The Shannon Region of County Clare
Explore the Shannon Region of County Clare and unlock the door to an Ireland full of treasures with many wonderful visitor attractions and entertainment.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
At Ireland's premier visitor attraction, enjoy two wonderful experiences - the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and 19th century Folk Park. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland thanks to its splendid restoration. At night time it is the impressive setting for medieval banquets which are held year round.
Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated, in a 'living' village and rural setting. Meet the "Bean an Ti" and street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher who give the site its sparkle. Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of this enchanting place.
Craggaunowen - The Living
Near Kilmurry Co. Clare
Craggaunowen - the Living Past Experience is Ireland's original award winning Pre-historic Park. Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, it features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland over 1,000 years ago. Explore the Crannog, the Ring Fort, and the 'Brendan Boat' - a leather hulled boat used to re-act the Atlantic voyage of St. Brendan and the early Christian monks reputed to have discovered America centuries before Columbus.
Enjoy the fresh air and lake walks in a most enjoyable rural setting. Savour the wonderful home made fare in the charming farmhouse tea-room.
Killaloe & Brian Boru
Killaloe, County Clare
The lake town of Killaloe is picturesquely sited at the southwest tip of Lough Derg. Killaloe Heritage Centre elaborates on the theme of Celtic Ireland, Christianity and the development of the Shannon River as a transport system . The 11th century High King of Ireland, Brian Boru (940-1014) who subdued the Vikings and was one of the most influential and colourful figures in Irish history was born here. He ruled over Ireland from his palace at Kincora and although no trace remains of it today, there are many links to him including his great legacy to the Irish people - the famed O'Brien clan.
Cliffs of Moher &
Near Liscannor, County Clare
A must on any itinerary to Ireland is the Cliffs of Moher and O'Brien's Tower. The Cliffs are 8kms long 214m high, it is here that you can most easily get a feel for the wildness of the terrain over which the Celts wandered. O'Brien's Tower was built by Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland, as an observation point for tourists visiting the Cliffs. From here one can easily view the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains to the North in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
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