It takes less than two hours to drive from Nenagh to the Burren in Co. Clare. At a recent launch for the Cliffs of Moher Geopark  ( in Lisdoonvarna, I was reminded just how much this region has to offer.  Geologically this region has a barren limestone landscape that is home to an amazing amount of flora including Arctic and Alpine flowers. There are caves such as Doolin ( and Aillwee Cave ( to explore and of course the majestic Cliffs of Moher ( are also a spectacle to behold.  There are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in the Burren  and ecotourism is thriving ( . Visit the Burren Outdoor Education Centre ( - enjoy a range of activities from rock climbing and kayaking to hill walking. You can go surfing in Fanore at the Aloha Surf School ( or go sea kayaking in North Clare (  Be sure to check out a range of walks and hiking experiences as well–,, or

When it comes to food in the Burren this is something I know a bit about and while I cannot list all the amazing places to eat here I want to tell you about a few I have experienced. In Lisdoonvarna be sure to stop by the Burren Smokehouse ( here you can purchase delicious Irish salmon along with other products – steps down the road is the Roadside Tavern where you can taste a range of delicious beers from the Burren micro brewery and also enjoy a delicious simple lunch of smoked salmon ( In the opposite direction is the Wild Honey Inn (,  I stayed here for two nights during Slow Food Clare ( a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed not only the meals but also our lovely room.  I also enjoyed a fantastic  6 course meal during Slow Food Clare at the Hotel Doolin ( and I  recently visited Kilkshanny House ( which has a wonderful history is a lively place for music.

I’ve tasted Burren Free Range Pork ( and am slightly obsessed about St. Tola’s goat cheese (

Other places I recommend is the Burren Perfumery ( and certainly to take a drive through the landscape and see the Poulnabrone Dolmen ( an iconic landmark in the Burren.

A trip to the Burren is doable as a day trip but you will find that there’s plenty to entice you to stay longer. 

Lisa McGee is the Creative Director of ISLE magazine – an on-line only magazine promoting Ireland around the world.

This blog post is from a Travel Column she writes for The Guardian newspaper in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary called Travel ISLE. 

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Tags: Burren, Clare, Tourism, Travel

Comment by Fran Reddy on July 16, 2014 at 2:29pm

The Burren is a place I hope to visit on my next trip (God willing) over to Ireland. You make it sound so enticing! I definitely want to explore the flora and fauna.. and the food! I love salmon and it sounds as if I can get my fill right there! Thanks Lisa!

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Comment by ISLE magazine on July 21, 2014 at 12:46pm

It is indeed a wonderful part of Ireland Fran. Many more travel spots will be featured soon.

Comment by Fran Reddy on July 21, 2014 at 1:42pm



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