Attractions

Historic Site in Corofin

Dysert O'Dea

You can feel the past as you navigate the narrow tracks with grass in the middle to Dysert O'Dea, where St Tola founded a monastery in the 8th century. The church and high cross, the White Cross of St Tola, date fro…
Top Choice Church in Ennis

Ennis Friary

North of the Square this friary was founded by Donnchadh Cairbreach O'Brien, a king of Thomond, between 1240 and 1249. A mix of structures dating between the 13th and 19th centuries, the friary has a graceful five-s…
Archaeological Site in The Burren

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Also known as the Portal Tomb, Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of Ireland's most photographed ancient monuments. The dolmen (a large slab perched on stone uprights) stands amid a swathe of rocky pavements, surprising even…
Ruins in New Quay

Corcomroe Abbey

Moody and evocative (except when the tour buses jam the narrow road out front), this former Cistercian abbey is 1.5km inland from Bell Harbour, in a quiet green hollow, surrounded by the stark grey Burren hillsides.…
Cave in Ballyvaughan

Aillwee Caves

The caves were carved out by water some 2 million years ago. The main cave penetrates 600m into the mountain, widening into larger caverns, one with its own waterfall. Near the entrance are the remains of a brown be…
Top Choice Gardens in Kilrush

Vandeleur Walled Garden

This stunning 'lost' garden was the private domain of the wealthy Vandeleur family – merchants and landowners who engaged in harsh evictions and forced emigration of local people in the 19th century. The gardens lie…
Top Choice Museum in Carron

Burren Perfumery & Floral Centre

The wildflowers of the Burren are the inspiration for the subtle scents at this excellent diversion. There's an audiovisual presentation on the flora of the Burren, which has a surprising diversity, including many f…
Tomb in The Burren

Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb

One of Ireland's most famous prehistoric grave sites, Gleninsheen lies beside the R480 just south of Aillwee Caves near Ballyvaughan. It's thought to date from 4000 to 5000 years ago. A magnificent gold gorget (a cr…
Top Choice Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna

Burren Smokehouse

Learn about the ancient Irish art of oak-smoking salmon from a video at the Burren Smokehouse. Tasty smoked salmon and other fishies in myriad forms are offered for free tasting. Good coffee, tea and deli-type food …
Waterfall in Ennistymon

Cascades

These fine cascades are quite a sight after heavy rain when they surge, beer-brown and foaming, and you risk getting drenched on windy days in the flying drizzle. You'll find them down through an arch by Byrne's hot…