County Clare is renowned for its legacy in traditional Irish music and is home to an abundance of visual riches and spectacular scenery.
Clare is located on the far west coast of Ireland, bordered by Galway Bay to the north, Lough Derg to the east, the River Shannon to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. In Clare you'll find some of Ireland's most recognisable picture postcard icons, from the stunning Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic, to the Neolithic tomb, the Poulnabrone Dolman and the famous Bunratty Castle. This 13th Century castle now forms the heart of a heritage park and host world famous medieval banquets and lively entertainments.
In the far north western region of Clare is the Burren, a unique landscape of limestone karst, that in spring is awash with colourful flora. This harsh but beautiful region is popular with walkers, cyclists and cave explorers. While the sleepy villages here and in the rest of County Clare such as Doolin, Lisdoonvarna, Ennis and Feakle are renowned for their lively entertainments and festivals of traditional Irish music.
Many of Ireland's best traditional musicians and balladists have come from the Banner County as Clare is known. These include, the piper Willie Clancy and contemporary Irish musician Christie Moore and the county was famously the royal home of the last High King of Ireland, Brian Boru.