One of Clare's most charming villages, Ennistimon (Inis Díomáin; sometimes spelt Ennistymon) has a postcard-perfect main street lined with brightly coloured shopfronts and traditional pubs that host fantastic trad sessions throughout the year. From the roaring cascades, the stepped falls of the River Inagh, there are picturesque walks downstream.
Miltown Malbay has a thriving music scene and hosts the annual Willie Clancy Summer School, one of Ireland's great traditional music events. The town was a favoured resort for well-to-do Victorians, though it isn't actually on the sea: the beach is 2km south at Spanish Point.
Doonbeg (An Dún Beag) is a tiny seaside village 11km northeast of Kilkee. A Spanish Armada ship, the San Esteban, was wrecked on 20 September 1588 near the mouth of the River Doonbeg. The survivors were later executed at Spanish Point, near Miltown Malbay. It was one of many Spanish ships in the area to meet such a fate.
Cliffs of Moher
In good visibility, the Cliffs of Moher (Aillte an Mothair, or Ailltreacha Mothair) are staggeringly beautiful. The entirely vertical cliffs rise to a height of 214m, their edge abruptly falling away into a ceaselessly churning Atlantic. A progression of vast heads, the dark limestone marches in a rigid formation. Views stretch to the Aran Islands and the hills of Connemara.
Liscannor & Around
The small seaside village of Liscannor (Lios Ceannúir) overlooks Liscannor Bay southeast to Lahinch. There are no sights as such, but it's a pretty spot to stop with a couple of excellent pubs. Liscannor has given its name to a type of local slate-like rippled stone used for floors, walls and even roofs.