Places to Visit
O’Driscoll’s B&B is an ideal touring base for the Mid-West & South-West of Ireland. These areas of the country have a wealth of history, culture, scenery and attractions to suit everyone; definitely one of those trips of a lifetime! Below is a taste of the attractions waiting to be visited:
Glin Heritage Walking Trails
Glin Heritage Walks offer a wide variety of spectacular coastal and woodland scenery. Glin, a picturesque village on the Shannon Estuary, boasts a very rich and varied culture dating back to the early Celtic settlements of the Corbry Clan. Formerly known as Glencorbry, Glin has been the ancestral home to the Knights of Glin since C13th. Descendents of the FitzGeralds of Desmond, the Knights ‘old’ and ‘new’ castles bear witness to our historic past. The various trails are as follows:
THE KNIGHTS WALK: Distance-4KM, Time 1 hour +, Difficulty: Moderate
KNOCKARANNA: Distance-short walk. Time 40 min, Difficulty: Easy
THE PATH: Distance-4.5KM, Time 45 min – 1 hour, Difficulty: Easy
For more info & a map, visit HERE.
The Wild Atlantic Way
Experience the untamed West coast of Ireland and start an adventure you’ll never want to end! Click HERE to read more about this fantastic trip.
NOTE: A car ferry crosses the shannon Estuary between Tarbert (Co. Kerry) and Killimer (Co. Clare) year-round. For timetables and to purchase tickets, visit the official website HERE.
The unique diversity of the Burren’s flora has constantly attracted much attention from locals and tourists alike. Its extraordinary rock formations, spreading over 500 sq km, have been referred to by many observers (including General Ludlow, who led Cromwellian forces to Limerick and Clare in 1651) as “a lunar landscape”. The Limestone pavements are a direct result of glaciation and erosion. The area is rich in megalithic tombs and ring forts steeped in antiquity. The Burren has its own National Park which you can read more about HERE.
Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan
Discovered by Jack McCann, a local farmer, in 1944, the 1000 feet long cave is one of the oldest of the Burren Caves having formed millions of years ago. Guided tours, lasting 30 minutes, allow you to observe beautiful caverns, bridged chasms, underground waterfalls, weird mineral formations and the hibernation chambers of brown bears which have been extinct in Ireland for centuries. For opening times, ticket purchases and much more, visit the official website HERE.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. You can visit the official website HERE.
Loop Head Lighthouse
Loop Head is a slender finger of land pointing out to sea from the most westerly point of County Clare, on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Loop Head epitomises what the Wild Atlantic Way is about: panoramic cliff views, abundant local seafood, your choice of aquatic activities and plenty of quiet beauty spots where you can pause and wonder at this unforgettable part of the world. There has been a lighthouse at Loop Head since 1670 but present tower, which stands 23 metres high, was built in 1854. Read more about Loop Head HERE.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Originally built in 1277 by Thomas de Clare, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland and boasts one of the finest collections of 14th-17th century material in these islands. The castle and its contents are now held in trust for the nation. Bunratty Folk Park features a complete reconstruction of a 19th century village street, including craft shops, general stores and a post office. The castle and Folk Park are open to visitors daily during the year and you can visit the official website HERE.
King John’s Castle
Visitors of all ages will find something to inspire and excite them at the brand new visitor experience at King John’s Castle in Limerick city. Enjoy the sights and sounds of medieval Limerick and let touch screen technology connect you to tales of siege and warfare. To find out opening times and book tickets, visit the official website HERE.
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
The only aviation museum in Ireland and the only dedicated flying boat museum in the world, this unique attraction preserves the rich history of aviation and the development of passenger travel. Fun for all the family! Read more HERE.
From the middle of the 19th century and the visit of Queen Victoria, Killarney has become the mecca of Irish Tourism. Poets and painters, writers and songsters, have never really fully described the varied beauty of the perfect blend of mountain and island-studded lakes, shores and glens. ‘Beauty’s Home’ is an apt description. Read more about this must-visit town in the heart of Kerry HERE.
The Ring of Kerry
A wonderful adventure awaits you and yours in one of the most glorious regions of Ireland. Experience the raw beauty of the South on one of the country’s famously scenic routes. Ring of Kerry traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula and the combination of ocean, islands and mountains with so many picturesque villages makes a trip to Kerry an exciting journey of discovery, whatever the weather. Make O’Driscoll’s your base for this fantastic trip of a lifetime.
The northernmost of Kerry’s two great peninsulas, it is also the westernmost place in Europe. It is amazingly diverse as to geography and character. Read more on the official website HERE.