and first time to Ireland.... what day trips will you do to get the most out of 6 days?
oh my you learn something every day on this - I never realised there was a ballina in Co. Clare - I thought you were getting it mixed up with Mayo. Where abouts is Ballina in Co. Clare - is it beside any larger town? I must admit I never heard of it.
Ballina is in County Tipperary not Clare! though it 's just across the River Shannon from Kilaloe.
You should consider taking a daytrip around The Burren, visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Kilfenora and many of the other interesting sites to see in the area.
There are also some very pretty towns to see like Ennistymon and Ballyvaughan.Edited: 23 March 2010, 15:40
Sorry, everyone for the mistake... its Ballina next to Killaloe. Thanks for the help.
Ballina is not in County Clare . It's in County Tipperary. The River Shannon divides Co Tipperary from County Clare and if you ever have the chance to be in the area for Clare- tipp match, ya'll know all about it! ;-)
If you actually check any parish map for anywhere in the country , you will see many major well known Irish towns featured in tiny area.
For instance everybody knows "kells" is in County meath. Well there is also a Kells in County Kilkenny and also a "Kells" in The Burren in Co Clare!
I could write a whole book on placenames around the country.
Iouwa: Where exactly are you staying and what month are you visiting?
OP: Though you posted in the Clare forum we knew where you were staying ;-)Edited: 23 March 2010, 15:51
now tony, that's told you '-)
how many of ye actually had to look all that up - c'mon now tell the truth.
Hiring a boat would greatly enhance your time, but if that's not possible, take a look at:
You will find these useful, make sure you drive to the' Look Out' for spectacular views of Lough Derg from the Tipp side:
If you happen to be in the area at the end of June you can brush up in your history at:
These places are all worth a visit:
There are nice lake side drives, in particular along Doon Lake, and make sure to go to Garrykennedy & Terryglass along the eastern shore of the lake.
This will give you suggestions for other county Clare attractions:
There are nice lake side drives, in particular along Doon Lake, and make sure to go to Garrykennedy & Terryglass along the eastern shore of the lake. (being Lough Derg - not Doon!)
Have a look at:
we've stayed on the shores of Lough Derg a couple of times; I really like the area!
Some of our favourite excursions:
The pretty town of Birr lies approx. 1hrs drive away in a north-easterly (ish!!) direction. You will find Birr Castle on the edge of the town, and although you can't visit the Castle, the grounds are a delight, and contain what used to be the largest telescope in the world; it's still a very impressive sight. There's a small cafe, plus museum containing a collection of scientific and photographic instruments. If it's a nice sunny day, you could buy some goodies from the bakery in Killaloe and enjoy a picnic in the grounds; there are several areas with benches and tables. We've been twice, we like Birr so much!
You might like to return via Roscrea if you'd like to see the Castle and Damer House:
Recommend a day driving around the lough; there are many pretty villages, particularly Garrykennedy (the prettiest of them all), Dromineer (with its ruined castle, and the oldest yacht club in the world) Terryglass, and Mountshannon. At Mountshannon you can take a small boat across to Holy Island:
We ate at the Whisky Still Pub at Dromineer several times; very good food.
Nearby you will find John Hanley woollen mills, which has a shop:
and there's a gorgeous little craft shop near Puckane:
The Rock of Cashel is approx. 1.5hrs drive each way:
and is one of the most impressive historic sites in Ireland. Well worth the drive!
And yes, definitely head west/north-west towards the coast to see the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher: a long day out, but you will be rewarded by stunning scenery:
When will you be visiting the area? I'll be there in just over two weeks time - can't wait!!
:-)Edited: 23 March 2010, 16:27