Ballyvaughan ...

Ballyvaughan Cottage
Ballyvaughan is a coastal village near the northern border of County Clare Ireland. It is situated between the Burren hills and the southern edge of Galway Bay on the N67 and is 39km from Ennis. The village grew up around the harbour which was once a thriving port. The sheltered and picturesque bay makes it popular port even now but predominantly for pleasure boats.

A castle site and celtic ring forts in it surrounds show that this bay has been an important strategic point in the region from historic times. Today Ballyvaughan is one of the most important towns in the Burren region and together with Corofin Doolin Kilfenora and Gort forms one of the traditional edges of the Burren. Ballyvaughan is a great spot to base oneself to tour North Clare. There are many types of accommodation available in the Ballyvaughan from hotels to bed and breakfasts. The pubs in the region provide a variety of entertainment with traditional music being popular. The village is home to fine restaurants and beautiful craft shops.

Driving, cycling or hiking around Ballyvaughan offers a treasure of landscapes and seascapes. Between Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna is the aptly named Corkscrew Hill. This terraced climbing road was designed as a famine relief scheme and has beautiful vistas along its route. On the coast are the unspoilt beaches of Bishops quarter and Fanore, from which you can view Black Island, Gall Island and Green Island. The town boasts fantastic scenic views of the Burren Mountains, Newtown Castle and Aillwee Cave hill.

Ballyvaughan main street

The famous Burren Way Walk starts in Ballyvaughan. The Burren Way is a marked and signposted walking route developed between Ballyvaughan and Lahinch. The route brings the walker inland from Lahinch, passing near the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, to Doolin and on to Ballinalackan. It then continues through the heartland of the Burren, mostly along Green Roads, across the Caher valley to Rathborney and, by the back route, on to Ballyvaughan. It brings the visitor through both the shale uplands of the southern Burren and the limestone pavements of the northern part. It may be traveled in either direction.

A large range of literature, maps and suggested walks in the Burren is available from the tourist information office located in the craft shop at The Village Stores on the main street, next door to the Spar supermarket. Burren Adventure Dive Centre provides scuba dive courses, boat diving and dive equipment and is open all year round. Bike hire is also available in the village.

The valley in which Ballyvaughan is situated contains many celtic ring forts.Cahermore ring fort (the big fort) has stone walls that are up to nine feet high and itís lintelled doorway is still in tact. Ballyallaban ring fort is an earth fort which is unusual in the area but quite common throughout Ireland.

Ballyvaughan is the arts and crafts centre of the county, the village has a Gallery craft shops, craft fair and an art college. The Burren College of Art is an internationally recognised not for profit charitable trust committed to the initial education of artists, and to their continuing professional development. The location of this specialist art college in the grounds of a 16th century castle in the stunning Burren landscape on Ireland's remote Atlantic coast makes this education unique in the world

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