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.

Aran Doolin Ferries

  • Tour–Sight

Aran Doolin Ferries makes the 30-minute trip from Doolin Pier to Inis Oirr (Inisheer), the smallest of the Aran Islands, from spring...

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Two of those rare attractions that appeal to all ages, Bunrattty Castle and Folk Park manage to be both educational and fun. Built in...

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...

Clare Archaeology Centre

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Housed in a 15th-century castle on the edge of Corofin, this center has a permanent and highly informative exhibition on the antiquities...

Clare Heritage and Genealogical Research Centre

  • Library/Archive

Corofin? It's not a town but a tiny village of perhaps 200 people, just a line of houses and some lovely, unspoiled country pubs—but...

Cliffs of Moher

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The Cliffs of Moher have a long and almost hallowed history. They were sacred in the Celtic era and were a favorite hunting retreat of...


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