County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands

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  • 1. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    After a number of tit-for-tat burning of castles by the Normans and local chieftains on or nearby the current castle, the McNamara clan built the...Read More

  • 2. Dún Aengus

    Even if you have only a few hours to explore Inis Mór, rent a bike (next to the pier) and head straight for Dún Aengus...Read More

  • 3. Lahinch Beach

    At the first hint of sunshine, locals drop everything and flock to Lahinch's Blue Flag beach, a wide, sandy crescent about 2½ km (1½ miles)...Read More

  • 4. Poulnabrone Megalithic Tomb

    The biggest and most famous of the Burren's megalithic tombs, Poulnabrone ("the hole of sorrows") is a portal grave/dolmen with a massive capstone and a...Read More

  • 5. Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve

    Coole Park was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory (1859–1932), patron of W. B. Yeats and cofounder with the poet of Dublin's Abbey Theatre....Read More

  • 6. Kilkee Beach

    This wide, sweeping, crescent-shape, sandy beach is cradled by the town's rocky contours and slopes down gently to the ocean. It was a favorite of...Read More

  • 7. Mooghaun Hill Fort

    This prehistoric hill fort, once populated with the most powerful chieftains in the region, is the largest of its kind in Ireland. It commands a...Read More

  • 8. Salthill

    A lively, hugely popular seaside resort, Salthill is beloved for its old-fashioned seaside promenade—the traditional place "to sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh,...Read More

  • 9. Spanish Arch

    Spanish Arch

    Built in 1584 to protect Spanish ships that were unloading cargoes of wines and brandies at the quays, this impressive stone arch is now the...Read More

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  • 10. The Claddagh and Katie’s Cottage and Arts Centre

    On the west bank of the Corrib Estuary, this district was once an Irish-speaking fishing village outside the walls of the old town. The name...Read More

  • 11. The Craggaunowen Project

    It's a strange experience to walk across the little wooden bridge above reeds rippling in the lake into Ireland's Celtic past as an aircraft passes...Read More

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