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Burren Things to Do


    This is situated within the ground of Bunratty Castle where Irish life is vividly redreated. (some 26 acres....)It features over 30 BUILDINGS in a living village setting.Included are a display of 19th Century agricultural machinery (the TALBOT COLLECTION), 8 FARMHOUSES, 2 WATERMILLS, A BLACKSMITH'S FORGE and A CHURCH.A restored village street...


    Yes, the call of the wild, In Ireland!!1. You can experience the magic of dolphins frolicking in the water along with the spectacular cliff scenery at the MOUTH of RIVER SHANNON, home to Ireland's resident group of BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS.DOLPHINWATCH CARRIGAHOLT offers 2 hrs. daily boattrips with a qualified skipper and his staff.They have new 48...

  • Aillwee Cave Cheese Shop, Gromit!

    To all of you Wallace and Gromit fans,(or Monty Python!) definitely stop at the cheese shop for some incredible Golden Burren cheese-----crackin' good! Aging in the caves makes the flavor wonderful!No Wensleydale.....

  • There are lots of Dolmen in the Burren

    Poulnabrone Dolmen is the most popular and also the most impressive Dolmen of Ireland but in fact it has many siblings, especially in the area of the Burren. In a distance of just about 50 meters you may find another similar such construction next to the parking where you have a small space to park your car, when visiting Poulnabrone Dolmen. You...

  • Leamaneh castle

    Leamaneh castle dating back to the 17th century is a well known landmark at the crossing of the roads R480 and R476 and you may use it when driving from Aillwee-cave in order to remember to turn right and drive to Kilfenora.Once upon a time Leamaneh Castle was one of the most impressive buildings in the Burren, but nowadays it is just a giant ruin...

  • The Cliffs of Mohair are also part of...

    The Cliffs of Moher are not at all the most spectacular cliffs that you will find in Ireland,(Slieve Leage in Co. Donegal for instance is much higher and more scenic ) but still they are one of the most popular tourist-attractions of Ireland.Back in the 19th century a clever farmer had built O'Brien's Tower for the many tourists coming to the...

  • The Aran Islands are a part of the...

    The Aran Islands (Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr) are also part of the Burren and they are also one of the most unique places in Ireland. There isnt any cartrafic on the aran Islands, but you may rent a scooter, a bike or take one of the many horse-carriages waiting there for the tourists and taking you uphill to the most famous attraction of...

  • The Burren-Centre in Kilfenora

    The Burren Centre in Kilfenora is an interesting museum about the special flora and fauna of the Burren and you will see what it looks like underneath the surface in the landscape. So maybe it is best to start to explore that museum first, before you enter the real landscape of the Burren, so you have an idea already about the special and most...

  • Aillwee Cave - why not on a rainy day

    Plenty of tourists are coming to the Burren mainly because of these caves, that are highly advertised in brochures all over Ireland, but in my personal opinion they are not really worth visiting, except on a rainy day maybe.It is also a pity that Aillwee Cave DOES NOT show at any place, what the Burren looks like 1-2 meters beneath the surface -...

  • Kilfenora & the Doorty Cross

    In the history-books Kilfenora was first mentioned in the year 1055 but in fact the tiny village of today dates back to the 6th century.Untill the 17th century the cathedral of Kilfenora was the largest church of the area, afterwards it burned down and only at a few places you will still see its former glory and its great architecture.You may enter...

  • Poulnabrone is the most famous sight of...

    The so-called Poulnabrone-Dolmen is one of the most famous sights of Ireland and you will see it in many postcards that you can buy in every part of Ireland. That is also the reason why thousands of tourists are visiting the Burren every month. This Dolmen dates back to 2500 B.C. and still today the scientists do not know exactely, how it was...

  • The Burren is a unique phenomenon of...

    When you are driving or hiking through the area of "The Burren" on the West-coast of Ireland, you will first admire the wonderfull combination of the grey rocks and lovely, colorfull flowers : The "Burren" is an absolutely unique landscape and natural phenomenon, all of its surface is covered by vulcanic rocks, that seem to be artificially cut into...

  • Newtown Castle.

    16th century castle, just outside Ballyvaghan. Restored in 1994, in the grounds of Burren College of Art. A nature trail runs from the castle.

  • Leamaneh castle.

    Very imposing castle, worth a visit and a photo or two. Original tower house built around 1480, what you can see in the picture dates from 1648. Ruined by the end of the 18th century. Sadly, not accessible.

  • Poulnabrone.

    Impressive megalithic tomb, c. 3600 AD. Worth visiting, but be aware that there is very little parking. Perhaps best to go very early morning or late evening...............a good sunset would make a stunning backdrop to your photo!

  • The easiest way to explore

    The best way to explore the Burren, Co. Clare is by bicycle. With West Ireland Cycling, you can either hire a bicycle from 10 euro per day or 50 euro for a week or do a week long tour from 229 euro with accommodation and luggage transfers included. Their website is http://www.westirelandcycling.com

  • Leamenah Castle

    The ruined castle and manor house of Leamaneh lies at the junction of the Ballyvaughan, Corofin and Kilfenora roads. It was the residence of one M?ire Rua, a formidable lady for that or any other time. She outlived three husbands, the third an officer in Oliver Cromwell's Army whom she married to safeguard her property. Another of Cromwell's...

