One of Ireland’s most photographed places, the Cliffs of Moher draw thousands of visitors to Clare’s remote reaches every day of the year, rain or shine. Rising to vertiginous heights above the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs are undeniably impressive. The site is well worth a visit, but be aware that in the high season, the crowds can rather spoil the effect.
Farther along the Clare Coast, Lahinch is an old-fashioned Victorian seaside resort, with a wide beach and long promenade curving along the horseshoe bay. Golfers will already know all about this town, as it’s renowned for its outstanding golf course.
Traditional Irish music is always on heavy rotation in Clare, which has a vibrant music scene. The secluded fishing village of Doolin, near Lahinch, is the unofficial capital of Irish traditional music. The village is also a departure point for the short boat trip to the beautiful and isolated Aran Islands.
The Clare Coast is dotted with seaside resorts with varying degrees of crowds and beauty, places such as Kilrush, Kilkee, Miltown Malbay, and Ennistymon. You’ll also stumble across places with quirky names, like Puffing Hole, Intrinsic Bay, Chimney Hill, Elephant’s Teeth, Mutton Island, and Lover’s Leap.