The Burren

Burren

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The Burren
Distance from Corlea House – 30 minute drive.

Discover the unique magic of the Burren Region. Visitors can explore the mysteries of The Burren the story of the flora, fauna, archaeology, geology, legends and natural history of this magnificent limestone region.


Ballyvaughan
Distance from Corlea House – 1 hour drive.

Situated on a quiet corner of Galway Bay lies the picturesque village of Ballyvaughan. Originally better known as a fishing village it has in recent years developed into a tourist centre. With the Burren lying a few miles south of the village, Doolin lying to the east and Galway to the north east, Ballyvaughan with its lively pubs and up market restaurants provides an ideal base for exploring these areas.


The Burren Perfumery
Distance from Corlea House – 45 minute drive.

The Burren Perfumery was founded 40 years ago at the centre of a quiet valley in the heart of the Burren. The Burren is a limestone plateau on the West Coast of Ireland, famous for its wildness and the diversity of its plant life. There are more than 700 species of flowering plants here, roughly three-quarters or Ireland’s native flora. The flowers of the Burren inspired the original Perfumery fragrances: Man of Aran, Ilaun, Frond and Fraoch.

The Burren Perfumery is in Carran, Co. Clare approximately one hour driving time from Shannon or Galway. Visitors can see a free audio visual on the Burren, view the distillation and soap making areas, visit the herb garden and organic tea rooms and, of course, try out Perfumery fragrances, creams, balms and other products.


Caherconnell Stone Fort
Distance from Corlea House – 45 minute drive.

Caherconnell Stone Fort, situated 1km south of Poulnabrone dolmen in the heart of the Burren Ireland , offers you the opportunity to visit an exceptionally well – preserved example of the stone forts or stone ringforts, which are to be found in the Burren Ireland. The fort is in its original state. Its position, overlooking virtually all-surrounding areas suggests a defensive settlement. This may not have been defensive in a military sense, but rather for personal security from raiders or wild animals which were among the most common foes at the time. Ringforts such as Caherconnell are thought to have been inhabited from 400-1200A.D. However a description of the site at Caherconnell, in the early 20th century by local historian the late Dr. McNamara of Corofin Co. Clare suggests that the entrance to the fort may have been re-built in the 15th or 16th century.This suggests that this fort may have been inhabited up to the late medieval period.


Aillwee Caves
Distance from Corlea House – 1 & 1/2 hour drive.

In the heart of the Burren, lies one of the oldest caves in Ireland. The cave was formed by the glacial melt waters of an early ice age and the erosive power of the waters carved out subterrainian river deep underneath Aillwee mountain. This river has subsided since the last ice age, leaving behind one of Ireland’s most stunning caves.

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