  • O´brien´s Tower

    O´brien´s Tower was built by Cornelius O´Brien in 1835 as an observation tower for the hundreds of visitors who then came to the Cliffs each year.The tower was restored in 1970 and is once again being used as a viewing point for the Cliffs, The Aran Islands, the coast of Connemara across Galway Bay, and the Clare Coast to Loop Head.Souvenirs and...


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Burren Nightlife

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    by globetrott Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    In the Burren you will find the small village of Doolin that has become one of the best places to listen to Irish Folk Music in several pubs. My link below will get you to a list of pubs in Doolin and one of them - unfortunatley without its own web-page, but at least an e-mailadress - is Gus O'Connor's Pub
    Gus O'Connor's Pub is dating back to the year 1832 and nowadays they have many live-performances of traditional music every night in the summer-season, the session starts at 09.30p.m. and will last untill late at night. Everything is un-formal and easy and you will also see that this is not just a tourist-show, but the music comes out of the performers hearts...
    Gus O'Connor's Pub is also well known for great food : the kitchen is open between noon and 09.00p.m.
    Click here in order to listen to some Irish music
    a new window will open and the song will take 3-4 minutes
    you might want to listen to it, while seeing this page !

    Dress Code: No need at all to care for a dress-code !

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Burren Transportation

  • The Shannon-car-ferry from Tarbert to...

    When you are driving along the south-west-coast of Ireland and are heading from Killarney or Trallee to the north, you might get the feeling that the only way to reach the Burren is via Limerick, driving along the river Shannon. In case that you are in a hurry, there is also an interesting carferry-connection between the villages of Tarbert in the...

  • How to get to the Aran Islands

    Inishmoore and also the other Aran islands are really worth a visit, while staying in the Burren and there are several ways how to get there :1) By plane is certainly the best way to get to Inismore and when you are lucky you will be able to take some great photographs of the island and Fort Aengus from above. The fare for such a 30 minutes flight...

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Burren Local Customs

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    Burren Landscape

    by sian80 Written Mar 25, 2012

    DO NOT pick any of the vast variety of flowers or plants when walking in the Burren. The natural limestone habitat is a National Park and as such some of it is protected by European legislation.
    As many as twenty five of the twenty seven native Orchids species to Ireland can be found in the Burren.

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Burren Tourist Traps

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    by EPoodle Written Oct 28, 2007

    During my first trip to Burren I went to see the Aillwee Cave.

    It is advertised as something stunning and must see.

    I expected a cave a beautiful cave with lots of stalactite and stalagmite because that's what impresses me in caves.

    That's why I was willing to pay 12 € to enter.

    Perhaps it is my fault that I've already seen really stunning caves.....

    Anyway, a guid is talking about the geology of Burren and leads you through the cave showing few bear's bones and explaining what complete dark is, showing little number of stalactites and stalagmites....

    I don't think it is worth 12 € charge.

    Fun Alternatives: I heard later on that Doolin cave is much nicer, but I haven't checked yet.

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Burren Off The Beaten Path

  • Coastal road from Cliffs to the north

    Most of the travel guids lead people from Cliffs of Moher inland to the Dolmen or something like that.That way you miss a beautiful coastal scenary. Local people told me to do so and I was very happy to have listened to them.The road is a bit worse than inland, but it is worth to go.Wherewer you stop, you will enjoy it.

  • The Burren

    It's a long time ago when I last visited Ireland. But nobody wrote about this cave, so I will add it. I like to visit caves and this one I remember quiet interesting. For more information just look on the website.

  • Unique Sites in Unique Locations

    Anyone who thinks of the Burren usually thinks of the Cliffs of Moher, the pubs with traditional irish music in Doolin, or the wonderful seafood in Ballyvaughan. But there is much more to the Burren and it's best discovered by bicycle. One such place is Pollnagcolm Cave. This is the Burren's most extensive cave system. Other things to see are the...


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    by EPoodle Written Sep 12, 2007

    Favorite thing: People say that Cliffs of Moher must be seen during the sunset.
    First of all, it is quite difficult to see sun in Ireland (joking....a bit :)) so if you are not there several days, you might not have a choice.
    I saw Cliffs more than once. For me, they were the most impressive during sunny day with strong wind. Then, the sea makes everything evne mor beautiful. Power of the sea and land together.
    I saw also the sunset there. It was really nice. Perhaps I am not that impressed because I am comming from the country with beautiful sunset (Croatia). Anyway, I am sorry we've arrived at the edge of cliffs a minute after the sun already set, but we saw it from the road while arriving. The benefit when you arrive late (in the summer) is that the parking is opened ;). You are not paying it 8 €.

    However, Cliffs are 1 of reasons people are going to Burren. If it's foggy day, you will not see anything. That's why it's good to find accomodation somewhere close. In case of bad weather, if the weather changes, you can quickly go there.

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