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Top things to do in The Burren

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Ranked #1 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: DYNAMIC FLYING DISPLAYS where the visitor can interact and get up close and personal to the birds as they fly overhead and... more » Owner description: DYNAMIC FLYING DISPLAYS where the visitor can interact and get up close and personal to the birds as they fly overhead and through the audience. A HOME to Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, and Owls from all over the world.EDUCATION into the amazing world of Raptors, their biology, conservation and the ancient art of Falconry.HAWK WALKS which are a once in a life time opportunity to interact with some of nature's top predators. Guided and instructed by experienced Falconers, this hour long 'Walk with a Hawk' through hazel woodland and across Burren limestone pavement is tailor made for anybody seeking a totally unique experience. « less
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Ranked #2 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Hiking Trails
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Doolin Cave (Doolin)
Ranked #3 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Caverns/ Caves; Nature and Parks
Owner description: A Stunning Underworld Experience, the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave is one of Europe's most compelling cave attractions. It... more » Owner description: A Stunning Underworld Experience, the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave is one of Europe's most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly unique and breathtaking experience:- the largest stalactite in the Norhern Hemisphere. Doolin Cave has opened a new Farmland Nature Trail, which is FREE for its visitors.We have unusual breeds of chickens, sheep, cattle and alovely pygmy goat called Minnie, with her little kid called Vincent Van Goat or Vinnie for short.We have also planted lots of native trees and shrubs and wildflower meadows. Our cafe serves lovely fresh salads, soups, breads and homemade cakes We are very proud to announce that we have recently been awarded a Gold Award from Ecotourism Ireland. Hurray! « less
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Ranked #4 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geoapark lies on the west coast of Ireland. In the stunning surrounds of this... more » Owner description: The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geoapark lies on the west coast of Ireland. In the stunning surrounds of this UNESCO-recognized Geopark you will find the longest cave system in Ireland, the largest stalactite in Europe, the Burren National Park, the Carron Nature Reserve, and a host of wild flora and fauna. It's a destination brimming with activities, attractions, culture and excellent food. « less
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Ranked #5 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: ; National Parks; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The Burren National Park is a place of great natural beauty. There are various marked trails in the Park that take you... more » Owner description: The Burren National Park is a place of great natural beauty. There are various marked trails in the Park that take you through many fascinating and beautiful habitats, such as calcareous grasslands, woodlands and limestone pavement. Entry is free, and a free bus service is available from May-August. Free guided walks may also be arranged during the summer - contact Information Point for details. « less
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Ranked #6 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Contemporary garden of designer Matt O’ Connell with hidden sections or mini gardens, some of which are traditional. The... more » Owner description: Contemporary garden of designer Matt O’ Connell with hidden sections or mini gardens, some of which are traditional. The garden surrounds an award winning house which was built in 1995 when the garden started. The variety of over 250 plants for sale in the nursery are propagated from plants in the garden so mature versions can be seen. All plants have been propagated outdoors and are totally hardy. Changes are being made to the garden all the time and due to the demand for shade loving plants a new shade section is in development to devote to these plants. Free admission. Donations to Doolin Rescue Service welcome. « less
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Burren Hills Walk (Ballyvaughan)
Ranked #7 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Tours
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The Farmyard (Corofin)
Ranked #8 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Farms; Landmarks
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Caher Bridge Garden (Ballyvaughan)
Ranked #9 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: A one acre, award winning plantsman's garden situated in the beautiful Caher Valley in the heart of the Burren. The garden... more » Owner description: A one acre, award winning plantsman's garden situated in the beautiful Caher Valley in the heart of the Burren. The garden was begun in 1999 and has been specifically designed to 'blend' into, and incorporate it's surrounding landscape. Many 'native' plants are used, along with an extensive collection of garden plants. There are several noteable collections including Brunnera, Galanthus, Ferns, Hostas, Primula,Arisaema,and crocosmia. The garden includes a section of the Caher river, ponds and water features. There are interesting design elements, and a wealth of creative stonework including a 'Moon Window' built from local stone. It has been featured in many magazines, newspapers and is included in the book "The top 100 Gardens of Ireland" The garden is open from March to November, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please ring for details. All visits are by guided tour. Photography is allowed. Unfortunately the garden is NOT suitable for children under 16 years. « less
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Ranked #10 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Ferries/ Boats; Transportation
Owner description: Doolin2Aran Ferries is owned by the Garrihy's family and is the largest ferry company operating between Doolin and the Aran... more » Owner description: Doolin2Aran Ferries is owned by the Garrihy's family and is the largest ferry company operating between Doolin and the Aran Islands. It is the original Cliffs Of Moher cruise company. It operates a fleet of 4 ships with a capacity for 332 passengers and sails from March to November. For the best prices book online. We hope to welcome you on board soon! « less
