County Clare


County Clare is in the Shannon Region of Ireland.


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Clare people are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. The county is quite commercialized with regard to tourists and there are numerous activities within its borders to cater for all tastes. A visitor could easily spend two weeks in the county without feeling that they have run out of things to do or see. Because Shannon Airport, the second airport of Ireland and the first stopover for transatlantic flights, is situated in the county, Clare gets many tourists and sometimes this means places can be crowded.

Shannon airport is also used as a stopover for US troops going to and coming from tour of duties in Iraq. It has been subject to some anti-war protests in recent times, with crowds gathering at strategic points around the airport.


English is the first language of Clare people, although it can be quite difficult to understand the "brogue" at times.

Get in

By plane

Shannon Airport , which is in County Clare is one of the three primary international airports that serve Ireland along with Dublin Airport and Cork Airport . The airport is ideally located in County Clare and easily accessible from both Limerick City and Ennis. During 2007, Shannon airport handled over 3.5million passengers. Shannon Airport handles a lot of air traffic between Ireland and the United States and has US border preclearance.

The largest operator in Shannon Airport is Ryanair who offer over 11 routes to destinations both in Ireland and around Europe, followed by Aer Lingus . The other major scheduled passenger airlines include Air France, Air Transat, Centralwings, and Delta Airlines. Chartered flights to popular tourist destinations from Shannon Airport operate throughout the year.

By bus

Bus Eireann operates a comprehensive network of bus service to and from destinations in County Clare. Independent operators, like Lyons Travel, also offer direct routes to and from County Clare for the major towns and cities nationwide.

By rail

The western rail corridor is now open, so rail services have been restored between Clare and Galway. A new rail link between Ennis and Limerick is now up and running.

By boat

There is a ferry service from Tarbert, County Kerry to Killimer every half hour. This cuts out the need to travel through Limerick City to get into Clare, if you are coming from the south of Ireland.

Get around

Towns in the county are served by irregular bus services, so the best way to see the scenery and tour is by car.

Car rental

The main location for car rentals in County Clare is Shannon Airport.




Locally produced products are easy to find in the local supermarkets. Sausages, breads (particularly soda), jams and many other local delights are readily available, with the local traders willing to help you find what you want.


Clare has more than its fair share of unique and distinctive pubs that cater to all tastes; traditional and modern. Famous for traditional Irish music, drinking stout or Irish whiskey to the strains of reels and jigs is a regular experience.

Gus O'Connor's Pub and McGann's Pub, both in Doolin, are especially famous for their Irish music.

Go next

Take the commuter ferry across the Shannon estuary into County Limerick for a day trip. The journey takes about half an hour. Galway City, with good shopping facilities, and County Galway are also within driving distance, as is Limerick City.

Boat trips to the Aran Islands can be arranged from Doolin pier.

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