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1. Kilrush Creek Marina

Kilrush Creek Marina, Kilrush, Co. Clare

Fax: +353 65 9057327

Web: http://www.discoverdolphins.ie

The Shannon Estuary is Ireland's first marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and home to the counrty's only known resident group of bottlenose dolphins. We offer daily dolphin watch tours from Kilrush Creek marina on board our sightseeing ferry mv 'Dolphin Discovery' to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. A trip not to be missed! Over 100 dolphins have been identified using the estuary at different times and calves are born each year between May and August. Where better to spend some time than in the company of these amazing creatures. Sailing operates April to October (subject to demand and weather) and lasts 2-2.5 hours. 3-4 sailings during peak season. Prior booking advisable. We also operate the ferry service to Scattery Island, a 6th century monastic settlement, just 2 miles from Kilrush. Ring for further information. Location: Kilrush is 43kms from Ennis on the N68 & just 8kms from the Shannon Car Ferry at Killimer on the N67.

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2. Aillwee Cave

Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

Fax: +353 65 7077107

Web: http://www.aillweecave.ie/

Aillwee Cave is one of many caves in the Burren area. This cave features an underground river, waterfall, the remains of a bear (long extinct in Ireland) as well as some very impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

The cave was discoverd by Jacko McGann, a herdsmen, in 1944. McGann kept his discovery a secret until the 1970s. It was first opened to the public in 1976.

There is a visitor center are the entrance to the cave with a shop and cafe.

Admission: Adults EUR 10; Children EUR 5; OAP/Students: EUR 8; Group EUR 7.50/per adult. Family tickets tickets are EUR 25 (2 adults + 2 children) or EUR 30 (2 adults + 4 children). The cave tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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3. Burren Wild Guided Walking Tours

Oughtmama, Belharbour, Co. Clare

Web: http://www.burrenwalks.com/

The Burren is a landscape of contrasts, a wild untamed beauty that is in a constant state of change. The act of walking allows you to become connected not only to the physical landscape, but also to the landscape of the mind. This landscape of mind embodies the myth, traditions and folklore of a native people. Walkers of all abilities will be stunned by the beauty of this unique landscape. Your guide will introduce you to a landscape, its people and ancient culture, mixed with a wee dash of Irish wit and charm. All Burren Wild Tours are available for private and group bookings. We are available to lead private and group tours seven days a week, at almost any time of the day. Burren Wild Guided Walking Tours can accommodate any requests you might have. Our tours are highly recommended for educational field trips, corporate events, new-hire orientation, visiting clients, relatives or family.

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4. An Sibin Equestrian Centre

Whitegate, Co. Clare

Fax: +353 61 927340

Web: http://www.irishhorseriding.com/

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5. Cliffs of Moher Cruises

Liscannor, Co. Clare

Web: http://www.mohercruises.com/

The Cliffs of Moher stand over 200m above the Atlantic - some of the highest cliffs in Europe. Their scale and beauty can only be truly appreciated when viewed from sea level. Our cruise will take you on a voyage of discovery along this 8km shoreline and a more enjoyable, enriching, and fulfilling experience you will not find on the Irish coastline.

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6. Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs are 8km long 214m high, it is here that one can most easily get a fell for the wildness of the terrain over which the Celts wandered, for although they built imposing castles, very often they preferred the outdoor nomadic life and the hunt.

The tower near the cliffs was built by Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.

From here one can easily view the Cliffs, the Aran Islands, and Galway Bay as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains to the North in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.

A EUR 8 facilities fee is charged per car/camper vehicle (2007 prices). Larger fees apply to larger vehicles.

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7. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland, and the absorbing Folk Park nearby 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. At night-time, the Castle is the impressive setting for medieval banquets which are held year-round subject to demand.

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8. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland, and the absorbing Folk Park nearby 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. At night-time, the Castle is the impressive setting for medieval banquets which are held year-round subject to demand.

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9. Doolin Cave

Doolin, Co. Clare

Web: http://www.doolincave.ie/

Doolin Cave is home to a wondrous geological phenomenon - The Great Stalactite. Measuring almost 7 metres in length, it is one of the largest free hanging stalactites in the world and the longest stalactite in the northern hemisphere. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that it is held on by a section of calcite, less than 0.3 m square.

Visitors to Doolin Cave will experience an unforgettable adventure. You will become an explorer, donning a hardhat and flashlight as you make your way through the 100m long cave. The chamber housing the sparkling Great Stalactite is subtly lit, to highlight its delicate but awesome splendour.

Visitor numbers are limited, with no more than 20 visitors per tour. Access to the cave is via courtesy coach from Brauch Na Haille Restaurant Doolin Village.

Admission: EUR 20 (adult), EUR 50 (family).

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10. Lahinch Beach

Lahinch, Co. Clare

A one mile sandy beach. Ideal for surfing. Blue Flag standard (2006).

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11. Burren Perfumery

Carron, Co. Clare

Fax: +353 65 7089200

Web: http://www.burrenperfumery.com/

The Burren Perfumery was established over 30 years ago in one of the most unique floral landscapes of the world. The Perfumery produces a high quality range of natural aromatherapy products and fragrances. All the products are made using traditional methods from steam distillation to hand bottling.

When visiting the Perfumery you can see all of the difference processes involved and sample the products with the help of the friendly staff.

Open daily all year from 09:00 - 17:00. July and August 09:00 - 19:00. June & September 09:00 - 18:00. Christmas week by appointment.

Admission is free. Also features AV presentation and tea room for light refreshments.

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12. Burren Centre

Kilfenora, Co. Clare

Web: http://www.theburrencentre.ie

The story of the Burren is captured in 'A walk through time' multi-dimensional exhibition at the completely refurbished Burren Centre. The story unfolds through a series of vignettes, models, slides, artefacts and information panels. Visitors get a comprehensive introduction to the geology, flora and fauna of the region, and an understanding of the history and effects of man on the unique landscape.

Open daily. 15 Mar - 31 May: 10:00 - 17:00. 1 June - 31 Aug: 09:30 - 18:00. 1 Sep - 31 Oct: 10:00 - 17:00.

Admission €6. Children under 5 years free. Children 6-16 years: €4. Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) €18.

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13. Knappogue Castle

Knappogue Castle is located in a truly picturesque setting, surrounded by the tranquil landscapes and rolling hills of Clare. Beautiful Victorian and Walled Gardens surround the Castle where one can relax or enjoy a peaceful stroll.

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14. Knappogue Castle

Knappogue Castle is located in a truly picturesque setting, surrounded by the tranquil landscapes and rolling hills of Clare. Beautiful Victorian and Walled Gardens surround the Castle where one can relax or enjoy a peaceful stroll.

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15. Lemenagh Castle

Kilfenora, Co. Clare

(aka Leamanagh Castle). This structure dates from 1480s. Originally a castle, it was upgraded to a fortified house in the 1640s. It was one of the principal strongholds of the O’Brien’s.

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