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  Bunratty Castle
Only 2 miles from Avarest is one of the most authentically restored castles in Ireland. Bunratty Castle is home to the medieval banquets, held twice nightly with great food and entertainment it makes for a fun and good humoured night. In the grounds of the castle is the Folk Park, complete with thatched cottages, a village, shops and Mac's Pub. With its great barn the Folk Park is an authentic setting for a more traditional Irish
Night.
   
 

Lough Derg and River Shannon
Lough Derg is situated on Ireland's longest river, the river Shannon. Lough Derg is very much a lake of myth and history. For the water enthusiast the facilities are excellent. Almost anything that floats is available for hire from yachts to luxury self-drive cruisers. This allows everything from water-skiing and angling to exploring the many sheltered harbours. Scheduled cruises on the river Shannon can take you to Tipperary's Crystal Factory.

   
  The Burren
The Burren is the most extensive limestone region in Ireland and Britain, and although soil is scarce, the plants and wildlife are plentiful. Walking is the only way to appreciate the area and explore the unique flora of the limestone pavements. There are more than 2,500 historic sites, including tombs, ringforts and a castle to be seen. Among these is one of Ireland's finest ancient monuments, the 5000 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen.
   
  The Aran Islands
The Aran Islands can be seen from the west coast of County Clare and were formed from the same limestone reef as the Burren. They have spectacular views of Galway Bay and can be reached by ferry from Doolin or Galway. The islands are made up of Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer and the Irish language is still spoken throughout by the islanders.
   
  Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle in County Clare, is one of the most famous baronial castles in Ireland and dates back to the 16th century. Dromoland was the ancestral seat of the O' Briens, Barons of Inchiquin, who are one of the few native Gaelic Irish families of royal blood and are direct descendants of Brian Boru.
   
 

The Cliffs of Moher
One of Ireland's most-visited attractions, the Cliffs of Moher, are a spectacular sight. From the highest point, 230m above the sea, there are amazing views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.

   
  Ailwee Caves
These wonderful caves are an
underground surprise underneath the Burren. Expert guides accompany visitors during leisurely tours taking about 30 minutes. Stroll through the caverns, over bridged chasms, under formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor!
   
 

The Adare Manor
Adare Manor was designed by James Pain and AW Pugin in 1832 and was home until recently to the Earls of Dunraven. It is now surrounded by Adare Manor Golf Course. The village of Adare is known for its pretty thatched cottages and is situated 3 km south-west of Limerick City.

 

   
 

East Clare
For land lovers, strolling the historical and idyllic villages of East Clare is a tranquil way to enjoy County Clare. East Clare is no less picturesque and is ideal for walking, hiking, fishing, pony trekking, golfing or taking the time to savour the food and beverages the pubs have to offer.

   
  King John's Castle
King John's Castle remains a most impressive Anglo-Norman fortification, even after 780 years. This five-sided castle was erected in the early years of the 13th century, probably between 1200 and 1216, as a royal fortress on the River Shannon, and as an administration and military centre. It was uniquely built for its day, without a keep and with high curtain walls to withstand the awesome power of the new siege machines.
   

 

Avarest B&B, Hurlers Cross, Bunratty, Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland.
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