As you travel through the Burren, 7,000 years of history unfolds
before your eyes, with farmsteads from the Stone Age and the Iron Age, churches,
abbeys and high crosses, plus castles and fortresses of local lords.
The unique diversity of the Burren's flora has constantly attracted much attention
and its extraordinary rock formations, spreading over 500 sq km, have been
referred to by many observers including General Ludlow, who led Cromwellian
forces in 1651 as "a lunar landscape".
The Cliffs of Moher
These majestic cliffs stand almost 200m above the Atlantic and stretch 8 km from Hag's Head to a point
beyond O'Brien's Tower.They are also the home of a wide variety of birds. From the Cliffs one can see
Loop Head to the South, the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, and to the north Connemara. There is a vistors
Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan.
Discovered in Jack McCann, a local farmer, in 1944, the 1000 feet long
cave is one of the oldest of the Burren Caves having formed millions of years ago.
Guided tours, lasting 30 minutes, allow you to observe beautiful caverns,
bridged chasms, underground waterfalls, weird mineral formations and the
hibernation chambers of brown bears which have been extinct in Ireland for centuries.
Facilities include a restaurant, craft shop, information desk and outside,
'The Hazel wood' crafts village.
Burren Exposure, Ballyvaughan.
Located in the unique Burren, this new visitors' centre provides visitors with an overview of the area
and its unique landscape, its rich human history and its famous flora. Elaborate audio - visual
presentation synchronised large scale slide panoramas with soundscapes in 3 specially created
Burren Centre, Kilfenora
The Burren's flora, archeology, geology, legends and history make it unique in Europe. This centre introduces
you to this enigma with audio visual and display supports.
Burren Perfumery, Carron
Ireland's oldest Perfumery is situated in one of the most unique floral landscapes in the world. The fragrances here
all use these flora as their inspirational source and green base. Includes a flora centre, herb garden, photo exhibition
and outstanding audio visual.
The Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna
In the visitors centre you can experience the ancient tradition of oak smoking Atlantic salmon. It also includes a gourmet
store and craft shop where you can enjoy shopping for locally produced crafts and gourmet foods.
Liscannor Stone Story
Learn about the history of quarrying in the area and the properties of the various flagstones.
(Poll an Bhaic - hole or cave of the angle or bend) is a large cairn,
excavated in 1934 and found to contain the remains of 18
people, some primitive instruments and some Bronze Age potsherds.
(Poll na Brón - hole of the quern), a magnificent portal
dolmen dated from 2,500 B.C. The capstone projects forward over the entrance
or portal and the tomb is surrounded by a low circular cairn, 9m in diameter.