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Ranked #11 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #12 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Ferries/ Boats; Transportation
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Fanore Beach (Fanore)
Ranked #13 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #14 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Ferries/ Boats; Transportation
Owner description: Welcome Aboard! Bill O'Brien's Legendary Cruise to The Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher The Original Doolin Ferry Est.1970.... more » Owner description: Welcome Aboard! Bill O'Brien's Legendary Cruise to The Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher The Original Doolin Ferry Est.1970. Several daily sailings depart Doolin Pier, Doolin, Co.Clare from March to November. Day Trips, Overnight Stays, and One-Hour Cliffs of Moher Cruises available. Travel on the largest and most comfortable ferries with over 40 years of service, M.V. Tranquillity & M.V. Queen of Aran. The Aran Islands offer something special for all. For the adventurous explore medieval ruins such as the amazing ring fort Dun Aengus on Inishmore, or O'Brien's castle on Inisheer. Families can enjoy a relaxing day out on the unspoiled beaches of Inisheer. Nature lovers can enjoy the tranquil beauty of Inishmaan. Bicycle hire, Mini-bus, and Pony & Trap tours available on each island. The Cliffs of Moher Cruise is a stunning 1 hour journey along the 6km of coastline from Doolin Pier. The Cliffs rise to a height of over 214 meters providing dramatic views by sea. The Great Sea Stack (Branaunmore) plays host to thousands of rare birds of which you can see up close. Don't forget the cameras! « less
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Ranked #15 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Museums
Owner description: Born in Carron in 1847, Michael Cusack founded the largest amateur sporting organisation in the world, the Gaelic Athletic... more » Owner description: Born in Carron in 1847, Michael Cusack founded the largest amateur sporting organisation in the world, the Gaelic Athletic Association. The Centre in Carron is dedicated to the memory of the man who is widely regarded as the saviour of Irish sports. The lovingly restored traditional thatched cottage reflects the character of 19th century Ireland. The dwelling appears today in its original state and is typical of famine cottages of the era. Even the courtyard and surrounding fields remain largely untouched. The contemporary display in our award winning visitor centre offers a unique perspective on Irish history, heritage and culture. Some interesting free attractions also in the area include the 6km Cusack Way walk (opened Oct 2013)from the Michael Cusack Centre to Cahercommaun Cliff Fort and Poulnabrone Dolmen. The centre caters for school tours, individuals and groups. Open April to 30th September, 7 days a week from 10 - 5pm, « less
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Father Ted's House (Burren National Park)
Ranked #16 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Other ranches and farms; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Hiking Trails
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Caherconnell Stone Fort (Caherconnell)
Ranked #19 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Caherconnell Stone Fort, situated 1km south of Poulnabrone dolmen in the heart of the Burren Ireland , offers you the... more » Owner description: Caherconnell Stone Fort, situated 1km south of Poulnabrone dolmen in the heart of the Burren Ireland , offers you the opportunity to visit an exceptionally well - preserved example of the stone forts or stone ringforts which are to be found in the Burren Ireland.The fort is in its original state. Its position, overlooking virtually all-surrounding areas suggests a defensive settlement. Archaeological excavations take place each summer in association with 'CAFS' - Caherconnell Archaeological Field School- an International Field School accredited by NUI, Galway. As well as a trip to the Fort, visitors can also take in the Burren's Premier Sheepdog Demonstrations at Caherconnell,enjoying the combined skills of the farmer and the border collie as they work in the natural habitat of the Burren. « less
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Aillwee Cave (Ballyvaughan)
Ranked #20 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Caverns/ Caves; Nature and Parks
A striking collection of prehistoric underground caves.
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Burren Exposure (Ballyvaughan)
Ranked #21 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: History Museums; Museums
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Newtown Castle (Ballyvaughan)
Ranked #22 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Castles; Landmarks
Owner description: Newtown Castle is a beautifully restored 16th century cylindrical fortified tower house - one of only few such buildings in... more » Owner description: Newtown Castle is a beautifully restored 16th century cylindrical fortified tower house - one of only few such buildings in Ireland. Having lain derelict for many years, the castle's restoration began in 1994, completed in time for the opening of the Burren College of Art in August of that year. Newtown Castle is once again a vibrant building in daily use, central to the artistic, cultural and educational life of the Burren. It is open free of charge to the public on week days. Newtown Castle is also available for wedding ceremonies, small private functions or company events. « less
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Burren College of Art (Ballyvaughan)
Ranked #23 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #24 of 25 attractions in The Burren
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Art Studio where visitors can view and purchase original paintings of the West of Ireland in a relaxed setting in scenic... more » Owner description: Art Studio where visitors can view and purchase original paintings of the West of Ireland in a relaxed setting in scenic surroundings with free tea or coffee. Shipping available.Open most of the year but advisable to telephone in advance.Directions ,from Lisdoonvarna town centre take the N67 towards Doolin, at first T junction turn right on to R477, at Y junction immediately after turn right staying on R477, continue to first crossroads turn left onto R5064 where there is an Art Studio sign, its the 3rd. property on the right , full journey 2 kilometre approx « less
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