Clare's Atlantic Coastline Drive
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A north to south route along Clare's Atlantic coastline is a memorable journey. Marvel at the power of the Atlantic Ocean along this spectacular coastal route.
Marvel at the power of the Atlantic Ocean along this spectacular coastal route. Highlights include the dramatic Doolin Cave and the world famous Cliffs of Moher which are renowned for their sheer scale and beauty. Golden sandy beaches along the route include those at the seaside towns of Lahinch, Spanish Point and Kilkee.
The Atlantic Drive (navy route) takes in Ennis, Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan, Blackhead, Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch, Spanish Point, Kilkee and returning to Ennis. A distance of 204km (127 miles), approximately.
Travel south along the spectacular road that hugs the coastline around Black Head and watch the Atlantic rollers break on the beach in Fanore. Take time to enjoy the cream of Irish traditional music in Doolin village. Stand on the Cliffs of Moher, pictured below, world renowned for their scale and beauty and gaze at the ocean below. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Aran Islands and the Atlantic Coast.
Continue south to eat ice cream on the sheltered golden sands of Lahinch and Spanish Point, named in memory of the wreck of Spanish Armada ships in 1588 and finish your journey in the lively seaside town of Kilkee.
This route can also begin and end in Ennis heading first for Ballyvaughan and returning from Kilkee.
Route can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Map illustrations are intended as a guide only and routes should be travelled in conjunction with reference to a good road map of Ireland.