The Burren, in County Clare, is filled with surprises. Like this colt, its fuzzy winter coat keeping it warm as chilly fall winds blow in from the Atlantic. Ireland Vacation
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Family Activities in The Burren

The Burren, famous for its barrenness, is one of the most unique places in Ireland. Its limestone terrain, hardy vegetation, and rugged animals, both wild and domestic, make the Burren a contrast. Barren limestone gives way to open grazing land. The limestone cliffs drop abruptly into the ocean. And beauty appears out of nowhere.

The Burren, in County Clare, is filled with surprises. Like this colt, its fuzzy winter coat keeping it warm as chilly fall winds blow in from the Atlantic. Ireland Vacation
The Burren, in County Clare, is filled with surprises. Like this colt, its fuzzy winter coat keeping it warm as chilly fall winds blow in from the Atlantic.

Too often travelers drive along the Wild Atlantic Way and through the Burren, gazing at the stone walls that climb the high hills. After a quick stop at Poulnabrone Dolmen, and a longer visit to the Cliffs of Moher, they depart the area with barely a taste of what it offers visitors.

Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren, County Clare. The most accessible dolmen to visit during your Ireland vacation.
Poulnabrone Dolmen- the most accessible dolmen to visit in The Burren.

If you can, plan at least 2 days into your Ireland vacation itinerary for The Burren – the area is filled with activities for your entire family!

Burren Discovery Ticket. Explore three of the best attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way in County Clare! Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Ailwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre and Burren Centre. Pass is good for 7 days.

7 Fun Family Activities in The Burren

O’Brien’s Tower overlooks the An Branán Mór Sea Stack at the Cliffs of Moher. A Cliffs of Moher cruise is an incredible addition to your Ireland Vacation itinerary.
O’Brien’s Tower overlooks the An Branán Mór Sea Stack at the Cliffs of Moher.

A Cliffs of Moher Cruise  If you're in this part of Ireland it's likely you've visited the Cliffs of Moher. Take your experience to the next level – sea level – with a Cliffs cruise. Leaving from nearby Doolin Pier the one-hour cruise takes you to the base of the Cliffs of Moher, giving you a completely new view of the cliffs you stood atop not so long ago.

Best for: All ages. Seating is available in the cabin, on the back deck, or even atop the boat. (Read about our Cliffs of Moher Cruise with Doolin2Aran Ferries)

Cliffs Walk from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher Pat Sweeney's family has lived and farmed in the Doolin area for five generations. A walking enthusiast, Pat leads the 8km walk from Pat O'Conner's Pub to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center, sharing the history and folklore of the area as he guides you along pathways through farm fields.

Best for: Children 8+. All participants should have a reasonable level of fitness. (More information and book online at Doolin Cliff Walk.)

Watching surfers in Lahinch, Ireland. Planning an adventure vacation in Ireland? Lahinch Adventures in County Clare can set you up.
Watching stundet surfers with Lahinch Adventures in Lahinch, Ireland.

Get Active with Lahinch Adventures Just south of the Cliffs of Moher the village of Lahinch has become known as a surfing destination. In addition to surf school, Ben Bennett and his wonderful staff also lead cycling, hill walking, kayaking, rock climbing, and caving adventures. During our visit we practiced a bit of archery, as well. If the weather isn't cooperating indoor climbing walls and archery ranges are available to begin- or hone- your skills.

Best for: Children 7+ or as strength/ skill allow. (More information and booking inquiries at Lahinch Adventures.)

Carggaunowen – the Living Past Experience Stroll through thousands of years of Ireland history at an attraction very few tourists have even heard of. All through the park are hands on experiences, ‘sweet, adorable' animals, re-creations and historical artifacts that will convince everyone that history is cool!

Best for: all ages. (Read about our visit to Craggaunowen.)

Exploring the Fairy Woodlands at the Burren Nature Sanctuary. A fun stop for the whole family during your Ireland vacation.
Just one of the tiny doors in the Fairy Woodlands. Those little creatures lock their doors tight during the day when they sleep.

Burren Nature Sanctuary At the northernmost edge of the Burren in County Galway , the Burren Nature Sanctuary is a natural wonderland designed for exploration. While walking the sanctuary pathways you'll encounter friendly domesticated animals, a famine village, a disappearing lake, and a fairy woodland – to name just a few of the attractions both natural and designed. Kids 12 and under will love the outdoor adventure playground with zipline, mobilis, and tower slide. A soft indoor playground is terrific for toddlers.

Best for: the entire family. The on-site cafe serves fresh, delicious food. And be sure to check the calendar for special events. (Directions, prices, and events at the Burren Nature Sanctuary website.)

Perfumes created with natual and organic at Burren Perfumery in County Clare. This is where to buy all those Ireland vacation souvenirs!
The 20 liter jars used to create the perfumes at Burren Perfumery.

Burren Perfumery One of the top selling perfumes in Ireland, Man of Aran, is created in 20 liter batches at this natural and organic perfumery. Beyond the perfumery, which houses the retail store and a short audiovisual presentation, you can explore the gardens, blending room, and soap making room. Perfumes, lotions and soaps are available to sample.

Best for: everyone. Kids can enjoy the grounds and creation rooms, while mom & dad take turns in the perfumery. Older kids will enjoy the audiovisual presentation and the incredible scents. (More information & shop online at The Burren Perfumery.)

Burren Food Trail Enjoy a foodie tour of the Burren! Go from farm to table as you explore everything from goat and pork farms to ice cream and chocolates.

Best for: everyone. (More information, locations, and map at Burren Food Trail website)

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  4. We were in the area after seeing the Cliffs of Moher on our way to Galway & saw a sign for the Perfumery. After a long journey we were afraid we had missed the signs, then all of a sudden we saw a small sign & we found it! A great unexpected side trip! Would go back! Awesome place & bought sents & balms!

    1. The perfumery can be tricky to find- but it is so worth the journey! Thank you so much, Victoria, for sharing your Ireland vacation memory!

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  6. You have captured some lovely things to do! We are a small family owned village pub and Every Friday at 11:00 a.m. you can meet up here at Kilshanny House. Join Pius Murray of Coisceim Anama (Footsteps of The Soul) for an easy paced inspirational walk. Re-connect with nature. See the Holy Wells and places of interest in Kilshanny and relax afterwards for a delicious home made lunch in the cosy intimate Kilshanny House. Age: from approximately ten years old to one hundred and ten! see more at

  7. Good evening,
    Certainly all of the above are worth doing.
    You could include my place :
    The Doolin Garden and Nursery ,Doolin ,Co.Clare.
    Entry is free and its way up there on the Trip Advisor List of places to visit . See web site .Believe it or not visiting gardens is a very popular pass time and educational.
    Thank you,
    Matt O’Connell

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