Travel from Doolin along the R478 southwards to the Cliffs of Moher. Continue from the Cliffs of Moher along the coast in a southerly direction to the small fishing village of Liscannor. Still on the R478 travel through Liscannor to the coastal town of Lahinch.
Leaving the coast and travelling inland take the N67 to the market town of Ennistymon. Still travelling on the N67 head towards the Spa town of Lisdoonvarna. On this route you will pass by a small village called Kilshanny.
To complete the circle back to Doolin, take the R477 out of Lisdoonvarna. From this road there are breathtaking views of Galway Bay and the rugged Burrenns limestone region. Take the R479 at Ballinalacken castle to complete the round trip back to Doolin for a night of Criac agus Ceol.
The Cliffs of Moher in north Clare are the highest cliffs in Europe. The public viewing point for these natural shale cliffs can be accessed southbound along the R478 from Doolin. Facilities at the Cliffs include car park, visitors centre and craft shop. Also at the top of the cliffs viewing points is OBriens tower. The Cliffs are one of Irelands top tourist attractions. They stand day after day against the might and force of the Atlantic Ocean. These natural wonders put on a dramatic display of crashing waves against sturdy rock. OBriens tower is located on the highest cliff and is an exceptional viewing point. The Cliffs are also a treat for bird watchers. They boast many breeds such as the Fulmar (seagull), Kittiwakes, (similar in size to the common gull), and Razorbill. These are only a select few and many more make their home at the Cliffs. The birds put on an amazing show as they appear as little white dots disappearing into the cliff face into their nests.
One mile past the Cliffs of Moher visitors centre is St. Bridgidds Well, one of the most famous holy wells in Ireland. Each year on 1 Feb., people gather from far and wide, praying, leaving petitions and messages of thanksgiving on the walls of the little well house continuing a long tradition at holy wells.
The views on the road leading the descent into Liscannor from the Cliffs of Moher are breathtaking. It boasts expansive views across Liscannor Bay to Lahinch and beyond. Before entering the nucleus of the village of Liscannor, there are many tempting sideroads, promising an adventure. Along these narrow roads, working flagstone quarries can still be found. Find the peaceful rocky shore of Clahane Beach. Our advice to you is to let your curiosity get the better of you and take one of these backroads into the unknown.
Liscannor is a small fishing village located on the R478 past the Cliffs of Moher. This village was the home of John Phillip Holland, inventor of the first submarine. Local fishermen moor their boats at the harbour that has been extended in recent years.
Lahinch; In the summer tourists and locals alike arrive to soak up the sun on the long wide stretch of beach. In winter it is quieter. But there is still activity. The brisk walk along the promenade on a windy day is invigorating. The ATM machine here, along with one in Ennistymon are the closest to Doolin. Lahinch has been in existence as a small village since the late 18th C but really came to prominence around 1887 when it was linked to the West Clare Railway. Lahinch has prospered since then with the construction of two top class golf courses.
Ennistymon is North Clares market town with open air stalls every Tuesday. The townns main street is lined with many colourful shopfronts. The Bank of Ireland on Parliament St. has an ATM machine accessible 24 hours. View the cascades on the Inagh River from behind the Archway Hotel.
Lisdoonvarna is a spa town with mineral and seaweed baths available during the summer months. In recent years, it has become known for its Matchmaking Festival which takes place during the month of September.
Travel west from Lisdoonvarna, (N67) and head north on the Coast Road, (R477). At Ballinlackin turn left onto R479 and take in the breathtaking view as you descend into Doolin.