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Clara Bog Visitor Centre

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Clara, Offaly,
T: +353(0)579368878

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 centre features audio-visual facilities with a short 14min film entitled '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 of the bog for individuals and groups can also be organised., just contact the centre and speak with one of the guides.

The Clara Bog boardwalk, which meanders through Clara Bog Nature Reserve, is located a two-minute drive from the Visitor Centre. The boardwalk is a one-kilometre looped walk on the bog. It will enable you to see the many wonderful plants, birds, and animals which call Clara Bog 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. 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.

Tel: 057 936 8878