Towns in Clare
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About County Clare
Once known as "Poor Clare," because of the agrarian nature of this beautiful county, County Clare has become one of the most prosperous areas in Ireland.
With the introduction of Shannon Airport in the 1950's, Clare began its long march toward economic success.
The wildness is still there, however. You can find it along the rugged coastline from Lisdoonvarna to Kilrush and in most if east Clare.
This works well with visiting tourists because it is possible to find broadband capabilities in a number of communities in Clare where there is a library.
Clare also has one of the best genealogical centres located in Corofin, just a few miles west of Ennis.
Ennis, itself, is off the tourist highway and offers excellent restaurants, shopping and traditional Irish music.
An excellent day trip out of Ennis is a visit to the Quin Abbey.
County Clare Hotels, Ireland
Western Clare is comprised mostly of the Burren , one of Europe's most beautiful geological wonders. Although the Burren looks bare, it has one of the widest ranges of floral and fauna in the world, from arctic plants to those found in the Mediterranean.
Clare has lovely hotels, ranging in cost form the very dear to reasonable. Clare hotels offer a wide variety of choices, from the great value of the Auburn Lodge to the grand views found at the Falls Hotel (both have leisure centres). For those who crave the night life in Ennis, the Queens Hotel with its night club would be a good pick.
For music, we suggest asking at a pub near your hotel. You can find many sing song sessions and impromptu gatherings in practically every village and town in Clare.
While County Clare is, indeed, home to Shannon International Airport, Bunratty Castle and the Cliffs of Moher it also has one of the most visited abbeys in Ireland, Quin Abbey.
Ennis The capital of County Clare, was chosen as the 2005 national winner of Ireland's Tidy Towns and O'Connell Street in Ennis was picked as one of the world's top 60 places to visit.
West Clare has the wild Atlantic the first Great Famine Memorial in all of Ireland and Lahinch Golf Club while the quieter East Clare is a great place for fishing.
County Clare offers superb surfing trails on the beaches of Lahinch and Fanore which are surrounded by immense and breathtaking scenery, dolphin watching trails, and walking trails which traverse rural villages and towns, historic sites and the majestic Atlantic coastline. For more information on activities in County Clare, please visit
Dromoland Castle was built in the 16th Century to replace Bunratty Castle as the home of the Baron Inchiquin, better known as the O'Brien.
One of the most lovely castles in Ireland, Dromoland has an Irish garden (open to the public), a challenging 18-hole golf course and acres of walking paths.
The club house restaurant provides moderately-priced meals and is also open the the public.
Inn at Dromoland
Nestled in 1500 acres of wooded countryside overlooking the panoramic Shannon estuary, the Inn combines all the attractions of one of Ireland's leading resort hotels with a central location and a lively family atmosphere.
One can enjoy walks around the Dromoland estate or enjoy a game a golf on Dromoland's masterfully upgraded championship golf course which wraps around the Inn at Dromoland Hotel.
Nestled in among the lush green hillsides of County Clare and within easy access of the many wondrous attractions of the West of Ireland lies the Auburn Lodge on the outskirts of the historic town of Ennis.
All in all, the Auburn Lodge Hotel provides the perfect, relaxing venue for all your needs.
As a town known for its richness in history and tradition, Ennis dates back to the 13th century, when it was originally settled around the site of a Franciscan Friary.
With the Friary's magnificent ruins still at its center, the town exists today as a thriving market-place known for its narrow, winding streets and colourful shop fronts and pubs.
The Falls Hotel
Nestled in its wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within its walls an eighteenth century mansion and a late medieval castle.
There is plenty to see and do within a short drive of the hotel. The nearby Burren region of Clare is within 15 minutes of the Hotel and is well worth an afternoon drive, as well as the Breath Taking Cliffs of Moher.
In the picturesque village of Kilfenora, the Burren Centre gives the visitor an introduction to the visual delights and ancient mysteries which await to be discovered in this unspoiled corner of Ireland.
Golf and Leisure Hotel
Located in the seaside resort town of Lahinch, known for it's good surfing and home to one of the top golf courses in Ireland, the Lahinch Golf and Leisure Hotel offers four-star accommodations just a few miles from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
Lahinch is a popular destination spot in County Clare, with excellent restaurants and pubs.
Oakwood Arms Hotel
Situated at the heart of Shannon, the Oakwood Arms is a modern hotel crafted in the style and mood of a hotel of bygone years.
Whether you are touring the wonderful areas of Clare or Limerick, playing golf on one of Clare's famous courses or just seeking one of Ireland's best places for your conference or event - The Oakwood Arms Hotel is your natural choice.
Ocean Cove Hotel
Situated next door to Kilkee Waterworld and adjacent to Kilkee`s golf
course, The Ocean Cove hotel has all the delights and attractions of
Kilkee on its doorstep.
This hotel, with neighbouring nightclub, is a great choice for visitors using Shannon Airport, visiting the Burren Region, or simply looking for scenic fun-filled getaway.
The town exists today as a thriving market-place known for its narrow, winding streets and colourful shop fronts and pubs.
Situated centrally, the Queen's Hotel Hotel is just 15km from Shannon International Airport
View House - Hotel
A wonderful Georgian Hotel with Self Catering Apartments, set in the magnificent wilderness of the Burren, Co Clare, on Irelands' West Coast.
