To do & see
The Cusack Way
The Cusack Way was officially opened in 2012 and is a welcome addition to the many wonderful Burren Walks.
The trail starts at the Michael Cusack Centre in Carron, Co. Clare. The walk is rated as easy to moderate. It is a 6km linear trail which leads to the Cahercommaun Cliff Fort taking the average walker about 45 minutes to reach. Upon reaching the fort the walker is rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the impressive landscape from this elevated site.
Please stick to the Burren code while on this walk and also bear in mind that this is a working farm so no dogs are allowed. Please wear suitable raingear and footwear. The walk is free and open to the public.
The Cusack walk has been developed with the direction and assistance of the National Monuments Service, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Burren Connect, Clare Local Development Company, Fas and local landowners.
Feel free to contact us about The Cuasck Way walk, for more details and booking information.
Sustainable Transport Information
Burren National Park shuttle bus runs on a first-come-first-served basis, fourteen times a day, seven days a week throughout the visitor season. https://www.burrennationalpark.ie
Electric car charging points: https://www.esb.ie/our-businesses/ecars/charge-point-map
Bus Eireann Timetables: https://www.buseireann.ie
Mary O’Dea: http://www.hiddenburrenwalks.net
Tony Kirby: https://www.heartofburrenwalks.com
John Connolly: https://www.burrenwalks.com
Shane Connolly: http://homepage.eircom.net
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark supports people and organisations to work together to ensure a cared-for landscape, a better understood heritage, more sustainable tourism, a vibrant community and strengthened livelihoods.
The Burren is a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. This limestone landscape is renowned for its abundance of archaeological artefacts; megalithic tombs, celtic ring forts, medieval churches and castles. It’s bountiful biodiversity; Hoary Rockrose (Helianthemum canum), Spring Gentian (Gentiana verna) Milkwort (Polagala vulgaris) to name but a few. The Burren displays some exceptional examples in geological terms of almost all the typical limestone landforms such as underground rivers, caves, clints, grykes and dikes.
The unique co-existence of Mediterranean and Arctic-Alpine flora is another major appeal of the Burren as this has not been observed in any other area of Europe.
The Burren fauna is flourishing also, you may expect to spot rabbit, fox, badger, hare, pine martin, wild goat, stoat and red squirrel on you walk in the Burren.
There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of the Burren; it can be explored on foot, by bicycle or car but whichever way you choose to explore be sure to observe the code and keep this area amazing for everyone.
The Carron Area
Carron is a small rural village in North Co. Clare, Ireland, situated in the heart of the breathtaking Burren. Carron has an abundance of archaeology dating back to the Megalithic period; tombs such as The Poulnabrone Dolmen dates from c.3600. This portal dolmen is an impressive example of the monuments these early farmers constructed over the graves of their dead.
Cahercommaun Stone Fort, c.500-1500AD, is an outstanding example of the Celtic Ring Forts which were built to protect large extended families and their farms.
Temple Cronan is a 12th century Medieval Church with some intriguing features such as the carved grotesque Romanesque heads found on the exterior wall.
Carron is also renowned for its many stunning viewing points of the Burren, the captivating Carron Valley drive and last but not least Mullaghmore Mountain. Carron has many Burren walks and trails and it is full of Irish history, culture and heritage. If you plan a day trip to Co. Clare be sure to include the compelling Carron area on your to do list!
Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is a spectacular addition to Ireland’s array of tourist attractions. It is a coastal route that stretches from Co. Donegal in the north to Co. Cork in the south. The route is 2,500km in length and passes through nine counties and three provinces. This trail will lead you through some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery.
Along the way you’ll discover the true beauty of the West Coast of Ireland and all it has to offer. You’ll be enchanted by the history, culture, adventure and magic that you’ll encounter on your journey and chance upon some unexpected hidden gems. Enjoy the ride! www.wildatlanticway.com
The Burren Ecotourism Network
The Burren Ecotourism Network (the B.E.N.) is a membership organisation embedded in a sustainable tourism ethos. It was formally established in 2011. Its purpose is to:
- connect tourism enterprises in the Burren region and enable them to work together to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits, both for themselves and for their communities;
- provide members with training, networking, marketing, business development and partnership opportunities;
- enable members to make an active contribution to the conservation of the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
The B.E.N. mission is to contribute to transforming the Burren region into a truly sustainable destination by being a thought-leader and advocate and by providing learning, development and business opportunities to tourism enterprises.
B.E.N. is a network of tourism businesses with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognised sustainable tourism region ensuring the future economic and social growth and sustainable development of its communities, environment and heritage. It seeks to support continued training, mentoring and accreditation in sustainable tourism for its members and for businesses interested in joining the Network.
The Burren Ecotourism Network and the management organisation of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark enjoy a special relationship. Both organisations are committed to the promotion of responsible tourism that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. Having agreed in late 2012 to pool their resources in pursuit of their common objective, they work together to promote ‘The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark’ as a leading sustainable visitor destination, celebrated for high standards in visitor experience, conservation and learning.