Gryphon Park
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County Clare

A visit to County Clare is simultaneously one of the most rewarding and most frustrating of any of the counties. Clare is filled with unique treasures like the Burren. However, the roads have not received the upgrades many of the other counties have, and while Clare is less touristed than its neighboring counties, there are still plenty of tour busses, which compete fiercely with cars for the very limited space on its narrow country roads.

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Poulnabrone is one Ireland's most famous dolmens and it does not disappoint. While not as large as it typically looks in photographs, the dolmen is a sight to behold. Situated at the edge of the Burren, the site has a special energy not matched at many other sites.

Carran Church

The Carran Church is one of Clare's many lesser-known treasures. The site has been used as sacred place for 4000 years. Like the nearby Poulnabrone Dolmen, this ruined church possesses a special peacefulness.