Melissa Hathaway camping blog for Clare
Pure Camping Bliss
If you are looking to get back in touch with nature and enjoy some time in the spectacular Irish countryside, a trip to Pure Camping is definitely in order. This family run campsite is gaining quite a reputation with visitors as they seem to fall in love with the place upon arrival and are busy planning when they can come to visit again, before they have even finished their first holiday! So what is it about Pure Camping that people are so in love with? Is it the tranquil natural surroundings, the warm and friendly atmosphere, the superb yoga lessons, or the fabulous local area? Well, in truth it is the combination of all those things.
The site itself caters for campers bringing their own tents as well as those who wish to stay in the beautiful and luxurious bell tents. These bell tents are located in the main field, near the large geodesic dome which is there for guests to use as a dry communal area. The wild camping area comes complete with kitchen area, kids playground, and a shower and an ecological shower and toilet block. The entire site is well kept and as natural as could be, and it is part of a 10 acre woodland that the owners are tending to. This location couldn’t be further away from the hustle and bustle of some of the larger campsites on the popular tourist routes, and you don't need to pay a fortune for this privilege. Although backpacker travel insurance remains essential wherever you are going, ensuring you are covered for all eventualities throughout your trip, you can be sure that you and your possessions will be safe here, as this place is about as laid back and friendly as they come, with everyone looking out for each other. If you want to enjoy Pure Camping to its fullest extent, you simply have to take a yoga lesson with Trea.
County Clare Activities
Although Pure Camping is a wonderful place to wind away the days, no visit to the County Clare would be complete without a getting out and about to some of its best attractions. The region is bursting with natural wonders and fascinating historic sites, and the biggest trouble you will find here is how you are going to fit everything in. Bunratty Castle is one of the most magnificent architectural structures to be found in the whole of Ireland, originally built in 1425, it has been carefully restored to its former glory and furnished with authentic medieval items. From the moment you arrive in the grounds of Folk Park, to the time you leave the huge fortress gates, you will be taken on a spectacular journey into Irish history. Whilst on the subject of history, a visit to Clare County Museum is also a must for history lovers, as a walk around this lovely museum will reveal the secrets of old from this fascinating part of the country. The museum is located in an old convent, and houses the De Valera Museum collection which has been loaned from the National Museum of Ireland.
One of the primary reasons for visitors to chose County Clare is that its natural beauty and drama is almost unsurpassed. One of the most visited natural attractions in the region are the Cliffs of Moher, which are an 8km range of cliffs facing the Atlantic Sea that reach up to a height of 214 meters high. One of the best attractions to enjoy at the site is a trip up the tower to see the magnificent views including Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, the Maum Turk Mountains, Loop Head, and The Twelve Pins. There is also a new visitor centre located here that offers an interpretive centre, Atlantic Edge, and some other fantastic visitor facilities. You can even take advantage of a free guided tour which will give you some interesting insights into the history of the area and some geographical knowledge of the views you are enjoying. After witnessing the views from the Cliffs of the Moher, you can your way to Doolin to experience a completely different natural wonder, the 6 mile cave passages which were discovered in 1952. The caves are family friendly, and the best way to explore them is by taking a guided tour which leaves regularly during holiday periods, and one of the highlights of the tour is when you reach the Main Chamber and everyone is asked to turn their lights off in order to experience complete darkness.