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“A Hidden Gem”

Clara Bog Boardwalk
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Clara
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

We enjoyed touring the boardwalk around the bog, a great feat of workmanship in itself, and the nearby visitor centre in Clara town was very well presented (and free!). We chatted with a very knowledgeable guide in the visitor centre, and learned a great deal about bogs and peat as a fuel. This is well worth the short jaunt off the motorway.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

An easily accessible and informative introduction to peat bogs and their significance and importance.

Thank Geoff H
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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful place to take our family, little Pug and the kids grandparents for an evening stroll. Just outside Clara on the road to Rahan it is easy to find and an easy walk for young and old alike. The kids loved peering into the bog pools looking for frogs. It is so tranquil surrounded by miles of pretty heathered bog and heady scented yellow gorse bushes but the majestic sunset over the bog was the most magical sight of all!this is a lovely quiet spot for a walk with a nice boardwalk suspended over the bog and is quite an experience! We will definitely make this a regular visit!

Thank Mollywog
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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.

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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.

Thank porterIreland
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