Lisdoonvarna is a perfect spot to spend a few days. We stayed three and that was perfect. We visited the Cliffs of Moher and drove to the beach at Lahinch twice. Lisdoonvarna was close to the sites but you don't have to deal with the hassle of Lahinch. This was our third trip to Ireland and our first to Lisdoonvarna but it won't be our last!
For many years both local and foreign people have visited Lisdoonvarna (Irish: Líos Dún Bhearna, meaning "ring fort by the gap") in County Clare for its Matchmaking Festival. No, it is not where they produce matches to light fires; it is where specially trained people -- the matchmakers -- would turn miserable single people into glorious, loving couples. The tradition is ongoing, and every September you still can come and take part in this historical event that involves a good share of drinking and socialising.
Other than that, Lisdoonvarna can attract you with its lovely green landscapes and great, colourful Lisdoonvarna hostels both in the middle of the town and out in the fields. All major and minor guesthouses are filled up during September for the abovementioned Matchmaking Festival, but during the rest of the year, you may arrive without notice and easily find a place to lay your backpack and have a full Irish breakfast.
Lisdoonvarna is a great jump-off point to visit the Cliffs of Moher, rising more than two hundred meters in height and towering above the foamy waves of Atlantic Ocean. From Lisdoonvarna, you can also organize your tour to The Burren -- one of the most exciting geological and historical sites of Ireland. There is also a site of the ruins of an old Norman castle just outside of Lisdoonvarna, which would make for a nice day trip. Ferries from the nearby Doolin Harbour travel to Inisheer and further on to the rest of Aran Islands, which are also connected by another ferry service to Connemara in County Galway.
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