The best thing we did in County Clare was go walking in the Burren, where the thin layer of farmland is worn through in places, exposing the limestone pavements underneath. We chose more or less at random to take the Wood Loop trail. It starts in Ballyvaughan, a village on Galway Bay, quaint with all mod cons:
The path out of town sneaks through shrubby woods, with occasional arrows spraypainted on rocks to indicate a general direction, then travels along country lanes and across a series of pastures.
Someone really should make a potato Western here. Obvious title: To Hell or Connacht.
After a couple of hours, the road gets higher and rockier.
Then back down to Civilization.