County Clare in detail

When to go and weather

  • While the unsettled seas of winter have a drama that will fill your days with a raw intensity, the county shines during the more temperate months when long walks along the soaring cliffs of the coast and among the desolate rocks of the Burren don’t require full foul-weather gear.
  • County Clare’s pubs hum year-round to the beats of trad sessions, so even in winter you’ll find the craic – often warmed in the countryside by a peat fire.
  • Musical highlights on Clare's festival calendar include Doolin's Russell Memorial Weekend in February; Ennis' Fleadh Nua in May; and one of Ireland's best traditional music festivals, Miltown Malbay's Willie Clancy Summer School, in July.