Carron is the highest village in the Burren mountains and is most famous, nationally, for being the birthplace of Michael Cusack, the founder of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) in 1884. The cottage where he was born and the Michael Cusack Centre are 2km from Carron village, just a 2 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
Poulnabrone Dolmen is a megalithic burial tomb, the remains of 33 people were discovered there. It is believed that it was constructed in 3800BC. Poulnabrone is about 6 kms from the village of Carron. 5 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
The Burren Stone Forts
The Burren’s stone forts are circular walled forts that were first build around 400AD. The most well known of these are Cathair Chomain and Caherconnell Stone Forts. The latter is situated 1 km south of Poulnabrone.
Caherconnell was thought to have been home to a large farmer and his family.
Cathair Chomain can be seen from the hostel and is within walking distance.
Both are about a 5 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are 215 m in height and stretch for almost 8 km over the Atlantic Ocean. From O’ Brien’s tower you can view the coastline of Clare and the Aran Islands. Boat tours cruise along the base of the cliffs where you can view these coastlines. 25 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
The Burren Perfumery
The Burren Perfumery is within view of the hostel and within a short distance. At the Perfumery the make creams, perfumes, soaps and balms using organic and natural ingredients. All products are made on site by hand and is open for sale to the public.
Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre
Aillwee Cave is Ireland’s premier showcave, located 5 km south of Ballyvaughan village. You can take a tour of the cave with expert guides who will describe to you the wonderful formations. This cave was formed by the glacial melt waters of an early ice age. The power of water eroded a subterranean river deep underneath Ailwee mountain, resulting in the formation of one of Ireland’s most stunning caves. Aillwee Cave was once home of the now extinct brown bear. 15 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
Cassidy’s pub & restaurant
Cassidy’s pub & restaurant in Carron village is the ideal place to refresh and unwind after a day touring in the Burren.
In their restaurant which overlooks Carron’s world famous Turlough they boast a very descriptive menu. Friday nights during the summer months they host a fish night with fresh fish caught in the waters off Ballyvaughan and Galway Bay. Saturday night is Italian night.
Traditional music Friday night all year round.
Hazel Mountain Chocolate (Bean to Bar chocolate factory shop)
Hazel Mountain Chocolate is Ireland’s only bean to bar chocolate factory who use local sustainable natural ingredients and the best cacao beans in making their chocolate. 15 minute drive from Clare’s Rock