Ballyvaughan Travel Guide

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Ballyvaughan Things to Do

  • Aillwee Caves

    The Burren is a large area of ground made up of limestone. Because limestone is porous, over the years, water has penetrated to the lower strata and formed many caves and chambers underground. Aillwee cave was formed in this manner and is the only cave in Ireland where it is safe for the public to enter, without using specialist pot-holing...

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  • Poulnabrone Dolmen

    You will find this tomb on the left as you travel down the curvey R480 from Ballyvaughan. It is not very well marked but all you need to do is watch out (literally, if you are speeding!) for the numerous cars and occasional buses that are park on and off the road near the entrance gate. We visited during a quiet time when the weather was not at...

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  • Poulnabrone Dolmen

    You will find this tomb on the left as you travel down the curvey R480 from Ballyvaughan. It is not very well marked but all you need to do is watch out (literally, if you are speeding!) for the numerous cars and occasional buses that are park on and off the road near the entrance gate. We visited during a quiet time when the weather was not at its...

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  • Guided Hiking Tour

    A guided hiking tour can be arranged at the Hyland Burren hotel desk. A very 'colorful' local guide takes you up the moutain just outside of town. A must for plant lovers. Because of the unusual climate, the plants include both tropical and arctic varieties.

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  • Poulnabrone Dolmen

    Once you find the tomb, it will only take about 30-40 minutes to go and look at it, take a couple of pictures and then return to your car.This megalithic burial tomb only lies a short distance from the road but to access it, you do have to follow a rough path over the limestone rocks and clefts of the Burren. There is no easier path than any other,...

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  • Aillwee Cave

    The Burren is a large area of ground made up of limestone. Because limestone is porous, over the years, water has penetrated to the lower strata and formed many caves and chambers underground.Aillwee cave was formed in this manner and is the only cave in Ireland where it is safe for the public to enter, without using specialist pot-holing...

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  • The Burren

    The Burren extends 25 miles (40km) from east to west and 15 miles (24km) from north to south and lies in the North West corner of County Clare. The name comes from an ancient Barony that presided over the area, in the past. Burren, in Gaelic “An Bholeann”, means “the stony district”. It is bounded by Galway Bay to the North, the Atlantic to the...

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  • Paulnabrone Portal Dolmen

    This site dated back to about 2500 BC! Dolmens were used as graves back then and there are several existing in Ireland still. With its 10 ton stone on top of it Poulabrone is one of the most impressive of these!

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  • Aillwee Caves

    Only a few miles outside Ballyvaughan there's Aillwee Caves. A farmer found these caves in the 1940s when his dog ran into one of the entrances. He kept quiet for around 30 years (amazing for an irishman!!) before he told anyone about what he found! Since then the cave has been made accessible for the public. You get an amusing guided tour through...

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  • Aillwee Cave

    As mentioned previously, the cave tour takes about 30 minutes to walk. You are lead through the caves by an experienced guide who will point out areas of interest and will light the way as you go.2 or 3 warnings for you: -At one point, seemingly deep underground, our guide warned us to stand perfectly still and explained that she was going to turn...

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  • Aillwee Cave

    The cave sits in an area of ground that would probably be nice to visit, even if you did not want to take the tour. There is a nice wooded area and you can always take a hike up the mountain above the cave.There is also a very nice cheese shop near the car park that sells other local food and sweets as well.The car park costs €2 but it may be worth...

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  • Aillwee Cave

    There are two waterfalls that can be found in the cave although only the one shown in the picture was truly running, at the time that we took the tour.

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  • Aillwee Cave

    The caves contain several examples of stalagmites and stalagtites. These are formations of rock that come down from, or rise up to, the ceiling of the cave. They are created by water dripping down through the roof over periods of 100's of years, carrying limestone with it. As the water evaporates, it leaves behind the limestone, creating the...

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  • Aillwee Cave

    Aillwee cave entrance area holds a shop that holds many local crafted items of interest to take up your time while you are waiting to go on your 30 minute tour of the cave.It also has a small cafe that serves basic home baked food and drinks.

