Introducing Eastern & Southeastern Clare
Away from the Atlantic coast and the rugged Burren uplands, Clare rolls gently eastward through low-lying green countryside that is given emphasis by the occasional range of smooth hills. The county’s eastern boundary is the River Shannon and the long, wriggling inland waterway of Lough Derg, which stretches 48km from Portumna in County Galway, to just south of Killaloe. Lakeside villages such as Mountshannon seem in a different country from the rugged, evocative west of Clare, but this is a delightful, intimate countryside of water, woods and panoramic views. Southeastern Clare, where the Shannon swells into its broad estuary, is a plain landscape dotted with farms and small villages. Overhyped Bunratty Castle is a major attraction and nearby Shannon Airport is an important entry point.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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