Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
BALLYVAUGHAN is an attractive little port is best known as the gateway to the Burren and for its major attraction, the Aillwee Cave, but its seafood comes a close second - and, as it is in a leafy valley with a wide range of amenities close at hand, it makes a comfortable base for exploring the Burren.
The Burren is an area of great rocky expanse, considered by many to be a unique landscape. Each year botanists and naturalists roam this lunar landscape in search of Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants that grow in profusion over the limestone pavements. The Burren is renowned for its archaeology. Ballyvaughan is surrounded by megalithic tombs such as Poulnabrone dolmen, celtic ring forts, medieval churches and castles.
The area is a haven for walkers and in particular, hill walkers.