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The Burren

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The name of the 'Burren' region is derived from the word 'Boireann', which means 'rocky land' in the Gaelic language, which is appropriate for this vast limestone plateau in northwest of County Clare.

In 1640's, a surveyor commissioned by Oliver Cromwell described the area as 'a savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury'.

Although few trees grow in this rocky place, many other plants thrive. The Burren is a unique botanical environment in which Mediterranean and alpine plants rare to Ireland grow side by side.  From May to August, an amazing array of flowers creates bright splashes of colour in this otherwise austere landscape.

Glaciation and wind and rain erosion have formed limestone pavements with deep crevices known as 'grykes'. The porous rock is easily penetrated by rain water, which has gouged out an extensive cave system beneath the rocky plateau.

The Burren National Park and Geopark is a truly magnificent karst limestone area which has a combination of many unusual features which make it unique in Europe.  Its geology, flora, fauna, caves, archaelology, and history set it apart as a place of great mystery and beauty. The Burren, together with the Cliffs of Moher was awarded UNESCO recognised Global Geopark status in 2011.

In an area of only 100 square miles you can find crystal clean rivers, ancient castles, peaceful lakes, sheer cliffs, magical caves, lush green valleys, bare rock mountains, green walking trails along with the many relics of ancient civilisation including round towers, portal dolmens, hidden churches and sacred wells. From geology to botany and from archaeology to outdoor adventure there is something for visitors of all ages. Pristine beaches with the backdrop of sculpted limestone mountains provide a wonderful setting for lovers of the outdoors. The Burren region is a mecca for those looking for some of the best hiking, cycling, surfing, kayaking or caving in the country.

There are many great towns and villages to visit while touring the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. The area is home to a highly productive community of cottage industry food producers specialising in everything from smoked salmon, honey, jams and cheeses to name but a few. Why not take time to indulge in the best local foods, or stop in one of the many towns and villages to enjoy a great traditional music session. 

See below a list of some the main towns in region.
Upcoming Events
Galway International Arts Festival (17th - 30th July 2017)
The Galway International Arts Festival has confirmed an internationally acclaimed line-up of music, dance, theatre, comedy, street events and art...
Galway Film Fleadh (11th - 16th July 2017)
Ireland's leading film festival, the Galway Film Fleadh is a six-day international event welcoming a diversity of films from around the world.
Galway Garden Festival (01st - 02nd July 2017)
The 9th annual Galway Garden Festival is held in the beautiful grounds of Claregalway Castle and promises to be a very special weekend.
Traidphicnic (30th June - 02nd July 2017)
Traidphicnic is a wonderful festival, celebrating the vibrant culture and traditions of Ireland and taking place in the scenic village of Spiddal.
SeaFest - National Maritime Festival (30th June - 02nd July 2017)
SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival returns to the Galway Harbour area with an extensive programme for all ages.
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series (24th June 2017)
Red Bull Cliff Diving travels to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands for the first stop of the 2017 World Series.
Connemara Bog Week (28th May - 05th June 2017)
Connemara Bog Week celebrates its 33rd anniversary this year with lots of special events planned.
Galway African Film Festival (26th - 28th May 2017)
The 10th year of this festival will screen a selection of films from various countries in Africa showcasing the wealth of talent in African cinema.
Connacht Sheep Shearing Festival (19th - 21st May 2017)
Along with the competition the event will include the Connacht Dog Show, massive Tractor Run, Trade Stands, Brown Bread Baking Competition, Bonny...
Galway Early Music Festival (19th - 21st May 2017)
Enjoy this wonderful medieval festival with concerts, film, family events and workshops in the lively medieval centre of Galway.
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Connemara Day Tour

Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.


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Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour

The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


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Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.


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Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.


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