The Burren, situated in north-west Clare, covers over 300 square kilometres and is of extreme importance to geologists, botanists and archaeologists from Ireland and beyond. As the largest karstic limestone area in Western Europe, the Burren is an anomaly in the Irish landscape and continues to fascinate geologists who come to study its limestone patterns, underground rivers and grykes (cracks).
To the botanist, the Burren is home to rare alpine plants, delicate wonders that grow in the thin soil and crevices - gentians, mountain avens and maidenhair ferns amongst others. The survival of both alpine and Mediterranean plants in this unusual habitat continues to arouse debate and to delight the careful walker. Those interested in the ancient history of Ireland will find a wealth of material in the Burren - megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses, a ruined Cistercian Abbey and more than sixty wedge tombs.
In the heart of the Burren, lies one of the oldest caves in Ireland.
This cave was formed by the glacial melt waters of an early ice age.
The erosive power of the waters carved out an subterrainian river deep underneath Aillwee mountain.
This river has subsided since the last ice age, leaving behind one of Ireland's most stunning cave.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.
Bunratty Castle was built in 1425 by the MacNamaras and then passed to the O'Briens who were Earls of Thomond. The Castle is furnished with mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings. Medieval Banquets are held in the Castle year round (reservations necessary).
Bunratty Folk Park, located in the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Ireland's premier attraction. Bunratty Folk Park recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Ireland. It is a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago.
It features over 30 buildings including watermill, church, village street with pub and post office, magical walled garden, playground and various farm animals including pigs, sheep, deer native Irish wolfhound and much more.
Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti and various street characters. Enjoy the tastes, sights sounds and scents as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village. Further details from
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.
O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
ATLANTIC EDGE is the exciting interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher New Visitor Experience - a huge domed cave contains images, exhibits, displays that provide information and a multi media experience for visitors to the cliffs.
The Wild Atlantic Way has been the place of childhood holidays for so many, and yet for many people it is the new amazing, breath taking trail that must be seen. The rugged wonder of Sea and Rock that man has had little part in creating is nature at it is majestic best. From Donegal, all down the Western Coast, the jewels of Ireland can best be seen, in abundance. The West of Ireland is a tourist paradise, and we hope that you chose Cahill’s for your stay or a pint, as you savour what is best about County Clare. We are a little of the tourist route, but Kildysart is a treasure for the lucky to enjoy!