County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands: Places to Explore


  • Ballyvaughan

    A pretty little waterside village and a good base for exploring the Burren, Ballyvaughan attracts walkers and artists who enjoy the views of Galway Bay and access to the Burren.... Read more

  • Bunratty Castle

  • The Burren

    As you travel north toward Ballyvaughan, the landscape becomes rockier and stranger. Instead of the seemingly ubiquitous Irish green, gray becomes the prevailing color. You're now in the heart of the Burren... Read more

  • The Cliffs of Moher

    One of Ireland's most breathtaking natural sights, the majestic Cliffs of Moher rise vertically out of the sea in a wall that stretches over a long, 8-km (5-mile) swath and in places reaches a height of... Read more

  • Coole Park

  • Corofin

  • Craggaunowen Project

  • Doolin

    Once an enchanting, multihue-housed backwater, this tiny village—set at the point where the Cliffs of Moher flatten out and disappear into the sea as limestone plateaus—now seems to consist almost entirely... Read more

  • Ennis

    A major crossroads and a convenient stop between the West and the Southwest, Ennis is the main town of County Clare. The pleasant market town has an attractively renovated, pedestrian-friendly center... Read more

  • Galway City

    Galway is often said to be a state of mind as much as it is a specific place. The largest city in the West today and the ancient capital of the province of Connaught, Galway, with a current population... Read more

  • Inis Meáin (Inishmaan)

    The middle island in both size and location, Inis Meáin has a population of about 300 and can be comfortably explored on foot.... In fact, you have no alternative if you want to reach the island's major antiquities:... Read more

  • Inis Mór (Inishmore)

    With a population of 900, Inis Mór is the largest of the islands and the closest to the Connemara coast. It's also the most commercialized, its appeal slightly diminished by road traffic.... In summer, ferries... Read more

  • Inis Oirr (Inisheer)

    The smallest and flattest of the islands, Inis Oirr can be explored on foot in an afternoon, though if the weather is fine you may be tempted to linger on the long, sandy beach between the quay and the... Read more

  • Kinvara

    The picture-perfect village of Kinvara is a growing holiday base, thanks to its gorgeous bay-side locale, great walking and sea angling, and numerous pubs. It's well worth a visit, whether you're coming... Read more

  • Knappogue

  • Lahinch

    Noted for hotels packed with people touring the nearby Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch is a busy resort village beside a long, sandy beach backed by dunes. It is best known for its links golf courses and—believe... Read more

  • Newmarket-on-Fergus

    A small town in County Clare, Newmarket-on-Fergus is chiefly remarkable as the village nearest the famed hotel of Dromoland Castle, formerly the home of Lord Inchiquin, chief of the O'Brien clan.... Read more