Cliffs of Moher Tour
The shale and sandstone Cliffs of Moher are steeped in both geology and history, taking their name from an old promontory fort. Stand in O’ Brien’s Tower and you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the mountain ranges of Maumturks and Twelve Pins in County Galway, as well as the headland Loop Head in Country Clare. Look too for the Atlantic Puffins and razorbills!
Information on the Cliffs of Moher
Clare & the Burren attractions
Discover the culture of Ireland when you visit County Clare in the heart of the west coast of Ireland and on the Wild Atlantic Way. With the glorious UNESCO Burren and Cliffs of MoherGeopark, award winning Loop Head Peninsula, historic towns of Ennis, Kilrush, Killaloe, Bunratty and Ennistymon and splendid rivers and lakes of East Clare, County Clare provides an exciting choice of activities, attractions and year round festivals and events to keep you entertained.
Vaughans Anchor Inn, Liscannor
This is one of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland in my opinion, ideally located along the Wild Atlantic Way. Dennis Vaughan is an award winning chef and if you’re looking for a fine dining experience with a laid back atmosphere this is the spot. The decor is maritime themed and it’s the perfect place to stop along the coast for a bite on a lazy summers day. My personal favourite is the seafood platter with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Heaven!
An Féar Gorta – The Tea and Garden Rooms – Ballyvaughan
Situated in the heart of the Burren this little gem is the closest thing you’ll find to granny’s kitchen. A table of delicious homemade cakes greet you on arrival and the menu itself is full of wholesome and hearty bites. If you’re looking for that picturesque rural Irish cottage experience with a warm hot cuppa this is the spot. The perfect end to an activity packed day exploring the Burren.
Johnny Burke’s Pub, Spanish Point
Another gem along the Wild Atlantic Way is Johnny Burke’s Gastro Pub full of cosy corners, snugs and roaring fires. It’s an idyllic hide away on a winters day complete with a very impressive whiskey and craft beer selection. Feeling peckish after a brisk walk along the beach? The chicken wings are my favourite but there’s plenty to choose from and their unique take on the classic bacon and cabbage from the delicious bar menu is really fab! This is the type of place where time stands still!”
The Cloister Restaurant and Bar, Ennis
The Cloister Restaurant & Bar is situated in the heart of the medieval quarter in the historic town of Ennis. Since re-opening in 2012 the focus is one of doing simple things exceptionally well providing great food and attentive service. Food style is progressive modern Irish cooking, with the emphasis on local produce and this is complemented by a carefully chosen Wine List. Tapas every Thursday & Friday night has become a much enjoyed & welcomed addition.
Recommended by Lucinda O Sullivan’s great places to eat, Georgina Campbell Guides & Hot Press Best Restaurants Ireland 2015 & 2016.
Suas Coffee House, Ennis
If like most of us you love a good coffee you wont get much better than Suas Cafe in the heart of Ennis town. It’s the definition of hidden gem located on the top floor of CarraigDonn but boy is it worth venturing into the commercial Jungle for! The views of the town from the cafe itself are fab and apart from it’s world famous 3fe coffee, Suas boasts a pretty unique lunch menu too.
Cullinans Seafood Restaurant, Doolin
This is my favourite restaurant in Co Clare as much for the memories spent there as the incredible food and service. It’s a place I love to go with my family for special get togethers and the setting is so lovely and homely. Its the ultimate fine dining experience with a friendly and personable service. This is the type of place you book and make a night of it! Check in to Cullinan’s cosy B&B or the fab boutique Hotel Doolin just across the road and savour the experience!
Dromoland Castle Restaurant, Dromoland
Whether its a special family occasion or an incredibly romantic setting you’re after you wont get much better than the breathtaking castle elegance of Dromoland. From the moment you arrive, complete with all the bells and whistles (men make sure to wear jackets) this is a truly memorable experience. The food is delicious and local, the service is second to none and the setting is magical. This is the definition of a treat!
Fitzpatrick’s Bar, Doolin
Located in the heart of the traditional music capital of Ireland Fitzpatrick’s Bar in Doolin is a hive of activity. From it’s signature seafood dishes to it’s regular “trad with a twist” sessions this is a must any time of the year! Compete with their very own “Dooliner” craft beer it’s one of my favourite haunts and whether it’s a night out with the gals/guys or date night with your nearest and dearest it’s sure to tick all the boxes.
The Town Hall, Ennis
This is a place I keep going back to. It was one of the first restaurants I discovered in Ennis and I’ve been a fan since. The food is always delicious. The atmosphere is great, complemented by Allen Flynn’s tasteful choice of artwork and background music. The portions are generous and there’s a lovely variety on offer. It’s a busy spot which says a lot. Ideal for any occasion.
Food Heaven, Ennis
This is one of my favourite for breakfast or lunch on the go. It’s one of the freshest deli counters in town and the baked goodies are deliciously homemade. My personal favourite is the Food Heaven healthy granola. The service is great and they are centrally located in town which is handy when running around.
Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna
The Wild Honey is a true inn, offering rest, relaxation, refreshment and good company. But good food is the main focus and deciding against opening a formal restaurant was a key decision, reflecting a wish to be seen as a pub offering high quality food in an informal setting.
Food Wed-Sun, D only 5-9pm. Rooms 14 (4 bath & overbath shower, 10 shower only, 3 ground floor, some family rooms, all no smoking). B&B from €40pps, ss €20. Children welcome.
