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

    After a number of tit-for-tat burning of castles by the Normans and local chieftains on or nearby the current castle, the McNamara clan built the...Read More

  • 2. Cathedral of St. Fachtna

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

  • 3. Dún Aengus

    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...Read More

  • 4. Dunguaire Castle

    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

  • 5. Kilmacduagh Monastery

    Kilmacduagh's 110-foot-high Round Tower, reputedly the tallest in the world, tilts 3 feet from the vertical over the monastery below. Arguably more impressive than the...Read More

  • 6. Poulnabrone Megalithic 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 and a...Read More

  • 7. Quin Abbey

    Set in a meadow by a crystal clear river in the heart of the village and beside the ruin of St. Mary’s Church, Quin Abbey...Read More

  • 8. Caherconnell Stone Fort

    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...Read More

  • 9. Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve

    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

  • 10. Galway Cathedral

    Nun's Island

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

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  • 11. Lynch's Castle


    Lynch's Castle, once the stronghold of Galway's ruling family, dates back to 1600. These days it's occupied by a branch of a local bank, making...Read More

  • 12. Magh Adhair

    Wander off the beaten path to discover the inauguration site of Ireland’s greatest king, Brian Boru. Weaving through narrow country lanes, Magh Adhair appears to...Read More

  • 13. Mooghaun Hill Fort

    This prehistoric hill fort, once populated with the most powerful chieftains in the region, is the largest of its kind in Ireland. It commands a...Read More

  • 14. Spanish Arch

    Spanish Arch

    Built in 1584 to protect Spanish ships that were unloading cargoes of wines and brandies at the quays, this impressive stone arch is now the...Read More

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  • 15. St. Flannan's Cathedral

    Built by the O'Brien clan in the early 13th century, Killaloe Cathedral is the most prominent landmark in the town's streetscape. Inside the cathedral you...Read More

  • 16. St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church Galway


    Built by the Anglo-Normans in 1320 and enlarged by members of the 14 tribes when they were at their most powerful during the 16th century,...Read More

  • 17. The Claddagh and Katie’s Cottage and Arts Centre

    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

  • 18. The Craggaunowen Project

    It's a strange experience to walk across the little wooden bridge above reeds rippling in the lake into Ireland's Celtic past as an aircraft passes...Read More

  • 19. The Hall of the Red Earl


    Galway's Custom's House discovered a hoard of artifacts in its foundation, which revealed the site's significant past, as the palace of Ricard de Burgo, an...Read More

  • 20. The Little Ark

    In a small annex at the Church of the Little Ark, just outside the tiny village of Kilbaha, is a wonderfully quirky slice of local...Read More

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