North County Clare is predominately characterised by the unique limestone landscape of The Burren. Standing amongst the exposed stone are megalithic tombs and monuments that are older than the pyramids of Egypt. The local flora and fauna take advantage of the tranquil backdrop of mountains and valleys and winding streams.
This part of Clare is like no other and is unique in its scenery and heritage.
Gateways to the Burren include the village of Lisdoonvarna, world-renowned for its annual matchmaking festival. Carran is in the heart of the Burren and offers visitors a great base to appreciate the local walking trails. Carran is also the birthplace of the founder of the GAA, Michael Cusack and there is a museum dedicated to him in the village.
Kilfenora is another gateway village for the Burren and so is an ideal location from which to enjoy its sights. For those who know Irish comedy, TedFest is a local festival celebrating Fr Ted, a comedy focusing on the lives of three priests set in a fictional Irish parish.
A few miles away is the picturesque fishing village of Doolin. Caving is very popular in the area and Doolin Cave is the home of the world's largest known stalactite.
Further north lies the sesaide town of Ballyvaughan with its array of things to do for the family. A trip to Aillwee Cave is a must as you further explore the landscapes of north Clare.
Just south of the Burren lie the villages of Ennistymon and Corofin and the townland of Dysert. Ennistymon is a pretty Clare village with the River Inagh meandering through it. Check out the beautiful cascading falls - definitely worth a look. East of Ennistymon is Corofin, home of the Clare Heritage Centre - ideal for those seeking to find their Irish roots. Near Corofin is Dysert, a small townland known for the Dysert O'Dea Castle and the surrounding monuments dating from between 1,000BC and 1,850AD.
Just off the coast of north Clare are the Aran Islands. You can reach these by ferry from Doolin. Beautiful surrounds and a huge amount of cultural heritage characterise the Aran Islands.
There are plenty of activities to do and sights to see in north County Clare, and be sure to take in some of the traditional music in local pubs and bars, and of course dine out in one of the many local restaurants.