The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan
In the Dining Room, our head chef David Hurley and his team serve creative and modern dishes using fresh, local ingredients like organic Burren lamb and game, and fresh Atlantic fish and shellfish. We’ve received many awards for our food including 3 Rosettes from the AA for “culinary mastery and excellence” and the RAI Restaurant of the Year Awards 2016 Best Chef.
Our extensive and ever-expanding wine list features some of our favourite wines from each continent, including a large selection of organic and bio-dynamic wines.
Earl of Thomond at Dromoland Castle Hotel, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Earl of Thomond is an award-winning restaurant of international renown. Elaborately decorated with oak wainscoting and other formal features it offers a relaxed but elegant dining experience featuring innovative cuisine served with tradition and a hint of creative flair. Every detail is attended to, from the use of locally sourced, quality-assured produce to customized wine recommendations from the sommeliers. A la carte, five-course table d’hôte and vegetarian menus are available.
L’Arco Italian Restaurant, Ballyvaughan
L’Arco is a well established authentic Italian restaurant located off the main street of Ballyvaughan village, which is located on the mid point of the Wild Atlantic Way surrounded by the Burren district of County Clare.
All dishes are prepared by Italian chefs using the finest quality ingredients and sourced locally wherever possible. Everything is prepared from scratch in the kitchen – breads and starters, pasta and pizza right through to the desserts.
‘Best Casual Dining’ in County Clare Award…
Shannigan’s Gastro Pub, Newmarket on Fergus
A restaurant that truly celebrates the joy of good food and the passion of those who prepare it! Shannigan’s Gastro Pub draws on Irish food producers who offer ethically produced, sustainable Irish produce – to offer you food of the highest quality in a creative yet traditional style. All menus reflect seasonality and there is plenty of variation on menus.
The gastro pub has a stunning interior that mixes the best of rustic and contemporary design to give an overall atmosphere that is sophisticated yet warm. Shannigan’s has just received an award for Best Newcomer in the Irish Restaurant Awards Munster Region for Clare, 2015 – a true testament to its quality of food and service.
The restaurant is also as interesting as it is delicious! Individual design features abound – from an extensive wine display and traditional snug to a feature fireplace.
Burren Perfumery (Carran)
Shopping opportunities are not abundant in this rocky terrain, so don’t miss the chance to buy Burren-inspired organic perfumery products at this delightful spot. The Burren is known for its wildflowers, and the perfumery is committed to its conservation: all the products on sale are sourced from ethical specialist growers, and made on-site, in small batches. As well as perfume there are soaps, creams, and balms, and you can visit the workshops to see them being made (April to September). There is also an organic herb garden, and a flower-bedecked tearoom (April to September) selling delicious organic home baking and light lunches.
Hazel Mountain Chocolates (Bell Harbour)
Ireland’s First Stoneground Bean to Bar chocolate makers and chocolatier!
The boutique chocolate factory, shop and café is located at the foothills of the Burren mountains. Here you can see the art of making pralines in a traditional way and taste the most delicious chocolate pairings such as the Burren juniper berries or violet petals. All chocolates are produced in small batches with only natural ingredients – no artificial pastes, flavours or colours.
Farm to Fork Cafe
Dedicated to fine foods, our café is hand crafted farm to fork foods. A small menu with quality and integrity of ingredients is available Tuesday – Sunday from 12 noon till 3pm. We serve quality cakes and pastries, all made in our kitchen, all year round. We don’t use gluten in our kitchen and there are many dairy free options.
Open all year round, daily 10am – 6pm
Irish Craft Outlet (Doolin)
Located in County Clare, the Doolin Crafts Gallery is a lovely shop with products made in Ireland, including sweaters, scarves, pottery and jewellery.
Doolin, County Clare is home to one of the best-loved craft shops in Ireland. With an emphasis on design, everything is there: sweaters, scarves, pottery, jewellery, leather etc. All the items on sale are uniquely Irish and uniquely beautiful.
The gallery is accompanied by a very cosy restaurant serving only home cooked dishes, surrounded by the splendid gardens created lovingly over the past years.
The gallery is open throughout the year, including the wild and windy winter months.
The Rock Shop (Liscannor)
The Rock Shop is a family owned and run business and with the help of knowledgeable dedicated staff we hold strong values of quality and customer care.
The building was originally the primary school in St Brigid’s Well which was closed in the early 1990′s. The Rock Shop opened in 1996, being just the size of two small classrooms. It was extended to its current size two years later.
It now boasts a fascinating display of fossils, gemstones and collectible rocks for collectors young and old. See beautiful crystals in their natural form. With an extensive range of jewellery, pottery, gift ware and textiles we have been called ‘a virtual Aladdin’s cave’. Our range of gemstones and gifts are sourced from Ireland and all over the world.
If treating yourself to one of life’s little luxuries or searching for the perfect gift for someone special you will find a timeless treasure here.
Relax in our tranquil tearoom with stunning views over Liscannor Bay while enjoying our homemade cakes and scones with a cup of freshly ground coffee.
Coaches and groups are always Welcome.
Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts (Kilbaha)
Located on the road between Kilbaha village and the Loop Head Lighthouse is the award winning Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts.
Established in 2014 by local business women, Ailish Connolly and Liz Greehy, the gallery showcases fine art, photography and sculpture. Also available is a select range of locally produced crafts and gifts.
