in the Area
You are choosing the best
possible location in the West of Ireland. There are lots of things
to see and do in the near neighbourhood, experiencing the country
as well as cultural events and extensive sports facilities. County
Clare is a land of ancient castles and diverse landscapes, of uncrowded
byways and fascinating sightseeing, from quiet lakes to vast, sandy
beaches and the eerie landscape of 'The Burren', making this region
the best to suit everyone.
LAHINCH (6 miles): This lovely seaside resort has
a lot to offer. Stretching around one of the longest sand beaches
in Ireland it also has a fantastic Seaworld Aquarium and leisure
centre with swimming pool and two championship golf courses: 18
holes 6,696 yards Par 72 - Old Course; 18 holes 5,620 yards Par
70 - Castle Course.
I'm just back in the states and I wanted you to know that
we had a wonderful stay at the castle. Mr. McGann was a wonderful
host and went well out of his way to make sure we were comfortable
and that we had a good time.
My mom and
dad are already planning their stay at the castle!
CLIFFS OF MOHER
(6 miles): Some call it the biggest tourist attraction in Europe!
Rising 650 ft out of the Atlantic Ocean and extending for 5 miles,
the sheer rock face of the Cliffs is an awesome sight. The layers
of black shale and sandstone provide sheltered ledges where seabirds
nest precariously. Some of the best views are from the Victorian
viewpoint at O'Brien's Tower.
DOOLIN (6 miles): The mecca for Irish music, pubs
and celtic craft. Here leaves the ferry to the Aran Islands.
The three ARAN ISLANDS lie in the entrance to the
Galway Bay. Jaunting cars, minibus tours and bicycles for hire await
you on the bustling pier of Inishmore, the largest island, as you
arrive. The nearby Heritage Centre will explain a way of life that
is fast disappearing. You will still see people dressed in the distinctive
knitwear that is the island's most famous export. Here the film
"Man of Aran" came into existence. Visiting Dun Angus,
an ancient hillfort, is a must.
KILFENORA (2.5 miles): The smallest diocesan of
Ireland with its cathedral and famous highcrosses. Nearby, Lickeen
Lake, is an insider tip for every passionate freshwater angler.
Have a look into the Burren Exhibition Centre with its fabulous
I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the time in
your beautiful castle. It was AMAZING. My son, who loves castles
and dragons, was in his glory! He can't stop talking about
it. We took a million pictures. And we are already planning
a trip to return-maybe in the summer. Thank you again for
making our first trip to Ireland so memorable.
THE BURREN: This limestone plateau is a geological
and natural phenomenon. Glaciation, wind and rain have combined
to form the limestone pavement in whose cracks rare plants flourish
where others cannot survive. The area is dotted with prehistoric
dolmens, ringforts, early Christian churches in ruins and other
ancient monuments. Beneath the ground is a network of caves, one
of which - the Ailwee Cave - is open to the public and provides
a fascinating tour.
LISCANNOR (6 miles): Famous among deep-sea anglers.
Step on board one of the boats and explore the waters of Galway
Bay. You may see blue sharks, basking whales, dolphins or even killer
LISDOONVARNA (3 miles): Founded at the discovery
of its sulphur, iron and magnesium rich spa wells this town is home
to welcoming restaurants and some excellent traditional pubs. Give
yourself a treat in a sulphur bath, have a massage, wax treatment
or sauna in old-fashioned Victorian surroundings. Lisdoonvarna is
also a great place for "the crack" as the tradition of
match making continues, especially during the Matchmaker Festival
held each September, attracting people from all over the world!
ENNISTYMON (6 miles): Well known for its very attractive
shop-fronts, which date from the late 19th century, this busy town
is the nearest shopping centre. Don't forget to have a look at the
cascades of the River Inagh near the town square.
The above merely starts
you off in your expoloration of the many things to be seen in this
area. Within 10 miles there are also many sports' facilities including
pony trekking, surfing, diving, abseiling, caving, pitch & putt,
cycling, tennis, and of course hundreds of miles of most scenic