From its unique natural landscape to exceptional standards of hospitality, Clare is one region along the Wild Atlantic Way everyone should make a point of visiting.

No Place Like Home presenter Kathryn Thomas recently discovered why so many visitors plan a return trip to Clare as she took in the best the Banner County has to offer.

Whether adventuring on a mountain climb or hike is your thing, or you're looking for a scenic spot to listen to some traditional Irish music, Clare provides the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable experience on the West Coast.

One area of Clare definitely worth exploring is the Burren, an incredible natural karst landscape of bedrock that features unusual cracked pavements of limestone that were formed after the last Ice Age ended, some 15,000 years ago.Over time, rainfall has slowly caused the limestone across the landscape to dissolve and erode, leading to the formation of the many caves that are dotted across the Burren today. One such cave worth exploring is the spectacular Doolin cave, where you will find the Great Stalactite, which at a staggering 7.3 metres in length, is the longest stalactite in all of Europe.

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Exploring the Burren will lead you along an unusual route filled with dramatic craggy rock formations, stunning wildlife and exquisite flora unique to the region.

If you’re looking to explore the Burren from a different perspective, why not give climbing a try with help from Brian from ClimbIt.ie, who hosts regular rock climbing, hill walking and mountaineering expeditions along the rugged landscape. Experience the unrivalled beauty of the unique region with the help of a local as you take in the breathtaking scenery across the enchanting Clare countryside.

The Burren is also home to one of the most famous locations on the island of Ireland - the Cliffs of Moher. These impressive cliffs tower over the West Clare coastline and provide unrivalled views out over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Aran Islands. The uniquely shaped cliffs have garnered a reputation down through the years as a must-visit on a tour of Ireland, becoming one of the most popular draws for tourists to the West coast. The spectacular region is home to over 35 species of birds, including Puffins which can often be seen nesting on remote areas along the cliffs. The Cliffs of Moher visitor centre provides a wealth of knowledge on the region as well as permanent exhibits and a striking art gallery, with easy access to the pathways leading down along the cliff edges.

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For those looking to take a tour around Clare by car, aside from the Cliffs of Moher, Black Head Scenic Drive should definitely be on your list as you take in the incredible vistas provided by Black Head Lighthouse along the scenic coast. Those looking to explore the landscape by foot should check out the Black Head Loop walk which commences in Fanore and brings you along Cappanwalla mountain through Caher Valley providing spectacular views of the incredible natural landscape.

Nearby Doolin village has been renowned on the traditional Irish music scene for many years, with visitors frequently flocking to the quaint location to experience a taste of a trad music session in cosy surroundings. Regarded as of the most popular spots in the village for live music, Gus O’Connor’s pub is the ideal place to visit for a memorable night of 'craic agus ceol’. The beloved pub has been providing locals and visitors alike with a place to sing, dance and play music since 1832. With easing of Covid-19 restrictions for indoor gatherings this month (60% capacity where all partrons are immune/fully vaccinated) visitors can expect the tunes to be roaring when they arrive.

Of course, a trip to the West of Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a stop off at a blissful beach. Spanish Point or Lahinch are propular spots for a swim in Clare. Lahinch is a popular spot with surfers and it’s not hard to see why with impressive waves rolling in from the Atlantic all year round. For those looking to pick up some tips on how to ride the waves, Lahinch offers a number of surf schools and water sports activities to help keep everyone entertained on a trip to the beach.

With its incredible scenery, stunning beaches and unique visitor attractions, Clare should definitely be on your list for an unforgettable getaway out West.

To Keep Discovering all that Ireland has to offer on a break, check out discoverireland.ie to plan your next adventure.

Watch No Place Like Home with Kathryn Thomas HERE.

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