Situated about a mile from the shores of Lough Derg in east Clare the the town is a popular haunt of angling enthusiasts and is within touching distance the nearby town of Tuamgraney.
The Irish name An Scairbh means a shallow either a rocky ford or shoreline. The main produce here was flour from the mills and iron smelting in the 19th century and the town grew up around these industries.
A long history of habitation by humans can be found in the locality and a 4,000 year old wedge tomb at Cappabane is evidence to support this. The Battle of Scarriff in 1315 was fought on the site of the modern chipboard factory and gives us the first mention of the existence of the town.
Transport To and From
Bus Eireann the National Bus Company runs a weekday service to and from Limerick or if arriving from Galway/Ennis you need the express service to Cork stopping at Limerick and connecting.
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Today it is a bustling market town, small but quaint with angling being the main attraction. Nearby rivers and lakes afford good coarse fishing and trout are plentiful too. Lough O'Grady two miles to the west and the bigger Shannon river lake of Lough Derg provide the fisherman with plenty of options. On the shore is a dock which once helped to make Scarriff the main trade centre of north east Clare but today it serves mainly as a mooring point for pleasure boats that cruise the Shannon waters.
To the west the ground rises sharply away from the river affording picturesque views of the surrounding area and these parts also feature prominently on the walking and cycling routes that cris-cross the county.
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See selected distances from Scarriff below.
|Distance from Scarriff Co Clare to:||Km||Miles||Time|
|Cliffs Of Moher||79.98||49.70||1hr:47m|
|Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port||212.76||132.20||2hr:50m|
|Galway City (Eyre Square)||70.97||44.10||1hr:29m|
|Limerick City (O'Connell Street)||34.60||21.50||0hr:57m|
|Rosslare Ferry Port||243.17||151.10||3hr:39m|
|Shannon Ferries Killimer||86.90||54.00||1hr:42m|
|The Burren National Pk (Carran)||58.10||36.10||1hr:46m|
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