Welcome to Ballyvaughan


Just west of the village centre, Ballyvaughan's quay was built in 1829 at a time when boats traded with the Aran Islands and Galway, exporting grain and bacon and bringing in peat – a scarce commodity in this barren landscape. From the quay, a signposted track leads to a seashore bird shelter offering fine views of the tidal shallows.

To the village's south, at the foothills of the Burren, is the ancient Aillwee Cave.


Top experiences in Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan activities

$57.28 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher Day Tour, Cruise from Galway

Your day trip starts as you depart Merchants Road, Galway from outside the Kinlay Hostel with your driver-guide, who takes you on a wonderful journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, passing through the villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara, and Ballyvaughan. From Ballyvaughan, head south along the Clare coastline via the karst landscape of the Burren, passing by Blackhead and Fanore on your way to the fishing village of Doolin, where your ferry awaits to take you to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands. Once on the island, you have free time to explore and have lunch (own expense) before boarding the return ferry to Doolin. The return ferry cruises beneath the Cliffs of Moher, providing an impressive view of the sheer height of the cliffs. When you reach Doolin, re-board your bus and head to the top of the Cliffs of Moher to enjoy the sea views from the summit. Then make your way back to Galway, passing again through the Burren and by Lisdoonvarna, home to an annual matchmaking festival. Your day trip ends with arrival in Galway.

$28.64 Day Trips & Excursions

Moher Cliffs, Coast of County Clare, Burren Tour from Galway

Departing from Merchants Road, Gawlay, outside the Kinlay Hostel at 09:30 daily and travelling south along the Wild Atlantic Way, your fully trained, local driver / guide will take you on a journey through the history and landscapes of Ireland.Your first stop is at Dunguaire Castle on the outskirts of Kinvara. This is one of the most photographed castles in the whole of Ireland.Then it’s on through the glacio-karst landscape of the Burren and past Corcomroe Abbey. This fascinating 12th century Cistercian Abbey is noted for its distinguished carvings and rich ornamentation.We follow the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of County Clare, passing Black Head, Wild Atlantic Way - Discovery Point and Fanore Strand, Wild Atlantic Way - Discovery Point.From here you can see the three Aran Islands, Inishmore (Inis Mor), Inishmann (Inis Meain) and Inisheer (Inis Oirr), locking in Galway Bay and in the distance the mountains of Connemara.A photo stop at Doolin pier gives you a chance to feel the Atlantic wind in your face and to see the power of the sea as it crashes in on the shore. During the summer months, there is an opportunity to join a cruise to the base of the Cliffs of Moher. (cruise not included).After you’ve worked up an appetite on the beach it’s onto Doolin Hotel for lunch. (Lunch not included). Try any of the local sea food dishes, you won’t be disappointed.Next up is our main stop of the day, the Cliffs of Moher for a 2 hour stop. Wild Atlantic Way - Signature Point. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Irelands most spectacular sights and one of the 'Signature Points' on the Wild Atlantic Way. Rising 214 meters out of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher offer one of the most amazing views in Ireland. (entry fee included).After the Cliffs of Moher, you'll return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, famous for it's annual match making festival.Tour returns to Galway City between 17:00 and 17:30.

$77.90 Shore Excursions

Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, and The Burren Tour from Galway

You depart Galway in the morning with your local trained driver guide who will take you on a unique journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Heading towards the ferry departure point at the fishing village of Doolin you will pass through the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara and Ballyvaughan.Along the way you will see medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches and graveyards, dry stone walls, quays and harbours, ponies, horses, calves, cows, lambs, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two.Turning right at Ballyvaughan, your local driver guide will take you south following the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of Clare, via Black Head (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point), Fanore Strand (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point) and the baby cliffs of Ballyreen.From here you can witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline of Ireland, this is the Wild Atlantic Way.At approx. 11am you will be in Doolin to board the ferry for Inisheer, the smallest and nearest of the Gaeltacht Aran Islands. The three Aran Islands are three limestone rocky outcrops that lock in Galway Bay, consisting of Inishmore (Inis Mor), Inishmaan (Inis Meain) and Inisheer (Inis Oirr).During the 30-minute ferry crossing, keep an eye out for a local bottlenose dolphin that occasionally follows the ferry as it approaches the Island. Once on Inisheer, you’ll have time to yourself to explore the ancient castles and churches, follow narrow lanes between stone walls and deserted white sand beaches. It’s perfectly possible to explore the whole Island by hiring a bicycle or even a pony and trap.The return ferry to Doolin takes you on a guided scenic cruise beneath the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. From here you get an amazing view of the 214m high, 8 km long Cliffs of Moher (Wild Atlantic Way – Signature Point). As they say around here, “From the Cliffs you see the sea but from the sea you see the Cliffs.”Then, arrive at the top of the Cliffs of Moher. Re-board the coach and your local, your driver/guide will take you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher for a minimum 1-hour stop. Entry fee to the Cliffs and the eco-friendly visitors centre, the Atlantic Edge, is included. Have a stroll along the summit of the Cliffs and take in the amazing views of the huge ocean and sky.Depart Cliffs of Moher, return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world famous matchmaking festival held every September and once again through the limestone, glacio-karst landscape that makes up the Burren.At approx. 6.30pm arrive Galway city to initial departure point.

