Clare: An insider’s guide to food, drink, activities and walks

From the Cliffs of Moher to Loop Head and the Burren, this county has plenty to offer

The stunning Loop Head in  Co Clare. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

The stunning Loop Head in Co Clare. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

From the Cliffs of Moher to Loop Head and the Burren, this county has plenty to offer

Many years ago, in my first job in travel, I guided a bus group of Italian tourists to the Cliffs of Moher, which had been advertised as “the most spectacular cliffs in Europe”. Irish weather being what it is, by the time we got there the area was wrapped in a tight blanket of fog and visibility was reduced to almost nothing. One of them was so angry that he blamed me for the weather and suggested I owed him a refund on his holiday.

Thankfully, modern expectations are more easily managed with mobile weather apps, but the cliffs are one of Europe’s five-star attractions for a reason. It’s not so much their height – even if at 214m they are huge – but the sheer breadth of them, a rolling wall of rock stretched out along the coast while the roiling Atlantic crashes against the foot of them.

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