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The Wild Atlantic Way in Clare, a virtual tour from the South to the North

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  • KillimerComing from Co Kerry via the Shannon Ferry you enter Co Clare here
  • Cappa PierThe Wild Atlantic way is leaving the N67 and takes you along the Shannon estuary to Cappa pier
  • Kilrush MarinaComing from Cappa you'll pass the Marina. Boat trips for Scattery Island and Dolphin watching tours begin here.
  • Scattery Island The island is home to a lighthouse, a ruined monastery, an Irish round tower and the remains of an artillery battery.
  • KilrushThe market square in Kilrush
  • KilrushThis little gem of a museum tells you more about rural live in Ireland
  • KilkeeNext stop is Kilkee with its beautiful sheltered beach
  • George's Head KilkeeThis amazing cliff scenery can be reached on a short walk from the north end of Kilkee
  • Kilkee CliffsThe walk from the parking at Kilkee's West end is one of Ireland's most beautiful Cliff walks and shouldn't be missed
  • The Loop Head CoastTaking the scenic route (Loop Head Drive) out of Kilkee brings you to this fantastic Cliff scenery
  • Loop Head CoastThe scenery along the Loop Head Drive
  • The Bridges Of RossOnly one of the bridges is still intact. The storm scenes of "Ryan's Daughter" where filmed here.
  • The little arkIn the 19th century, the landlords of Loop Head refused to give over a site for the building of a church for Roman Catholic worship in Kilbaha. The local priest at the time came up with the idea of celebrating mass on the foreshore, which is no man’s land. In 1852, he oversaw the building of a Little Ark – a wooden box on wheels, containing an altar – which could be rolled onto the beach at low tide.
  • Loop Head Lighthouseat the tip of the peninsula, can be visited in summer. The walk along the coast around the lighthouse is a must. This is also an excellent spot for bird, dolphin and whale watching
  • KilbahaComing back to the Shannon Estuary you'll pass Kilbaha. Time for taking a break at Keating's Bar & Restaurant
  • Coast RoadThis narrow coast road brings you along the estuary to Carrigaholt
  • Carrigaholtwith a ruined castle and a little fishing port. Needless to say that the restaurants & pubs here are great for seafood. Dolphin watching tours take place here in summer.
  • Whitestrand DoonbegBefore getting to Doonbeg the Wild Atlantic Way don't miss White Strand, a beautiful safe beach
  • DoonbegWatersports and golfing are the major activities here, but this little village is also known for its various festivals
  • Doonbegriver walk and castle
  • Doonbeg Jazza three-day Jazz festival is taking place early June each year
  • Doughmore BeachThe road passes Doughmore beach; don't miss the small turn off to the beach - it is the only access to one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland
  • QuiltyYou're getting back to the Atlantic coast at Quilty - usually you get to see the Cliffs of Moher from here in the distance
  • Seafield, QuiltyTake the little detour to the pier in Seafield, enclosed by two sandy beaches. This is also a great place for bird watching.
  • SeafieldThe main beach in Seafield, always quiet.
  • Spanish PointA favourite spot for surfers and swimmers alike, with big waves rolling in from the Atlantic
  • Miltown MalbayYou might take the little detour to Miltown Malbay with its colorful shop fronts. The Willy Clancy Summer School takes place here in July each year attracting thousands of fans of Irish traditional music & dance
  • White Strand Miltown MalbayAnother little beach with safe bathing spots
  • FreaghThe Cliffs of Moher are getting closer while driving along the coast to the North
  • LahinchComing into Lahinch the long beach is the first thing you'll notice. Again a favourite spot for surfers, surfing schools provide lessons and the equipment. Lahinch also has two popular golf courses
  • LiscannorYou'll pass this village on the way to the Cliffs of Moher. The new Moher Cliff walk starts a couple of kms northwest of Liscannor - the cheapest and most impressing way to experience the Cliffs
  • The Cliffs Of MoherOne of ireland's premier tourist destinations, so be prepared for crowds.
  • DoolinThe first sight you get of Doolin - with the Aran Islands and Connemara hills on the horizon
  • Fisherstreet DoolinPubs have traditional sessions here every evening all year round; a favourite night out for tourists
  • Aran IslandsThe small boat takes you from Doolin pier to the Aran Islands on a day trip which you won't forget - especially on the windy days ;)
  • The Burren coastThe coastal drive will bring you to the amazing karst landscape of the Burren.
  • FanoreWhile on the coast road you'll pass Fanore with another beautiful bathing and surfing beach - and the hills of Connemara in the distance
  • The plants of the BurrenThe Burren is renowned for its remarkable assemblage of plants which you wouldn't expect here. The grykes (crevices) provide moist shelter allowing for many rare Irish species, some of which are only found in this area
  • Burren donkeysDonkeys are common, but the Burren also hosts wild goats which are more difficult to find.
  • BallyvaughanThe harbour in Ballyvaughan, another popular stopover with good restaurants and accommodation
  • PoulnabroneThe most famous of all dolmens can be reached on a short detour from Ballyvaughan
  • BellharbourThe drive continues along Galway Bay to Bellharbour
  • Corcomroe AbbeyCorcomroe Abbey is an early 13th-century Cistercian monastery nestled in a green valley amidst the rocky hills
  • Abbey HillBefore leaving co Clare you'll pass Abbey Hill. A short climb up the hill and you can enjoy a great view of Galway bay and your next destination on the Wild Atlantic Way!

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