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At Dromoland Castle

Early risers can get up close and personal with the Estate deer who roam freely on the grounds before the bustle of the day begins – the stillness of early morning combined with the beauty of these creatures is truly breath-taking.

Take a trip to the Loop Head Peninsula where the River Shannon meets the Atlantic Ocean. The iconic lighthouse tower is open to the public (seasonal) and from the balcony at the very top you can see as far south as the Blasket Islands in Kerry and as far north as the Twelve Bens in Galway.

Fanore Beach is located within the heart of the Burren and is one of nine sites of geological importance that form the basis of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark.
Fanore is a relatively unspoiled long narrow Atlantic-facing beach behind a broad expanse of sand dunes with the Burren as a spectacular backdrop. The beach is close to Fanore, a pretty little village with a coffee shop, pub, shop and campsite. Popular with walkers, surfers and tourists it also draws many botanists, thanks to its position on the edge of the Burren.

An Féar Gorta Tea Rooms are located in the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan overlooking Galway Bay. This delightful stone restaurant dates back to 1790, when it was built as a residence for 'coast security officers'. Nearly two centuries later it was bought in a derelict condition by the O’Donoghue family, who rebuilt it and opened it as a tea room and gardens in 1981. In fine weather choose a table in the beautiful back garden or the conservatory; otherwise the homely dining room offers comfort and shelter. With lovely old furniture and a tempting display of home-baked treats it’s an atmospheric spot for a light bite.