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Milltown Malbay

Perched along the rugged west Clare coastline Miltown Malbay is a buzzing town best known for its traditional Irish music and the famous annual Willie Clancy Summer School.

Milltown Malbay

Magical Miltown Malbay - meaning the village of the Stone Fort - is tucked along the wild Atlantic Coastline and is the home of traditional Irish music. The famous week-long summer school in honour of piper Willie Clancy is the best window through which to view west Clare's rich musical tradition. Some 1,000 students from all over the world throng the town for lectures, recitals, dances and exhibitions with, needless to say, the local pubs the biggest classrooms of all!

The quiet and peaceful roads around Milltown Malbay make this an ideal place for leisure cyclists and walkers and the route from the town to nearby Quilty rolls past golden-sand beaches with dramatic views of the Cliffs of Moher.

Miltown has a fine megalithic tomb on its south-eastern slopes. And at Knocknalassa, as you head for Ennis, lies Leaba Dhiarmada agus Grianne, or Diamuid and Grainne's Bed.

The top of Slieve Callan about 11 km from the town you will be treated to mind-blowing views of the coast and west Clare in general. Doo Lough, 3km south of Knocknalassa, provides good fishing.

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