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Recent County Clare reviews

  • Has the Wow factor

    "" We stayed in Clahane Lodge last week and we were blessed with good weather which made the stay very enjoyable but I must say that even if the weather was not kind, this house is a perfect retreat, well appointed and in a superb location. The views are outstanding from the spacious living room and with the benefit of the large windows, you could observe the changing light scenarios and the different moods of the Atlantic. The design of the house was very well thought out and has everything that one needs for a nice break. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the house has a modern sound system which really adds to the enjoyment. We will be back - If we can find any vacant weeks!"
    Guest: John E. Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 12, 2015
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  • 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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  • Outstanding Rental, Gorgeous Environs

    "David's cottage was a dream rental -- beautifully situated, impeccably maintained, close enough to everything but on a quiet road with little traffic. Amazing sunsets, lovely pastoral views of fields with rocks and rainbow-colored cows (one of my favorite things -- in the US, all cows in a herd tend to be the same color ... boring). Spent a week at the cottage inFanore during my birthday tour of County Clare (my namesake) and highly recommend this location as a jumping off point for day trips. If you visit, be sure to visit O'Donoghue's pub for some of the tastiest fish & chips ever. Cottage has a huge, private master BR with a sitting area, and a loft area upstairs perfect for kids."
    Guest: seestarrs Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: December 19, 2014
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  • perfect beach cottage

    "My boyfriend and I recently stayed at the Cozy Beach Cottage (aka: Clancy cottage) this past week. It was everything we expected: in a small town, clean and quaint with all necessary amenities and lots of nearby nature walks. We enjoyed three days and nights: walking down to the pub for a pint and fresh fish and chips, sleeping in and making breakfast at our leisure (fresh brown bread and eggs from the local convenient store--we even added the blackberries--freshly picked by us!--to our morning plates), and in the evening we cozied in the rocking chairs by warmth of the cast iron stove/fireplace and read our books or some of the Irish history papers left by previous guests while sipping tea. The town of Doolin is only about a 20/minute drive south, and is worth the drive for the traditional/ nontraditiinal Irish music. You will find a comfortable place to rest and unwind in this cozy cottage. Make sure, however, you bring enough cash...the pub doesn't accept credit cards and you don't want to miss out on their good Guinness (4 euros/pint) and the nearest ATM is about a 30 minute drive... The convenient store will take cards...but there is a minimum purchase. The cottage is right off the main road--but it is a small 'main' road that is infrequently traveled by cars. We mostly traveled by foot. The location really is perfect for a simple retreat/get away from busy life. We left feeling refreshed and hopeful that we will be able to return soon."
    Guest: Crystal R. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 29, 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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