Tea and coffee with some of the best cakes and scones in County Clare are on offer in the atmospheric Gallery Café where Wifi and fully accessible bathroom facilities are available.
Outside, in the picnic area, you can survey the view of Loop Head’s Atlantic fringe. Some of the most breath-taking scenery to be found anywhere in Ireland can be enjoyed from this stunning vantage point.
Children are welcome to visit, making a trip to Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts truly a family experience.
Upstairs you will find the ‘Henry Blake Heritage Centre’. It pays tribute to one of Kilbaha’s most famous native sons and houses everything from local folklore to a mini exhibition of local artefacts. The Centre provides a genuine insight into everyday life in Kilbaha during his lifetime.
As an official Tourist Information Point, you will find all you need to know in terms of accommodation and activities on the Loop Head Peninsula. Armed with a lifetime of local knowledge, Ailish and Liz will ensure that your visit to Loop Head is as varied or as relaxing as you wish.
The Lawrence Collection Costume Photography (Bunratty)
O’Brien 19th Century
Step back in time and dress like your “great” grandparents were in 19th century
O’Brien Studio Main Photographic business Is 19th Costume Photography
Costume Studio opening hours ~~~ 1st April to 31st October,
(10.30AM TO 5.30.PM) 7 days a week
No Appointment needed,
In Summer months best way to avoid a Queue……
Come to the studio in the morning time as afternoons are very busy
Prices from € 25.00
Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre (Lisdoonvarna)
The Burren Smokehouse is a family-run business that was set up in 1989 by Birgitta & Peter Curtin. They researched the smoking traditions in Ireland and in Sweden and the idea of the Smokehouse was born. For over a century now, the Curtin family have owned the ‘Roadside Tavern’ nearby which was the first place where their own smoked salmon was served. Its quality became known very soon, and pubs, hotels and restaurants in the Lisdoonvarna area started to order salmon from the Smokehouse. At that time three people were working in the Smokehouse, today there is a team of twelve. Orders started to come in from all over Ireland, followed by those from hotels and restaurants in the UK. Nowadays, the Burren Smokehouse supplies smoked salmon all over the world, within 48 hours.
The Burren Smokehouse continues to extend its reputation in its original market areas and has developed a major business in Corporate Mail Order and online orders where companies use modern dispatch facilities to send sides of smoked salmon to their clients worldwide. Many of these patrons are from Continental Europe and the U.S. with a growing number coming from the Far East and the emerging Eastern European markets.
The Burren Smokehouse has also addressed the wholesale and bulk catering markets including airline catering, supermarkets and specialist gourmet food chains in continental Europe and the United Kingdom. Over the past years it has gained extensive experience in developing product and packaging requirements for specific client needs and is now in the process of marketing this expertise in the European markets.
We carefully source our quality raw materials for the Burren Smoked Salmon, Trout and Mackerel. We control our own quality standards with backup of regular testing from independent laboratories and regular checks from organisations who certify us.
We believe in Finest Quality Food Products, good customer care and a good group of team workers to ensure that we keep up our standards.
Kenny Woollen Mills Shop (Lahinch)
Kenny’s Woollen Mills was founded in 1972 by Carmel Kenny. It has since become a Landmark of Lahinch, a seaside town nestled in West Clare. The store is open all year round with extended shopping hours during the summer months. We cater for all, both local and international visitors.
You will find a large well-stocked, keenly priced selection of Irish knitwear for both adults and children. For the more unusual Irish gift we are the place to visit – such as Irish bog oak, vintage Irish jewellery pieces, Irish wool and local slate gifts.
We thrive on customer service, with long-serving staff to make you feel welcome, providing plenty of banter, good stories and useful advice. As part of this service we offer shipping worldwide.
Today Kenny’s Woollen Mills is managed by Carmel Kenny and her daughter Rosie Kenny, with help from long-serving staff Joe, Joanne and Yvonne. The store also features a beautiful art gallery which houses some of the finest work by Irish artists.
McKernan Woollen Mills (Tuamgraney)
A visit to McKernan Woollen Mills in the village of Tuamgraney lets you discover the process of textile manufacturing in an historical context.
Eugene and AnkeMcKernan design beautiful scarves and shawls and weave them on antique 19th century Hattersley looms or knit them on state-of-the-art electronic knitting machines. Their creations are sold in stores and through mail order companies in Ireland, Europe and North America.
In the Woollen Mills’ shop you will have the opportunity to pick out a scarf for yourself or as a present to take home. Pieces from past collections and samples are also always on sale at reduced prices.
ScealEile Books (Ennis)
ScéalEile Books is an independent bookshop and intimate arts venue based in the Market heart of Ennis, Co Clare. It is home to the theatre company ScéalEile Productions.
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ScéalEile Books stocks new, used and bargain books as well as an extensive collection of rare, out-of-print, and first edition books. The books on our shelves are carefully and personally chosen by ScéalEile Books’ staff. Years of experience with local customers and knowledge of local interests helps us carefully select books you will love. The books you see on our shelves are not automatically sent by publishers, nor are these titles chosen by someone in some remote office. If you don’t see books on a topic of interest to you please let us know. Thanks to you, ScéalEile Books is able to continue keeping local readers in mind. At ScéalEile Books, we love to buy books directly from writers & small publishers. Many of these writers choose to bring their titles in to the shop themselves – our shop is a hub of writers and readers. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 11am-6pm. ScéalEile is a special events arts venue – it does not host events on a fixed schedule basis. The venue is a beautiful, dynamic space known for our high quality intimate events, and for powerful collaborations with actors, writers, performers and artists. As well as traditional readings and book launches, we have previously hosted events as diverse as live music performance, micro art exhibitions, film screenings and theatrical performance. ScéalEile has even provided the backdrop to wedding photographs!
