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Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport
Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport

Shannon, Country Clare, Shannon

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (880 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Shannon Golf Club and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from …

£67
Old Ground Hotel
Old Ground Hotel

O Connell Street, Ennis 00000

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (308 reviews)

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ennis Friary and Ennis Golf Club …

£101
Oak Wood Hotel
Oak Wood Hotel

Airport Road, Shannon

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (667 reviews)

Located in the heart of Shannon, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 mi (10 …

£67
Lahinch Golf and Leisure Hotel
Lahinch Golf and Leisure Hotel

Main St, Lahinch

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (118 reviews)

This family-friendly Lahinch hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Lahinch Seaworld, Lahinch Surf …

£76
Carrygerry Country House
Carrygerry Country House

Nr Shannon Airport, Shannon

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (225 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this romantic guesthouse is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) …

£77
Shannon Springs Hotel
Shannon Springs Hotel

Ballycasey, Shannon

2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (373 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bunratty …

£54
Armada Hotel
Armada Hotel

Spanish Point., Milltown Malbay

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (185 reviews)

This family-friendly Milltown Malbay hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Spanish Point Beach and …

£108
Temple Gate Hotel
Temple Gate Hotel

The Square, Ennis

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (296 reviews)

This family-friendly Ennis hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ennis Friary and Ennis Golf …

£66
Queens Hotel and Nightclub
Queens Hotel and Nightclub

Abbey Street, Ennis

3.0 out of 5.0
3.1 out of 5 (104 reviews)

Located in the heart of Ennis, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ennis Friary and Ennis Golf Club. Craggaunowen and Quin …

£59
Shamrock Inn Hotel
Shamrock Inn Hotel

Main Street, Lahinch

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Situated in Lahinch, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lahinch Seaworld, Lahinch Surf School, and Lahinch Golf …

£85

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Pocket Guide: Clare

A rugged coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and dramatic landscapes combine with rich Irish culture and a whole host of scenic attractions to make County Clare a truly unforgettable destination.

A region renowned the world over for its glorious musical traditions, the county’s coast, from Kilkee to Fanore, is littered with pretty beaches and amazing cliffs while, inland, the often rough but always beautifully desolate landscape is home to a proliferation of prehistoric sites.

An Ocean of Adventure

Land and sea collide in truly spectacular style in County Clare. Overshadowed by the well-publicised Cliffs of Moher to the north, the sight of the soaring rock faces south of the resort of Kilkee to Loop Head will live long in the memory.

Named as the best place to holiday in Ireland by the Irish Times in 2013, the Loop Head area is becoming increasingly popular but there are still plenty of secluded spots to be found if you look hard enough.

You will need a car to make the most of the coastal area. It will allow you to explore the roads that criss-cross the windswept landscape, leading to isolated beaches and charming towns and villages like Ennistymon, the surf centre of Lahinch and Miltown Malbay.

The coast around County Clare claimed many ships from the Spanish Armada in the late 1500s, with the tiny villages of Carrigaholt and Doonbeg among those to witness countless lives being lost to the ocean.

Heading Inland

Stretching across the northern part of Clare, from the coast to Kinvara in County Galway, the unforgiving limestone landscape of The Burren was shaped by ancient seas before being forced upwards by massive geological changes. The area bursts into wildflower-inspired colour in the spring and there are plenty of villages to explore – check out music-mad Doolin, Kilfenora and Ballyvaughan for starters.

The further inland you travel the more the landscape turns into green, low-lying countryside, with the county’s eastern boundary formed by the river Shannon and Lough Derg, a waterway spanning 30 miles from Killaloe to Portumna in County Galway.

Picturesque Killaloe is set against the Slieve Bernagh Hills, with the Arra Mountains to the east, while neighbouring Ballina, at the end of a scenic drive from Neagh, is home to an impressive range of pubs and restaurants.

See and Do

No matter where you are staying, you will never be far from County Clare’s diverse collection of attractions.

An important friary founded between 1240 and 1249 is located in the town of Ennis while a well-preserved Iron Age walled fort can be found at Caherconnell. Bunratty Castle, set alongside the River Ratty, dates from the early 1400s and has been fully restored, its rooms jam-packed with antique furniture, paintings and wall hangings.

The ancient Irish art of oak-smoking salmon is revealed at the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna. There’s ample opportunity to try some of its tasty products, while Clare’s abundant native wildflowers provide the inspiration for the fabulous sweet-smelling scents produced at the Burren Perfumery and Floral Centre in Carron.

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