Clara Bog - An Ancient Bog

Clara Bog Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

An ancient bog with a present-day message

Begin your exploration of Ireland’s most famous bog by dropping into the Visitor Centre in Clara town. With its colourful wildlife displays, documentaries, cartoons and touch-screen info-graphics, you’ll get a deeper appreciation of this vast ancient landscape, its unique biodiversity and its present-day conservation ethos. 

Clara Bog is one of the best remaining examples of a relatively intact raised bog in Western Europe. It has been said that you can experience ten thousand years of history in the ten square kilometres that accommodate Clara Bog and its surroundings. 

The boardwalk, which meanders through Clara Bog Nature Reserve, is located a 2 minute drive from the Clara Bog Visitor Centre. And as you stroll along the 1km boardwalk across the bog, you may see some of the many birds who’ve made their home here, including the curlew, snipe, skylark and merlin.  If you’re lucky, you might glimpse a lizard, while in the summer keep an eye out for dragonflies, grasshoppers and butterflies!

Indoor Facilities:

  • Interactive exhibition space
  • Documentaries
  • Information Point

Outdoor Activities/Facilities:

  • Walking (a 1 km looped wooden boardwalk complimented by a self-guided heritage trail)
  • Cycling (Bicycle rack at the Nature Reserve)
  • Relaxation area (rest area to stop, sit down and soak up a panoramic view of the bog and surrounding landscape)