$34.37 Day Trips & Excursions

Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour along the Wild Atlantic Way from Galway

Departing from Merchants Road, Galway from outside the Kinlay Hostel at 9am daily, your fully trained, local driver / guide will take you on a scenic journey south along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Heading towards the Cliffs of Moher you will pass through the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan and Doolin. Along the way you will see Medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches and graveyards, dry stone walls, quays and harbours, ponies and horses, calves and cows, lambs and sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two. Turning right at Ballyvaughan, your local driver/guide will follow the coastline of Clare and Galway Bay south along the Wild Atlantic Way via Blackhead (Wild Atlantic Way - Discovery Point), Fanore Strand (Wild Atlantic Way - Discovery Point). From here you can witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline of Ireland, this is the Wild Atlantic Way! You will also see Connemara in the distance, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Upon arrival at the picturesque quay at Doolin, your driver / guide will present you with your complimentary ticket to the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre, the Atlantic Edge. From here you will have 5 hours to follow the Cliffs path on foot to the visitor centre. You will rendezvous with the coach and driver at the Cliffs of Moher for your return journey to Galway. Following the Cliffs of Moher stop, you return to Galway through the limestone, glacio-karst Burren landscape and via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world famous matchmaking festival held every September.

$54.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-day Cliffs of Moher and Wild Atlantic Way Tour from Galwa

Departing Galway city in the morning, you will receive detailed directions to the meet point upon booking. This unique tour gives you a minimum 5-hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher. (Wild Atlantic Way – Signature Point). If you’re into walking, photography, exploring or quite simply wish to take your time and enjoy a day at the world famous Cliffs of Moher, this is the tour for you. Your local driver guide will take you on a scenic journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Heading towards the Cliffs of Moher you will pass through the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan and Doolin.Along the way you will see Medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches and graveyards, dry stone walls, quays and harbours, ponies, horses, calves, cows, lambs, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two! Turing right at Ballyvaughan, your local driver guide will take you south following the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of Clare, via BlackHead (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point) lighthouse, Fanore Strand (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point) and the baby cliffs of Ballyreen. From here you can witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline of Ireland, this is the Wild Atlantic Way.Just before midday, you will arrive at the Cliffs of Moher where your local, driver guide will present you with your complimentary ticket to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre: the Atlantic Edge. Now you’ll have a minimum of 5 hours to spend as you wish at the Cliffs of Moher.At approx. 4.30pm you will depart Cliffs of Moher and return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world famous matchmaking festival held every September and once again through the limestone, glacio-karst landscape that makes up the Burren.At 6.30pm you will arrive back to Galway city and the initial departure point.

$77.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Wild Atlantic Way from Galway

You depart Galway in the morning with your local trained driver guide who will take you on a unique journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Heading towards the ferry departure point at the fishing village of Doolin you will pass through the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara and Ballyvaughan.Along the way you will see Medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches and graveyards, dry stone walls, quays and harbours, ponies, horses, calves, cows, lambs, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two.Turning right at Ballyvaughan, your local, driver guide will take you south following the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of Clare, via Black Head (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point), Fanore Strand (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point) and the baby cliffs of Ballyreen.From here you can witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline of Ireland, this is the Wild Atlantic Way.At approx. 11am you will be in Doolin to board the ferry for Inisheer, the smallest and nearest of the Gaeltacht Aran Islands. The three Aran Islands are three limestone rocky outcrops that lock in Galway Bay, consisting of Inishmore (Inis Mor), Inishmaan (Inis Meain) and Inisheer (Inis Oirr).During the 30-minute ferry crossing, keep an eye out for a local bottlenose dolphin that occasionally follows the ferry as it approaches the Island. Once on Inisheer, you’ll have time to yourself to explore the ancient castles and churches, follow narrow lanes between stone walls and deserted white sand beaches. It’s perfectly possible to explore the whole Island by hiring a bicycle or even a pony and trap.The return ferry to Doolin takes you on a guided scenic cruise beneath the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. From here you get an amazing view of the 214m high, 8 km long Cliffs of Moher (Wild Atlantic Way – Signature Point). As they say around here “From the Cliffs you see the sea but from the sea you see the Cliffs.”Then, arrive at the top of the Cliffs of Moher. Re-board the coach and your local, your driver/guide will take you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher for a minimum 1 hour stop. Entry fee to the Cliffs and the eco-friendly visitors centre, the Atlantic Edge, is included. Have a stroll along the summit of the Cliffs and take in the amazing views of the huge ocean and sky.Depart Cliffs of Moher, return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world famous matchmaking festival held every September and once again through the limestone, glacio-karst landscape that makes up the Burren.At approx. 6.30pm arrive Galway city to initial departure point.

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