Our theatre company ScéalEile Productions produces events in ScéalEile and tours plays to theatres and venues both nationally and internationally.
The Celtic T Shirt Shop (Lahinch)
We have been in business for 36 years now, and we take pride in doing what we do to a very high standard. Our screen printing technique allows us to hand- mix the colours. In today’s automated world this is still an area that the machine cannot compete with to get such an unique effect. We print using the highest qualities of inks and garments and where possible source all we can from eco friendly and fair trade guaranteed sellers.
Our celtic designs are inspired by the book of Kells, which is a precious collection of gospels illustrated by monks as far back as the 9th century. The Celtic T- Shirt founders are Michael and Lisa O’Connor, who came to Ireland in the late 1970s and became inspired by Irish culture. Michael and Lisa created most of the designs, we have an instore exhibition of Mike’s work here in our shop, in recent years he has worked on lino cuts and drawings inspired by the local country side.
Our shop is located on the sea front in the quiet surfing town of Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland. Nearby are the Cliffs of Moher, many visitors stop by Lahinch on their way to here and then onto the Burren. We are less than an hour from Shanonn airport, stop in and see us for a unique shopping experience!
Chapel Lane Market (Ennis)
Chapel Lane Market is your local craft and baking market, based in the heart of Ennis at the Community Centre, with access from Chapel Lane and Moran’s Car Park. A warm welcome is assured.
Doreen Drennan Art Studio (Lisdoonvarna)
Doreen Drennan Art Gallery & Garden is owned and run by Doreen who is an artist and gardener.Growing up in the West of Ireland Doreen has been painting the Wild Atlantic Way for over 30 years, and the preferred medium is oil paint and Doreen’s work is also available in print form. Doreen has exhibited widely and her work forms part of many private and corporate collections nationally and internationally.
Gardening is Doreen’s other passion and she has developed a one acre garden surrounding her studio.This comprises a walled garden , a wild river walk garden featuring an old stone bridge dating back to 1850, and planted lawns.
The gallery and garden are open to visitors and it is advisable to contact in advance to avoid disappointment.
Open all year from 10am – 6pm. but it is advisable to contact before visiting to avoid disappointment.
The Russell Gallery (New Quay)
The Russell Gallery is spectacularly located on the sea side of the Burren, offering fine arts and gifts as well as speciality goods in a gourmet shop. There is a cafe and wine bar at the gallery which is open all year.
The Clare Jam Company (Doolin)
The Clare Jam Company is a family business set up in 1986 making a collection of over thirty preserves and condiments, all steeped in a long standing artisan heritage – a heritage that is as inspiring as the West of Ireland landscape where they’re made. Clare Jam is situated equal distance between the traditional music village of Doolin and the national heritage Cliffs of Moher (2km each way), on the Burren Way and the Wild Atlantic Way.
County Boutique (Ennis)
With the flagship store in Ennis and sister store in Nenagh, County Boutique’s commitment is to provide unique, covetable pieces and excellent customer care to our customers. With the best selection of Irish designer brands in Co. Clare, exclusive international labels and 50 years in business, we pride our success on keeping the customer at the heart of everything we do. Aideen Bodkin, Niamh O Neill, OrlaKiely, Susannagh Grogan, Riverwoods, WhiteStuff, Pennyblack, Marccain
The Belleek Shop (Ennis)
Established over 40 years ago, this large award winning shopping destination is renowned for showcasing the very best of what’s ‘Made in Ireland’. Conveniently located in Ennis, the Belleek Shop is a unique shopping experience not to be missed.
The store features the very best hand-crafted merchandise from recognised Irish fashion designers and emerging local craftspeople alike. Here you’ll find the most stunning range of handmade gold and silver jewellery from talented Irish jewellers, elegant cashmere and wool knitwear and soft and luxurious hand-loomed throws. A treat of blankets, scarves, hats and fashion accessories sourced from various independent Irish Woollen Mills, awaits.
Belleek displays a vast selection of hand-crafted Irish pottery and fragranced Irish cosmetics alongside scented candles and Irish art. Shoppers are simply spoilt for choice. All recognised and much-loved Irish brands can be found there – from Waterford Crystal and Belleek to Genesis and Newbridge Silverware – but these are blended in with a unique merchandise mix from smaller Irish woollen mills. It makes for a fascinating shopping experience!
Recommended by major guidebooks as the place to visit, Belleek also features shopping facilities like tax free shopping, worldwide delivery, and savings of up to 50% – making your shopping experience in County Clare simply unforgettable.
Burren Stained Glass Art (Doolin)
Burren Stained Glass Art is a family owned cottage industry first conceived in the tiny seaside village of Doolin in County Clare, Ireland. We have developed our stained glass designs after studying Celtic history, art and mythology. Our work is inspired by the dramatic scenery and culture of the Burren in County Clare as well as our travels throughout Ireland. Our products are handcrafted to order in our studio. We construct all of our pieces to the highest standard using the Tiffany method of construction.
