Family Vacations Ireland | A Family Tour of County Clare, Ireland
Our private tours of Ireland can take you anywhere you choose, the scenery in Ireland is the most spectacular in the world and Co. Clare has it’s share of breathe-taking views. It is also a perfect location choice for touring the country with your Irish private driver. County Clare also has it’s own airport in Shannon and it is a perfect choice as its’ central location makes a private escorted tour of Ireland very accessible. As Ireland’s main gateway to the USA, Shannon Airport was also the home of the very first Duty-free shopping in the world and offers pre-clearance facilities for travel to the USA.
County Clare is a great ‘base’ for your Irish vacation and upon your arrival your private driver in Ireland can escort you from the airport to nearby magnificent Dromoland Castle. It is a 5 star luxury hotel but also steeped in history that dates back to the 5th Century. Kings of Thomond descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland, once lived here and you get a sense of the royal lineage throughout this magnificent castle and grounds. When it comes to the exquisite rooms and suites at Dromoland Castle, the attention to detail is second to none. Choose from the charming Queen Anne guestrooms or luxurious staterooms and suites.
Another castle to visit in Co. Clare is Bunratty, your private chauffeur in Ireland will bring you the short distance to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Bunratty means the ‘end of the ratty’ (river) in Irish and the river can be seen surrounding the castle. The castle was built in 1425 and is a very popular tourist attractions. It hosts a medieval banquet, guests dine at banquet tables in the castle while drinking traditional Irish mead and listening to historical Irish music. The folk park is like stepping back in time, there are a number of houses all decorated to an older day and highlight the difference in living standards. Right beside Bunratty is Blarney Woolen Mills and the famous Durty Nelly’s pub.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher feature in many of our tours of Ireland. The magnificent ‘8th wonder of the world’ as they are known to many are worth seeing and taking in fresh Irish air that you’ve never experienced before. The gigantic Cliffs of Moher are 702 feet tall and stretch over 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coast. There is a safe path that leads the way and on a fine day you can take in the breath-taking views of scenery near and far. It’s the perfect view of the Southwest of Ireland. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower. On site there is also a visitor centre with a cafe and shop, the centre hosts interesting artefacts and information on local history.
The Burren National Park from the Irish word ‘boireann’ meaning rocky place, it’s a very different landscape during your trip to Ireland as there’s no lush green grass and it’s easy to forget the the vast area of rock landscape is still the Emerald Isle. Mainly formed of limestone rock the Burren stretches over 15,000 Acres and is the smallest National Park in Ireland. There have been many tombs found around the Burren, made from the rocks, the famous being the Portal Dolmen, proving people have lived in the Burren for over 5,000 years.
Aillwee Cave is remotely located in the heart of the Burren and is one of the oldest caves in Ireland. The cave was discovered in 1944, when a farmer named Jack McGann followed his dog, who was chasing a rabbit. The farmer did not explore very far into the caves, and did not tell anyone of the find for nearly 30 years. It was opened to the public in 1976. The cave has an underground river, a frozen waterfall, the famous stalactites and stalagmites and even the skeleton of the extinct brown bear. Despite the remote location your private Irish driver to escort you there safely.
Birds of Prey Sanctuary
Opened in 2008 the Birds of Prey Sanctuary at Ailwee Cave is an impressive addition. Allow yourself to be entertained by the flying exhibitions of some of the world’s most beautiful eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls. If you stick around long enough you could be lucky and witness the unique ‘meals’ these amazing winged creatures feast on, not to be missed.
County Clare is a central spot to other must-see places in Ireland all within a few hours drive; Limerick, Cork, Kerry and Galway. These counties all make up the famous Wild Atlantic Way along the west coast of Ireland. With Executive Tours Ireland you have your own private chauffeur-driven, luxury vehicle with WiFi, refreshments and luxury comfort.
We can help you plan any part of your luxury vacation in Ireland and if you have any questions please do contact us and we’d be happy to help. If you are interested in an Irish Vacation Package and would like more information, please click on the Enquire button below. All the best, Mike Ryan.