Suggested places to visit nearby
East Clare Heritage Centre
East Clare Heritage Centre, Tuamgraney, is housed in the famous St. Cronan's Church, the oldest Church in continuous use in Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales. It was built prior to 964A.D. and the doorway is still intact trough wich the Legendary King of Ireland entered over 1000 years ago. It is used by the Church of Ireland Community and is a Tourist Information Centre for East Clare area.
O'Grady Castle nearby is adjacent to Tuamgraney Handball Alley, where the World famous Kirby brothers played this energetic sport and where handball is now played by both young and not so young, boys and girls most of the year.
Raheen Wood, Tuamgraney
Oldest Oak Tree in Ireland, Raheen Wood, Tuamgraney - is situated at the Raheen Hospital end of Raheen Wood and is a beautiful tranquil walk from the main Tuamgraney to Killaloe Road.
Irish SeedSavers, Capparoe, Scariff
Visit this wonderful 8 hectares of Organic Seed Garden, Orchards & Woodlands. Irish Seedsavery research, locate, preserve and use traditional varieties of fruit, vegetables and potatoes. They educate the public on Agricultural biodiversity. Open 7 days a week, numerous interesting courses held throughout the year. Well worth a visit.
East Clare Golf Club, Bodyke
Situated 2 miles from Clareville House, 18 hole Championship Course, Visitors Welcome. Bar & Food available.
East Clare Marked Walk Way
East Clare Way is a treasure for the serious and not so serious walker. Maps and directions supplied by Clareville House. See our website Clare Walking Tours.com Interesting short Looped Walks also nearby.
Ul Water Activity Centre, Ogonnelloe
U.L. Activity Centre offers a range of adventure pursuits, sailing, power boating, windsurfing, kayaking, canoing, dragon boating, high rope courses, team challenges, orienteering and archery. 10 minutes drive from Clareville House, on Kialloe Road.
Two Mile Gate Amenity Area, Ogonnelloe
Two Mile Gate Amenity Area, Ogonnelloe is a peaceful area on the shores of Lough Derg with nice short walks, seating area to enjoy a good read, or maybe have a nice picnic by the water’s edge.
Holy Island Boat Trip
Your trip to East Clare is not complete without a boat trip to Holy Island with the wonderful Historian Ger Madden, who will give you a guided tour of the Island. Boat leaves Mountshannon Harbour several times daily during the Summer months. Visit this wonderful village and enjoy a 'bite to eat' or a pint of stout in the many hostelries.
Killaloe River Curises on Lough Derg
A one hour trip up Lough Derg in this beautiful Cruiser, if it rains you can sit inside, or else bask in the Sun on Deck, and do not forget to bring your camera. Magnificent scenery on this trip.
Children's Playground, Feakle Road, Scariff, new state of the art playground, stay as long as you like, kids love it.
New Public Library, Scariff.
Ideal for a peaceful stroll and bring your paper and sit and watch the odd boat go by to Scariff Harbour. Ideal for picnic or just sit and breathe in the clear fresh air that surrounds you.
Visit this family run hand weaving craft shop. On display are beautiful scarves and shawls designed by Anke and woven by Eugene.
Wildes Irish Handmade Choclates Shop
Take a stroll to this little shop situated on the Bodyke road and treat yourself to some delicious chocolates and maybe bring a box home with you.
Edna O'Brien the famous novelist was born in Drewsboro House, Tuamgraney and regularly visits her home. Plaque in her honour erected at Drewsboro Gate.
Scariff Harbour is accessible from Lough Derg through the Graney River. The river is navigable for pleasure boats and cruisers up to the harbour since it was dredged in 1840s.
The Wild Atlantic Way will promote the stunning coastal environment and scenic landscape of the West of Ireland. The approx length is 2,500km. Visitors are able to navigate their way along the rout with east if they follow the signposting.
The Wild Atlantic Way has numerous secrets and 'hidden gems' that are lesser know and tucked away and is a great experience for the international visitor.
You can use Clareville House as base and explore the Atlantic Way of West Clare with it's beautiful beaches at Lahinch, Kilkee & Doonbeg.
You can also visit the Cliffs of Moher, St. Bridget's Well, Lisdoonvarna Spa town, Loop Head Light House & the explore the Burren.
We will be delighted to guide you on a great drive on the beautiful Atlantic Way with suggested stops for lunch and dinner.
Local attractions in County Clare
Medieval Castle Banquets
One experience not to be missed, that becomes the highlight of many people's visit to Ireland and the Shannon Region, is the Shannon Medieval Castle Banquet experience at Bunratty, Knappogue and Dunguaire Castles.
