Burren 100 mile Scenic Loop Drive, Co. Clare, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: November 4, 2016
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Clare
  • Distance132 miles
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0 mph
  • Min altitude7 ft
  • Peak719 ft
  • Climb3,921 ft
  • Descent3,921 ft

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The Burren 100 mile Scenic Loop Drive is varied 150km figure of 8 looped driving route through the Burren National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the most dramatic and unique landscapes in the world. The Burren is a huge rocky karst pale grey limestone landscape in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland and on the Wild Atlantic Way and a place full of wonder, interesting facts and a wide range of flora and fauna. The Burren or Boireann in Irish, meaning 'great rock' is an area of approximately 250 square kilometres and encompases the main villages of Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Corofin, Kilfenora, Lisdoonvarna, Ennistimon, Lahinch, Liscannor and Doolin. Take this scenic driving route with you on our free App for iPhone and Android and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.

Black Head, The Burren, Co Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way by Raymond Fogarty
Black Head, The Burren, Co Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way by Raymond Fogarty

Beginning and ending in Ballyvaughan, this drive includes 2 seperate loops and encircles the Burren taking in some great views, things to do along the way. The western loop takes in the villages and towns of Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora, Ennistimon, Lahinch, Liscannor, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Fanore and Black Head which surround the UNESCO Burren. The eastern loop, again starting in Ballyvaughan takes in the Burren National Park, the villages of Corrofin and Carran and landscape containing one of the highest concentrations of ancient heritage sites in Ireland including ring forts, megalithic tombs, stone rows, standing stones, castles, graveyards, cairns and more.

Dun Aengus Fort, Aran Islands, Co. Galway Wild Atlantic Way - Failte Ireland Tourism Ireland
Dun Aengus Fort, Aran Islands, Co. Galway Wild Atlantic Way - Failte Ireland Tourism Ireland

Starting in the charming coastal village of Ballyvaughan, this is a perfect base for the drive and to explore the Aillwee Cave, the ancient monuments of The Poulnabrone Dolmen and Caherconnell Stone Fort, the delightful Burren Perfumery in Carran, Lemaneh Castle, the ancient cathedral town of Kilfenora with its excellent Burren Interpretive Centre, visit the little lighthouse at Black Head and views the distant hills of Connemara across Galway Bay, visit the Aran Islands, the Clare Heritage Centre in Corofin, the beautiful Lough Inchiquin, relax in the spa town of Lisdoonvarna and stop anywhere and enjoy the Atlantic air and amazing landscape.

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Route can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Map illustrations are intended as a guide only and routes should be travelled in conjunction with reference to a good OSI road map of Ireland, GPS or App. Remember to take your time on this route and take care and enjoy the views. Take this scenic driving route with you on our free App for iPhone and Android and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.
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