County Clare Journals

The Burren

A September 2000 trip to County Clare by Leesa

Poulnabrone Dolmen Photo, County Clare, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Our Irish friends seemed puzzled by our interest in this area, finding it “barren and dull, and ruined by tourist homes”. As lovers of wide-open spaces, we found it wonderful, its desolation a poignant reminder of the hardships that people must have faced to subsist in this area.

The Burren

Overview

The Burren Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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* The wild coastal scenery
* The towering Cliffs of Moher
* Poulnabrone Dolmen (megalithic architecture!)

Quick Tips:

The journals I've listed under this heading are a good day trip from Galway.

Best Way To Get Around:

As with most scenic routes, you're best travelling under your own steam, be that car or bike!

Cliffs of Moher

Attraction

Cliffs of Moher Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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The towering cliffs (apparently the highest in Europe) are certainly an awe-inspiring site, possibly all the more so as we saw them in typical Irish weather - light drizzle, a rainbow and then clouds rolling in.

In spite of the vast majority of visitors voting with their feet to walk right up to the cliff edge, the obvious signs of landslips along the receding footpath off to the left of the cliffs gave me great cause for concern.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

Cliffs of Moher
Southwestern Edge of the Burren Region
County Clare, Ireland

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Attraction

Poulnabrone Dolmen Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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If you don’t see the tiny signpost, suddenly coming across a number of parked cars along the R480 clearly marks the Dolmen. Out of season (mid September) and on a damp day we had it fairly much to ourselves.

Basic in itself, the age of the tomb combined with the barren landscape makes it fairly striking. Equally as memorable was a field of cairns built by visitors (I assume) stretching off to the left of the dolmen, lending a rather cemetarial air.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

Poulnabrone Dolmen
R480, The Burren, County Clare
County Clare, Ireland

Doolin

Attraction

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Most people we met raved about Doolin, its friendly pubs, its spontaneous music. however, we found there was nothing to see or do in Doolin during the day (unless heading for the Aran Islands), and £11 was certainly steep for 2 bowls of Chowder and 2 pints of rockshandy at McGanns. The pub music scene in the evenings appears to be the main pull, but we didn’t wait around for it. Overhearing locals in the pub it would seem that there are few locals, rather a place where Europeans & Irish come to 'tune out'.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

Doolin
The Burren, County Clare
County Clare, Ireland

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We couldn't find it!

Driving north from Poulnabrone Dolmen on a clear day with our eyes peeled, we failed to find this, and using the parked car method employed at Poulnabrone Dolmen, didn't work this time!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb
R480, The Burren
County Clare, Ireland

The Burren

Attraction | "Burren Coastline Drive"

The Burren Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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To witness the barren coastal scenery of the Burren take the road south from Galway to Ballyvaughan, then follow the coast round to Doolin before heading in to Lisdoonvarna, and onto to Lahinch.

There are plenty of places to stop along this route to explore the wild flower strewn hills that look like they have been cemented over with limestone in places.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

The Burren
Bounded by the Atlantic and Galway Bay
Northwest County Clare