The Aloe Tree (Ennistymon)
The Aloe Tree is an excellent resource for food and personal items in Lahinch. They have gluten free foods, coffee and tea, and eco-friendly, healthy personal items. The staff are really friendly and helpful. Highly recommend stopping here.
“Incredible selection of wool, cashmere, aran knits and silk clothing”
DonoghO’Loghlin (also known as Sue’s) – established 1860 has the very best selection or high end sweaters, knits, coats, and scarfs. Brand names and selections in cashmere, silk/merino blends, and merino wool. The prices and selections are so good I doubt if they can be matched anywhere in Dublin. The sweaters are the reason to go in, but then go up to the second floor and there are coats (the WOW factor are the cashmere coats, some with chinchilla collars). Also a wide selection of golf shirts (many with logos) and gift items as mittens and booties. Do not be fooled by the modest exterior, the attraction is inside.
Any Occasion (Kilkee)
Any Occasion is the largest and longest established gift shop in Kilkee and the wider West Clare area. We have been in business since 1950 at our premises on Circular Road in the very heart of Kilkee. We stock a wide range of gifts for every occasion and event. Drop in and choose from crystal, pottery, prints, paintings. tableware, hand crafts, glassware,kitchenware and much more. We are also the official Irish Tourist Board/Failte Ireland Visitor Information Point for Kilkee.
Circular Road, Kilkee
The Woolen Market (Liscannor)
thewoollenmarket.com is a dedicated web portal offering The Best of Merchandise being produced in Ireland’s Familiy Owned & Operated Woollen Mills located throughout Ireland.
With a long history steeped in wool & weaving The Woollen Market is today recognised as Ireland’s foremost destination for luxury woollen knitwear
Our Retail Stores
Operating two famous retail stores located in the West of Ireland which are sought out and visited annually by thousands of visitors who come seeking our famous Aran knitwear from all corners of the world.
Our large store in Liscannor Bay on Ireland’s West Coast is nearby the world famous Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Aran Islands out in the Atlantic Ocean. With ample bus & car-parking on site, The Woollen Market in Liscannor offers visitors fresh roasted coffee, local artisan ice cream as well as a world famous shopping experience that is visited by thousands of visitors annually
Claire Crafts (Carrigaholt)
A delightful shopping gem in the seaside village of Carrigaholt. Well worth a visit to explore the local souvenirs; browse the charming “boutique” for an unusual bag or shoes; collect a nautical gift to remind you of your trip; choose a toy to amuse children on those damper days or just enjoy a traditional whipped 99 cone. Always friendly and specialized service, Claire Crafts is part of the Co Clare charisma.
Seoidín Jewellery / SeoidínEile
Celtic jewellery, designer watches, pottery, crystal and Irish giftware.
52 O’Connell Street, Ennis, Co. Clare.
Custy’s Traditional Music Shop (Ennis)
Custy’s Traditional Music Shop was established in August 1992 by Frances Custy.
Her passion for traditional Irish music led her to pursue her dream of opening up a music shop that would cater for the re-awakening interest in our native music and dance.
From those perilous times of the early 1990’s,the shop has created its niche in the traditional Irish music world and has become a must for all those at home and abroad who share this consuming affection.
Frances and John decided to set up an on-line secure webstore in 2000 to cater for the demand from people worldwide who wished to access the real Irish music that was becoming available through the endeavours of independent musicians.Since then,the website has become an integral part of what Custy’s is as it establishes a smooth conduit between the local musicians and their admirers worldwide.
The Doolin Saturday Market and Craft fair (Doolin)
Doolin Market and Craft Fair’s new season begins May- September in the marquee in the Doolin Hotel gardens, Doolin, County Clare, every Saturday from 10.30am-3pm.
Shoppers will find a range of beautiful ceramics and pottery, hand sewn bags in a range of leather and rich textured materials alongside tasty gourmet foods which they can browse, buy and enjoy. Or they can relax in the café, take in the atmosphere with a nice cuppa or enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch.
Burren Arts and Crafts (Ballyvaughan)
Every Sunday from April through October we hold an Art & Craft Fair in St. John’s Village Hall, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.The Fair showcases the vibrant art & craft scene in the West of Ireland and features many different handcrafted products. Most of the artisans involved are members of the Crafts Council of Ireland.
Open: 10 am. to 6 pm.. Admission is free. Contact number: 086 8111511
County Clare offers some of the best music, culture and scenery in all of Ireland. Not only is it home to the famous Cliffs of Moher, the moon-like Burren and gnarly surfing beaches, but you will find a mecca of traditional Irish culture and music. In fact, County Clare is the traditional Irish music capital of Ireland with year round trad sessions and music festivals. There are loads of pubs to choose from so we came up with a list of the top five traditional Irish music pubs in Clare we love best!
Roadside Tavern In Lisdoovarna
The Roadside Tavern is legendary in Lisdoovarna. You will find traditional music every Friday and Saturday night in the winter, and every night in the summer. They have their own microbrewery called the Burren Brewery and an award-winning food menu served up by Kiernan’s Kitchen. The also have their own smokehouse next door so you can expect locally smoked fish and other smoked delicacies featured on the menu. The Roadside Tavern is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Burren Hostel which makes an excellent base for exploring County Clare.
Brogan’s Bar In Ennis
Brogan’s Bar and Restaurant has been around for 35 years offering up phenomenal food and talented musicians. Just a two minute walk from Rowan Tree Hostel, which is conveniently located in the centre of Ennis.
