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Recent County Clare reviews

  • Five Stars Are Not Enough for this Spectacular House in this Spectacular Location!

    "The Bridge House is warm, welcoming, comfortable and fully equiped. There are great views from every room. The bed rooms are all good size and the bathrooms are nicely appointed. Five of us were here for a week (sadly only a week, but we plan on returning). After a day out exploring our group could prepare dinner and sit around the kitchen table talking, eating and enjoying the views. We then retired to the living room, a warm fire, share photos and enjoy the music provided and plan our next day. Ana, the house caretaker, was kind and very helpful with all of our questions. The house is in a good location for exploring (or to just stay put and relax...think about curling up with a good book, a cup of tea and a fire). The local pub, O'Donohues, is a quick walk away. They have the best Guiness pour, fish and chips and staff (yes, we did a comparison of several other acclaimed pubs in the area). Doolin, the Cliffs of Moher and the fairy boats to the Aran Islands are about 1/2 hour drive. Galway is about 1-1/2 hour away. The Burren Perfumery on the way to Galway was a pleasent stop. Walkers, hikers and rock climbers will love the Burren. A good read on the area is Tony Kirby's "The Burren and Aran Islands, A Walking Guide". He also gives walking tours of the Burren. We booked a private tour with him and consider it one of the best things we did on our trip. GPS will be somewhat helpfull getting from Shannon Airport to Fanore and will help navigate the "round abouts" which can be confusing. GPS has its limitations, don't count on it exclusively. If you do get lost, the people are great, friendly and helpful."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 13, 2014
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  • Picturesque and quaint

    "We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay in Ballyvaughan! We fell in love with everything about this quaint, little village, including the cottage. It was the best home base and centrally located which allowed us to have incredible day trips with a comforting home to return to at the end of each day. The cottage had everything we needed...with even more than we could have imagined. We were so lucky to have spent a week in Ireland at a time where they had the best weather. Sitting in the yard, facing Galway Bay with a glass of wine, watching the sunset, the antics of gulls, swallows, terns and our small "herd" of donkeys brought a peaceful closing to each day. Each morning brought us a spectacular sunrise over the bay. We definitely would like to return and highly recommend this experience to everyone. Highly recommend An Fulacht Fia as an exceptional dining experience, a bike ride on the Aron Islands, a guided tour of the Burren's by Shane Connelly, a night of trad session at The Greene's with Sean Tyrrell, a view of the Cliff's of Moher, Aillwee Cave and the Birds of Prey.....just a few of the highlights. Take a day to drive along the Wild Atlantic Way and be prepared to stop in many charming villages and pubs as well as shops that carry authentic local wool sweaters, scarves, throws, socks and many food items. Of course, the requisite Irish Coffee and beer is a must!"
    Guest: Pat Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 30, 2014
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  • Brilliant as per everyone elses review

    "Amazing house in a perfect location. As per everyone elses comments, becky is great and extremely helpful. Accomodation photos are brilliant and it doesn't even do the place justice. Stayed during the craft beer festival which meant that we were close but could accomodate large numbers. There appears to be additions that others may not have seen, (brilliant playground and a small football pitch). All in all there is a very good reason why this has all 5 stars."
    Guest: Father Ted Tour Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 2014
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  • Perfectly Irish Home Away From Home

    "Rental of this property ran perfectly from beginning to end. Owner was responsive to inquiries and easy to work with. Instructions for the house were clear and comprehensive. Local contact made handling issues convenient. The house was clean and well-maintained and accurately reflected in advertisement. In fact, the reality of the house was better than the photos due to the unexpected benefits of a library of great books, a stock of foul-weather gear able to be used, and all the comforts and livability of home. This home has an absolutely beautiful location and views. It is a short ride to Doolin and down-home pubs. Our family group enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Hotel Doolin. A very windy and rainy night resulted in a loss of electricity, but a call to the local contact resulted in an immediate response... within 10 minutes help was at the door. For each member of our family group of 6, this home was the favorite place of all our accommodations in Ireland during our 16 day tour around the country. Highly recommended!"
    Guest: Short Stay Traveler Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 5, 2014
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County Clare Travel Tips

Clare Vacation Rentals of the West Coast

Dreaming of Ireland, you might be picturing tall cliffs, moors, and grassland that run for miles. There is a natural beauty that makes up Ireland, and more specifically County Clare. County Clare is a large section of Ireland on the western coast, almost opposite Dublin’s eastern location. With such an expanse of country to see, you will want to have Clare vacation rentals near the sites you wish to visit. At VRBO, you can find Clare accommodations in the form of house rentals or Clare cottages. There is something for every taste, from the simple to luxurious, all with fully equipped kitchens. Once you have found the perfect rental, your anticipation for seeing Irish Dance, listening to the local music, and visiting the colorful shops will be hard to contain.

A Clare Accommodation Near the Rivers of County Clare

Knowing when to visit your Clare accommodation is imperative so that you can enjoy all the entertainment and attractions the area has to offer. Being located on the west coast means you have the sea as well as other beautiful landscapes to enjoy. The Atlantic Ocean may be a little cold and located several feet below the green cliffs of the region, but it is beautiful nonetheless. It is possible to see sea birds and other wildlife along the cliffs. Also in Country Clare is the River Shannon to the southeast which is Ireland’s longest river. One very unique section in Clare is the Burren running along the karst region with magnificent flower displays and interesting fauna. To see the beauty of Clare, you must travel during the summer months of July and August. This is also when the rainfall begins to increase, though October and November often have more rainfall. The weather is warmer for those long walks you might wish to take.

Points of Interest by Clare Cottages

Traveling to Ireland will require that you see some of the more important locations in County Clare. Some of the Clare Cottages will be located an hour from the Cliffs of Moher out in the wilds of Ireland. However, as long as you have a car, you can see the Cliffs, Doolin, Ballyea Waterfall, Spanish Point, and Scattery Island. Each one of these places of interest are a must-see for any trip into the county. Doolin, for example, is a coastal village which borders the spa town of Lisdoonvarna. It is considered the center for traditional Irish music. Doonagore Castle and Ballinalacken Castle are also within driving distance of Doolin. If you visit Ireland, you will want to take in at least one castle as they date back to the Iron Age.

Pubs and Music of Clare

County Clare has a long history with traditional music. The county has been and is home to many bands like Kilfenora Ceili Band, Sharon Shannon, and Eoin O’Neill. With such traditions, it may be hard for you to use the kitchen at Clare vacation rentals because you will want to experience true Ireland. Most of the pubs will provide live music each night, and more specifically during the weekends. With a good lager and great music, it is impossible not to want to be part of the magic of Ireland and County Clare. If possible, Berrylodge Restaurant or Walsh’s Traditional Pub are two places you need to visit. Fresh seafood and Irish fare will be on the menus there.

Examining the Earlier Civilizations in Clare

Archeologists have found a great deal of history belongs to the shores of Clare. The earliest known civilization was from the Neolithic age, though its name is unknown. These people left remnants behind such as the ancient Dolmen and single-chamber megalithic tombs. Like Stonehenge, the tombs are usually upright stones, similar to those at the Burren region. You may even be able to hear whispers of the ancient language, Gaelic. You can imagine that the past is speaking to you at these magical sites.

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