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Your Essential Guide to Ballyvaughan

Things to do in Ballyvaughan? Take your pick! Ballyvaughan is a stunning picturesque town on the Wild Atlantic Way on the North Atlantic Coast of Ireland.

The town itself is framed by the rich history of the area and the surrounding town of Burren

This area is known for its arts and crafts, traditional music and great food and drink in the local restaurants and pubs that mask the roads in and out of the area.

Around the area you can take part in superb activities including sports, water sports, hiking, cycling and much more.


Top Things to do Ballyvaughan

You’ll find a great choice of sports facilities, walking and fishing spots…

Water Sports

Always a popular sport in the area, at Backwest adventures you can even go on tours of the caves in the unique limestone landscape covering Ballyvaughan. A unique way to see the landscape and highly recommended!

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Boat Tours

Boat tours of the coastline are taken by O’Brian Line Cruises and Ribwest. O’Brian offer a more chilled and relaxed journey…a great way to see the beautiful coastline of this part of Ireland. If speed and adrenaline is more your thing then Ribwest would be more up your street.

Alongside seeing the beautiful coastline, you’ll experience the sensory adventure of flying through the waves of the Atlantic Ocean!

Aloha and North Clare schools can teach you how to surf and kayak; the North Clare Kayak Tour is not to be missed.

After working on your kayaking skills, you’ll explore the coastline from the seat of your kayak. You’ll take in unforgettable scenery and meet some new friends along the way (friendly seals and sea birds, that is!). The half-day tour allows you to explore the coastline heading north from Ballyvaughan.


Golf is also a big part of life in the area, so in and around Ballyvaughan you’ll find three courses: the Lahinch Golf Course, the Doolin Pitch and Putt (great for families) and the Gort Golf club. If you’re a keen golfer, then this area is perfect to test your skills. The Gort Golf Club was designed by the Ryder cup winner Christy O’Connor Jr, meaning you can expect some challenging greens.

With Ribwest you can take in a fishing trip. If you have no experience, don’t worry. You are in great hands. If you’re looking to gain your First Aid certificate or a Level 1-3 Advanced Powerboat, they can also help you as they have teamed up with Shannon Safari Training. The coastline is also scattered with ideal fishing spots if you are a keen fisherman/woman.

Walking trails

If walking routes are move your thing then you’ve come to the right place. Burren and Ballyvaughan have multiple walking trails stretching from the town of Doolin to the town of Kinvarra. You can also take part in walking tours of the areas with knowledgeable tour guides. They have tracked these areas for decades and will tell you all you need to know.

One of the best places in the area is the education centre located near Burren. Here they can enlist many of the companies in the area to take you on trips. Activities such as rock-climbing, summer camps, snorkelling and school trips can be booked here.

One of the main attractions of the area is the Burren Birds of Prey centre. At this centre you can get up close and personal with many different types of birds of prey including Eagles, Hawks and Owls. It can be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the birds.

Food and Drink in Ballyvaughan

In the area of Ballyvaughan, there are many places to dine out. One of the best places to eat is the highly-rated L’Arco Italian Restaurant. This restaurant is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the centre of Ballyvaughan.

On the main street of the town there is the Wild Atlantic Lodge. The lodge has a pub menu for all guests and visitors.

Monks Seafood Restaurant and bar is also a hit with holiday makers and locals alike.

 O’Loclainns’s Irish Whiskey Bar and Greenes Bar are also great attractions within the town. Both bars have a great atmosphere and character.

Burren also have a fine wine and dining options using locally-produced ingredients, meaning a great taste of County Clare on your plate!