As you travel into East Clare the coastline becomes a memory as green, rolling hills and mountains open up before you. This corner of the county meets neighbouring counties Galway, Tipperary and Limerick as well as the beautiful Lough Derg.
Lough Derg is known as 'Ireland's pleasure lake', for its vast array of watersports and walking trails available. There are a number of villages located near the lake from which you can enjoy its calm and serenity.
If you are staying in Mountshannon, enjoy the local walking and cycling trails that takes you into woodlands, along Lough Derg and the Sliabh Aughty Mountains. Holy Island is close to Mountshannon and its important monastic ruins are just a boat ride away.
Scarriff is just downstream from Mountshannon and is protected by a small bay making for a good watersports location. Further inland is Feakle, which was home to the 'witch' or wise woman Biddy Early and is located at the base of the Sliabh Aughty Mountains.
Bodyke was made famous for its uprisings against unfair landlords during the 1880s Land War era in Ireland. East Clare Golf course is one of the best in County Clare and is located just outside the village of Bodyke. It hosted the European Seniors Tour in 1998 and will challenge any handicap.
The picturesque Killaloe is a 'twin' town to Ballina in neighbouring County Tipperary. Enjoying all the benefits Lough Derg has to offer, Killaloe is a favourite amongst locals. Great places to eat and beautiful scenery make it a must visit.
O'Briensbridge has three beautiful looped walks starting at the village, including two Failte Ireland Looped Walk Initiatives. Quin is home to Craggaunowen, which commemorates the arrival of the Celts into Ireland; and Knappogue Castle, which dates from the 15th century.
Overall East Clare has a lot to offer and you will need more than just a stop over to appreciate it all.