulder of Slieve Elva, and into Ballelly, and back down into Fanore beach carpark.

Important Informations :

Free entry and parking

Distance from Dublin Airport: 3h42 – 323km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 1h28 – 100km

Restaurant around 5 kilometers:

  • Keatings Bar&Restaurant – Pier Road Loop Head, 4.5km from Loop Head
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