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Clara Bog Visitor Centre

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Clara Bog Visitor Centre, Clara, Offaly, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)579368878
E: claraguides@environ.ie

Clara Bog is one of the best examples of a relatively intact raised bog in Western Europe. A visit to the Clara Bog Visitor Centre in Clara, County Offaly, allows you a fascinating insight into the bog.

Clara Bog in County Offaly is one of the best remaining examples of a relatively intact raised bog in Western Europe. It has been said that you can experience ten thousand years of history in the ten square kilometres that accommodate Clara Bog and its surroundings.

Clara Bog is a naturally wet environment with many concealed dangers such as deep pools and quaking surfaces. As with any outdoor activity, dress appropriately. Please leave Clara Bog exactly as you would wish to find it. The nature reserve is home to many protected wildlife species. It is an offence to disturb these wild plants and animals.

In the Clara Bog Visitor Centre 'Daithí' the dragonfly shows you his home and all the species that live with him by using interactive touch screens. The cventre also has audio visual facilities with a short 14 minute film 'Probing the Past – The Natural History of Clara Bog'. There is also a second short film on the social history of Clara Bog. Guided tours for individuals and groups of the Bog can also be organised. Just contact the centre and speak with one of the guides.

Clara Bog Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve The boardwalk, which meanders through Clara Bog Nature Reserve, is located a 2 minute drive from the Clara Bog Visitor Centre. The boardwalk is a 1 km looped walk on Clara Bog. It will enable visitors to see the many wonderful plants, birds and animals which Clara Bog is home to and soak up the atmosphere of an exceptional raised bog in the heart of Ireland. Admission to both Clara Bog Visitor Centre and the Boardwalk are free to all. Visitors to the boardwalk are recommended to wear sturdy footwear. If you would like a guided tour of Clara Bog, contact the Clara Bog Visitor Centre on 057 9368878 or e-mail claraguides@environ.ie