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*Killaloe is a personal favourite of our columnist, Rebecca O’Neill. 

Now that we have the luxury of being able to travel beyond our 5km, we have so much to see and do.

I love visiting the beautiful places that Clare has to offer. I’m going to make a list of locations in Clare that you can make a trip out of. A change of scenery as we know, is so good for your mind and these locations will benefit this. Now that our weather is improving, there are no excuses.

Getting back to the coast

Lahinch Beach:
This beach is such a welcoming place that offers amazing scenery of the ocean. There is such a positive atmosphere within the sea-side resort. It has become such a popular surfing location and attracts everyone around Clare. Restaurants like O’Connors Ice Cream Shop and Spooneys offer ice cream and fish and chips. If your looking for a beach day out with your kids, or just to go for a walk along the promenade, Lahinch is very reliable and reasonable for a change of scenery.

White Strand Doonbeg beach:
I personally love this beach because it is very quiet and peaceful. On a hot day, this place shows its benefits and scenic views. Off the side of the beach, called Kerins Hope, you can also jump off the rocks where it is safe to do so. With very clear water and a great view, it is also famous for its white sand. The view from the White Strand beach looks across Doughmore Strand which is also popular for surfing and attracting families for a day out. It is located 2.5km west of the village of Doonbeg and only a 10 minute drive from Lahinch.

History

The Burren:
The Burren is such a reliable place to go. Refreshing the mind of Ireland’s history and showing the beauty of what life was like back then. This is such a compelling landscape containing rocky pavements, tombstones, fossils and a limestone hill. This location is such a traditional place to visit. Poets, painters, artists and writers have been so inspired by the beauty of The Burren. If you’re looking to visit a historical and extraordinary looking place, this location is perfect.

Back to the east

Killaloe:
This location is probably my personal favourite. Killaloe is a large village in the east of County Clare. This village lies on the river Shannon offering a great view of the boats and the aesthetic village. Lough Derg lake is also situated on the river Shannon and the third largest lake in Ireland. This lake attracts the public with the location being very attractive on a summer’s day. This is such a great location to have a picnic or to just relax and go for a swim. Killaloe is always worth the drive. I would highly recommend this place if your looking for somewhere different to visit.

Making the most out of your time to see different places is so important and creates a positive outlook on life. Now that we have the blessing of being able to travel around our county, we should definitely do it while we can. This has made me so grateful to be able to see these places again and are right on our doorstep.

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