Your Essential Guide to the Burren
Things to do in and around The Burren? Not only is The Burren itself a breathtaking region full of cliffs, caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites but it boasts a string of attractions and superb locations either in the area or close by.
Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, The Burren sits among some of most breathtaking scenery in Ireland not a mention a colourful and welcoming village of Doolin ready to host you on your stay, making the village a highly recommended base for your adventure.
Doolin is a home of traditional Irish music, with plenty of song and craic to be found. You can take a clifftop walk breathing in the crisp, salty Atlantic air while appreciating the beautiful wildflowers, explore the rugged landscape or go on an Atlantic cruise to appreciate the unique coastline from a different perspective.
Let’s take a closer look…
Things to do in the Burren
Cliffs of Moher
Near the area of Burren you’ll find the famous Cliffs of Moher where you’ll see straight away why the cliffs are famous due to their view over the Atlantic ocean. There are many viewing platforms on the cliffs and between them are kilometers of walking and cycling trails.
On the most southern platform you can usually see all the way over to Goat Island, home to a beautiful colony of puffins!
At Hags Head you’ll find a perfect spot to savour the cliffs and really get a sense of their size!
Inis Mor is one of the Aran Islands of the coast of Ireland. Being the biggest of the three (this gives the Island is Irish name translating as ‘big island’), there are a number of attractions in the area including the craft village at Dun Aonghasa.
You’ll find Kilronan village on the island. This is the main village of the island where most visitors to the island arrive from the mainland Ireland. Here many of its inhabitants set off to fish in the North Atlantic to provide for the residents.
The city is very popular with people from all over the island with many traditional pubs and restaurants, galleries and art galleries. There is also a golf course in the city, which is well known and is a very competitive course.
Coming into Galway from the N67 you can also visit the Merlin castle. A historical landmark and a must see!
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Food and Drink near the Burren
For food in and around The Burren look to Ballyvaughen or Doolin.
In the area of Ballyvaughan, there are many places to dine out. One of the best places to eat is the L’Arco Italian Restaurant. This restaurant is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the centre of Ballyvaughan.
Other great places in Ballyvaughen include the Wild Atlantic Lodge, Monks Seafood Restaurant, O’Loclainns’s Irish Whiskey Bar and Greenes Bar.
From bars and gastropubs to cafes and restaurants, the choice is yours!