9 Memorable Activities to do in County Clare Ireland

cliffs of moher

Heading to County Clare and looking to fill your Irish travel itinerary with a bunch of memorable activities that will brighten up your Instagram feed and make the folks jealous of the awesome life you lead? I thought you’d say that 😉

So you’ll be pleased to hear that this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way won’t disappoint. It’s packed full of enough authentic Irish experience, living history, medieval castles, stunning natural attractions, wild salty ocean, stunning natural parks and plenty of welcoming locals to keep your trip to Ireland full of adventure.

Keep reading to find out our handpicked selection of activities you can do on your trip to County Clare, Ireland and make sure you add them to your bucket list!

 

1. Visit the Cliffs of Moher

Yes, I know I just said that we were going to avoid the regular tourist spots, but the Cliffs of Moher really do deserve your attention anyway.

They’re the most visited natural attraction in Ireland and probably the #1 tourist spot, and breathtakingly beautiful so you really shouldn’t miss them! Besides, stunning places like this are popular for a great reason, and you don’t want to be the person who visits Ireland and misses out.

Stay: Rainbow Hostel, Doolin

2. See the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere

It’s hard to believe that the awe-inspiring stalactite that hangs proudly in the Doolin caves was formed from a single drop of water many thousands of years ago! So get yourself to the Doolin cave, don your hard hat and be ready to be amazed.

And when you’re finished, take your trip overground and explore the wonderful Irish countryside by following the nature trail, or treating yourself to something yummy from their cafe.

Stay: Rainbow Hostel, Doolin

3. Experience Bunratty Castle and Folk Village

If you LOVE social history, make sure you don’t miss Bunratty castle and folk village . The castle is an epic medieval castle built in 1425, which was built on the even-older site of an ancient viking trading site. Complete with turrets and tapestries, you’re really going to love it.

But I think my favourite is actually the folk village. Here, life in early 19th century Ireland really comes to life, thanks to the fully authentic reconstruction of the whole village.

And it’s not just the rich folk who get to show off their wares here- even the poverty-striken are represented in the 30 buildings onsite. There’s no better way to get a feel for what it meant to live in Ireland in the old days.

Stay: Rowan Tree Hostel, Ennis

4. Go sea kayaking

I’ve always been itching to give sea kayaking a try- it looks like such a fun way to get out and enjoy the wild Atlantic ocean! But for a beginner, facing those waves can seem…well… a bit intimidating for the uninitiated.

That’s why I’m so pleased to discover that Clare Kayak Hire are offering kayak (and canoe and SUP) hire on weekends from May to July AND will also be hanging out on Ballyalla Lake near Ennis.

This means it’s a perfect place for a beginner like me to get their kayak ‘wings’ in relative safety.

Stay: Rowan Tree Hostel, Ennis.

5. Meet Dusty the Dolphin

No trip can ever be complete without meeting ALL the locals. Especially when one of the locals is a feisty 16 year old dolphin named Dusty…

Yes, that’s right- Dusty has been living in Doolin harbour for a while now and entertaining those taking the ferry across to Inis Oirr. Head to the pier and wave hello!

Click here to watch Dusty on YouTube

Stay at Rainbow Hostel, Doolin

6. Visit Inis Oirr (Aran Islands)

Were you ever a fan of the comedy series Father Ted? If so, you’ll remember the rusty shipwrecked boat featured right at the beginning…

Visit Inis Oirr the smallest of the Aran Island and you can see this sight for yourself, as well as medieval ruins, sea colonies, amazing views of the Cliffs of Moher and even play in the playground for the young at heart 🙂

Stay at Rainbow Hostel, Doolin

 

7. Go rock climbing in The Burren

Continue your awesome Irish adventure experience by signing up for a rock climbing session in The Burren Natural Park!

You’ll be taken to Ballyryan, right on the edge of The Burren for your adventure- an Instagram-perfect place which offers views over the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher, strapped up, given awesome instruction and guided through the thrilling adventure of a lifetime.

I love the fact their experienced instructors always make you feel completely safe and will tailor your session to suit your experience level. Definitely one for the bucket list!

Stay at The Burren Natural Park Hostel

8. Treat yourself to a medieval banquet (in a castle!!)

Imagine if you could dress up in your Sunday best, show up at a medieval Irish castle alive with authentic Irish music and be warmly welcomed inside for a delicious medieval banquet, a lesson in chivalry, and a demonstration of what happens when you break those rules…

That is exactly what you can experience when you sign up for the Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet near Ennis. Sure- at around 50 euros per head, it’s definitely not cheap but it’s most definitely worth it!

Stay at the Rowan Tree hostel

 

9. Learn to surf

We could hardly share a list of fun activities to do near the Cliffs of Moher without telling you to go surfing!! So I’ll do it again- go surfing!!!

There are tons of great instructors around, especially those at Ben’s Surf Clinic in Lahinch. They’re super experienced and offer short courses and weekend course for those who aren’t planning to be around for months.

Stay at The Burren Hostel Sleepzone

Make your trip to County Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland a memorable one by adding these 9 activities to your travel bucket list. You’ll experience the real Ireland, have the experience of a lifetime and wish you could stay for longer.

 

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