Less visited than other parts of the county, East Clare still has plenty of attractions, most focused upon small towns and villages, such as Killaloe, sitting by the edge of Lough Derg. Offering numerous angling opportunities, the lake itself constitutes the county’s eastern boundary and is very popular with the more upmarket set, with its picturesque villages reminiscent of the English Cotswolds. Away from the Lough the countryside has a vastly different character from the remainder of Clare – it’s a mass of hills and a warren of tiny lanes, with interest focused upon two of the county’s greatest traditional-music centres, Tulla and Feakle.

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