Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in The Burren

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Also known as the Portal Tomb, Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of Ireland's most photographed ancient monuments. Built more than 5000 years ago, the otherworldly dolmen (a large slab perched on stone uprights) stands amid…
Top Choice Factory in New Quay

Hazel Mountain Chocolate

Watch chocolate being made in small batches using rare Trinitario cacao beans and raw sugar on a 45-minute tour of this heavenly smelling cottage-housed chocolate factory in a picturesque hillside location. If you d…
Top Choice Visitor Centre in Carron

Burren Perfumery & Floral Centre

The Burren's wildflowers are the inspiration for the subtle scents at this wonderful perfumery and floral centre, which creates scented items such as perfumes, candles and soaps that are beautifully packaged in hand…
Top Choice Farm in The Burren

St Tola Irish Goat Cheese

Creamy St Tola goat's cheese appears on the menus of some of Ireland's finest restaurants, and visitors can stop by its 26-hectare farm in the Burren, 11km southeast of Ennistimon (16km northwest of Ennis), signpost…
Top Choice Historic Site in The Burren

Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb

One of Ireland's most famous prehistoric grave sites, Gleninsheen lies beside the R480 7km south of Ballyvaughan. It's thought to date from 4000 to 5000 years ago. A magnificent gold gorget (a crescent of beaten gol…
Top Choice Historic Site in Corofin

Dysert O'Dea

The centrepiece of this fascinating historic site where St Tola founded a monastery in the 8th century is the four-storey, 15th-century O'Dea Castle. Today it houses the Clare Archaeology Centre, which runs a roofto…
Top Choice Church in Ennis

Ennis Friary

North of the Square, Ennis Friary was founded by Donnchadh Cairbreach O'Brien, a king of Thomond, between 1240 and 1249. A mix of structures dating between the 13th and 19th centuries, the friary has a graceful five…
Top Choice Ruins in New Quay

Corcomroe Abbey

Moody and evocative, this marvellous ruined former Cistercian abbey is 1.5km inland from Bellharbour, in a quiet green hollow, surrounded by the stark grey Burren hillsides. It began its long decline in the 15th cen…
Top Choice Gardens in Kilrush

Vandeleur Walled Garden

Within a 170-hectare forest 800m south of the centre, this stunning 'lost' garden was the private domain of the wealthy Vandeleur family – merchants and landowners who engaged in harsh evictions and forced emigratio…
Top Choice Cave in Ballyvaughan

Aillwee Cave

Aillwee's extraordinary caves were carved out by water some two million years ago. The main cave penetrates 600m into the mountain, widening into larger caverns, one with its own waterfall. Near the entrance are the…