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Ennis is the Capital Town of the beautiful County Clare. The scenery and drama of our landscape in Clare never ceases to amaze and inspire.

Ennis is a unique quirky town with a hustle and bustle is thanks to the narrowness of the main streets and the unusual laneways and bow-ways that thread throughout the town. You will find street art and vibrancy around every corner.

Ennis is also known as the ‘Boutique Capital of Ireland’. With an array of independent retailers, award winning boutiques and jewellers, as well as the larger stores, we are the perfect spot for a shopping trip.

After the shops have closed, Ennis’ night life kicks in. Whether you like, Traditional Irish Music sessions in Cruises Pub, Cocktails and Dinner in No Forty One or dancing the night away in The Sanctuary & The Queens, we really have something for everyone.

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Lahinch is one of the most well-known seaside towns in Ireland, with a long stretch of golden sand, beautiful scenery, a popular golf course and buzzing nightlife. The town is also known as a surfer’s paradise which attracts surfers from all over the world to enjoy the incredible Atlantic waves. Lahinch is just a 25-minute drive from the town of Ennis. Regular buses leaving Ennis bus station and arrive in Lahinch. 

Spanish Point is a magnificent sandy beach, just a 30 minute drive from Ennis. Spanish Point is known for its regular sea swimming groups, surfing and other water sport activities. Miltown Malbay, which is just around the corner is known for its traditional Irish music. Spanish Point attracts a large number of guests each year. Spanish Point is the perfect location for a dose of Sea Air on The Wild Atlantic Way.

Doolin is a bustling town that has gained massive popularity in recent years, There are a range of experiences, as well as restaurants and activities such as hill walking and scuba diving. Doolin is a great place to go to visit the Cliffs of Moher and also Doolin Cave. Visit the Aran Islands on a ferry with Doolin Ferries from the Pier in Doolin. Doolin is less than a 40-minute drive from Ennis town.

Kilkee is located on Moore Harbor, a unique horseshoe-shaped bay spectacular reef known as Duggerna Rocks. Both Kilkee Cliff Walk and George’s Head feature incredible views of the coast. Kilkee is a very popular spot with its long stretch of beach from the promenade and the shore. Also, it is known as one of the safest places to swim on the west coast of Ireland. At Kilkee, you can jump into the famous pollock holes – natural rock providing sheltered swimming from a, particularly low tide. Also, Kilkee is packed with water activities for all ages to enjoy. Kilkee is a 50-minute drive from Ennis.

Lisdoonvarna, a small town in North Clare town is known for its annual world-renowned Matchmaking Festival. The festival runs for an entire month every September, with daily live music and dancing. This festival presents Ireland’s best musicians, daily matchmaking, delectable food, and warm hospitality. Lisdoonvarna’s Victorian Spa Complex and Health Centre is Ireland's only remaining spa. Lisdoonvarna is just a 35-minute drive from Ennis.

The picturesque town of Killaloe is on the east of County Clare. Killaloe is a popular destination for fishing and boating in the Midwest of Ireland. Killaloe and Ballina are connecting towns that feature heritage, a gorgeous riverbank, and access to the Shannon. Killaloe provides the opportunity to enjoy magnificent scenery and rich history in a small community. Numerous water sports and cruises can also be enjoyed in Killaloe along the Shannon. Killaloe is a 50-minute drive from Ennis town.

Doonbeg is a seaside village in the heart of West Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way. The village features several beaches to choose from, of which “White strand” is renowned for its sandy beach and beautiful scenery. Doonbeg hosts the famous Trump International Golf Links, offering a world-class golf course on your doorstep. You can enjoy fishing, golf, surfing and horse-riding in Doonbeg, which is a 45-minute drive from Ennis.

Liscannor is a coastal village situated between Lahinch and Doolin. Liscannor is on the doorstep of the Cliffs of Moher. Nearby, Clahane beach is known as a discovery point on The Wild Atlantic Way. Liscannor also hosts the Rock Shop, which sells an intriguing selection of Gemstones and gifts. Liscannor is a 35-minute drive from Ennis.

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