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Address: R480, The Burren, County Clare, Ireland
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8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin

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Neolithic Portal Tomb set in stunning landscape of the Burren

Well worth including this in our itinerary. The drive from Kinvara, on the south side of Galway Bay, to the Portal Tomb was beautiful - and then being able to walk around on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Well worth including this in our itinerary. The drive from Kinvara, on the south side of Galway Bay, to the Portal Tomb was beautiful - and then being able to walk around on the karst landscape was different and interesting. We have visited such diverse geographies as the badlands near us in Alberta (dinosaurs), the Grand Canyon, the Big Sur... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We stopped off for a quick peak here after driving back from the Cliffs of Moher and ended up staying a good thirty minutes marveling at the landscape and accomplishments of those long past. There is no entry fee and the site is very accessible for any able bodied walkers. The information posts are very informative as well. I would... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I went there early in the morning and had the place to myself - well me and the cattle. It was quite lovely and I was free to take in the beauty of the Burren and the Dolmen without others around. It's a great first stop on the way to the cliffs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is definitely a site that's worth a visit. Personally I found the large amount of visitors on top of the huge amount of tourist focused investment on site to be a little off putting. The mysticism is kind of hard to connect with, while there is a USA'er talking loudly about how it was "Unbelievable that I had to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We made a late decision to see this one evening on the way home from the Burren. When we got there were it was quite late and there were no other visitors and it was totally worth the detour to see it. The dolmen itself is roped off but still looks very impressive on the stony exposed landscape. There was... More 

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Staatsburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Poulnabrone Dolmen is a passage tomb dating to c. 4200 BCE which is well worth a visit even if you are not a history enthusiast (though it helps considerably if you are). The name means "Hole (or passage) of sorrows" and it seems to have been created as a pathway between worlds, between this life and the afterlife. If one... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This place is very peaceful and in a remote area of the Burren. This dolmen makes for great photographs. The couple times I've been there has been very few to no one else there. There is a car park very close by and it's free to park and visit this sight. Don't miss your chance to get some great photos... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Poulnabrone Dolmen is an ancient portal tomb located in the Burren region of County Clare, south of Ballyvaughan. We visited this spot on a tour of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher with Galway Tour Company. Although we only spent about 20 minutes here, it was a great stop. The dolmen was amazing - more than 5000 years old! Today,... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

How truly incredible! The Burren is like nothing else I have ever seen before, and the Dolmen has a staggeringly long history. No, it is not GIGANTIC, it seems a lot of people were disappointed in the size, but if you appreciate geology and history, the size will be irrelevant and the site will amaze and engage you. Nearby: the... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Don't miss the Burren, and don't miss the Dolmen! It is Stonehenge-like in appearance and mystery, but much more accessible. A playground for kids with the nearby rocks, and a mystery to discuss at dinner that night about its possible origins (be sure to read the signs for later).

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