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Towns in Clare
Miltown Malbay
O'Brien's Bridge

County Clare has a lot to offer as far as attractions, scenic beauty and history are concerned. Attractions and outdoor activities include walking on the Clare Walkway, cycling, pony trekking, swimming, surfing, caving, pitch and putt, golf, turf cutting, Killaloe, Co. Clare. watersport, landscape painting, coarse, sea and game fishing, bird watching and camping plus lots of music and entertainment including traditional pub settings. Lough Derg and Lough Cullaungheeda and the River Shannon are available for water sports such as boating, fishing and trips in cabin cruisers. The Burren is world famous for its scenic beauty, geological interest as well as its flora and fauna. This area also includes many famous archaeological remains. Another area of scenic interest is the Cliffs of Moher these rise vertically to a height of 214 meters for 8 kilometres offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Aran Island and Galway Bay.

There are many areas of historical interest in County Clare spanning prehistoric to early Christian to English occupation. Locations of historic interest include: Broadford renowned for its Megalithic remains and monuments and its superb views. Brian Boru's Fort,Co. Clare. Craggaunowen a restored bronze age settlement with fine examples of a crannog and hill fort. Mount Shannon which has a pagan and early Christian history which can be traced back to the 6th century. It lies on the shore of Lough Derg. The village dates back to 1742 when it was built by a Limerick linen tycoon. It is also popular for tourist touring the Shannon. Dereney Cross was a monastic or hermit site in early Christian Ireland. Tulla (meaning a hill) was the site of St. Mochulla's original church (620 AD) where today the walls of the later 18h century structure can be seen. The area us dotted with Megalithic remains and a number of 15th and 16th century castles. There is also a limestone cave system known as the Tommeens.

O'Callaghain's Mills, the village came to be in Cromwellian times around 1600. The mill dates to 1772 and cost £130 to construct and was used to grind corn and grist. Killaloe Cliff's of Moher, Co. Clare. takes it's name from Saint Hua who founded the original monastery in the 9th century on a island in the River Shannon. Best known as the birthplace of Brian Boru, King of Ireland from 1002 to 1014. His fort at Beal Boru just north of the town. St. Flannan's Cathedral is a 13th century structure on the sit of the original cathedral built in 1180 by Donal Mor O'Brien which was destroyed after five years. The oratory dates back to the 12th century and stands on the cathedral grounds. Feakle is world renowned for its traditional music and annual festival in August. Is also a place of folklore. Flaymount is popular for recreation of Lough Garney also popular for fishing and competitions. The church was originally a barn style building in 1800 and was renovated in 1983. Calerumurphy House was one the home of famed traveller/writer Arthur Knox.

Scariff Castle (1564) grew to be an important village in the 17th century for its industry (flour mills, smelting furnace and famed coarse hats). Today it is popular with anglers and O'Brien's Bridge, Co. Clare. walkers. Tuamgraney is famed for its folklore and also has a 12th century church standing on the site of St. Cronan's 5th century monastery. The building is now a heritage centre and well worth a visit. This marks the end of the East Clare Way. Lisdoonvarna is the focal point of North Clare Festival. Bunratty Castle, a 15th century castle of the McNamara Clan, famous for its hospitality and world renowned banquet held twice nightly throughout the year. Bunratty Folk Park is located on the castle grounds which offers insight into the every day like of the people of the time. Kilappouge Castle, also of the McNamara Clan, was built in 1467 and has an interesting history.

Neighbouring Counties
Galway | Kerry | Limerick | Tipperary
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