Dungory East, Kinvarra, Co. Galway, Ireland
Dunguaire castle is a 16th century castle that stands out prominently on the seashore. Named after the 7th century King of Connaught, Guaire whose Palace had occupied the same site. The Castle was built by the O’Hynes and later passed into the hands of the O’Shaughnessy and then the Martyn clans. Today the Castle is open to the public for visitors to explore and it also offers insight to the way life was lived in the 1500‘s by hosting Medieval Banquets with traditional Irish music and story telling
Dunguaire Medieveal Banquet is held from Mid April – Mid October at 5.30pm & 8.45pm. (Reservations are necessary for the Banquet). From May to September from 9.30am – 5pm Dunguaire Castle is open daily for vistors.
Co. Clare (and a little of Co. Galway), Ireland
Burren Tracks and Trails
Nature lovers and those wanting to experience the fascinating history of the Burren can do so on foot with a myriad of tracks and trails available throughout the region.
Rich with flora and fauna, underground cave networks and plateau top memories of ancient times past, the limestone pavements are home to some plant species not found anywhere else in the world. The region is really a feast for the senses and is safe and easily accessible when following the official tracks and trails.
Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, water, a rain jacket and good walking shoes to get the most out of your walking adventure.
County Clare, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher
Stretched out on the west cost of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Irelands top visitor attractions. The cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs offer spectacular views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay as well as the Twelve Pins.
The cliffs of Moher now offer a new visitor experience centre. The building has been created in the depths of the cliff and offers an award winning eco-friendly centre containing the state of the art interpretive centre formed as the Atlantic Edge.
Fahee Co. Clare
Family owned and run, the Burren Perfumery is loved by visitors from around the world for their hand-craftedperfumes and cosmetics inspired by the surrounding Burren landscape.
Stroll through the organic herb garden to learn about the region’s native herbs and their traditional uses, watch as organic creams and balms are created in the blending room, and enjoy a mouth-watering selection of organic cakes, scones and pies in the picturesque tea rooms. Finish by exploring the Perfumery’s full range in the dedicated shop and discover uplifting scents that are the true essence of the Burren.
Located in the heart of the Burren amidst a dramatic karst landscape, the Poulnabrone Dolmen is renowned throughout the world for its awe-inspiring features and archaeological significance.
This ancient portal tomb is the second-most visited location in the Burren and the oldest dated megalithic monument in Ireland. Dating to the megalithic era, it provides a fascinating insight into the life and rituals of Ireland’s ancient people.
Clonasee, Kinvara H91 PTK7
Burren Nature Sanctuary
The Burren Nature Sanctuary is located just 2 minutes from Kinvara Village and is the ideal attraction for families. With plenty of nature trails, ancient ash forests and hazel woodlands, fairy paths and farm animals, it takes an educational and interactive approach to sharing the magic of the Burren region.
Set amongst 50 acres of wild, natural surrounds, enjoy key features including the lunar shattered limestone pavement, the wild orchid meadow, the magical hazel fairy woodland, a 3-acre disappearing lake that fills every 12 hours, an adventure playground and petting farm animals, and the Burren Botany Bubble housing the national collection of Burren flora.
Ballycahill, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
Located in the heart of the Burren and perched high on the terraced mountainside, Ailwee Caves is a must-visit attraction for visitors to the region.
Enjoy a guided tour of the subterranean network of caves – over bridged chasms, under fascinating formations and alongside the frozen waterfall. Even discover the now extinct brown bears' bones (ursos arctos)!
After your tour, the exciting keeps coming with a visit to the Birds of Prey Centre at Ailwee Caves. The dynamic flying displays of majestic raptors enthral everyone who visits!
Finish with a visit to the Farmshop at Aillwee where cheese is on the menu! Enjoy learning about the 35 year story of Burren Gold Cheese and cheese making displays between April and October.
Oughtmama, Belharbour, Co.Clare
Hazel Mountain Chocolate
This quaint bean to bar chocolate factory and cafe is set amongst the dramatic limestone landscape of the Burren. Be fascinated by the chocolate making process in the factory, indulge in sumptuous home-made treats from the original Irish cottage café and be sure to bring some luscious chocolate for later with various flavours available in the chocolate shop.