Travel — Ireland
Counties of West Coast of Ireland
— The Burren
The Burren, one of Ireland's most magnificent and unique natural wonders, lies south of Galway, in the northwest corner of County Clare (see map below). The Irish for Burren is Bhoireann, loosely translated as "a bleak stony place" — maybe, but stunningly mesmerizing nontheless.
The Burren's vast barren limestone landscape has remained unspoiled since the Ice Age. It features some of the finest archeological megalithic tombs in Ireland... and beyond. It also features a variety of unusual and rare plants — including Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants.
Burren highlights include:
- More than 90 Megalithic Tombs
- Portal Dolmens, including Poulnabrone Dolmen (one of the most famous dolmens in Ireland)
- A Celtic High-Cross (dating back to the 12th century) in the historic village of Kilfenora
- Ring Forts (also referred to as Stone Forts), include Cahercommaun (a triple-walled stone fort, dramatically situated on a cliff) and the Caherconnell Stone Fort
- Corcomroe Abbey (also known as the Abbey of Burren) — the 12th century Abby is located on the hills, north of the Burren
- Alwee Caves (one of Ireland's oldest caves in Ireland) lies in the heart of the Burren — just south of the scenic coastal village of Ballyvaughan. Open daily, year-round for guided tours.
The Burren is close to another of Ireland's most popular natural wonders — the Cliffs of Moher. Plan a fun day trip to see both of these "not-to-be-missed" attractions.
Day Trips and Excursions
Tours from Dublin
Galway & West Coast
Cliffs of Moher