Gus O’Connors In Doolin
Doolin is one of the most famous towns in the world for listening to traditional Irish music. Gus O’Connors is renowned for its trad music and delicious food. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The live music starts around 9:30pm every night, except 6pm on Sundays. And the atmosphere isn’t too bad either.
McGann’sPub In Doolin
McGann’s Pub is a well-known trad music pub in Doolin. They serve up traditional Irish food all day and live music nightly. Expect a decent pint, excellent sessions and a warm, cosy atmosphere.
Doolin Music House (Doolin)
An event not to be missed! Christy and Sheila invite you to their hearth
Doolin Music House hosts and early evening of music and stories with Christy Barry by the fireside. Christy is a legendary flute player who’s music has been celebrated in many parts of the world and has won many ‘All Ireland’ titles for both tin whistle and the concert flute. And now you can enjoy Christy and his partner Sheila’s artistic talent with an authentic experience at their hearth.
Vaughan’s Pub In Kilfenora
Vaughan’s Pub is the quintessential Irish pub with a warm, homely atmosphere, delicious Irish food and excellent music. We aren’t the only ones that think so either. The producers of Father Ted featured Vaughan’s Pub in the popular Irish TV show. And our favorite part is the barn to the left of the pub, where set dancing takes place every Sunday night at 9:30. Get there as fast as you can and never look back.
Linnane’s Pub (Kilfenora)
“Great Seafood and a View” Famous not only for its Traditional Music, but also for the excellent food. It was crab for all three of us – Crab cakes, Crab sandwich, Crab salad. All were fresh and full of Crab. Good Service, topped by a Great View of the bay, made this a great lunch stop.
The Irish Arms (Lisdoonvarna)
The Irish Arms is a small family run Pub, Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast situated in Lisdoonvarna Co Clare, which is the gateway to the Burren National Park. This historic landmark building is owned by The McNamara Family who have been in the business for over 20 years, offering their guests comfortable accommodation, as well as excellent food and drinks, always provided with a personal touch.
Child Friendly Activities
Whatever you do, make sure to factor into your holiday a trip to the beautiful Moher Hill Farm – a chance for little ones to interact with and get to know their favourite animals in their natural surrounds and have so much fun they don’t realise they’re learning too! A 14 acre open farm, Moher Hill is situated overlooking Liscannor on the West Coast of County Clare – handy for visits to Lahinch, Ennistymon, Liscannor and Doolin. Children are able to get up close and play with animals typical of Irish farm life as well as some more exotic characters like Leroy the llama and Andy the alpaca. Look out for the delightful family of Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and join in the fun or daily bottle feeding. To round off the experience the farm also features a host of fun activities from a bouncing castle to ball pool and mini golf. Bring a picnic and make a day of it and relax in the new coffee shop.
The Farmyard – Live, work and play – the healthy way! A slightly different farmyard experience can be enjoyed at The Farmyard – nestled at the foot of the Mullaghmor Mountains in Corofin. This is a working farm that promotes good health for families and lets you experience farm life up close and personal – from beautiful walks around the farm to cow milking and sheep shearing demonstrations. Restful, rejuvenating and totally rewarding.
Linnalla Ice Cream – While you’re out The Burren Way, be sure to stop off at the legendary Linnalla Ice Cream – an absolute gem of an ice cream Parlour on a farm that is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way’s ‘Flaggy Shore’ (made famous by Seamus Heaney’s poem Post Script). It’s the creamiest, most delicious of ice creams made from fresh, natural, farm-produced ingredients and nothing else. It’s the taste of rich and authentic Irish tradition in an ice cream.
If it’s more of an inside type of a day – the interactive toddler area at Barney’s KidzClub in Ennis could be just the thing to occupy busy little ones. A baby and toddler area with fun, educational equipment, toddler slide and ball pool are instant hits! Also in Ennis is Dennis’ Den FunWorld featuring a toddler area with ball pool, slide and play area (slightly older kids will love the Adventure Land here – with mega fun activities like a Snake Slide, Tube Slide and Free-Fall Slide.)
Things To Do
Of course sometimes it’s the simplest things of all that are the biggest hits – like an afternoon walk at the beautiful Two Mile Gate which is the start of the Ballycuggeran Loop Walk in Killaloe and a beautiful place to take in the lakeside tranquillity while feeding the resident ducks and swans.
Vast open countryside, big sky wonder, the mighty Atlantic and endless hills and vales – it’s all just begging for outdoor action and offering up endless exciting options to keep older kids entertained. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Lahinch Adventures – a first-rate company offering a wide range of outdoor adventure activities, from surfing and archery to sea kayaking and cycling.
Shannon Leisure Climbing Wall – at the Shannon Leisure Centre, Shannon, this is a great way to get kids and adults moving while having loads of fun.
Surfing Lessons – there are a whole range of surf centres in Lahinch, Spanish Point and Fanore to introduce older kids to the exciting world of surfing. Clare has some of the most experienced instructors in the world and centres are members of the Irish Surfing Association. Only the best quality equipment is used and most centres offer fun summer surf camps for kids of all ages.
Burren Outdoor Educational Centre – Kids love discovering the secrets of The Burren – above and below ground. From underground passages and streams to climbing limestone crags, this dramatic Karst landscape that is a unique feature of Clare is the stuff adventures are made of. Experienced tutors and guides who know the best, off-the-beaten track places to go are available to make sure you get the most from your experience.
