Local East Clare Day Tour
Local East Clare Day Tour
This is one of our very special “Off the Beaten Track” Day Tours.
It was once said ……….
“Emeralds are often accompanied by pearls and one such pearl is Ireland’s East Clare region. With the 224 miles long River Shannon to its right and the majestic western Atlantic coast to its left, East Clare is a haven of unspoilt peace and tranquillity for those who love solitude.
East Clare is a place of secrets too. A rich tapestry of folklore, heritage and historic monuments are everywhere. After one visit you will want to return again and again to re-live the unique experience that is East Clare. A wild, wonderful, rugged beauty.”
Starting from Clareville House or your accommodation base, the tour travels along the highways and byways of East Clare and takes in many interesting and less well known sites in the area.
Visit a Mass Rock site, Famine Burial Ground, St. Cronan’s the oldest church still in use in Ireland and the UK, Holy Well, Ring Fort and a Famine Quay.
You’ll get memories today to last a lifetime!
Mass Rock – Used as an altar in the mid-17th century as a secretive location for Roman Catholic Mass, banned under the Penal Laws of the time. They are an important and emotive emblem of Irish Catholic History.
Bodyke Evictions – Hear the story of the people of Bodyke who resisted the Land Evictions of the late 1800’s, which took place during the Land War in Ireland.
The Casaoireach/Famine Graveyard – Memorial to the Famine victims of the 1840’s – An estimated 7,000 Famine victims were unceremoniously buried here during famine times.
Tuamgraney Village – We’ll combine a visit to Wilde Irish Handmade Chocolate Factory & McKernan Authentic Woollen Mills for shopping, with a stroll in the East Clare Memorial Park, where those who gave their lives for Irish Freedom are remembered.
Birthplace of the world renowned author, Edna O’Brien.
St Cronan’s 10thC Church – Oldest church in continuous use in Ireland & UK today – One of Ireland’s most historical buildings and is the only preserved building with a recorded link to Brian Boru, legendary High King of Ireland from 1012-1014. He walked through same doorway as you will 1,000+ years ago!
O’Grady Castle – 15thC Tower House, adjacent to St. Cronan’s Church, was built by the O’Gradys, the principal ruling family of the area at that time, to protect the Church.
Tuamgraney Handball Alley – Founded in 1911 and regarded as the home of handball in Clare.
Brian Boru Oak Tree – Said to be over 1000 years old, it’s quite a sight to behold and still growing! It’s a magnificent specimen and could have been sown by Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, himself!
Brian Boru Ring Fort, Killaloe – National Monument – Said to be the home of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland 1002-1014 – Excavations have shown this site was previously inhabited in the Stone Age.
The Lime Kiln – It was built in 1913 to provide lime for the Raheen Estate & other local farmers and operated until the 1950’s.
St. Coelan’s Holy Well – St Coelan lived between 690 and 750 and this ancient well was dedicated to him and was a place of pilgrimage on the Saint’s feast day, 29th July, up until recent times.
Scariff Market House – Built in the 1890’s to reflect Scariff’s importance as a Market Town – It’s main feature is the 1890’s working weighing machine/weighbridge.
Ballyquin Holy Well, Broadford – Part of the heritage of this Parish and records show that a Hermit lived here, possibly during the Famine – Locals shared food with him in return for prayers – Hear about cures which occurred here through prayer and use of the water.
Mountshannon Harbour & Holy Island – A view of Holy Island or Inis Cealtra, one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. You may even catch sight of the famous White Tailed Sea Eagles.
Holland’s Steam Station at Williamstown Famine Quay dates to 1826 and the departure point for thousands of people from this area in Famine Times – “Living Wakes” were held here as the people leaving would probably never see home or family again.