County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Fifteenth-century Bunratty Castle, once the stronghold of the Earls of Thomond who would leave Ireland in the 17th century for a cozier lifestyle...Read More

  • 2. Cliffs of Moher

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Though not the tallest cliffs in Ireland, these giant bastions of Irish tourism are on the bucket list of everyone's visit to Ireland because...Read More

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  • 3. Cliffs of Moher Walking Trail

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Avoid the tourist buses and take the lesser-seen view of the Cliffs of Moher by following the trail from Doolin to Liscannor. From Fisher Street...Read More

  • 4. Dún Aengus

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    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. Set at the edge of a...Read More

  • 5. Poulnabrone Megalithic Tomb

    Memorial/Monument/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...Read More

  • 6. The Burren Way

    Trail/Path

    You can explore the Burren area by car, from a bike, or from the back of a bus, but the very best way to soak in the raw beauty of this craggy...Read More

  • 7. Thoor Ballylee (Yeats’s Tower)

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    W.B. Yeats wrote some of his finest poetry, including "The Tower" and "The Winding Stair" in Thoor Ballylee, a small castle just an eight-minute...Read More

  • 8. Aillwee Cave

    Cave

    A vast 2-million-year-old cave, Aillwee is the biggest and most impressive chamber in the region accessible to those who aren't spelunkers....Read More

  • 9. Burren Centre

    Information Center

    Along with a café and a crafts shop with good maps and locally published guides, the tiny Burren Centre has a modest audiovisual display and...Read More

  • 10. Caherconnell Stone Fort

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    There are several stone forts in the Burren thought to have been in use between AD 400 and 1200, but Caherconnell—1 km (½ mile) south of Poulnabrone...Read More

  • 11. Cathedral of St. Fachtna

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Beside the Burren Centre in Kilfenora, the ruins of a small 12th-century church, once the Cathedral of St. Fachtna, have been partially restored...Read More

  • 12. Church of Kevin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Signposted to the southeast of the quay, the Church of Kevin is a small, early Christian church that gets buried in sand by storms every winter...Read More

  • 13. Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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

  • 14. Doolin Cave

    Cave

    Formed from a drop of water thousands of years ago, Doolin Cave's Great Stalactite hangs from the ceiling like a giant rocky sword. The 24-foot...Read More

  • 15. Dunguaire Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Like a chess piece flung onto a windswept rock a short stroll from the village of Kinvara, Dunguaire Castle has braced the Atlantic for 400...Read More

  • 16. Eyre Square

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The largest open space in central Galway and the arrival and departure point by train and bus, this is a favorite chill-out spot on a sunny...Read More

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  • 17. Galway Cathedral

    Nun's Island | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dominating Galway City's skyline for more than half a century with its massive, green, copper dome, Galway Cathedral's hulking brick exterior...Read More

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  • 18. Galway City Museum

    Spanish Arch | Museum/Gallery

    The city's civic museum, housed in a modern building behind the Spanish Arch, contains materials relating to local history: old photographs...Read More

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  • 19. Katie’s Claddagh Cottage and Claddagh Arts Centre

    Arts/Performance Venue

    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

  • 20. Kilmacduagh Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Kilmacduagh's 110-foot-high (33.5-meter-high) Round Tower, reputedly the tallest in the world, tilts 1 meter (3 feet) from the vertical over...Read More

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