The Wonderful West – County Clare Named Among the Best Places to Go in 2018

County Clare

Whether you’re living in Ireland or considering a visit to the Emerald Isle from abroad, County Clare should definitely be on your must-visit list.

The writers and editors at reputable travel guidebook, Frommer’s, have chosen Clare as one of the best holiday destinations in the world for 2018.

They cited Star Wars: The Last Jedi as one of the calling cards that led to the inclusion of Co Clare on the list, stating that: “The rugged western coast of Ireland isn’t just one of the best places to go in the world; it’s among the best in the galaxy.”

They also commented that the county is used to attention because “tourists have been flocking to its majestic Cliffs of Moher and the eerie, stony plain known as the Burren for generations.”

Loop Head Peninsula is highlighted as being the place to “walk in the footsteps of Skywalker and company”, with the travel publication also saying that “you don’t have to look hard to find IMAX-worthy scenery at this wild, watery spot, from crescent-shaped Kilkee Beach at one end to the stately lighthouse topping the seaside bluffs at the other.”

Speaking about the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland said: “It is fantastic to see Co Clare listed in the esteemed Frommer’s ‘Best Places to Go’ list for 2018. This well-deserved accolade will no doubt encourage travellers around the world to consider a visit to Co Clare next year.”

He added: “It also provides another hook for Tourism Ireland to continue to highlight Co Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way as an outstanding and unique holiday destination.”

Frommer’s 18 honourees for 2018 are (in no particular order):
– Co Clare, Ireland
– New Orleans
– Lake District, England
– The Coffee Region, Colombia
– Faroe Islands, Denmark
– Mekong River, Vietnam
– St Helena (South Atlantic island)
– Hamburg, Germany
– Nicaragua
– Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
– Bisbee, Arizona
– The Gotthard Panorama Express, Switzerland
– Mauritius
– Jordan
– San Antonio, Texas
– Juneau, Alaska
– Malta
– The Caribbean

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