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With the Wild Atlantic Way to the west and winding medieval streets at its core, Ennis is a place for both adventurers and history lovers. Quaint town houses and a countryside dotted with crumbling ruins gives it a majestic character, while good old-fashioned pubs playing traditional trad (Irish folk) music lends quintessential Irish charm to this County Clare capital. And with the sea cliffs within an hour’s reach, you’ll be close to some of Ireland’s best coastal scenery.
You can stay in award-winning Ennis hostels in the heart of the city centre. Find both private and shared dorms in restored Georgian buildings right on the banks of the River Fergus. Communal spaces of cosy lounges, shared kitchens and on-site cafés can get you chatting to other travellers, while rooms with river-facing balconies can make your stay feel a little more special. Expect to find free perks like breakfast each morning, Wi-Fi and tea all day long in an Ennis hostel.
Quaint and compact, Ennis is the perfect size to explore by foot. Its shops and restaurants are built around the River Fergus, which flows straight through the heart of the town. Known as "The Boutique Capital of Clare", you can expect to find countless independent shops to browse through. As you head out of town, you’ll discover its green countryside and historic sites such as the Dysert O’Dea Castle. Here you can climb a fortified tower house and catch a glimpse of 15th-century life.
With its endless string of pubs, Ennis is an ideal spot for a pub crawl. Not only can you try traditional drinks like Guinness and whiskey, but you can also get a sense of an authentic Irish pub scene with timber-panelled interiors, live music and dancing. If you want a little guidance, you could book a whiskey tasting tour. On the outskirts of town, head to Clare Abbey, a 500-year-old ruin in between rolling hills or explore the Wild Atlantic Way and Ballyalla Lake (a 10-minute drive from Ennis) via a stand-up paddleboarding adventure.
Shannon Airport is a 20-minute drive from the town centre and runs flights from the UK, USA and Europe. From here, there's a regular bus service that can take you into Ennis. You can also connect up to Cork, Doolin, Galway and Limerick by bus. By train, you can travel from Limerick (which connects to Dublin) and Galway. In town, there are bike-hire outlets if you want to see the countryside on two wheels.