UL Sports Activity Centre – don’t miss this home of high quality adventure in the East of Clare at Killaloe. Activities include sailing, power boating, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing, dragon boating and archery.
One of the great things about being in County Clare is that there is simply so much for families to do that doesn’t cost a cent. So your holiday spend goes that much further. Be sure you look up the many and varied places and attractions that invite you to explore, enjoy and:
Connect with the past…
The Clare Museum in Ennis includes a collection of over 400 fascinating artefacts of Clare origin and includes original works of art, interactive experiences and fascinating audio-visual displays.
Treat the senses…
Inspired by the flora and beauty of the Burren landscape, the Burren Perfumery and Floral Centre creates signature scents and an artisan range of hand-crafted soaps, creams and candles. It’s a true sensory treat for the whole family! View the fascinating manufacturing workshop and be inspired by the award-winning organic herb garden.
If great taste is more your thing, be sure to head to the Burren Smokehouse to find out how Ireland’s favourite fish is smoked, see the biggest ever wild salmon ever caught for the smokehouse and load up with delicious treats from the gourmet shop.
Get closer to nature…
Situated in the South-East Part of the Burren, Dromore Woodland Nature Reserve is around 400 hectares of rich and diverse landscape, flora and fauna – truly an experience for mind, body and soul. Plus, as historical interest, the 17th century O’Brien Castle is still standing by the lake edge.
Alternatively, Lees Road Sports and Amenity Park is just 1 km from Ennis town centre and is set on 134 acres of wood and Parkland with stunning marked walks and trails through the woodland. (Look out for the children’s playground and skateboard Park too!)
Moving South-West of the county, the breath-taking Vandeleur Walled Garden is set among 420 acres of native woodland, just outside of Kilrush. It features a horizontal maze, unusual water-features and a unique butterfly trail that kids love!
In Mountshannon, Aistear Iniscealtra offers a green and peaceful retreat, taking you from Park to harbour through a visual feast of 500 trees and shrubs – just glorious and made for true holiday relaxation.
County Clare has some fabulous local playgrounds and are especially great for when you need to take a break in the journey and let the kids stretch their legs. Look out for the uniquely-situated ones – like the Cappa playground in Kilrush, which is located looking onto the beach. Kilbaha is a good choice if you’re making a journey to the extreme West of the County, Loop Head, while the Park in Newmarket-on-Fergus is ideal for guests staying close-by.
More moments, more fun, more relaxing, more memories. It’s what Clare is all about. From Bunratty to Ballycuggeran, and from Cappa to Clarecastle – it’s simply who we are.
Young children have the most incredible imaginations! They love to explore, are naturally creative, and StageSchool Ireland in Clare has a perfect programme. StageSchool have been educating children in dance, drama and singing since 2007 and they pride themselves on developing skills for life.
The Stage School ethos is to enable children to grow gradually, and at their own speed, and to accomplish their personal full potential. Some might gain the confidence to strive harder for their ambitions. Some might want to work in the performing arts. Whatever their dream, the caring and talented staff at Stage School Clare make sure they keep their feet firmly on the ground. All classes are run by professional teachers who are passionate about what they do and the curriculum is broad to enable students to experience a wide range of styles and skills.
Located in an area with spectacular views across from Craggaunowen in Co. Clare, Clare Paintball offers an alternative set up for paintball enthusiasts.
Original games combined with the best protective gear and paintball guns, together with the very competitive prices and deals make Clare Paintball a great attraction not only to stag and hens, but to friends and families as well.
Children can join in the fun as well as Clare Paintball is the only paintball site in Ireland to provide paintball games for kids as young as 10.
With 12 years experience in the paintball business Clare Paintball are confident you will never forget your day of activity.
At Atlantic AirVenture in Shannon, Co. Clare their aim is to involve everyone in the wonderful world of aviation with family tours, kids and teens camps and Atlantic AirVenture school tours. For thousands of years, mankind has been fascinated by flight. What is it that inspires us and drives our passion to fly?
Atlantic AirVenture is passionate about flight and its aim is to involve and educate everyone who wants to learn more about the fascinating world of aviation. Atlantic strives to provide interesting, informative and fun programmes, delivered by dedicated aviators, engineers and industry professionals. This expert team are dedicated to sharing their knowledge, experience and passion at the unique facility in Shannon, County Clare – the heart of Irish Aviation.
The Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to 1 million visitors each year. Prepare for the ultimate sensory experience at the awe inspiring Cliffs of Moher. Located on county Clare’s West coast, the Cliffs stretch for 8 km /5 miles and 214 metres/700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. The Cliffs have existed for millennia and for centuries have attracted visitors who have been captivated by their splendour and majesty. You can visit O’Brien’s Tower, built in 1835 to accommodate guests who were visiting the cliffs even back then. The Cliffs present a hugely enjoyable and memorable family day out with children admitted free of charge.
The Cliffs are home to over 60,000 nesting sea birds and the popular puffins can be seen from April to July. There are over 750 m of pathways within the Visitor Centre, with raised platforms for great viewing and 20 km of a walking trail connecting the villages of Liscannor and Doolin.
The award winning eco-friendly centre has been built nestled into the hillside and features a restaurant, cafeŽ, visitor information and gift shops.