Situated on 100 acres of rolling farmland and only 5 minutes walk from Doolin village, the Hotel holds a commanding and breathtaking view of the Aran Islands and the wild Irish coastline all of which can be experienced from our outstanding bedrooms.
Restaurant Elegant Dining, Asian themed Saturday, Sunday Lunch
Bellbridge House Hotel
This Luxury Three Star Hotel, ideally situated on the West Clare Coast line and, overlooking the sandy beach and Spanish Point Golf Course is the perfect place to relax and unwind and allow friendly and dedicated staff to look after your every need.
One of the many treats the hotel has to offer is the intimate and friendly dining experience of Tides Bistro.
Here one can sample the delight of our extensive menu. The menu draws on a wide variety of local fresh produce including locally caught seafood prepared by our award-winning chefs.
The guest house is ideally situated five minute walk to village, beach and Lahinch Championship golf links. Lahinch is perfect for golfing holidays with a selection of championship courses within easy reach including the newly opened, Greg Norman designed links golf course at Doonbeg.
Golf tee times can be arranged in advance (subject to availability).
Lahinch is an ideal location for touring North Clare, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the Aran Islands.
Luxurious 3 star guesthouse. Overlooking Lahinch golf links and the Atlantic Ocean. Situated 300 yards from the heart of Lahinch village with its excellent restaurants, pubs and shops.
All rooms in our B&B are ensuite with antique pine furnishings, high pressurized showers, orthopedic beds, DD phones, multi-channel TV, tea/coffee making facilities.
An excellent base from which to visit the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren National Park, the Aran Islands or play the famous old Lahinch Golf Links or the spectacular Greg Norman designed Doonbeg Championship Golf Links which is only 18 miles away.
Grovemount House is a family run Guesthouse situated on the outskirts of Ennistymon Town.
From here you can access with ease the renowned Cliffs of Moher and the spectacular and unique Burren region.
Just 5 minutes drive away from our B&B is Lahinch Championship Golf Links and Blue Flag Beach making this one of the most ideal places to stay.
Whatever is your pleasure - fishing, golfing, sightseeing or listening to the best of traditional Irish music - enjoy! and return to luxurious tranquility in Grovemount House.
The Shannon Court Hotel is situated at Shannon the gateway to the best of Ireland's scenery and heritage,
Just 3 miles from Shannon Airport and the Shannon Free Zone ( with its many multinational companies) it is located minutes away from the hotel.
The Shannon Court Hotel is situated at Shannon, the gateway to the best of Ireland's scenery and heritage and provides the perfect relaxing venue for all your needs.
The rich hinterland around Shannon is full of heritage and culture with broad appeal. Medieval banquets at Bunratty Castle, the most authentic and complete castle in Ireland. On its grounds is Bunratty Folk Park an authentic Irish Village, complete with shops, crafts and tea room.
Logues Liscannor Bay
Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Liscannor, overlooking the bay on the rugged West Clare Coast, the newly refurbished Logue's Liscannor Hotel offers superb accommodation and quality food in an idyllic location.
This beautiful Hotel is located within easy distance of Shannon Airport, Galway, Ennis and Limerick, which makes it an ideal touring and recreational base.
The Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, the Burren and Lisdoonvarna are all within a few minutes driving and the world famous Lahinch Golf Links can even be seen from the hotel.
This is the perfect accommodation choice for exploring this scenic corner of Lough Derg.
With first class accommodation and private car parking, guests are offered the warmest of welcomes.
Mountshannon is an excellent base for exploring many places of natural beauty and historic significance, e.g.Holy Island (Inis Cealtra), just a few hundred yards across the harbour, with its remnants of a monastic settlement from the 8th century.
From here you have the ideal base to visit Bunratty Castle, King John's Castle, Ailwee Caves, the Cliffs of Moher or the Burren....to name but a few.
The choice for outdoor activities is endless: fishing (boats with engines for hire), all kinds of water sports, horse riding, golfing, walking the famous East Clare Walk - all these locally at our doorstep. During the season you will be entertained most evenings by traditional music performed live in the hotel and in local pubs.
Ballyvara House | Guest House
Once a charming 19th century farm cottage, Ballyvara House has been transformed into a stylish new Guesthouse.
John Flanagan, a carpenter and builder by trade, used his skills and creativity to transform the cottage into the first-rate accommodation it is today.
55 clean and comfortable beds in a variety of centrally heated dorm, private and family rooms.
Along with free hot showers in our spotless bathrooms, we have outside facilities for wetsuit rinse off.
To make your stay more affordable, we boast a well-equipped self-catering kitchen with generous seating.
Doolin Holiday Homes
Situated four miles north of the Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the west Coast of Clare is the fishing village of Doolin.
Stretching over several kms, Doolin provides the ideal base for exploring the Burren which lies in close proximity north of the village, or even for exploring the nearby Aran Islands with a daily round trip ferry service available from Doolin to Inishmore, Inisheer and Inishmann.
Doolin Court are modern semi-detached and terraced style holiday homes set a 3-minute walk from Doolin Pier in the heart of Doolin Village.
This modern complex is an ideal location for all types of holidaymakers with 12 houses in the complex.