COUNTY CLARE

This is a fabulous corner of Ireland – green and unspoilt like almost all of it is ! Go walking on the 700 foot high Cliffs of Moher in the far west of Europe very rugged but warm, welcoming locals. Lisdoonvarna “match making” festival for singles who dance and drink in the town bars every September. Interview with the “matchmaker” suitably called Willy Daly. Boat trips and short stays on the Arann Islands. Northern County Clare has unusual geology – the Burren limestone pavement. Remarkable range of flora. Ailwee cave system to visit at Bally Vaughan. Quality cheeses in farm shop. Excellent eating from River Shannon to Galway. Old Ground Hotel Ennis, outstanding chef Frank Landy … stately Ballynalacken Castle, Doolin and Miltown Malbay with Irish culinary legend Rita Meade at Berry Lodge. Excellent local ingredients – including Doolin salmon. Bunratty Castle just north of Limerick. Castle known for its medieval banquets and its outdoor village folk life museum cottages and farmhouses. Walking tour of Limerick – Frank McCourt and Angela’s Ashes display some controversial views of the city in poorer times. Limerick is home to top European rugby side Munster. The city runs rugby pub trail drinking tours.