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Top Choice Cafe in Killaloe & Ballina

Wooden Spoon

In a narrow passage just up from the waterfront, this popular bakery and cafe offers up Med-flavoured fare in a colourful setting that brings a gentle splash of vibrancy to Bridge St. Expect pavlovas, flapjacks, tif…
Castle in Bunratty

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Square, hulking and imposing Bunratty Castle is only the latest of several edifices to occupy its location beside the River Ratty. Vikings founded a settlement here in the 10th century, and later occupants included …
Church in Quin

Quin Friary

This Franciscan friary was founded in 1433 using part of the walls of an older Clare castle built in 1280. Despite many periods of persecution, Franciscan monks lived here until the 19th century. The splendidly name…
Pub Food in Bunratty

Durty Nelly's

Rammed with tourists all summer long, Nelly's is all snugs, timbers and beer mats, seasoned with age and enjoying pole position right across from the towering castle. Meals are good, although the pub is more enjoyab…
Museum in Killaloe & Ballina

Brian Ború Heritage Centre

Named for the local boy made good as the king who, according to the political spinmeisters of his time, both unified Ireland and freed it from the Viking scourge. The centre does much to celebrate the legends, with …
Museum in Eastern & Southeastern Clare

East Clare Heritage Centre

Tuamgraney, at the junction of the road to Mountshannon (R352), has a small museum, the East Clare Heritage Centre. Although the museum keeps erratic hours, the surrounding moody parish cemetery is a fascinating loo…
Seafood in Killaloe & Ballina


Just beyond the church on Main St, this popular thatched pub (with peat fires) is noted for its big selection of fish. Sailors make mirth and plough into the hefty seafood platter in the restaurant or go for pub far…
Italian in Killaloe & Ballina

Tuscany Bistro Ballina

Small, smart and stylish, this Italian bistro has delicious and authentic fare. Amid the hearty soups, salads and pasta mains, you can also get pizzas or ponder a daily special and reasonable wine list.
Cafe in Mountshannon

Bourke's the Galley

Attached to a deli, Bourke's offers rich coffees, alluring baked goods and fresh light meals you can enjoy on a small terrace.
Market in Killaloe & Ballina

Farmers Market