Featured Locale: County Clare, Ireland

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Surfers Welcome

Most folks don’t realize that Ireland is a surfer’s delight.  Even if you’ve never stood up on a board before, don’t fret.  The scores of surf schools and water sports centers in the area will teach you quickly and safely with a licensed instructor. Windsurfing, kayaking, and kite surfing lessons are also available and tend to be popular options. If you’re not a fan of the ocean, rock climbing lessons are often offered in the same facility. Prices for lessons and rentals vary depending on shop. Ask your accommodation for the center closest to you.

Cliffs of Moher

This natural attraction is one of the most popular in all of Ireland and was used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The cliffs wrap about five miles around the coast, face the western side of the county and reach 700ft at their highest point. There is also a highly advanced and interesting visitor’s center at the cliffs. A family could easily spend all day there learning about the natural, social, and geographical history. Self-guided, as well as ranger tours, are offered at your preference. Take the Wild Atlantic Way tour to discover hidden pubs, restaurant, villages, and cultural gems that you won’t find on any map. Visit http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/ for more information.

 

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Welcome to a medieval world. At this attraction, you’ll find day and nighttime entertainment for the whole family. Follow in the footsteps of Celts in Craggaunowen Park, Ireland’s award-winning prehistoric park and learn all about how Irish ancestry shaped the present culture. There are five different castles on the grounds for you to explore as well as a quaint and friendly village where you can sample some traditional homemade cuisine like griddle bread and fresh creamery butter made right in front of you. For nighttime fun, take in a medieval banquet at one of the five castles. No matter which tours, castles, shows, or gardens you decide to explore, you’ll find yourself transported through time. Prices vary depending on what strikes your fancy. Visit http://www.shannonheritage.com/ for more details.

 

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