The Burren Perfumery was founded 35 years ago at the centre of a quiet valley in the heart of the Burren. The Burren Perfumery draws inspiration from the flora and beauty of the Burren landscape to create its signature scents, artisan range of hand-crafted soaps, certified organic creams and candles using the very best natural and organic ingredients sourced from all around the world.
A busy working factory, visitors are welcome free-of-charge and year-round to observe the Perfumery team members as they go about their daily tasks. All products are hand-made on-site and can be purchased in the Perfumery shop. Perfume talks, open door sessions and tours take place throughout the Summer season and all details can be found at www.burrenperfumery.com.
Visitors are able to nourish both body and soul with some refreshments at the Perfumery’s Tea Rooms – and by taking a stroll through the award-winning, organic Herb Garden. You can also see a free, locally-shot short film outlining the history and beauty of the Burren.
For a family day out with a difference, a visit to the Burren Bird of Prey Centre at Aillwee Caves will be a day to remember. Aillwee Cave and its Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare is a very special place in the heart of the Burren. Let our staff at Aillwee Cave welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this unique landscape. Your tour consists of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor. Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long extinct brown bears. The Birds of Prey Centre is home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey in the Ireland – Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures. Daily Flying displays provide a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful species in dramatic free flight set against the Burren Landscape.
Aillwee Cave is one of the ‘Top Ten Visitor Attractions in Ireland’ as voted in The Independent Reader Travel Awards 2017
Lahinch Seaworld is located on the promenade of Lahinch, County Clare, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre boasts a state of the art Gym and fitness centre, Gymworld, in adition to the full sized swimming pool with Jaccuzi, Sauna, Tanning Room and other amenities.
Splash your way through the 25m indoor, deck level heated swimming pool and kiddies pool.
Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre is also available for school tours with a range of activities and events that are both educational and fun.
Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park is situated overlooking Liscannor Bay and is a 14 acre open farm – giving children and adults the opportunity to learn about and interact with their favourite animals in breathtaking surroundings.
The many facilities and activities on the farm include:
A wide variety of animals – Leroy the llama, Andy the alpaca and Ozzie the ostrich as well as emu, deer, miniature donkeys, many different breeds of ponies and sheep, pot bellied pigs, kune kune pig, rabbits and many more.
Indoor and outdoor picnic areas
Popular tree house to play in
Indoor and outdoor go karts
All weather outdoor play area
Miniature golf course
Large indoor sandpit
Doolin Cave is home to the Great Stalactite, a world-class natural tourist attraction and the most important ecotourism attractions in Ireland. Visit the award winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre located 4 kilometres outside the village of Doolin in the heart of the Burren in County Clare. Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers Brian Varley and JM Dickenson and re-live their 1952 adventure to discover the Great Stalactite in the cave’s main chamber. Estimated to weigh over ten tonnes and measure 23feet in length, the Great Stalactite is a true wonder of nature. Don’t miss your chance to view this spectacular heritage attraction. Tours depart daily on the hour from March to October from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays in November from 11am to 4pm.
Leisure World is an all weather family recreation centre which includes Ten-Pin Bowling, Kiddies Adventureland, Pool/ Snooker Tables, Air Hockey Tables and the latest Video Pursuits. Leisure World Ennis has a computerised bowling system that keeps the score for you. It also has cosmic glow in the dark balls, lanes and pins. Each lane is completed with bowling bumpers and light bowling balls to ensure that even the youngest children get the most enjoyment from their cosmic bowling experience.
West Clare Railway has now laid two miles of track and train rides are now available after 40 yrs. A day on the railway is an experience not to be missed.
The West Clare Railway is in Moyasta, County Clare and is a heritage narrow gauge railway museum.
A key feature at the museum is the original steam engine ‘The Slieve Callan’ – built by German Engineer, Henry Dubs & Co in 1892 in Glasgow. The engine has been fully restored and is in operation at the museum.
The station house has the original ticket office, Waiting Room and Ladies Waiting Room.
Tracing Your Ancestors
Established in 1982, the Clare Heritage and Genealogy Centre at Church Street, Corofin, Co. Clare was the brainchild of a truly remarkable and acclaimed Clareman, the late Dr.Naoise Cleary. The idea took shape in the 1970s when Naoise undertook the task of indexing the local Baptismal and Marriage records so that the Parish Priest might more conveniently cope with an increasing load of enquiries from people overseas of Corofin ancestry. It was a time when people everywhere were becoming interested in their roots and like everybody else, Clare people abroad were seeking information about their forbears. As the work progressed Dr. Cleary discovered that bound up in the musty records was a vast store of Genealogical information for which there was not only a growing demand, but a yearning even, from people whose origins were in Ireland. He quickly became struck with the idea that, if properly collated and indexed for each of the 47 parishes throughout Co. Clare, this information had the potential to be turned into a very marketable product.
Marie Cahill was born in County Clare in the West of Ireland and is the founder of Oak Ancestry. She is an experienced genealogist having carried out research for clients of the Irish Ancestry Research Centre. She is an affiliate member of the Accredited Genealogists of Ireland having carried out extensive research for those with ancestors from all corners of Ireland. Marie has also been involved with digitisation projects for Clare County council, Clare library and the Clare Heritage and Genealogy Research Centre.
Her genealogical and historical studies have covered many areas of Irish Ancestry Studies and she holds a Masters Degree in the History of Family from the University of Limerick.