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The Burren

The Burren

Free admission
The Burren House Farm County Clare, Ireland

The Basics

One of the best ways to get an overview of the Burren is to drive along the R480 road, which links the town of Ballyvaughan in the north to Leamaneh in the south and cuts through the heart of the unusual karst landscape. Of course, to truly appreciate the Burren, and to see some of the tiny plants that sprout between the rocks, you’ll need to get out of the car and walk. Numerous signposted trails weave through the UNESCO-listed Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

Because of its proximity to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren is often included as a stop-off on Cliffs of Moher day trips from Dublin and Galway, along with 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and the charming village of Doolin, a hub for traditional Irish music. Some tours also include visits to the Aillwee Cave, a series of underground caverns that features a waterfall, bear bones, and unusual rock formations.

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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
$51.39 per adult
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We want to thank our driver John so much!! He was so knowledgeable and knew facts about every place we passed. The experience was fabulous !
Annmarie_M, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

star-5
Great tour of the west coast
Shaun_D, Nov 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Great train ride with very knowledgeable guide, David. Enjoyed the bus ride up the coast and everything was well-paced. It's a long day but easy to relax on the train.
star-5
Lovely day
Jennifer_K, Nov 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
David was a great host, and full of information. This was a lovely way to see the Irish county side.
star-5
I had a great time! John...
Caleigh_J, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
I had a great time! John was a great bus driver and was very helpful! He also gave a lot of great insight into Galway:)
star-5
The perfect day!
Emily, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
As soon as we all loaded onto the bus, I knew that this was going to be an amazing tour. John quickly made us all feel welcome, and the information he shared along the way was absolutely fantastic! There is no other way to see the west of Ireland, all while getting bits and pieces of history that you wouldn’t be able to research on your own. If you’re thinking of booking: DO IT. And if you should get John, you’re in for an added treat!
star-5
Definitely recommend
Sydney_T, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It was a great trip! Totally worth the money, as we saw so many things and got some really great pictures. The tour guide, John, was amazing as well, he had so much to tell us along every road, and he was very helpful and kind.
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Cliffs with rain
Nancy_B, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
Even though it was raining and the fog prevented us from a good view, John had explained that the fog could lift at anytime. And it did! We were blessed with a great view, the rest of the trip was perfect!
star-5
A great day trip
mfneilson, Oct 2019
(Small-Group)Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle,The Burren Day Trip From Dublin
This was a great day. We first stopped at King John's castle which was amazing and well preserved. Then drove out to the Cliffs. We were fortunate to have a fairly clear day, but as usually it was incredibly windy. It was a spectacular sight and shouldn't be missed. Our guide Patrick took us to a great pub for lunch, and then we drove along the coast to head back to Dublin. He kept the trip interesting with amusing and historical stories.
star-5
Amazing experience
Zainab_A, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The tour was will organized The driver john was friendly and helpful He was punctual on time and gave alot of useful information along tge trip
star-4
Long day, but worth it
Meagan B, Sep 2019
(Small-Group)Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle,The Burren Day Trip From Dublin
The whole day was over 13 hours, but there was plenty of time to sleep in the way back to Dublin. It was a great trip to see the west coast of Ireland.
star-5
Lovely trip!
Lauren_M, Sep 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
This was a lovely tour visiting the cliffs of moher and surrounding Burren. Our driver Gerard was full of interesting facts along the journey and was very friendly. I thought it was amazing for what the price was and would highly recommend!
star-5
Rail Tour From Dublin
Patregan39604, Jun 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Cannot say enough about how well- organized and efficient this attraction is. The train has clean restrooms; the connections all went smoothly with the guides we had; our tour leader, Brandon, was well-prepared, sharing stories all along the way! Enjoyed how the day was planned, frequent stops, time for pictures; great food at O'Connors for lunch. Great memories!
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We had a lovely day at...
Monika_S, Aug 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We had a lovely day at Cliffs of Moher and Burren. The views were spectacular! The drive was pleasant as well thanks to our driver John who was telling intresting stories on the way.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Burren is a must for anyone with an interest in geology and the natural world.

  • Wear sturdy shoes; you’ll need them to negotiate the Burren’s rocky terrain.

  • Some of the species that grow in the Burren are very rare. Don’t pick plants and try not to stand on them.

  • Stop by the Burren National Park Information Point in Corofin, County Clare, to find out more.

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How to Get There

The Burren is located in northwest County Clare, near Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, and is about an hour’s drive from Galway city. Bus Éireann route 350 travels from Galway city to the town of Lisdoonvarna in the Burren. To explore the heart of the Burren, it’s best to drive or go as part of an organized tour.

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When to Get There

The Burren is breathtaking year-round, though perhaps the best time to visit is from mid-May to mid-June, when the blossoming wildflowers inject some color into the landscape. Get there early in the morning to soak up its bleak beauty in solitude.

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Wildlife-Viewing in the Burren

In addition to exotic orchids, ferns, and wildflowers, the Burren also sustains an unusual assortment of wildlife. Pine martens, lizards, stoats, frogs, and badgers all live here, while an array of feathered fliers, including sparrow hawks and kestrels, can be seen in the skies above.

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