County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Sights

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 during your stay.

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Aillwee Cave

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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.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cliffs of Moher Walking Trail

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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...

Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve

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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...

Doolin Cave

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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...

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