County Clare & the Burren
Those connecting Dingle in the south with Galway up the coast to the north can entertain themselves along the way by joyriding through the fascinating landscape and tidy villages of County Clare. Ennis, the county's major city, is a workaday Irish place with a medieval history, a great traditional Irish music scene, and a market bustle — ideal for anyone tired of the tourist crowds. Overlooking the Atlantic, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher offer tenderfeet a thrilling hike. The Burren is a unique, windblown limestone moonscape that hides an abundance of flora, fauna, caves, and history. The sobering Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna offers an opportunity to contemplate the country’s harsh Victorian-era options for the destitute. And at the other end of the spectrum, for your evening entertainment, join a tour-bus group for a medieval banquet in a castle in Kinvarra or meet up with trad music enthusiasts from around Europe for tin-whistling in Doolin.