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  • Stuff to do in Clare

    Head towards the coast from Ballyvaughan, go to the cliffs of mother(entry 3 euro per car).Also visit Doolin and Lahinch. Explore the Burren. Go to Bunratty castle. Have a pint of guiness!

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Ballyvaughan Hotels

  • Gregans Castle Hotel

    Corkscrew Hill, The Burren, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hylands Burren Hotel

    We stayed at the Hylands Burren Hotel for 2 nights during our Ireland bike tour. One of the days was...

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  • Cappabhaile House

    Newtown, The Burren, NA, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Ballyvaughan Restaurants

  • O'Briens Pub

    Both of these places reside in the centre of the village and they both serve excellent food. O'Briens serve basic, wholesome pub food (i.e almost everything with chips) where as the Hyland Hotel tends to serve food that is more up-market. O'Briens: - phone 065 7077003, opposite Spar shop. This pub also offers bed & breakfast accomodation Best...

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  • Irish cooking is just the best!

    Both of these places reside in the centre of the village and they both serve excellent food. O'Briens serve basic, wholesome pub food (i.e almost everything with chips) where as the Hyland Hotel tends to serve food that is more up-market. O'Briens: - phone 065 7077003, opposite Spar shop. This pub also offers bed & breakfast accomodation Best...

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  • Sandwiches

    In the local Spar supermarket you can get very tasty and fresh customised sandwiches. We always got ourself a nice ham, cheese, tomato and onion sandwich in the morning to eat for lunch. A taste sensation! And rather cheap!

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Ballyvaughan Nightlife

  • Monk's Pub

    A cosy pub at the entrance to Ballyvaughan. We had lunch here (outside even! Something you don't find often in Ireland!) and had planned to return at night. But then we never made it. It looked like a very cosy countryside pub. Are you joking?

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  • Seafood, Guinness and Atmosphere

    A cosy pub at the entrance to Ballyvaughan. We had lunch here (outside even! Something you don't find often in Ireland!) and had planned to return at night. But then we never made it. It looked like a very cosy countryside pub. Are you joking?

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  • Guiness

    O'Briens or the pub at the other end of the road, youll find it! the 'other' one is probably better for a beer and conversation, O'Briens better for food.

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Ballyvaughan Warnings and Dangers

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    by littlebush Written May 26, 2003

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    STOCK UP ON ALCOHOL ON GOOD FRIDAY! YOU CANT BUY IT ANYWHERE! THIS IS BAD, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET DRUNK AND FALL OVER! I FORGOT AND WAS GAGGIN FOR A PINT AND COULDNT GET ONE ANYWHERE!

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Ballyvaughan Off The Beaten Path

  • Corkscrew Hill

    If you are travelling around the Burren by car and have a spare half hour to spare (or just happen to be travelling this way), take the N67 road that runs between Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna. On this road, locally known as "corkscrew hill", there is a wonderful look out point high up on the hill that overlooks Ballyvaughan and Galway Bay. The vew...

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  • Newtown Castle

    Just down the road to Ballyvaughan, to the right of the N67 as you head toward Lisdoonvarna, you will find this castle tower. Unusual for its type, in that it starts square at its base and devolves into a circular pillar of stonework. The tower sits up slightly higher than the surrounding land, on a hillock that gives a good view over...

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  • Beach

    A few miles before we got to Ballyvaughan we pulled left to take a break at this stoney beach. Isn't this ground amazing???? It started raining when we were here. Luckily I was rather close to the car so I didn't get wet. Colm raced back to the car, completely wet after just a minute of rain. And as soon as he reached the car .. it stopped raining...

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Ballyvaughan Favorites

  • Religion

    As you travel around, take time to view the statues that you may find outside Churches and, occasionally, alongside the road side. As well as normally being along a religeous theme they are usually aboslutely gorgeous to look at. This one is the Madonna found in the grounds of Ballyvaughan Church.

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  • Ballyvaughan Coastal Drive

    From Ballyvaughan, there is a lovely coastal drive that takes you along the west coast of County Clare, overlooking the Aran Isles and Galway Bay

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  • Memories

    Sitting at the water watching the shadows move over the bare mountains.... I have always loved watching shadows and the stoney mountains of the Burren are perfect for it really.

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