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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
$53.14 per adult
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I had a great time! John...
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:)
Caleigh_J, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Cliffs with rain
NancyBrennan, 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!
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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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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
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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!
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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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Best day in Ireland!
Lindsey_B, Jul 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Fantastic tour!!! Incredibly organized and we had such a great tour guide!! It was an action packed day that took us to some of the best site in the country but we also had plenty of time to explore on our own.
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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.
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Fantastic tour (guide) definitely recommend
Heghine_H, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
We had a lovely tour with John, the places were absolutely beautiful and he was a brilliant tour guide
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Very knowledgeable tour guide. I...
Cynthia F, Jul 2018
From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.
Very knowledgeable tour guide. I was hoping to see the famous dolmen in the Burren National Park, which we didn't see. But an otherwise great trip.
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Well organised
Bhavika_S, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
The tour was very well organised. John was very nice and his knowledge about the region was extremely insightful. The place for lunch was very good, especially since it was completely carbon neutral, as explained by out waitress Cecile.
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Amazing Daytrip
Lina, Sep 2020
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
It was a wonderful day trip to the Burren, including the Cliffs of Mother, Aillwee Cave and some photo stops. Our driver and guide John was really great - he gave a lot of interesting and sometimes funny information during the bus drive, so time was passing quickly during driving. If he was not speaking (what happened rarely) we listened to traditional Irish music - it was a great day!
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Exploring Ireland
Katherine_R, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Amazing day out small group and the guide was great.Lots if information offered sight seen overall an amazing adventure through parts of Ireland

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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