Ballyvaughan.. An oasis in the Burren

Ballyvaughan MapBallyvaughan village is situated between the hills of the Burren and the southern coastline of Galway Bay. Ballyvaughan (O’Behan’s Town) developed as a fishing community from the 19th century. A castle site and celtic ring fort hint at earlier habitation of this sheltered bay.

Today this community welcomes visitors to the Burren region. Each year botanists and naturalists roam this lunar landscape searching for the Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants which grow in profusion over the limestone pavements. The Burren is renowned for its archeology. Ballyvaughan is surrounded by megalithic tombs such as Poulnabrone Dolmen, celtic ring forts, medieval churches and castles.

From Ballyvaughan visitors can explore this unique landscape by car, bike or by hiking over its many hills. The karst terrain hides caves and caverns. Aillwee cave is open to the general public all year round. The beaches and coastline of Ballyvaughan are ideal for swimming, kayaking, boating and fishing. The village and its surroundings offer exclusive and comfortable accommodation to relax in. Both the local residents and visitors can enjoy the restaurants and traditional pubs.

Many visit Ballyvaughan to escape and to stroll its shoreline and green roads or experience the solitude of the Burren wilderness.

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Tourist Information Point
The Tourist Information Point is located at the Visitor Centre at the rear of The Village Stores.

Staff are trained to deal with tourist queries and have knowledge and experience to provide both domestic, and international visitors to the Burren, with a high quality service of information so that they can obtain a greater experience of this unique area.

A large range of literature, maps and suggested walks in the Burren is available. In addition, for walkers, a “pick up” and “drop off” service is available by arrangement.

The Visitor Centre,
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, IRELAND

Telephone: 00 353 (0)65 7077 464

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