The Galway / County Clare / County Clare region

The Burren (Irish: Boireann, meaning “great rock”, Boirinn, the dative form, is the modern form used by the Ordnance Survey) is a karst-landscape region in northwest County Clare, in Ireland. It is one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe.


The region measures approximately 250 square kilometres and is enclosed roughly within the circle made by the villages Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna. It is bounded by the Atlantic and Galway Bay on the west


and north, respectively.

A small portion of the Burren has been designated as Burren National Park. It is one of only six national parks in the Republic of Ireland and the smallest in size (15 km²).

The definite article (making it “the Burren”) has only been added to the name in the last few decades, possibly by academics, as it had always been called Boireann in Irish and Burren in English.



The Kilfenora area


Once known as the city of the seven crosses but more contemporarily known as the Gateway to the Burren, Kilfenora and the surrounding locality has much to offer.

Recreational activities are diverse, ranging from outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, hill-walking, caving, fishing and surfing, to Irish music and Irish set-dancing, to fine dining and the experience of enjoying a pint in the local pubs.



How to find us:

By Road
From Ennis (17miles): N85 to Lahinch, turn right on R476 to Lisdoonvarna;
From Galway : N18 to Limerick, turn right on N67 to Ballyvaughan, Lisdoonvarna. After Ballyvaughan, turn left on R480 to corofin and at Leamaneh Castle turn right on R476 to Kilfenora.  The cottage is located in the village, on the Lisdoonvarna road.



By Bus
From Shannon, Limerick, Cork, Galway : Bus 51 to Ennis then bus 333 leaving Ennis bus station at 15:00 every day, Monday and Friday excepted. Bus times can be found at www.whensmybus.ie.

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