Bunratty Banquets are held twice nightly, year round, subject to demand at 5.30 pm and 8.45 pm. At Bunratty Castle in County Clare you will share with up to 140 others guests, a banquets with the great "Earl of Thomond", toasting an era of great Irish taste with excellent food, wine and honeyed mead. You will be entertained by the world renowned Bunratty Singers with enchanting melodies to the music of harp and violin. A memorable occasion, full of fun and good humour.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is one of Ireland's top visitor attraction. A visit to the Castle, the most complete and authentic mediaeval fortress in Ireland, and the absorbing Folk Park is a wonderful experience for all the family.
Built in 1425, the majestic Castle was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour. It now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries and works of art, which capture the mood of the times. You can marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country, which brings to life a vital part of the Celtic past and the heritage of Co Clare.
A restored village street complete with pub, post office, school, doctor's house, hardware shop, printers, drapery shop, pawn shop and village hotel provides the main focal point for the park which will enchant and mesmerise both young and old.
Another very interesting feature at the park is the formal Bunratty Walled Gardens, modelled on the original Regency period garden which supplied fruit, vegetables and flowers to Bunratty House built in 1804 (and now furnished in typical Victorian style).
The Burren experience
The northwestern corner of County Clare, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the quieter water of Galway Bay, is a rock garden of no ordinary proportions. The burren extends over more than a hundred square miles and most of it is bare, pale grey limestone. If there were nothing but rock, a tour might become tedious, if spectacular for a while. But the rock is enlivened by big or small patches of green pasture or little pieces of hazel woodland. On the pasture, and in the many crevices in the pavement of rocks, there are countless wild flowers so that the region is mass of colour. Besides all this, it is mountanious, has a wonderful seashore and is liberally scattered with the monuments created by its human inhabitants in the course of six thousand years. At its best on a sunny day in May when the greatest numbers of wild flowers are in bloom, the Burren is unique and worth a visit any time of year.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Atlantic Edge Exhibition brings to eye the story of the Cliffs of Moher. The themed zones of the ocean, rock, nature and man present the setting, geology, wildlife and human stories associated with the Cliffs - one of the most visited natural wonders in Europe. The Cliffs rise in places to 700 feet ( 215 metres) and stretch for 8km. O'Brien's Tower constructed early 19th Century is located on Mhoer's highest Cliff. You can view the Clare Coastline the Aran Islands and Mountains as far as Kerry and Connemara. Open All Year and day tour can be arranged at Clareville House.
Poulnabrone Dolmen or Portal Tomb in the Burren, is one of the most photographed of all the monuments in Ireland.
Its dramatic siting on the limestone pavements makes as much impact on one's senses as the most famous piece of modern sculpture does. High praise indeed, for its boulders of more than 6,000 years ago.
Polished stone axeheads, a bone pendant and other small pieces of jewellery were also discovered. Animal bone identified included horse, cow, pine marten and most unusually, the wood martin.
Recent conservation work ensures Poulnabrone's survival for another 6,000 years!
Craggaunowen, Quin - the Living Past
Craggaunowen - the Living Past Experience, is Ireland's original, award-winning Prehistoric Park. Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds. It interprets Ireland's pre-historic and early Christian eras, featuring a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland over 1,000 years ago. Open June to September. The living Past is worth a visit, tea rooms on site. Worth a visit, 20 mins drive from Clareville House.
Across the 13-arch bridge on the Tipperary side of the river is Ballina, nestling under the Arra mountains. The laketown of Killaloe is picturesquely sited at the southwest tip of Lough Derg. Here the visitor finds a town of great antiquity married to all the pleasures of water-based activities. Fishing, cruising, boating, sailing, swimming, windsailing and waterskiing are well catered for and are especially geared toward the visitor.
Visit The Heritage Centre and Tourist Information Centre. The nearby Historical St. Flannan's Cathedral and Oratory is well worth a visit. Take a quite few moments in this magnificent building. Then walk uphill to a variety of coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and quaint craft shops. Visit the wonderful traditional pubs and the famous Brendan Grace, (Comedian) pub. Take a cruise on Spirit of Killaloe which leaves from the Ballina side of Lough Derg adjacent to Molly’s Pub.
Ennis the capital town of East Clare is ideal for Shopping and has some lovely shops and Restaurants. Visit the Clare Museum and take a stroll around the narrow winding streets which are home to many wonderful, quaint shops. Visit the The Town Hall Café which is highly recommended by Teresa and you won't be disappointed. Car Parking is readily accessible in and around the town.
King John's Castle is the heart of medieval Limerick City which is about 25 minutes drive from Clareville House.
This stunning new exhibition at King John's Castle brings to life 800 years of local history. This 13th century castle has had a mult million euro investment with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions. The cafe enjoys a majestic view of the Shannon River.
Children will love the computer generated animations. The education and activity room is a great place for kids especially on a wet day.
You can then visit the famous Thomond Park Rugby Stadium which is close by also and take the Stadium Tour. You can combine some shopping in Limerick City so all the family can have a great day's entertainment.