Looking for an excuse to visit East Clare? Look no further for we have 10 reasons you should visit this beautiful region.

As international holidays continue to look to be off the cards for the 2021 summer season, you may be hoping to explore a world closer to home. Nestled on the eastern side of the Banner County, East Clare is one such gem not to miss. Our ten reasons to visit East Clare will help convince you to add East Clare to your bucket list!

While non-essential travel is not currently permitted in Ireland, you can rest assured that East Clare's many businesses are busy preparing for reopening. As the weather begins to improve and the vaccine rollout continues we are all feeling that little bit closer to domestic travel. So, whether you are still researching for somewhere off the beaten track to visit or trying to convince a family member to come with you on a holiday to East Clare — we have you covered!

Here are 10 reasons to visit East Clare when the restrictions allow.

10. Fun for all the family

Families of all shapes and sizes find their sense of adventure in East Clare. For those who have small children, you will be glad to know that there are playgrounds in many of our beautiful towns and villages. Let off some steam as they enjoy a runaround or a zip-line before grabbing a kiddie-friendly meal in one of the many restaurants and cafés.

9. The views are spectacular

The views alone are one of the top reasons to visit East Clare. With jaw-dropping scenes around every corner, avid photographers will jump with delight. Become inspired by the sunrise over Lough Derg against the backdrop of luscious green mountains.

View of the sunrise from the top of Moylussa, Clare's highest peak. The orange colours create a beautiful hue against the mountain.
Sunrise from the top of Moylussa. Photograph by Keith O'Brien

8. The craic is mighty

Enjoy the friendliness of the locals as you meander your way through the East Clare region. Whether you ask for recommendations or are chatting to your server in a restaurant you will undoubtedly end up with a smile on your face. The people of East Clare are absolutely hilarious, and the banter is contagious!

7. Taste the local food

Let your tastebuds dance with the magnificent offerings available in East Clare. Wine and dine at one of the spectacular restaurants and cafés. If you're a fan of locally grown products then head to the East Clare Community Co-Op to enjoy some of their homegrown delights in a delicious dish. For a slice of chocolatey magic, head to Wilde Irish Chocolate Factory to taste and watch artisan chocolate being made.

6. Safety remains a priority

Businesses across the region have been awarded Fáilte Ireland's Covid-19 Safety Charter. Feel rest assured knowing that the business is adhering to the latest government advice. If you have any questions relating to the businesses Covid-19 policies and procedures they will be happy to explain them to you.

5. Hikes and trails galore

Whether you are an avid hiker or are just looking for those all-important outdoor activities, East Clare has it all. Decide between the 172km East Clare Way, a beautiful circular loop that can be completed in just over a week. Or for those looking for something a bit shorter the stunning 12 O'clock Hills is calling. Bask in the views from Clare's highest peak, Moylussa, standing at a magnificent 532m tall.

The sun peeks through the bare trees at the 12 O'clock hills.
Wooded area of the 12 O'Clock Hills. Photograph by Michael Lenihan.

4. History exists around every corner

Explore a wealth of history as you enjoy your holiday in East Clare. Discover the oldest church in continuous use in Ireland, St. Cronan's Church, Tuamgraney. Take a trip out to the historic and beautiful Holy Island, a monastic site on Lough Derg. Wander amidst Killaloe, the home of the last High King of Ireland. Or admire the medieval ruins of a Franciscan friary in Quin.

The ruins of Quin Abbey sits below the blue sky.
Quin Abbey. Photograph by Niall Nash.

3. Discover the many hidden gems

No matter where you decide to stay and explore in East Clare, every town and village has its own unique quirks and gems. Reach out to the friendly hosts of your accommodation to learn local knowledge. Who knows you may be pointed in the direction of the best cakes, or local picnic spots!

2. Lough Derg is on your doorstep

Lough Derg, also known as Ireland's pleasure lake, is just a stone's throw away. No matter your previous experience on the water, there are countless ways to enjoy this beautiful lake. Head out onto the water on a relaxing cruise with Killaloe River Cruises. Perhaps you might enjoy a kayaking trip with My Next Adventure between the historic towns of Killaloe and Ballina or a paddleboard adventure along the Scariff River with Derg Isle Adventure Centre.

1. Off the beaten path

More than ever, people are looking for places that are not mad with visitors this season. While East Clare is easy to get to it continues to remain to be an unspoilt part of the world. You can rest assured that there is plenty of outdoor space, activities and amenities for all to enjoy without having to worry about crowds!

While non-essential travel is not permitted at the moment, you can still start planning and organising an incredible holiday to East Clare. Businesses are more than happy to interact with you about their plans for the season ahead. So, don't be afraid to reach out!

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