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“Short, Peaceful Nature Walk Near Clara”

Clara Bog Boardwalk
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Clara
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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

The Clara Bog walk is an easy 1km loop around a section of preserved bog just a few minutes from Clara. We visited to experience the flat openness of the bog landscape but local families also come to walk their dogs and get some exercise.

There is parking on both sides of the road and some information on signs along the path but no toilet facilities. The area is quite windblown, so bring a jacket.

Highly recommend a visit to the Clara Bog Visitor Center that is located at the Clara library. Contrary to what TripAdvisor says it is in fact open (though it might close for some parts of the year?). The center's website has current hours. The center is small and will take about half an hour to go through -- or a little bit more if you watch the 14 minute film.

It's easy when visiting Ireland to focus just on the most well known tourist sites (the tour companies and guidebooks really market the big ones), but bogs have been such an important part of Ireland's history and landscape that, if you have time, it is worth the effort to see one firsthand... and not just a fleeting glimpse from the window of a car or bus.

Clara is relatively close to Clonmacnoise if you have a car. I would recommend visiting both.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

We had a truly amazing visit here on Monday, even though it was a damp unpleasant day. Clara Bog is a raised bog, I understand that it's one of the only raised bogs in Ireland, and you can stroll along a boardwalk over the bog from where you can view amazing scenery as well as the flora. We can't wait to go back there on a fine day.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

The Interpretive Centre in Clara village was closed when we arrived (Feb 2017). It doesn't open until the end of March apparently. But the Bog Boardwalk is only a short spin away down a narrow bumpy road (it is signposted). There is room to park off the road for a few cars/motorcycles. The Boardwalk is 1km long and meanders across the bog. Unfortunately there wasn't much to see in the way of flora or fauna. Maybe we picked the wrong time of year to visit?

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank CRRG_Dublin
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Bogs are so much a part of Ireland--if you have never seen one this has a mile loop boardwalk with decent displays and visitor center. Pets allowed and lots of locals stroll about it.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank 104KB2
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Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

I really like doing the km block here . It's so peaceful and stunning scenery. Can be a little slippy if it's been raining but beautiful on a sunny day !!

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Antoinette B
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