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The Burren
The Burren

The Burren

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4,577 Reviews
Free admission
The Burren House Farm County Clare, Ireland

The Basics

One of the best ways to get an overview of the Burren is to drive along the R480 road, which links the town of Ballyvaughan in the north to Leamaneh in the south and cuts through the heart of the unusual karst landscape. Of course, to truly appreciate the Burren, and to see some of the tiny plants that sprout between the rocks, you’ll need to get out of the car and walk. Numerous signposted trails weave through the UNESCO-listed Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

Because of its proximity to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren is often included as a stop-off on Cliffs of Moher day trips from Dublin and Galway, along with 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and the charming village of Doolin, a hub for traditional Irish music. Some tours also include visits to the Aillwee Cave, a series of underground caverns that features a waterfall, bear bones, and unusual rock formations.

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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

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Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
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$158.93 per adult
Best day in Ireland!
Fantastic tour!!! Incredibly organized and we had such a great tour guide!! It was an action packed day that took us to some of the best site in the country but we also had plenty of time to explore on our own.
Lindsey_B, Jul 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Rail Tour From Dublin
Patregan39604, Jun 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Cannot say enough about how well- organized and efficient this attraction is. The train has clean restrooms; the connections all went smoothly with the guides we had; our tour leader, Brandon, was well-prepared, sharing stories all along the way! Enjoyed how the day was planned, frequent stops, time for pictures; great food at O'Connors for lunch. Great memories!
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Exploring Ireland
Katherine_R, Mar 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Amazing day out small group and the guide was great.Lots if information offered sight seen overall an amazing adventure through parts of Ireland
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Excellent
Kathy_H, Feb 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Terence was a terrific guide. We enjoyed the explanations and history. We also had conversations about politics.
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Cliffs & Bunratty
bprovance86, Jan 2020
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
We had a fantastic time on this trip. I had not traveled by train in Ireland, and the ride was very nice. The guide was friendly and made everything clear for us to follow. The sights did not disappoint either. It was a blustery day, but the cliffs were magnificent.
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TN Travelers
smithonshadylane, Nov 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Had a wonderful time. Weather was beautiful and saw all that was promised. Terrance was a wonderful tour guide. Very helpful, beyond what his job was.
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Great tour
kwstiers, Oct 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Excellent tour. Jonathan was a great guide. He new so much history of the places we visited it was amazing to hear all the details. Saw lots of sights along the way. Definitely would recommend
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Long day, but a lot of fun.
tscan33, Oct 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
It is a long day, but it is a lot of fun and you see beautiful Irish landscapes. Train ride was comfortable and bus was nice and comfortable.
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Great trip !
bethmay263, Oct 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Every part of this trip was well organized and enjoyable - highly recommend if you haven’t seen western Ireland !
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Awesome Ireland!
Barton R, Sep 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Our Victor experience will easily be rated as excellent to fellow travelers. The natural beauty is stunning, but one needs experienced drivers and tour guides to make a superior experience. Our guide and driver. Our guide was a Brendan, but I regret I cannot remember our driver’s name. Brendan fulfilled his role as a fine Irish teller of stories!
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Excellent, very good visit! Worth it!
Sg_barbara, Sep 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Superb visit and excellent tour guide. It is worth its price, would definitely repeat with them. Thanks Bob!
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Coast to Coast
blackfly22, Sep 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Great tour. Well organized; David was a friendly and informative guide. Only improvement would be to try and squeeze more time in Galway.
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good [place
Steven D, Sep 2019
Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
Enjoyed the train and bus combination. the WiFi was awesome for the bus, had taken a previous company and no WiFi, why is that helpful with social media connection I appreciate the good connection. The driver and tour guides were personable and entertaining

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Burren is a must for anyone with an interest in geology and the natural world.

  • Wear sturdy shoes; you’ll need them to negotiate the Burren’s rocky terrain.

  • Some of the species that grow in the Burren are very rare. Don’t pick plants and try not to stand on them.

  • Stop by the Burren National Park Information Point in Corofin, County Clare, to find out more.

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How to Get There

The Burren is located in northwest County Clare, near Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, and is about an hour’s drive from Galway city. Bus Éireann route 350 travels from Galway city to the town of Lisdoonvarna in the Burren. To explore the heart of the Burren, it’s best to drive or go as part of an organized tour.

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When to Get There

The Burren is breathtaking year-round, though perhaps the best time to visit is from mid-May to mid-June, when the blossoming wildflowers inject some color into the landscape. Get there early in the morning to soak up its bleak beauty in solitude.

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Wildlife-Viewing in the Burren

In addition to exotic orchids, ferns, and wildflowers, the Burren also sustains an unusual assortment of wildlife. Pine martens, lizards, stoats, frogs, and badgers all live here, while an array of feathered fliers, including sparrow hawks and kestrels, can be seen in the skies above.

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