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County Town: Ennis
Population: 110,801
Area: 3,147 sq km
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With Galway Bay on its northern side and the Shannon Estuary cutting deep into its southern border, County Clare is almost a peninsula. The land stock is generally poor with a large sweep of limestone rock in the north forming the unique Burren region. This landscape doesn’t get as much attention as neighbours Kerry or Galway, but it does have some very charming spots and is popular with walkers, cyclists and naturalists. Perhaps the scenic highlight of the county is the Cliffs of Moher. Rising from Hag’s Head in the South and reaching their highest point at 203m just north of O’Brien’s Tower, on a clear day the cliffs provide tremendous views stretching across the Aran Islands and to the mountains of Connemara in the distance.

The county has 250 castles in various states of repair, fine examples of which are Knappogue near Quin and the famous tower house at Bunratty. For outdoor activities enthusiasts the county has a lot to offer with the Burren region proving a popular caving destination, and excellent rock climbing at Ballyreen. Clare’s towns and villages seem to have resisted the commercialization that is evident in more heavily touristed parts of Ireland. The county town, Ennis, on the banks of the River Fergus, retains its charming narrow streets, and villages like Ennistymon and Doolin are popular for their summer evening traditional music sessions.

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