As you enter Scariff Bay and cruise up the Scariff River, you will arrive at the towns of Tuamgraney and Scariff, which both have their own harbours. Tuamgraney is easily accessible from its harbour at Reddan’s Quay, which is only a short walk from the main street. This is a smaller town than Scariff, but it contains a few amazing secrets!
The first is the East Clare Heritage Centre, which is located inside a 10th century church. Legend has it that it was built by Brian Ború’s brother. This church is said to be one of the oldest currently in use in the world and it predates Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City by over 600 years. Contained within its thick walls are several displays of artefacts and historical items.
The second is the charming park and memorial in the centre of the town. What’s different about this park is that there is a very large oak tree which appears to be growing out of a Limestone boulder. It is truly an astonishing sight. Upon further exploration of the village, you will find The Wilde Irish Chocolates factory, which provide some of Ireland’s most exquisite chocolates, tours of the chocolate factory are available but you must arrange in advance of arriving.
Just across the road from the park is the Woollen Mills which should not be missed. Eugene and Anke McKernan design and make scarves which are sold in selected shops in Ireland and all over the world. The sound of 19th century looms can easily be heard upon arriving to the workshop. Visitors are very welcome to experience the weaving and knitting machines in action and discover how the colourful scarves are made. The McKernan Mill Shop offers a great selection of their work, some at factory prices.
Teach ui Bhrian’s restaurant is the only restaurant in town and is only a short walk from Reddan’s Quay. The restaurant is generally buzzing with character and activity every day of the week and the food is great too!
There are equestrian and golf facilities located within the towns’ environs and Ger in the local tackle shop can cater to all your fishing requirements from equipment to bait, so do give him a call.
Visit McKernan’s Handweavers.
Visit the Wilde Irish Chocolates factory.
Take a stroll through the wonderful park and heritage centre in the centre of the town.